With just 8 players dressed for their game against Colby Wednesday night in the Greenhouse the Seward County Lady Saints knew that it was not going to be the same kind of game that it was in the teams last meeting when Seward took it to the Lady Trojans 92-38. Trailing at halftime, the Lady Saints turned to their defense that held Colby to just 22% shooting and 19 points in the second half to lead them to a 64-46 victory and chalk up their 12th win on the year.
Both teams started slow but Seward started especially slow, failing to find the hoop with a shot until nearly 4 minutes into the game as they trailed 4-2. Both teams continued to struggle with execution on the offensive end of the floor as Autumn Miller drove to the basket and scored to make it 7-6 in favor of Colby at the 14:29 mark of the first half. The score would remain the same until Kelsey Willson got to the line and knocked down a pair of free throws and then mid range jumper on the Lady Saints next possession to put them up 10-7 with 12:50 remaining in the half. A Colby three pointer would tie the game back up moments later and the two teams would remain deadlocked at the 6:58 mark 13-13. Still tied as the clock went under 4 minutes, Seward would go on a 7-1 run highlighted by three’s from Miller and Kayla Thomas to give the Lady Saints their largest lead of the game at 26-20 with one minute remaining in the half. Looking like they would take some momentum into the locker rooms, it was Colby who thought that might sound fun as the Lady Trojans closed the half on a 7-0 run including a three pointer from Tayler Puttergill with time running out to send themselves to the break ahead 27-26. In a relatively visually unpleasing half for both teams, the Lady Saints and Lady Trojans combined to shoot just 27% from the field.
A stern halftime message from Lady Saints Head Coach Toby Wynn must have caught his players attention as Seward quickly took the lead back to start the second half with a three point play from Ashlynn Knoll down low to put them up 29-27. The teams would then go back and forth down low looking like well oiled machines as Liga Vente would pick up a pair of hoops for Colby in the paint and Morgan Skomal and Hanna Bognar would score for Seward in the pivot. The Lady Saints would push their lead to 4 after Knoll buried a pair of free throws and then the Lady Saints forward would hit on a pull up to put them up 6, 38-32 with 14:41 to go. There wouldn’t be a whole lot to watch for the next 4 minutes as the teams combined for 6 turnovers and 0-10 shooting as the score remained the same as the 11 minute mark came and went. Thankfully for Seward, they would find their way to the line and convert during a 6:30 stretch without a field goal saw Colby shave just one point off of their lead and with 7:16 left in the ballgame the Lady Saints continued to lead 44-39. Colby’s Kelli Crittenden would nail her second three pointer of the half to make it a one possession game with the score 44-42 but that seemed to be the trigger the Lady Saints needed to kick things into gear. Seward would go on a 13-2 run in the next 4 minutes as they would blow it open with just 2:37 to go on the clock. A Mattie Yanke three pointer would all but seal it for the gals in green as they went up 16 and would go on to win by a final of 64-46.
The Lady Saints implausibly outrebounded the much larger Colby squad 63-42 in the win and did so thanks to a solid group effort as each player finished with at least 6 rebounds. Thomas and Lee led the Lady Saints offensively with 14 points each while Knoll narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Skomal had her third straight strong effort since returning from an injury as she finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds while Miller and Willson both had 5 points to go along with their 6 rebounds. The 6’4 Vente led Colby with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting while the rest of the Lady Trojans combined to shoot just 18% in the Seward win.
Seward is now 12-5 overall on the season and 2-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play where they again be on Saturday when they entertain the Pratt Lady Beavers. They will tip that one off at 6:00 with free tickets available courtesy of our buyout sponsor Billy’s BBQ at the restaurant throughout the week.