After hyping the game the first time that the Seward County Lady Saints and Garden City Lady Broncbusters met and a 19 point Seward win being the outcome, when those around the Jayhawk Conference began to hype last night’s game between the two, the Lady Saints were determined to quickly squash any upset talk as well.
Garden City came into the matchup 11-3 in conference play while Seward entered at 13-1. Technically the Lady Busters still had a shot at taking a share of the conference crown, but first they would have to go through the 13th ranked team in the country. Early the game was close, both teams unable to get much going on offense going against each other’s tough defensive pressure. The Lady Saints began to separate themselves midway through the first half however as with the score just 19-13 in favor of Seward, Kendra Spresser came off the bench to knock down back to back three pointers and give the gals in green a 25-13 lead with just under 10 and a half to go in the half. Seward dominated the remaining 10 minutes of the half, closing the first period on a 27-10 run to have the home crowd sitting on their hands at the break as the Lady Saints were doubling up the Lady Busters 46-23. In the first half, Seward outshot the home team 50-29% in getting out to their 23 point advantage.
While the Seward defense letup somewhat in the second half, the game was already decided as the Lady Saints shot 48% to Garden’s 41% as they opened up their lead even a little bit more. Even with the majority of the Seward starters on the bench for the last part of the second half, the Lady Saints were able to stretch their lead out to over 30 points before taking it home 84-56 with the win. Seward outrebounded Garden 55-25 in the victory even with the Lady Busters possessing the tallest front line in the conference. Seward picked up 21 offensive rebounds and finished the game shooting 49% from the field while Garden had just 8 and shot 35%.
Rachel Barnes finished with 24 points and a career high 15 rebounds while Sheila Washington had one of her better scoring nights of her career with 15. Kendra Spresser finished with 14 and 6 rebounds and Morgan Skomal collected 8 points and 8 boards. Along with playing solid defense on 6’4 Marisela Rodriguez all night, forcing her into 6 of 16 shooting, Nadia Rosario chipped in with 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots of her own.
Seward is now 27-2 on the season and have wrapped up at least a share of the Jayhawk West Conference title with a 14-1 mark. They will conclude the regular season Saturday night and can claim the championship to themselves when the Butler Lady Grizzlies come to town for sophomore recognition night. They will then hose the first round of the Region VI Tournament Tuesday against more than likely Allen County. Saturday night’s buyout sponsor is Sharp, McQueen PA and free tickets are available there as well both Pizza Hut locations, Express Lane, and Browne’s Coffee House.