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Lady Saints coast to Jayhawk Conference title with blowouts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:50


Seward County Lady Saint sophomores, from left, Brennyn Seagler, Valerie Caro, Mollie Monsey and Vanessa Caro, receive recognition after their final game in the Greenhouse Saturday. The four never lost a game at home and have won back-to-back regular season Jayhawk Conference championships. L&T photo/Earl Watt


Carla Covane drives to the basket against Dodge City Saturday in the Greenhouse. Covane and the Lady Saints dominated the Lady Conquistadors, 98-39. L&T photo/Earl Watt


• Leader & Times

Sophomore Night proved to be special for the Lady Saints Saturday with a 98-39 crushing of the Dodge City Lady Conquistadors, and then the Lady Saints finished the regular season Monday with a 75-53 drubbing of the Garden City Lady Broncbusters.

Seward will head to the Region VI Tournament as the No. 1 seed and received a bye in the opening round.

In their last game in the Greenhouse Saturday, the Lady Saint sophomores were able to shine one last time. Brennyn Seagler, Valerie Caro, Vanessa Caro and Mollie Mounsey went out on a high note. In their final two games in the Greenhouse. The Lady Saints outscored their opponents 228-87.

Mounsey scored 32 points against Dodge City on Sophomore Night, which stood out even more considering she only played for 20 minutes of the game.

Seagler also reached double digits with 10 points in only 17 minutes of play.

The Lady Saints forced 40 turnovers.

“Our players were determined and focused,” Seward coach Toby Wynn said. “We came out with great energy. The sophomores started us off the right way. When our defense is talking and being aggressive, we can cause problems for other teams. We scored 51 points off turnovers. When you can do that with that type of magnitude you can do great things.”

The Lady Saints seemed to be in fast break mode the entire night, flirting with their second consecutive 100-point game.

During his scouting, Wynn noticed most teams allowed Dodge City to walk the ball up the court. He wasn’t going to do that.

“The best way our team plays is fast break,” Wynn said. “We turned it up against Colby and turned it up again tonight. We wanted to speed them up. In watching film, their game was walking the ball up the court, taking 10-15 seconds off the clock — not a lot of possessions in those games. We wanted to force them to play at our tempo, and our players did a good job of doing that tonight.”

With Saturday night’s win and Independence losing to Hutchinson, the Lady Saints won the Jayhawk Conference title outright, but that didn’t take the edge off of wanting to go to Garden City and get another win.

“We have players who want to compete and win,” Wynn said. “There is a lot to play for. We are not going there and not being ready to play the game. Garden City is a big rival. Our players will go in there prepared to play another good game.”

And they did. Mounsey scored another 20 points in a 75-53 road win.

But Mounsey’s last game at home was bittersweet.

“I’m super sad it was my last game in the Greenhouse,” Mounsey said. “ I wanted to come out with a win and a conference championship with my sophomores.”

For the Caro sisters who played in Satanta, their last night was also special.

“It’s amazing,” Vanessa Caro said. “We had a lot of people from our community come see us. I’m speechless.”

“It will be a memorable night, getting to play with these girls,” Valerie Caro added.

For Seagler, who had to wear a face mask early in the season after a shot to the nose to winning the conference title, she wasn’t ready to call the season over after the final home win.

“It means everything,” Seagler said about winning the final home game. “I definitely want to end this year on a very high note, and I love playing with these girls, sophomores and freshmen.”

Instead of fading after a long season, the Lady Saints have found a new gear, especially defensively.

“We know these games are the most important,” Caro said. “We are giving all we have.”

For Wynn, he has had a special group of sophomores win back-to-back conference titles and go undefeated in the Greenhouse in their careers.

“They have been the epitome of what a Lady Saint is,” Wynn said. “If there was a definition in the dictionary, they exemplify what that is. As a coach you can’t be more proud or appreciative of what they have given to this community and this institution. When you have players that give more than themselves, I have been proud to be a part of it and have them on my team.”

To finish it out with even greater accomplishments, Caro summed up the game plan.

“We need to stay together and do what we do — practice at a championship level,” she said. 

And Wynn shared that there are still prizes to be won.

“We haven’t won the region since 2007,” he said. “We will take it one game at a time, prepare the best and perform at the level we need to.”

The Lady Saints earned a bye as the No. 1 overall seed in Region VI. They will play the winner of the Barton/Coffeyville game at 1 p.m. Monday in Hartman Arena.

The winner of the Region VI tournament will advance to the NJCAA national tournament.




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