By Rustin Watt
When it comes down to the end of the season and the team atop the conference is a game a head in the standings they must continue to do one thing — win. That is exactly what the Lady Saints had to do — and did — against the Lady Conquistadors Saturday night at the Green House in a 93-50 route.
It was homecoming at the Green House with likely the biggest crowd of the season present. The Lady Saints came in a game ahead of the Lady Blue Dragons of Hutch and are now one game ahead with two regular season games remaining.
“The support was unbelievable,” Lady Saints head coach Toby Wynn said. “I’ve always believed that we have the best fan base in junior college women’s basketball. No community supports their team like ours does, and we’re so fortunate to have that support.”
The Lady Saints, sporting pink socks and head bands for breast cancer awareness, came out in a press defense the Lady Conqs couldn’t handle. Seward jumped ahead 21-2 before the mid-way point of the first half before going into the break up 19, 42-23.
Seward improved offensively the second half and dropped 51 points on the Lady Conqs and shot just under 56 percent in the second half en route to the 93-50 win.
Rachel Barnes led the Lady Saints with a double-double. Barnes scored 23 and ripped down 13 boards. Megan Lassley had 15 points with 5 assists. Kendra Spresser had 13 points and Sumr Robinett had 10 points along with seven rebounds.
The Lady Saints will prepare the next two days for a conference battle with Garden City in Garden on Wednesday.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough game,” Wynn said. “Last time it was tough. We had to score 62 in the second half to win 98-90. As far as offense goes it should be fun and entertaining, and we need to have two good practices Monday and Tuesday.”
After Wednesday’s contest Seward will return home Saturday to take on the Lady Grizzlies of Butler. Both teams Wynn sees as peaking at the right time.
“We have to win both to secure a conference championship,” Wynn said. “We control our own destiny and we have to beat two tough opponents. Garden comes off a win against Cloud and Butler has won four in a row. Coming down to the finish they’re both playing their best basketball and we have to match that.”