Lady Saints save best for last
Monday, 05 December 2011 11:39
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
With eight minutes to go and trailing No. 18 State Fair by 10, Seward coach Toby Wynn took his last time out of the game.
‘I told them I can’t help them any more,” Wynn said. “That was my last time out.”
With no time outs left, No. 14 Seward found a way to outscore State Fair 20-5 and earn an improbable 70-65 win.
“We started pressing and forced some turnovers,” Wynn said. “We hadn’t pressed the entire game. They took some quick shots, we got some transition baskets and made plays down the stretch. We got just enough steals and rebounding to get the win.”
State Fair still had a chance to tie the game trailing by three in the final 8 seconds. But after a time out, Seward played man-to-man, nd Ricquia Jones tipped away the inbounds pass and laid it in for a five point Lady Saints lead.
“Ricquia was doing a good job to deny them the ball,” Wynn said. “She got her hand in there and knocked it away.”
Seward had a 13-point lead in the first half, but State Fair cut it to three by half. The Lady Saints continued to struggle in the second half while State Fair reversed Seward’s 13-point lead and took a 10-point lead of their own with eight minutes to play.
After Wynn’s final time out, Seward finished with the 20-5 run for the come-from-behind win.
The win broke a two-game losing streak against ranked opponents for Seward who dropped two in Garden City a week earlier to currently ranked No. 3 Independence and No. 16 New Mexico Junior College.
Seward’s defense held State Fair to 36 percent shooting.
Jones sparked the Lady Saints with 17 points. Ashlynn Knoll came up big down the stretch and scored 18 for the game.
Anete Kersteine scored 14.
Seward will return to the Green House Friday and Saturday for two games before the holiday break .