By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Expecting the Saints to break out of a slump Monday might have been asking too much.
After all, the opponent and location where the Saints have the worst record in history is in the Arena against the Hutchinson Blue Dragons.
Those struggles continued Monday with a 62-48 loss, Seward’s third loss in four games in the Jayhawk West.
Seward was on a roll through Jan. 20 when they demolished Raleigh’s Finest in a strange scheduling twist of placing a nonconference patsy in the middle of the Jayhawk Conference schedule. Seward was 5-0 in Jayhawk West action prior to that game, and 1-3 in conference action since.
Seward has slipped to 6-3 in Jayhawk West action, two games behind Hutchinson and a game behind Butler.
The loss to Hutchinson was highlighted by a poor shooting night and little offensive support from Tony Smith, a cornerstone of the Saints offensive attack this season.
Smith was not in the starting line-up for the Saints as Bryan Zollinger looked to shake things up at Hutch.
But the changes didn’t help.
Seward and Hutch battled in the first half, and the Blue Dragons were abel to claim a 26-22 halftime lead.
But it was a lackluster second half that spelled doom for the Saints.
Seward only shot 31 percent in the second half while the Blue Dragons connected on 57 percent of their shots.
The Saints were able to dominate the boards, out-rebounding Hutchinson 41-31, but the Saints simply could not hit the shots.
Latiq Agard stepped up to score 18 points for the Saints, but there was little support behind his effort. Donté McCarter and Smith each had eight points in the loss, and Jon Tassin scored seven.
The Saints committed 18 turnovers in the loss during the mid-season slump.
The Saints will look to regain momentum Wednesday with a home game with Barton County. The Saints will tip off in the Green House at 8 p.m.