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No. 8 Lady Saints crush Pratt, 81-32 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:44

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Brennyn Seagler puts up a shot against Pratt’s Jada Catlin Wednesday in the Greenhouse. Seward won 81-32. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

The eighth ranked Seward County Lady Saints connected on nine first-half three pointers and shot 49 percent from the field to knock off Pratt 81-32 Saturday in the Greenhouse, setting up a clash for the Jayhawk Conference lead against Cowley Wednesday.

Pratt connected on back-to-back three pointers early for a 9-9 tie, and the Lady Saints responded with a 29-2 run, only allowing one Pratt basket over the next 11 minutes while hitting four threes in the run that gave Seward a 38-11 lead.

The Lady Beavers made four free throws the rest of the first half, and the Lady Saints added three more three pointers to go along with two more baskets to extend the lead to 51-15 at half.

Pratt only scored two baskets, two threes and four free throws in the first half while the Lady Saint defense held the Lady Beavers to only 22 percent shooting.

Seward was on fire in the first half, hitting nine of 16 three-point shots and 20 of 35 total attempts for 57 percent.

Mollie Mounsey had three long-range buckets in the first half and went to the break with 13 points.

Seward’s defense continued to dominate the Lady Beavers in the second half.

Pratt’s shooting actually dropped from 22 percent in the first half to only 17 percent in the second half, but the Lady Saints also couldn’t keep up the torrid pace of the first half, dropping from 57 percent to 39 percent in the second half.

Still, the Lady Saints added to the lead while struggling from long range. Seward only made one of 15 three-point attempts in the second half but made 11 of 16 two-point attempts.

By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Saints had built a 50-point lead, 73-23, and coach Toby Wynn sat his starters in the fourth quarter, and the reserves played even the rest of the way for the 81-32 win.

Mounsey led the Lady Saints with 19 points. Lexi Hernandez scored 12, nd Vilma Covane also had 12 as well as eight rebounds.

“Our second group came in in the first quarter and changed our energy level,” Wynn said. “They were all over the court, making it difficult for them to get shots off. The first group wasn’t guarding the ball and gave two wide open looks. The second group came in and contested everything. It’s a lot easier to shoot the ball when no one is in your face. When someone is in your face, it is a little more difficult.”

Seward bounced back after an 89-80 loss at Barton.

“I was disappointed in myself,” Wynn said. “That was one of my worst coaching games. I didn’t have my team ready and didn’t have a good plan. I put that one on myself. We worked extensively on defense, playing harder and smarter, and not putting people on the free throw line. We get by this one, we knew Wednesday we would have a chance to play for first place with Cowley coming.”

Last year the Lady Saints had to make the long drive to Cowley and hold on for a one-point win, 76-75.

“They have a nice team,” Wynn said. “They’ve controlled every game they’ve been in. They have been impressive. Getting a chance to play them in the Greenhouse,  where they have to travel four-and-a-half hours, hopefully that is an advantage for us.

Free tickets for Wednesday’s game are available at McDonald’s.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

 

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