The Seward County Lady Saints coasted to their 26th win of the season Saturday night in the Greenhouse while donning their pink headbands and socks for “Think Pink Night” festivities. While the game was filled with little drama as the spread was 43 points at the end of the night, Rachel Barnes hit an elusive milestone in the win as she scored her 1,000th career point early in the second half, joining a group of just six others in school history to accomplish the feat.
Seward came out hot in front of a big Greenhouse homecoming crowd, taking a 21-2 lead out of the gates. Helping the Lady Saints to that big lead were Kendra Spresser who lit it up from outside, draining 3 of 4 three point attempts and Shelia Washington who used her driving ability to get to the basket and score against an undersized Dodge defense. The Lady Saints would cool off a little bit during the final 10 minutes of the half but would still go to the locker room leading 42-23 behind a balanced scoring attack. In the first half Seward held Dodge to just 5 field goals and 19% shooting while they knocked down 16 shots at a 39% clip.
The Lady Saints would turn it up even a couple notches higher in the second half as they scored 51 points in the final 20 minutes while holding Dodge to just 27. Sumr Robinett and Megan Lassley both had 8 second half points while Rachel Barnes scored 18 after the break. Barnes reached a milestone that not many have with her 15th point of the night. Eight minutes into the second half with a layup down low, the sophomore reached the 1,000 point plateau, joining a club of only 6, the last being Tegan Cunningham to join this elite group. Seward would continue to build on their lead until the end where they finished with the 93-50 victory. They shot 56% in the second half to Dodge’s 26% and forced 26 Lady Conq turnovers in the game.
Seward dominated every statistical category in the win besides free throw shooting where the Lady Conqs had a 77-61% advantage. The Lady Saints outshot Dodge 47-22%, had 7 three pointers to just one for Dodge, outrebounded them 51-40 including 22 on the offensive end, had 23 assists to 6 for Dodge, and had 17 steals to just 1 for the Lady Conqs. Individually Barnes led the way for Seward scoring 23 points and pulling down 13 rebounds while Megan Lassley finished with 15 points and 5 assists and Kendra Spresser finished with 13 and 4 helpers. Sumr Robinett reached double figures with 10 to go along with 7 rebounds and Nadia Rosario ended the game with 8 points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes of work. Sheila Washington scored all 9 of her points in the first half but also chipped in 7 rebounds, and 5 assists in the win and every other Lady Saint had at least 1 basket in the game. Dodge star Robin Parker struggled for the Lady Conqs, going just 2 for 17 from the field, finishing with just 8 points while Treshay Adams led the team in purple with 13 points in the defeat.
The win moves Seward one game closer to the Jayhawk West crown as they are now 13-1 in conference play and 26-2 overall on the year. They have two more regular season games this week, at Garden City on Wednesday before returning home Saturday to take on Butler on sophomore night. Saturday night’s buyout sponsor is Sharp, McQueen P.A with free tickets available there as well as Express Lane at 15th and Western, Spencer Browne’s Coffee House, and at both Pizza Hut locations.