Lady Saints use huge runs to pass Pratt, 77-36 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2009 00:00

Bailey Crandall draws two Pratt defenders Wednesday night at the  
Greenhouse. Crandall came off the bench to turn  in her best  
performan ce in conference play, scoring 14 points for Seward in a  
77-36 win.
Daily Leader photo/Rustin Watt

By Rustin Watt
•Daily Leader
The Lady Saints began Wednesday nights game with a stumble but  
quickly regathered themselves to sprint to a 77-36 victory over the  
Lady Beavers of Pratt.
Seward County came out a little slow to begin the game quickly down  
five 7-2. The Lady Saints tied it up with a little more than 13  
minutes to play 7-7, and again at 10-10.
  “Early on I was definitely not happy,” Lady Saints coach Toby Wynn  
said. “We weren’t efficient, we weren’t taking good shots, and we  
weren’t doing what we needed to do with the basketball.”
Seward took the lead on an incredible run never to look back. After  
being tied 10-10, Seward began one of their many runs of the night,  
the first one a 14-2 run to double the Lady Beavers point total, 24-12.
“There was a point in there where our defense really created some  
turnovers and we got some offensive baskets in transition,” Wynn  
said. “Rachel Barnes hit a couple threes to get us going, too, which  
was big.”
Immediately following the end of their first run the Lady Saints  
would go on a 10-3 run to go up 34-15. They continued to pressure on  
the defensive side of the ball and score in transition and ended the  
half with a 43-20 lead.
The second half Seward clicked on all cylinders putting up 36 points  
and only allowing Pratt to score 16. Even though it was a blowout,  
the Saints tenacious defense and drive can make it seem  as though  
they are the team that is down.
“Even when we are ahead we want to make sure and stay sharp  
offensively,” Wynn said. “You don’t want to just come down and start  
having careless turnovers or take bad shots. Defensively as well. We  
want to stay sharp and make sure we’re guarding the basketball. You  
still play to prepare all year long. You’re just trying to prepare  
for the next game and that’s something we try and focus on.”
Seward finished with a 77-36 conference win, and looked hungry for  
the upcoming game with Cloud County Saturday night in Concordia.
“We’ll be excited to play,” Wynn said. “To try and win a conference  
title, you have to win games on the road, and if we can do that  
against the best team then that will be a big step for us.”
Three Lady Saints ended the game scoring double digits. Leading  
Seward was Amanda Pierson with 17, Rachel Barnes scored 16, and  
Bailey Crandall came off the bench to score 14.
 
 
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