Seward County Head Coach Toby Wynn picked up his 200th win of his career Saturday night in the Greenhouse as his Lady Saints downed visiting Dodge City 73-57 in front of a crowd of nearly 1600 fans to push them to 4-1 in Jayhawk West Conference play this season. Seward once again got off to a good start, scoring 46 first half points to take a 14 point lead into the half. After a slow start to the second half, they continued to build on their lead and came away with a 73-57 win behind big games from freshmen Shanise Brooks and Madison McLain.

The Lady Saints came out hot off their first loss of the 2013 conference season. Seward quickly took a 7-0 lead in the first 1:30 of the game and pushed their lead to eight later on when Kelsey Blair came in off the bench and nailed a corner three to make it 18-10. Seward took their first double digit lead of the contest when Blair connected with Madison McLain for another longball to force a Dodge City timeout with the Lady Saints on top 24-12 with 12:57 left in the half. With time winding down in the half Shanise Brooks took over for the Lady Saints. The freshmen from Topeka scored on three straight Seward trips down the floor to make it a 44-30 game and after trading baskets in the last minute, the Lady Saints took a 46-32 lead into the half. Seward shot 47% in the first half and hit 6 of 14 three pointers, good for 43% to take the 14 point lead. Dodge City shot just 33% and turned the ball over 12 times in the period but got a huge half from freshmen Kelli Tolar who scored 16 first half points for the Lady Conqs.
Dodge City came out the aggressors in the second half, scoring the first six points of the period to quickly turn a 14 point game into an 8 point contest four minutes in. The Lady Saints weren’t able to find the basket until the 15:25 mark of the half when McLain scored on a run out to make it 48-38. Seward controlled the game from that point on but wasn’t able to put it completely out of reach for the Lady Conqs until Brooks took over again, scoring six straight for the Lady Saints to put them up by 16 once again 68-52 with under 6 minutes remaining. The Lady Saints lead reached 19 after back to back baskets later on from McLain and Brooks before the final horn sounded with Seward on top 73-57.
Brooks scored a career high 23 for the Lady Saints in the win, also pulling down 8 rebounds in the process while McLain notched her second career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Blair sparked Seward off the bench with her best game in Jayhawk West action thus far, scoring 13 points and grabbing a career high 7 rebounds for the Lady Saints. Seward shot 40% in the game to Dodge City’s 35% but took 13 more shots than the Lady Conqs thanks in part to 12 offensive rebounds on the night. The Lady Saints turned the ball over just 13 times in the game while Dodge City coughed up the ball 22 times.
Seward improves to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play while Dodge City drops to 7-13 and 1-5 in league action. Next up for the Lady Saints is possibly their biggest test of the conference season thus far as they head to Garden City and the Perryman Center to take on the 18-2 and #10 team in the country in the Garden City Lady Broncbusters on Wednesday. Seward returns home next Saturday when they host another formidable foe in the Butler Lady Grizzlies on Homecoming night in the Greenhouse.