When you look at a stat sheet and see that your starters only scored 33 points in a Jayhawk West Conference game, you would probably assume that you are in trouble. Fortunately for the 9th ranked Seward County Lady Saints Saturday night, their bench outscored the Colby bench 58-8 as Seward rolled to a 91-38 win over the Lady Trojans to move to 23-2 on the season.
This game played out as expected as Seward took the lead on their first possession of the game and never trailed in the contest. The game was relatively close early as Colby trailed by just 3 four minutes in when Seward went on a 7-0 run highlighted by back to back baskets by Rachel Barnes to take their first double digit lead. With 7:50 remaining in the half the Lady Saints led by just 9 after a Danisha Cole free throw for Colby but Seward would turn it up a notch on defense and not allow the Lady Trojans to score for the remainder of the half as they close on a 22-0 run to take a 48-17 lead into the locker room. On the coattail of a career high 27 point game Wednesday night against Barton, Vaneza Junior threatened to do it again as she led the way for Seward at the half scoring 13 points and picking up 5 steals.
The second half would start nearly the same way that the first did as Rachel Barnes would find Nadia Rosario down low for a layup to give Seward their 50th point of the game. The Lady Saints would lead 54-26 when the Seward starters came out of the game but don’t let the word ‘reserves’ fool you as the Lady Saints non-starters came out on fire going on a quick 11-0 run to push the lead up to 39 at 65-26. Four different players scored during the 11-0 run as Liz Ginther, Morgan Skomal, and Tameka Sanchez buried three pointers followed by a Kendra Spresser jumper to give the Lady Saints that lead. The foursome would continue to scorch the nets down the stretch as they opened the lead to as many as 55 with a minute remaining and would eventually come out on top of the 91-38 final score giving them their 23rd win of the season.
The win was the largest margin of victory against a Division 1 NJCAA opponent since February of 2002 when the Lady Saints defeated Colby 112-59. Making this Seward win a little bit easier were 37 Colby turnovers and 20 offensive rebounds for the Lady Saints. Seward shot 46% from the floor and 31% from the three point line. An interesting side note to this one is that neither team shot a free throw in the second half, an oddity in college basketball.
Individually the Lady Saints were led by a career high 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists from Kendra Spresser as well as a career high 16 points and 8 rebounds for Morgan Skomal. Vaneza Junior scored 13 first half points and finished with the same as the Seward starters played just 5 minutes of the second half before getting a rare opportunity to kick back and rest for the final 15 minutes of the game as they adamantly cheered on their teammates from the bench as they blew the game open late. Tameka Sanchez had the best game of her young career, posting career highs in points (6), rebounds (5), and assists (4) in the win. While playing just 16 minutes in the game, the Seward County starters still managed to outscore Colby’s starters 33-30.
The win moves Seward to 23-2 overall and 10-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play. They will hit the court again Wednesday as they host the Pratt Beavers to wrap up a three game home stand before heading on the road for a much anticipated matchup with Cloud County in Concordia. Free tickets for Wednesday’s game with Pratt courtesy of the buyout Sponsor Billy’s are available at: Billy’s, Hutch’s North, Jerry Harding State Farm Insurance, KSCB, and the South Pizza Hut in Liberal. Wednesday will be Sheila Washington poster night so make sure to grab your poster of Sheila and have her sign it at halftime of the Saints game outside the concession stand.