By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Back-to-back nights should be a challenge for the shorthanded Lady Saint this season, but there were no signs of fatigue Saturday against Fort Carson.
After surviving an emotional game against South Plains Friday to earn a 69-62 win, No. 19 Seward rolled to 5-0 with a 93-62 win Saturday over Fort Carson.
The Lady Saints took advantage of the shorter Fort Carson line-up and pounded the ball inside to Korina Chapman and Shenise Brooks. Chapman scored 24 points, all in the paint with the exception of a three she drained midway through the first half.
Brooks added 14 in the lane.
Fort Carson kept the game close early, and after the first five minutes the Lady Saints only had a one-point lead, 11-10.
Seward dominated the next six minutes, outscoring Fort Collins 21-7 that included two threes from Fabiana Monte plus 11 points from Chapman, and the Saints stretched out to a 32-17 lead.
Fort Carson tried to slow down the streaking Lady Saints by fouling in the lane, but Seward was able to knock down 16 of 17 free-throw opportunities in the first half, and Fort Carson starters Kierra Taylor and Alicia Leippert found themselves on the bench with three first-half fouls each.
Seward continued to dominate inside, and by halftime had a 49-24 lead over a team that had a 14-point lead over No. 3 Hutchinson Friday before losing 79-72.
Seward maintained their lead most of the second half, and Seward never showed the signs of fatigue for the back-to-back games with only eight players.
The Lady Saints stretched the 25-point halftime lead to 31 by the end of the game.
“I was really worried about coming out and having a good energy level,” Seward coach Toby Wynn said. “After such an emotional win (Friday) night and come back and validate (Friday) night’s win, it took us a little to get going, but we got it back. We have eight players, we will get fatigued at times. As a coach I have to manage minutes and the bench. We were able to do it for the most part tonight.”
Seward didn’t face easy opponents like some classics. Both South Plains and Fort Carson provided a challenge.
“Fort Carson has a nice team,” Wynn said. “They have older kids that are good players. Some played Division 1 before. Now they play recreationally. They beat Western Nebraska, Colby, they were up on Hutch by 13 and had a shot to win. We knew it would be tough. We didn’t know if they could play back to back. We wanted to push the ball and get the tempo from the start.”
Seward did push the ball all the way to the rim, something Wynn wanted to do this season.
“We told our kids we want to be an inside-out team,” he said. “We want to score in the paint and get to the free throw line, and not heavily rely on three-point shots like last few years. Tonight we did a good job getting the ball to those kids.”
Chapman led the Lady Saints with 24 points, Alana Simon and Fabiana Monte each had 16, and Brooks scored 14.
Seward dominated the board, out-rebounding Fort Carson 57-39.
The Lady Saints will travel to Hutchinson Friday for a two-day event. No. 19 Seward (5-0) will face Central Methodist’s junior varsity Friday and San Jacinto-North Saturday.