Some games you say Ďthatís why the game isnít played on paperí. Wednesday nightís 15-1 Seward County vs. 2-14 Pratt game however could have been played on paper. After playing far from a perfect half and still finishing the first 20 minutes up by 16, the Lady Saints outscored the home team 51-19 in the second half to win a 93-45 blowout in the Beaver Dome.
The game was closer than expected early on as Pratt was able to remain within relative striking distance until later on in the first half when Seward opened up a 16 point, 42-26 lead at the half. Phylicia Freeman was the one thing keeping Pratt in the game and scored 15 first half points but hot starts by guards Megan Lassley, Sheila Washington, and Vaneza Junior pushed Seward out to the comfortable halftime margin. The Lady Saints put the clamps down defensively in the second half and it turned to easy offense on the other end as they held Pratt to just 8 field goals while going 20 of 35 on their end of the court. The game was never close in the final 20 minutes as Seward coasted to the win behind new career highs in points from both Junior and Washington with 21 and 17 respectively. Rachel Barnes turned in yet another double-double, her 3rd in the Lady Saints last 4 games. Nadia Rosario put together another strong night inside with 7 points and 7 rebounds while Megan Lassley lit up the nets from the outside with a pair of threeís finishing with 12 points and a team high 5 assists. Off the Seward bench Sumr Robinett led a strong showing with 9 points as the Lady Saints reserves outscored the Beaver bench 23-12 in the game.
The win moves the 15th nationally ranked Lady Saints to 16-1 on the season as they remain perfect in Jayhawk West Conference play at 3-0. Their toughest test of the season will come Saturday at home as Cloud County comes knocking on the Greenhouse doors with a perfect 17-0 record and an 11th rank in the latest NJCAA poll. The matchup will be one of the most anticipated in Seward County athletics history as the two teams have the highest combined winning percentage (.971) of any game in school history. The buyout sponsor for the 6:00 game is First National Bank who will have free tickets available through game time Saturday at all three of their Liberal locations. Saturday night will be the first of seven game day poster nights as Liz Ginther will be the featured Lady Saint, so pick up your Liz Ginther poster at either entrance and have Liz sign it at halftime of the Menís game outside the concession stand.