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Seward’s Mollie Mounsey is surrounded by Frank Phillips defenders Wednesday in the Greenhouse. The Lady Saints faced a stiff challenge form the Lady Plainsmen beforeputting the game away in the fourth quarter for a 61-47 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Seward never trailed Frank Phillips Wednesday night in the Greenhouse, but the lead was in question most of the night before a run midway through the fourth quarter allowed the No. 8 Lady Saints to earn a 61-47 win.

Seward only led by two heading into the final quarter before a stiff Lady Saints defense and missed shots by the Lady Plainsmen allowed Seward to put the game away.

Seward jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Frank Phillips battled back to tie the game 10-10 with 2:58 to play in the first quarter, and the two teams would also be tied at 12-12 and 14-14 before back-to-back three pointers by Valarie Caro and Mollie Mounsey gave the Lady Saints a 20-14 lead.

But Kinsley Choate connected on a three-point shot for the Lady Plainsmen to pull the game back to 20-17, and the Lady Saints struggled to get off shots in the second quarter, giving the Lady Plainsmen a chance to rally.

But Frank Phillips missed basket after basket, and with 6:15 to play in the first half, Seward had a seven point lead, 26-19.

But the Lady Saints did not score for the next five minutes, and Frank Phillips again narrowed the gap to three, 26-23.

Vanessa Caro broke the drought for the Lady Saints with a basket in the final minute of the half, and the Lady Saints had a 28-25 lead.

Seward built an eight-point lead in the third quarter, 37-29, but Frank Phillips responded with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to one, 39-38.

Amy Scott hit a free throw before the quarter ended, and the Lady Saints had a 40-38 lead.

Seward opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run capped by a Lexi Hernandez three pointer tot ake a 49-40 lead, and after the Lady Plainsmen narrowed the gap down to five with 2:53 to play, the Lady Saints ended the game ona  9-0 run for the 61-47 win.

“This was probably the best Frank Phillips team I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching here,” Seward coach Toby Wynn said. “In my opinion, Frank Phillips should have won the game tonight. They were the better team on the floor. They were better prepared, they played more aggressively. We are just fortunate that they missed a bunch of shots.”

Frank Phillips took 73 shots while the Lady Saints only shot the ball 45 times.

But Seward made 47 percent of its shots while Frank Phillips only connected on 27 percent of theirs.

The Lady Saints also committed 29 turnovers.

Mounsey led the Lady Saints with 16 points, and Vanessa Caro had 12.

“We have to play more aggressive on defense,” Mounsey said. “We don’t feel great about it, but in the next few days we are going to work on energy at practice.”

That might be needed since No. 12 Hutchinson will be coming to the Greenhouse for a key first game of the conference at 6 p.m. Saturday.

 

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