It was a mismatch on paper, and it played out that way Saturday night in the Greenhouse as the 12-2 and #10 team in the country, the Seward County Lady Saints hosted the 4-11 Colby Lady Trojans in Seward’s conference home opener. The Lady Saints took Colby out of the game early with an 18-2 run and went into the halftime break leading 55-19 before cruising to a 96-49 win.

Colby scored on their opening possession of the game to take a 3-0 lead right off the bat but that would be all the scoring they would do for a while as the Lady Saints scored 16 straight points to go on top 16-3 five minutes into the contest. Seward kept the heat on Colby and disrupted the Lady Trojans offensive flow with their pressure defense, leading to a pair of fast break opportunities followed by back to back buckets from Mariah Lee to make it 25-7 Seward with 12:14 remaining in the half. Seward opened up a 39-13 lead after a long rebound by Anete Kirsteine and a run out by Ricquia Jones and took their first 30 point lead of the game at 45-15 when LaQuecia Parker was fouled and knocked down a free throw with 4:07 left in the half. Six straight points from Charmaine Burns to close the half gave the Lady Saints a dominating 55-19 lead as the teams hit the locker rooms for the break as Seward finished the first period shooting 53% from the field compared to just 23% for the Lady Trojans.
The teams played even for the first nine minutes of the second half until Kelsey Blair buried a three pointer from the corner to put Seward up 74-36. Hanna Bognar hit a free throw after a rebound and a foul for the Lady Saints to put the gals in green up 79-39 for the first 40 point lead of the game with 7:52 to go. The spread stayed there until late in the game when the Lady Saints went on an 11-0 run to close the game out, thanks in large part to a pair of Mattie Yanke three’s on dishes from Kayla Thomas, to give Seward an exclamation point on a dominating 96-49 win.
Seward was extremely efficient on the offensive end of the floor in the win, shooting 45% in the game and turning the ball over just 7 times, a season best. Five Lady Saints scored in double figures in the victory led by a career high 18 from Blair who connected on 7 of 14 overall and 4 of 10 from downtown, as well as an 18 point performance from Kirsteine who turns in her second straight strong game. Jones finished with 12 points for Seward as did Yanke who did all of her scoring from deep, hitting 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Burns had 11 points and 5 steals for the Lady Saints and Lee had 9 points in 17 minutes of work. Thomas returned to the lineup with a nearly flawless 8 point, 9 assist effort without committing a turnover and Bognar put up 7 points and a team high 9 rebounds in 23 minutes of floor time.
The #10 Lady Saints improve to 13-2 overall on the season as they slowly begin to gain momentum with their 6th straight win. Their Jayhawk West mark moves to 2-0 where it will be when they head to Pratt Wednesday night to take on the Lady Beavers for a 6:00 tip in the Beaverdome.

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