After filling themselves with Thanksgiving turkey on Thursday, the Seward County Lady Saints headed to Garden City on Friday and Saturday looking to get themselves back on track after dropping their first game of the season the previous weekend at home to South Plains. However, the schedule makers were going to make it tough on them as they had a pair of teams with a combined record of 16-0 in front of them if they wanted to get that done. Seward wouldn’t get it done Friday as they lost to Jayhawk East favorite Independence 74-53 and struggled in the second half Saturday against New Mexico JC and would eventually drop that contest by 10, 71-61 to fall to 5-3 on the season.
The Lady Saints didn’t have much time for their Thanksgiving dinner to settle before they were on the road to the Perryman Center in Garden City on Friday with a formidable foe in the 17th ranked Independence Lady Pirates on the slate. Seward started slow and would never be able to come out of their rut as they turned the ball over 15 times and were able to get to the free throw line just twice in the first half and found themselves down big at the break 34-18.
Seward would get their offense going in the second half but Indy began to heat up as well. The Lady Saints would hit 41% of their shots and turned the ball over just 5 times but a dreadful 5 of 19 half from the free throw line would in part sink the ship as they went down 74-53. On the other side of the ball the Lady Pirates seemingly couldn’t miss, they hit 52% of their second half shots including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, and also knocked down all 11 of their second half free throw shots to come away with the blowout win.
Just one Lady Saints reached double figures in the loss as Kelsey Willson went 7 for 10 from the field and finished with 14 points and a team high 5 rebounds while Morgan Skomal and Mariah Lee each finished with 9 points.
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Looking to rebound from their Friday afternoon loss, the Lady Saints would again face a tall task on Saturday as they stood opposite of the 9-0 New Mexico JC Lady Thunderbirds. Seward would come out of the gates strong and would take a 17-9 lead midway through the half but the two teams would play to a dead heat after the first 20 minutes of play as they were tied at 29 going into the locker room. Seward shot just 33% in the half but would knock down 4 of 10 three point attempts and 5 of 6 from the line to remain neck and neck with the undefeated T-Birds.
The Lady Saints would again look good during the start of the second half and would build another lead at 36-32 but the lead would diminish and New Mexico JC would gain a head of steam to the finish line as they went on to outscore Seward 42-32 in the second half on their way to a 71-61 victory. The Lady T-Birds would get to the free throw line 24 times in the second half and would bury 5 of 11 three pointers in the half to give themselves the late cushion against the Lady Saints. Seward shot 39% from the floor in the half but could connect on just 1 of 7 long range shots as they fell by 10.
On the offensive end of the floor the Lady Saints were led by Lee who scored a team high 18 points and had 7 rebounds as well Autumn Miller who dropped in 13 including a trio of three pointers in the loss. Skomal led the Lady Saints with 10 rebounds while Hanna Bognar scored 7 and had 5 rebounds in her 14 minutes of work.
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The two losses to the undefeated drop Seward to 5-3 on the season and match their loss total from the entire 2009-2010 campaign. The road will not get any easier for the Lady Saints however as they head to Lamar this weekend to take on the 7-1 Otero Rattlers on Friday at 1:30 and the host Runnin Lopes on Saturday night at 5:30.