Year by year, the second Friday of December is a game that Seward County Lady Saints fans look forward to as they know it is time for the Pizza Hut Classic and they know that it will be a good game when Northeastern comes to town. This year was no different early on as the teams were tied at the half before Seward put things in another gear in the second half to come out with a 71-55 win.

The Lady Saints bolted out of the gates to a 9-0 lead against the Plainswomen before Northeastern came back into the game as the Seward offense went into a funk. A 15-2 run midway through the first half put the Plainswomen in front for the first time in the game 26-23 but Seward finished the half better and the teams were deadlocked at 28 at the break. Northeastern had 14 first half turnovers and shot 34% while the Lady Saints had 12 and hit 36% of their shots. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc where the Lady Saints were just 2 for 12 and Northeastern was 2 for 8 and neither team was impressive from the free throw line as they combined to go 4 for 12.
The second half was a different story for the gals in green as Seward took control and persisted on getting the ball inside where they quickly opened up a lead and never looked back. The Lady Saints led by double digits midway through the period and finished the game strong, going up by as many as 20 before sailing to a 71-55 win over the Plainswomen. Seward shot 58% in the second half and buried 12 of 13 free throws while Northeastern had just 6 field goals and shot 24%.
Ashlynn Knoll paced Seward with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals while Anete Kirsteine pitched in 14 points and 7 boards. Hanna Bognar played 22 solid minutes for Seward inside and finished with 7 points, 9 rebounds, and a handful of blocked shots while Mariah Lee was in foul trouble and finished with just 6.
The Lady Saints pick up their 10th win of the season and will wrap up the first half Saturday night at 6:00 with a date against Trinidad State who lost a close game in the early contest 47-44 to Dodge City.