The 9th ranked Seward County Lady Saints moved to 4-0 on the season this weekend with a pair of 35+ point wins in the Hutchinson Classic. Friday afternoon the Lady Saints dispatched of Moberly Area 84-46 before taking it to the Bethany JV squad 90-27 on Saturday afternoon in the Sports Arena.
In an anticipated matchup against Moberly Area on Friday the Lady Saints took control from the start and would never look back. Mariah Lee would finish inside on Seward’s first possession to put them up 2-0 and Hannah Rotolo would bang home a three-pointer on the Lady Saints next trip to quickly put them up 5-0. After the Lady Hounds scored 3 of their own, Seward went on a 10-0 run capped by back to back three-pointers from Kayla Thomas and Ashlynn Knoll with assists on both from Autumn Miller to put the gals in green in control and up 15-3 just four and a half minutes in. The Lady Saints would continue to put pressure on Moberly Area on both ends of the court, building their lead along the way and finished the half on a 16-4 run to take a 42-23 advantage into the break. Seward shot nearly 50% from the floor in the first half and hit on 5 of 11 three point attempts while holding the Greyhounds to just 22% shooting and 6 total field goals in the first 20 minutes.
The second half would start slow for both teams but Morgan Skomal would bury a three-pointer on a kickout from Hanna Bognar to give Seward their first 20+ point lead of the day at 45-23. The spread would remain at 22 moments later when Seward would blow things open. The Lady Saints went on an 18-0 run with baskets from six different players during a 5 minute stretch to push the lead to take their first 40 point lead of the game at 70-30 and drain any Greyhound hope of a comeback in the game. With everything but the final score determined, the two teams would play nearly even for the final 9 minutes of the game and when all was said and done the Lady Saints were the victors of an 84-46 decision to move to 3-0 on the year.
Seward’s defense was suffocating in the win, allowing just Moberly Area to shoot just 25% in the game while forcing 30 Greyhound turnovers. The Lady Saints on the other hand seemed locked in on the offensive end of the floor as they shot 47% from the field and 56% from the three point line after shooting just 36% from the field and 17% from the three-point line during their opening weekend of the season. All nine Lady Saints scored 4 or more points in the win and eight of the nine players had 3 or more rebounds as well. Leading the way offensively for the Lady Saints was Knoll who finished with a team high 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting while Lee finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Skomal and Thomas combined to go 5 for 6 from the three point line and finished with 23 points together. Kelsey Willson scored 7 points and had a team high 10 rebounds for the Lady Saints while Miller led the team in assists for the third straight game with 8.
With Bethany JV on the schedule for the Lady Saints on Saturday, it was expected that they would come out of it with a lopsided win, but how lopsided was yet to be determined. Let’s just say the Swedes could have multiplied their score by three and they still would have lost by nine. Seward started up 5-0 after a pair of baskets from Knoll and pushed the lead to 11-0 four minutes in after a pair of layups from Rotolo and a midrange jumper from Lee. The Lady Saints would hold a 21-0 lead before Bethany would score a point 9:30 into the game. With the score 21-3, Seward would go on another big run of 19-0 behind a raining of three-pointers from Skomal, Mattie Yanke, Miller, and Thomas as the Lady Saints took a 40-3 lead. At the half the Lady Saints led 47-8 after knocking home 8 of 17 three point attempts and holding the Swedes to just 2 first half field goals.
Rotolo would score the first 5 points of the second half for Seward and would give the Lady Saints a 52-10 lead after three successful free throws. Seward would continue to pour it on the hapless Swedes and would take their largest lead of the game at 68-19 after a three-pointer from Yanke on a dish from Bognar. Up 71-26 with 7:31 to go, Seward would close the game on a 29-1 run and as the smoke cleared and the final horn sounded the Lady Saints would come out with a 90-27 win. To close the game the Lady Saints kept Bethany without a field goal for the final 8:45 of the game, meaning that during the book ends of the game, the Swedes went without a made shot from the floor for 18 minutes and 15 seconds.
Again all nine Lady Saints contributed in the win as each scored 5 or more points and eight of nine had 4 or more rebounds. Leading the way for the gals in green was Yanke who splashed home 5 of 7 three point attempts and 8 of 13 overall to finish with a team high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Rotolo filled up the stat sheet as usual with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals for Seward and Lee had her second straight solid game inside with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Skomal, Knoll, and Miller all finished with 8 points apiece and Bognar ended the afternoon with a team high 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
The two wins move the 9th ranked Lady Saints to 4-0 on the season as they look forward to this weekend’s Billy’s/Days Inn Classic in the Greenhouse. Seward will face their toughest test of the year on Friday night as 27th ranked South Plains College comes to town at 6:00 followed by a matchup Saturday night with Frank Phillips at the same time. Tickets for the Billy’s/Days Inn Classic will be available throughout the week at Billy’s Mexican Grill as well as the Days Inn and Holiday Inn hotels in Liberal.