Cloud rains on Seward County’s Homecoming
Monday, 14 February 2011 13:21
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
A classic battle between Cloud and Seward turned into a sleeper in the waning moments of the first half, and the Lady Saints failed to make what was likely their last chance to get into the top four of the Jayhawk West with a 65-57 loss Saturday at the Greenhouse.
The game between Seward and Cloud usually determined the conference champion, but this time the Lady Saints were trying to move out of fifth and into fourth so they could host a first-round game of the Region VI tournament at the end of the regular season.
Cloud, on the other hand, still has an outside shot at winning the Jayhawk West, and after Saturday’s victory over the Saints remained two games behind Hutchinson with four games to be played.
For most of the first half, it appeared to be another classic match-up. Seward had a brief five-point lead early, and the Cloud had a four-point lead with 7:33 to go in the half.
After Hanna Bognar hit a basket with five minutes to play until halftime, Seward trailed 20-19.
Cloud’s Brittany Griswald finished the half by scoring nine points, with five of those coming from the free thow line, and Daja Dehayward also scored two buckets as the Lady T-birds ended the half on a 13-3 run to take a 33-22 halftime lead.
Seward never recovered.
The Lady Saints trimmed the lead to five early in the second half, but Cloud continued to push and maintained a seven-point lead most of the second half. Cloud jumped out to as high as 12, but the more aggressive Lady-T-Birds forced turnovers by picking Seward’s pocket to the dissatisfaction of the Seward crowd who rose to their feet several times waiting for whistles that never came.
Seward committed 18 turnovers in the loss.
Mariah Lee continued to be Seward’s leading force with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Ashlynn Knoll scored 15. Hannah Rotolo had nine.
Seward (17-10, 7-6) will travel to Dodge City (7-19, 0-12) Sunday.