By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
In Seward’s two losses this season, slow starts to the second half didn’t help.
Against Northeastern Colorado Friday night at the Green House, it was a strong start to the second half that led to victory.
The No. 11 Lady Saints shot out to a 9-0 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes, but Northeastern roared back with a 9-0 run to tie the game.
The Lady Saints fired right back to take a 19-11 lead, but again Northeastern rallied and took a 22-21 lead with 5:27 to play in the first half.
The Lady Plainsmen built a 26-21 lead before Seward finished the half on a 7-2 run to tie the game 28-28.
The second half was all Lady Saints.
Ashlynn Knoll and Anete Kirsteine penetrated the lane, and Northeastern was forced to foul
Knoll and Kirsteine combined to make 10 free throws out of 11 attempts.
The Lady Saints made 58 percent of their shots in the second half while limiting Northeastern to 24 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Knoll led the Lady Saints with 23 points. Kirsteine scored 14 points for her high as a Lady Saint.
“The first half was ugly,” Kirsteine said. “It was really bad. We knew we needed to win this game. We played 100 percent. I’m proud of the team. We showed we are a team in the second half.”
Wynn was also impressed with his team’s second-half performance.
“That may be the best half we played the entire year,” Wynn said. “We executed our offense, got to the free throw line. We made a few adjustments defensively, took some of their stuff away and challenged their shooters.”