With a bench of only eight, the Lady Saints do not have much room for error.
They also don’t have a lot of time to bring the younger players up to game speed at the community college level.
Three of Seward’s eight players were playing high school basketball a year ago.
For the Lady Saints to succeed after the loss of players before the season started, Alana Simon, Kyndal Davis and Brianna Scott were going to have to make the move to college basketball in a hurry.
With a team of eight, there is no place to hide a weaker player, and everyone is going to have to put time on the floor.
Simon and Scott are both starters, and Davis has been playing a lot of minutes.
For the No. 19 Lady Saints to have scored more than 100 points four times in eight games says that this team is working together, and with six of the eight scoring double figures Friday against Lamar, it also says they can shoot.
When I watched the Lady Saints earlier this season, I had some concerns with the short bench.
There were times I felt like Scott might have been in a little over her head.
But 24 points against Lamar tells a different story.
With only eight players, each is having to step up every time Seward takes the floor. It will be hard to have an off night from a player or two and still win when you have limited numbers.
But so far, the Lady Saints are covering when a plyer gets in foul trouble or someone isn’t having their strongest night, and that has led toa 4-0 start.
Pre-season rankings are nothing more than giving credit to a team with history, and at first blush it appeared Seward’s No. 19 might have been just that.
But eight games into the season, the ranking id not only legitimate, but it may be low.
Rankings will mean little when the Jayhawk Conference portion of the season rolls around, but what will matter is the experience that the Lady Saints are gaining every night right now.
These freshmen have joined a talented group of sophomores, and the two have meshed together like turkey and stuffing.
When the Lady Saints return to the Greenhouse this weekend, I encourage you to head to campus and watch.
A new poll won’t be released until 2014, but when it does, I believe that if these Lady Saints continue to put up the numbers they have been, their No. 19 ranking will improve.
It would be hard not to say that eight games into the season, the Lady Saints are the Jayhawk West team to beat, and they will get the best form everyone every night.