The #11 Seward County Lady Saints got back to their winning ways Wednesday night in Colby as they headed to the Community Building in Northwest Kansas and came home with a 64-44 victory to earn their 19th win of the season. Seward grabbed the early lead and took a 29-22 lead into the half. The Lady Saints defense continued to be stiff in the second half and Colby struggled to score as the Lady Saints lead swelled before Seward eventually cruised to a 64-44 win.

Both teams came out slow in the Community Building Wednesday night and offense was at a premium in the opening minutes of the game. The Lady Saints held Colby to just 1 field goal through the first 14 minutes of the game but couldn’t pull away as their offense was sputtering as well. Seward built a lead of nine on a basket by Kayla Thomas but Colby crept back into things later in the half as they took advantage of 10 free throw attempts, hitting 9 of them to stay in the game. A late three pointer from Charmaine Burns put Seward on top by seven and that is where the teams were going into the halftime break with the score 29-22. Seward shot 32% in the first half which was far and above better than the 22% the Lady Trojans struggled to. Colby had the halftime rebounding advantage 25-13 over the Lady Saints but 14 Lady Trojan turnovers helped Seward to 10 first half points.
The Lady Saints defense was again their strength in the second half as they built onto their lead by suffocating the Lady Trojan efforts on the offensive end of the floor. Anete Kirsteine then decided to shoulder the load for the Seward offense and stepped up and knocked down a pair of three pointers to put the Lady Saints up 49-34 midway through the half and it wasn’t until past the under 10 media timeout that the Lady Trojans got their second field goal of the half, which by then was too late. Seward padded their lead late in the game and ran their advantage to 22 before going on to win 64-44.
Seward held Colby to just 24% shooting in the game and forced 23 Lady Trojan turnovers. The Lady Saints turned the ball over a season low 8 times themselves but shot just 30% from the floor and 26% from three point land. Kirsteine led the Lady Saints with 16 points and 6 rebounds while Ashlynn Knoll had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals in the victory. Mattie Yanke had a good game off the Seward bench as she scored 8 points and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
The win breaks a mini two game losing streak for the Lady Saints as they improve to 19-4 on the 2011-2012 campaign. Seward moves to 8-2 in conference play where they remain in second place. Next up for the Lady Saints is Homecoming 2012 on Saturday when they will entertain the Pratt Lady Beavers at 6:00 in the Greenhouse. Free tickets are available courtesy of our buyout sponsor Pizza Hut at either of their Liberal locations.