By ROY ALLEN
Seward assistant athletic director
Saturday night the Seward County Lady Saints and Saints traveled to Dodge City to play in the United Wireless Arena for the first time ever. Both teams left the arena with smiles on their faces with their fifth straight wins to both remain in the race atop the Jayhawk West Conference standings.
It was a slow start the Lady Saints, and Seward led just 12-6 midway through the first half. The Lady Saints got things going to close the half while Dodge City certainly did not.
Seward led at the break 32-12 while holding the Lady Conquistadors to just four first-half field goals. Ricquia Jones outscored Dodge City by five by herself in the first 20 minutes with a 17 point half.
Seward opened it up to as many as 37 points in the second half before coasting to the finish line in a 71-45 win. Jones led Seward with 19 points while Madison McLain posted her second double double of the season against Dodge City with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Saints hit the court Saturday as the top dogs in the Jayhawk West after a pair of Hutchinson losses in the past week to draw the teams even in the standings at 10-2.
It was a back-and-forth first half for the two teams as they took turns trading early leads before the Saints grabbed onto the lead and took a 34-31 lead into the break. Dodge City hung around with Seward early in the second half but the Saints used a 15-3 spurt midway through the period to put the game away for good.
Seward opened its lead to 72-51 late in the half and after Dodge made one last push to make the score respectable, a pair of late Leslee Smith one-handed slams put an exclamation mark on a 79-64 Saints win.
The Lady Saints improved to 19-7 overall and 10-3 in the Jayhawk West with three games to go. Seward took over third place in the conference standings.
The Seward men remain deadlocked with Hutchinson atop the standings at 11-2.