After a stretch in which they played 13 of 14 games against teams with a winning record, 5 of those teams being ranked in the NJCAA top 25, the Seward County Lady Saints got somewhat of a break this week as they took on 2-17 Colby on Monday and then 3-18 Dodge City on Sunday. Needless to say, the Lady Conqs weren’t much of a match for the 19-1 Lady Saints as they took care of them easily in the Civic Center 70-43.
Seward outmuscled Dodge right off the bat and took advantage of some easy inside buckets and smooth outside shooting from Liz Ginther and Morgan Skomal to double-up the Lady Conqs at half 36-18. The Lady Saints shot 52% in the first half compared to just 23% shooting for the Lady Conqs who managed just 5 field goals in the half. The lead continued to increase in the second half as both teams seemed to go through the motions. Seward shot 43% to Dodge’s 35% as they opened the final margin of victory to 27 at game’s end.
The 10th ranked Lady Saints held the advantage in every major category besides free throw shooting as they outrebounded Dodge 42-32, had 20 assists to Dodge’s 6, 19 steals to Dodge’s 12, 6 blocks to Dodge’s 3, 17 turnovers to Dodge’s 27, and outshot Dodge 47-29% from the field and 33-0% from the three point line. Interesting that the Lady Saints lost the battle at the free throw line as that had been one of their strong points this season, outscoring their opponent by 38 at the line this season. Seward was just 2 for 10 in the game from the charity stripe while Dodge lessened their margin of defeat by going 15 of 20.
Rachel Barnes finished with a workman like 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Lady Saints who got their second straight 10 point effort from Morgan Skomal off the bench. Vaneza Junior found her way into double figures with 11 and Kendra Spresser returned from her injury to score 9. Nadia Rosario and Sumr Robinett didn’t light up the scoreboard in the win but the two did combine for 11 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots to control the paint for Seward. Liz Ginther popped a pair of three pointers in the win and Megan Lassley was held to her lowest scoring output of the year with just 1 point but did have her highest assist total of the season with 8.
The Lady Saints move to 19-1 with the win and 6-0 in conference play as they look forward to a matchup with upstart Garden City on Wednesday night in the Greenhouse. The Lady Busters will come into Wednesday’s tilt 5-1 in conference play and nearly 6-0 after blowing a 9 point lead with just under 3 minutes left Sunday against Cloud County, falling in overtime to put a mark on their unblemished record. Wednesday’s buyout sponsor is the Sunflower Bank who will be distributing free tickets at their Liberal location as well as McDonald’s, Hutch’s, and the Best Market Supermarket. Wednesday will be Vaneza Junior poster night, so make sure to grab your poster of Vaneza and have her sign it at halftime of the Saints game outside the concession stand.