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Mounsey reaches 800 career points in win over Cowley PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 December 2017 07:57

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Mollie Mounsey drives to the basket Wednesday night agahisnt Cowley County. Mounsey eclipsed 800 points in her career as a Lady Saint, scoring 19 in a 77-58 win over the Lady Tigers. Courtesy photo

By IAN APPLEGATE

Seward sports information director

The No. 8 Seward County Lady Saints basketball team played a nearly flawless game, giving the Cowley Lady Tigers their first loss of the season, 77-58.  For the third straight game, Mollie Mounsey led the Lady Saints with 19 points, and reached 800 career points.

The Lady Saints (7-1, 5-1) came out firing in the first quarter, landing nearly every shot they took.  Through the first two and half minutes, the Lady Saints trailed 6-4, but eight straight points by Silvia Veloso over the next two minutes, would give the Lady Saints a 12-8 lead.

The Lady Tigers (9-1, 5-1) answered with a 5-0 to take the lead.  The deficit wouldn’t last long, however, as Lexi Hernandez buried two straight threes on consecutive possessions, giving the Lady Saints a five-point lead. Seward would not give up the lead again. Seward finished the quarter on a 5-2 run to lead 23-15.

In the first quarter, Seward went 9 for 11 (81.8 percent) from the field, with five shots coming from behind the arc.  Despite the high percentage, Cowley stayed in the game by shooting 43.8 percent from the floor.

The action slowed in the second quarter, as the two teams managed to score just two combined baskets through the first three minutes of play. The Lady Saints pushed their lead to 12 by the end of the quarter, leading 35-23 at the half. 

The Lady Saints shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the first half, while holding the Lady Tigers to just 34.5 percent.  Hernandez led the Lady Saints with 9 points at the break.

Seward got back on track in the third quarter, going on a 10-4 run in the first two minutes, capped off with a Mounsey three to push the lead to 18. Seward would go nearly four minutes without a field goal before Vanessa Caro hit one from behind the arc to make the score 51-37. The score would be 55-41 by the time the quarter ended two minutes later.

The Lady Saints quickly pushed their lead to 19 with three straight threes.  Mounsey made the first two before Hernandez capped off the run with a three of her own. The lead stayed at 19 for the remainder of the game, with the Lady Saints coming out on top, 75-56.

Seward shot 52.4 percent from the field for the game, while hitting 40.9 percent from behind the arc. Four Lady Saints score in double-figures – Mounsey had 19 points, Veloso scored 16,, Hernandez had 12, and Vilma Covane chipped in 11.  

The Lady Saints defense held the Lady Tigers to over 20 points under their scoring average (81.2 ppg), while holding them to 33.8 percent shooting.

The Lady Saints will be on the road for their next game, traveling to Coffeyville for a game against the Red Ravens.  The game will be streamed on Coffeyville’s YouTube channel and can be heard on 107.5 KSCB.

 

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