Mollie Mounsey dribbles the ball against Hutchinson’s Brenna McClure Wednesday in the Region VI championship. A disastrous fourth quarter led to a 65-44 loss for the Lady Saints. L&T photo/Earl Watt
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
PARK CITY — One the worst possible night for shots not to fall, the Lady Saints went ice cold from three-point range, and despite to comeback efforts, the Lady Saints dropped the Region VI championship to Hutchinson, 65-44.
Seward fell behind early while shot after shot clanked off the rim, but the Lady Saints were able to rally in the second quarter and take a four-point lead after back-to-back threes from Neidy Ocuane and Mollie Mounsey.
But Hutchinson pushed back, and by halftime the Lady Blue Dragons had a 27-23 lead.
Seward again stormed back to start the second half, scoring the first seven points to take a 30-27 lead and forcing a Hutchinson time out.
But again, the Lady Blue Dragons responded, regaining the lead and building a 46-38 advantage after the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, Hutchinson’s Bride K-hopate was called for her fourth foul, and when Kyla Williams subbed in, she played very physical with Seward’s Joanna Grymek.
Williams was called for a hold, and the Hutchinson bench complained to the officials that Grymek had elbowed Williams in the head, leading to a review of the video.
During the review, Seward coach Toby Wynn questioned the Hutchinson coaches for making the unfounded claim, and two Hutch assistant moved to midcourt to challenge Wynn’s displeasure.
After the review, it was determined no such action took place, but the Lady Saint offense never recovered after the delay, and the Lady Saints only scored six points in the fourth period while Hutchinson scored 19 and ran away with the Region VI title, 65-44.
Despite a tough shooting night, Mounsey led the Lady Saints with 11 points. Ocuane had nine.
Despite the loss, the No. 4 Lady Saints (32-2) are expected to receive an at-large bid to the NJCAA National Tournament which begins next week in Lubbock, Texas.