When Seward fans saw that Allen County scored 94 points and took a good Independence team to double overtime in their regular season finale Saturday night, they might have thought they were going to have a good game on their hands Tuesday night as the Region VI Tournament opened up in the Greenhouse. They quickly found out they were wrong as the Lady Saints took control right from the get go and dominated the game in route to a 98-56 win to move onto the quarterfinals against Coffeyville Friday night.
In Tuesday night’s Region VI Tournament 1st Round game between the #1 seed from the West, the 28-2 Seward County Lady Saints and the #8 seed from the East, the 8-22 Allen County Red Devils, there was little doubt from the opening tip who was the better team and who would control the game for the entire 40 minutes. Seward got out to an early 18-6 lead and would never look back. The Lady Saints pushed out to a 49-23 lead at halftime with Rachel Barnes leading the way with a 17 point first half. Seward shot 56% in the first frame while Allen shot just 28% on 9 of 32 from the field.
While the Seward starters played just a few minutes to open the second half, the Lady Saints reserves were better than the Allen County starters in the game as they continued to build on the lead. A barrage of second half three pointers by Kendra Spresser, Liz Ginther, Tameka Sanchez, and company piled the points on the scoreboard as the Lady Saints found themselves up 40 points late in the second half. Seward would finish the half going 5 of 7 from the three point line and 18 of 35 overall shooting in the final 20 minutes. The Lady Saints finished the game just 2 points short of 100 as they went on to win 98-56 to move on to the tournament’s second round.
Every Lady Saint dressed for the game had at least 3 points with 8 players topping the 7 point mark. Rachel Barnes led all scorers with 23 despite playing just 7 minutes in the second half while Kendra Spresser came off the Seward bench to score 16 to go along with 5 assists. Liz Ginther scored a career high 12 points in the win and Morgan Skomal played strong off the Seward County bench as well finishing with 7 points and 6 rebounds.
The win moves the Lady Saints to the second round of the Region VI Tournament as they will face Coffeyville for the second time this season. Seward will enter the game with a 29-2 record and the Red Ravens with a 22-9 mark. The first time these two met in the Jayhawk Shootout, the Lady Saints came out on top 61-43 on Coffeyville’s home floor behind 23 points from Rachel Barnes. The game between the two will be at 7:00 Friday night in Wichita’s Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University.