Trip to San Diego the calm before the Jayhawk conference storm PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 December 2013 12:02

The Lady Saints will have a short Christmas break this year, but I don’t think they will mind.

The No. 7 Lady Saints will be playing in San Diego this weekend, which will be a pleasant relief from the snow and ice that they have seen in Liberal during December.

Seward will play host MiraCosta College to start the tournament, which is one of the best-kept secrets in San Diego.

I searched the MiraCosta web site, the local media outlets, and you can’t find out very much about it at all.

Here’s what I could find:

MiraCosta plays in the Pacific Coast Conference and finished 10-15 last year.

Finding very little says a lot. For one, community college athletics do not seem to get the attention in California that they receive in Kansas.

While the Lady Saints can’t take anything lightly along the beach, the goal would be to come back at undefeated prior to starting the Jayhawk Conference in January.

While it is far too early to start establishing a pecking order in the Jayhawk West, the early indication is it will be a competitive year.

The Lady Saints are No. 7 and the defending champion Lady Blue Dragons are ranked third in the nation.

Hutch is a perfect 12-0, the Lady Saints are 11-0, but this may not be a two-horse race.

Pratt has come in at 12-2 in the first semester, and perhaps the biggest turnaround is happening in Dodge City, where the Lady Conquistadors are off to a 12-3 start after finishing last year’s season at 9-22.

Barton also stands at 12-3 after a 13-17 finish a year ago.

At this time last year, Seward was 9-4.

The Lady Saints have certainly turned a corner in the first semester, and it happened when Toby Wynn changed his game form a perimeter attack to a battle in the paint.

There are two strong indicators that this strategy has been successful.

The Lady Saints are beating the teams they should by huge margins.

In their first 11 games, Seward has broken the century mark four times.

The second indicator is winning games against quality opponents.

The Lady Saints have wins over South Plains and New Mexico, two teams that beat the Lady Saints a year ago.

The schedule will get tougher Jan. 11 when the Jayhawk west Conference games begin. Seward will have to go on the road for the first two mach-ups at Garden and then at Colby.

When the home conference season begins, it could be the national game of the week when Hutch comes to town Jan. 18.

But for now, enjoy the sunshine in San Diego.

 

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