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Mollie Mounsey looks inside while dribbling Wednesday night in the Greenhouse. Mounsey faced suffocating defensive pressure by being face guarded throughout the game, but she still led the Lady aints with 21 points in a 63-52 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Cayla Trotter tried. Shay Kelly tried. One Independence Lady Pirate after another tried to take Seward’s Mollie Mounsey out of Wednesday’s key Jayhawk Conference game.

Even with a defender staring her down throughout the game, Mounsey still scored 21 points to lead the Lady Saints to a 63-52 win to return to a tie at the top of the Jayhawk Conference.

Indy had a one-game lead on the Lady Saints before Seward’s win, and while the Lady Saints pulled even in the Greenhouse, Hutchinson was doing the same against Cowley, earning a 58-50 win and forcing a four-way tie.

Seward used back-to-back threes in the first quarter to build a 17-9 lead and took a 15-point lead early in the second.

But the Lady Pirates pushed back, and with 20 seconds remaining in the half, Mychaell Gray drained a three to cut Seward’s lead to three, 32-29.

But Mounsey put up a three at the buzzer that sailed through the net to give the Lady Saints a six-point halftime lead.

Seward built back to a double digit lead early in the third quarter by forcing turnovers and scoring in the transition.

Even though Mounsey faced a tough defense, she still shared the ball. On a fast break, Mounsey drew a defender and dished the ball to Lexi Hernandez for the lay-up, and despite being held to only seven points in the first half, Mounsey added 14 in the second half to score 21 points, and Hernandez scored 15 to help the Lady Saints keep Indy at a double-digit deficit, and Seward cruised to the 53-52 win.

“We played well defensively,” Seward coach Toby Wynn said. “They were a plus 17 rebound team, we lost by nine, so our players competed on the board and forced them into 31 turnovers. We knew they would face guard Mollie, and we needed someone else to step up like Lexi (Hernandez) did tonight.”

Hernandez said that she had help in reaching 15 points.

“We stepped up and did our best,” Hernandez said. “My teammates got me some open shots, and Mollie was screening to get me open.”

For Wynn, he was glad that his team was abel to play two games in Arizona before facing Independence.

“Arizona was huge,” he said. “We got back in the competitive realm and understand what we had to do. We had a tough game against Mesa. That maybe gave us a bit of an advantage not being the first game back from the break.”

And Wynn thought forcing 31 turnovers, especially in the third quarter, helped the Lady Saints earn the win.

“That was a period where we got a hand on a lot of balls turned that into some offense.”

But having his team continue to succeed despite the pressure on Mounsey was also encouraging for Wynn.

“To have other people come in and make plays when we needed them, that was big for our team,” he said.

The Lady Saints (12-2, 8-2) will hit the road for two conference games at Colby Saturday and Garden City Wednesday.

 

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