Seward County moved into a tie for first-place in the Jayhawk West after a 79-66 victory over Hutchinson Community College last Wednesday at the Green House. The Saints sent Hutchinson into its first two-game losing skid of the season, as Seward County outscored Hutch 48-31 in the final 20 minutes. Seward County played a stellar second half shooting 50 percent from the field, making 7-of-11 from long range (.636) and making 9-of-10 free throws. The Saints have now won seven games in a row, marking the programís longest conference winning streak in 10 years. Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic (27 points, seven rebounds) and freshman Reggie Chamberlain (23 points, five rebounds) helped lead the Saints to the victory over the Blue Dragons.

The Saints next opponent, Barton County, was the last team to defeat the Saints back on Jan. 12, in the Green House. The Cougars 24-point victory (81-57) was the Saintsí worst loss in over four seasons. Since 2000-2001, Seward County leads the overall series, 14-3. The Saints are 7-1 at home, 6-1 at the Barton County Gym and they are 1-1 on a neutral floor. Also during this time frame, Barton County was forced to forfeit six games due to KJCCC and NJCAA violations.

The Cougars have been up-and-down since the start of conference play with a 5-6 record in the Jayhawk West. The Cougars tallied their most impressive conference win, since their victory in Liberal, with a 89-81 win at home against Cloud County C.C. last Saturday. Sophomore Chris Jackson is the Cougarsí leading scorer (17.0 ppg.), and he also among the Region VI leaders in three-point shooting percentage (.438). The Cougars are a solid 9-2 at home this season, but have struggled on the road with a 5-5 overall mark. It will be an interesting match-up as Barton County enters as the No. 1 ranked scoring offense in the Region VI (85.4 ppg.) while Seward County is No. 1 in the Region VI in scoring defense allowing 62.7 points per game.