Friday, 11 February 2011 12:10
By ROY ALLEN
SCCC Sports Information
PRATT — Both the Seward County Lady Saints and Saints took care of business Thursday night in Pratt against the Beavers in make up games originally scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The Lady Saints were looking to build on their first conference road win of the season which they picked up Monday, with a win Thursday against the Beavs to start their first road winning streak of the season. They did just that behind a solid all around effort including their offense that shot 48 percent as a team and a defense that held the Beavs to just 33 percent shooting on the night.
Seward would start hot and finish hot as they scorched the nets for 55 percent shooting in the first half of the game en route to holding a 42-28 lead at the break.
In the second half Seward would turn up the defensive pressure, holding Pratt to under 30 percent shooting while extending upon their lead and eventually winning by the count of 77-56. The 48 percent shooting for Seward in the win was their highest shooting percentage of the season and their 77 points mark the most since the Lady Saints scored 77 in an early January win over Barton.
Ashlynn Knoll continued her strong play in the win, scoring 22 points, grabbing nine rebounds, as well as dishing out four assists, and picking off four steals. Mariah Lee would get back on track with a 14 point night while Autumn Miller lit it up from outside and finished with 13. Hannah Rotolo finished in double figures for the second straight game with 11 points and also had 5 assists and just 1 turnover for Seward in the victory.
• The No. 13 Seward County Saints were looking to get past their loss to last place Colby on Monday, when they took the floor in Pratt against the now last place Beavers, Thursday night. Seward would start strong and would build a sizeable lead that they would hold for a good majority of the first half but for the second straight game would falter as the half came to a close and would see their 12 point lead shrink to just two as the teams headed to the locker rooms.
Up 40-38 as the second half began, the Saints knew they were in for a dog fight and that is exactly what they got from the Beavers who rarely stumble in their gym. The teams would go back and forth early in the second half and would be tied five minutes in.
The Saints would begin to pull away midway through the period thanks to Rafriel Guthrie taking the green and black onto his back. The Seward freshman would score 20 second half points and would finish with a career high 32 as the Saints built upon their late lead until finally outlasting Pratt 88-74.
After reaching the charity stripe just seven times in the first half, Seward would turn up the dial on their aggressiveness in the second half as they were the beneficiaries of a number of second half whistles and would shoot 24 free throws, making 18 in the final 20 minutes.
Guthrie would score a game and career high 32 points to go along with his 5 rebounds while Jeremy Jones would go for 16 points and five assists in the game with a number of Div. 1 coaches on hand to check out his skills. Daveon Boardingham would score 10 points and have five rebounds off the bench for the Saints and Irvin Hollinger would score six points and have eight rebounds in the win.