The Seward County Lady Saints opened their Jayhawk West Conference season with a dominating 71-39 victory against Dodge City Community College Wednesday night at the Green House. During the last three games, Seward County has outscored their opponents by an average of 44.4 points per game. During that span, the Lady Saints have averaged 81.7 ppg., and have not allowed a team to score over 47 points. Seward swept the season series against the Lady Blue Dragons last season and in their victory at the Sports Arena, SCCC held Hutch to their second lowest scoring total in school history (Feb. 7, 2007, 37-24). In fact, Hutchinson averaged just 30.5 points per game against Seward County last season.

Since 2000-01, the Lady Saints lead the overall series 13-2, with a 6-1 record at the Sports Arena, 6-1 record at the Green House and a 1-0 record in Region VI Tournament play. Hutch’s last win over Seward was in overtime, 68-66, on Jan. 25, 2006, at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson was one of four women’s basketball programs in the Jayhawk West that hired a new head coach for the 2007-2008 season. John Ontjes has guided the Lady Dragons to an 11-3 start, which includes four victories against Jayhawk East opponents in non-conference action. Hutchinson has been one of the top defensive teams in the nation over the last several years, and this year is no different, as the Lady Blue Dragons rank 10th in the NJCAA in team defensive average (51.3 ppg.). In addition, sophomore Amanda Fessenden is one of the top free throw shooters in the nation with a career 84 percent average (182-of-217).