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July 06th, 2020

Special to the Leader & Times

CHANUTE — The No. 13 Lady Saints took care of business on the road to defeat Neosho County Community College 107-74 Saturday.  The Saints improved to 12-3 overall and 7-0 in Conference play. 

Seward County trailed after the first quarter 20-12, but quickly turned it around and outscored the Panthers 69-34 in the second and third quarters combined.

Early in the first quarter, the Lady Saints took an 8-7 advantage over the Panthers. Neosho responded by going on a 13-4 run to take a 20-12 lead heading into the second quarter. 

This would be the Panther’s largest lead of the game. 

In the second quarter, it would be the Lady Saints who responded with a run of their own. After being tied at 26 all, Seward County put together a 14-0 run to separate themselves from Neosho County. 

During the run, the Lady Saints applied a full-court press that disrupted the Panthers offense and led to fast-break opportunities for Seward. This momentum carried the Lady Saints into halftime with a 48-38 advantage.

The third quarter is where the Lady Saints would truly separate themselves from the Panthers when Seward County went on an 18-8 run to give themselves a 66-46 lead over Neosho County. 

During the quarter the No. 13 Lady Saints put their defense on display, only allowing 16 points and scoring 33 points. 

The fourth-quarter started with both teams shooting early in the shot clock. The fast pace of the game played to the Lady Saints’ advantage, as they pushed the ball in transition and started to knock down open threes. Gina Ballesteros started off the quarter with back-to-back threes and a long two to give Seward County a 94-64 lead. 

The Lady Saints continued their offensive attack and broke the century mark for the first time in conference play and went on to win 107-74.

The Lady Saints now sit all alone on top of the Jayhawk West after Hutchinson Community College fell to Cowley 72-70. Seward County is the only team undefeated in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. 

Neosho was paced by Jessica Jones with 14 points and two rebounds. Other Panthers in double digits were Hayley Stiger with 13, Addy Emmons with 11, and Morgan Bolen with 10 points.

Seward County had six players in double digits and was led by Karolina Szydlowska with 18 points and nine rebounds. The other Lady Saints in double digits were Destiny Alston with 16, Leilani Augmon with 15, Ballesteros with 13, Ayabba Smith with 11 and Aquila Mucubaquire with 10 points.

Lady Saints were back in action Monday in the Greenhouse against Garden City.

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