It wasnít exactly pretty, but after #11 Seward Countyís recent rare home struggles, the Lady Saints will take it as they took care of Pratt 70-57 on Homecoming night in the Greenhouse to earn their 20th win of the season. The Seward offense once again sputtered early on and the Lady Saints found themselves in a hole before regaining their traction to take a 33-26 halftime lead. Pratt looked like they were dribbling a greased pig in the second half against the pressuring Seward defense and their turnovers mounted before coming to rest at 34 to help the Lady Saints come away with the 13 point win.

The Lady Saints scored the first basket of the game on a drive and finish from Anete Kirsteine but Pratt came back to score the next seven as Seward went scoreless for 3:40 to give the Lady Beavers a 7-2 lead. Payton Fleming came off the Seward bench and sparked the Lady Saints with a bucket and that jump started a mini 5-0 run for Seward to tie the game at 7 with 13:07 left in the first half. Pratt regained the lead at 9-7 but it didnít last long and a Fleming three followed by a knifing drive through the lane by Kelsey Blair for a finish put the Lady Saints in control and they extended their lead all the way up to 16-9 midway through the half. A Pratt hoop followed by three straight Seward turnovers and ensuing Beaver points then erased the Lady Saints lead and put the visitors back on top by one 17-16 with 7:15 to go in the half. The game was tied at 21 with 4:41 left in the half when Blair rained home a three pointer from the wing and Ricquia Jones got a steal and scored to give the Lady Saints a 26-21 advantage late in the half. Seward tacked two more on to their lead before the break and took a 33-26 lead going into the half.
As the second half began, the Lady Beaver turnovers continued to mount. Seward scored five quick points to open the period on a three from Kirsteine and a strong move by Mariah Lee to give the Lady Saints their largest lead of the game at 38-26. Seward held the 12 point advantage through the 15 minute mark but all of a sudden the Lady Beavers caught fire and scored seven points in just 1:24 to make it a five point game, 44-39 with 13:09 remaining. The Lady Saints withstood the barrage and got back on track with Blairís second three of the game and then three free throws from Lee to once again push their lead to double digits at 50-39 with just under 11:00 remaining in the game. Just when it looked like the Lady Saints were in the clear, here came the pesky little Beavers once again. Pratt got the Seward lead down to five and then just four at 53-49 as the game hit the 4:00 mark. A huge make by Mattie Yanke got the ball rolling back on the Lady Saints side and sparked a 9-0 Seward jolt to put them back up big 62-49 with under 2:00 to go and they played even the rest of the way before taking home the 70-57 win.
Although Saturday marked the Lady Saints 5th straight game shooting under 40% from the field, Seward was able to force Pratt into 34 turnovers to aid in the Lady Saints win. A positive on the offensive side of things for Seward is that the Lady Saints did connect on 7 of 19 from three point land, good for 37% and were able to take advantage of 17 of 20 from the free throw line where they outscored Pratt 17-7 in the game. Individually the Lady Saints were led once again by Kirsteine who finished with 17 points and 3 rebounds. Jones had a big night defensively that led to easy offense for her as she filled the stat sheet for 15 point and 6 steals and Blair came off the Seward bench to finish with 10 points on 3 of 5 shooting.
#11 Seward moves their overall mark to 20-4 on the year where they reach the 20 win plateau for an unbelievable 20th straight season. They improve their Jayhawk West record to 9-2 and actually have a chance to clinch home court advantage for the 1st round of Region VI Tournament action as early as Wednesday when they will make the long trip to Concordia to take on Cloud County.

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