Inside game works for Lady Saints in Hutch win
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Toby Wynn headed into the break with a commitment to improving the
Lady Saints’ inside game.
Whatever he did worked.
Seward’s Amanda Pierson and Nadia Rosario combined for 25 points to
lead the Lady Saints to a Jayhawk West win against Hutchinson, 90-72.
The first half made the difference for Seward, and the Lady Saints
survived a poor-shooting second half for the win. The Lady Saints
shot 56 percent while holding Hutch to 37 percent in the first half.
The Lady Saints and Lady Blue Dragons were on fire from long range.
Seward connected on 9 first-half three-pointers out of 12 tries while
Hutch hit five of 10 from the three-point line.
The Lady Saints also took advantage of free throw opportunities,
and area that had hurt Seward in the first half of the season.
But against Hutch, Seward was able to connect on 34 of 48 attempts.
By halftime, Seward had shot out to a 56-32 lead.
But what appeared to be easy shooting in the first turned in to near
impossible in the second.
The Lady Saints attempted another dozen three pointers in the second
half, but only made one of them.
Seward only hit five of 28 shots from the field in the second half.
The Lady Blue Dragons struggled form long range as well, only hitting
one three pointer out of 11 tries.
But the saving grace for Seward was its free throw shooting.
The Lady Saints went to the line 33 times in the second half and made
23 of the shots.
Seward shot its season-best 71 percent from the free throw line to
keep the Lady Dragons at a distance and earn the 90-72 win.
Pierson scored 18 points, Rachel Barnes had 17 as did LaNell Taylor,
Megan Lassley scored 14, and Vannessa Simmons had 10.