Valerie Caro breaks free for a lay-up Saturday night in the first half against Allen County. Caro and the Lady Saints faced an early challenge from the Lady Red Devils but 10 timely three pointers allowed the Lady Saints to pull away in a 78-59 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt
By ROY ALLEN
Seward sports information director
The Seward County Lady Saints continued their roll through Jayhawk Conference play Saturday night in the Greenhouse, downing visiting Allen 78-59 to earn their 20th conference victory of the season.
Seward got out to a hot start in front of their home crowd, jumping out to an 8-0 lead on the Lady Red Devils. Allen fought back though, trimming the Seward lead to five at 15-10 before the Lady Saints pushed their advantage back to seven before the end of the first quarter at 19-12.
Allen closed back to within four at 23-19 midway through the second, but back-to-back threes from Brennyn Seagler and Mollie Mounsey pushed the lead back to nine moments later at 36-27.
Seward got one more bucket before the break to take a 38-27 lead at half.
With the Greenhouse subdued, the Lady Saints were unable to create much momentum of their own when the second half got underway.
Allen closed it to a two-possession game midway through the period before Seward stretched it back to an eight-point game at the end of the period at 55-47.
Finally the Lady Saints found some continuity in the final quarter, stretching their lead double digits and then 15 midway through on a bucket from Joanna Grymek inside. A pair of late threes from Mounsey put the nail in the Devils’ coffin, and Seward went on to win 78-59 to collect their 20th Jayhawk Conference win of the year.
It was a win-and-move-on game for Seward as they shot just 41 percent from the field on the night and turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 19 times.
Grymek led the Lady Saints with a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double while Mounsey added 20. Manuela Fungate recorded her fourth straight double figure rebounding effort with 13.
Seward won their seventh straight to improve to 24-1 overall and 20-1 in Jayhawk Conference play on the year while Allen dropped to 7-18 overall and 6-15 in league play.
Next up for the Lady Saints is another long midweek road trip to Southeast Kansas as they make the trek to Chanute to take on the Neosho County Panthers in a 5:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday.