LIBERAL, Kan. – The No. 14 Seward County continued their strong play in December, pushing their win streak to four games with a 98-54 dismantling of the Coffeyville Red Ravens. The win keeps the Lady Saints in the hunt to stay atop the Jayhawk Conference as they end the fall semester with a 4-1 KJCCC record.
The Lady Saints made their first two baskets with a three by Lexi Hernandez and a layup by Carla Covane, but lost its groove, scoring just two points over the following four minutes as the Red Ravens took a 10-7 lead. The lead didn't last as Karolina Szydlowska scored five straight to give Seward the lead before taking a 15-12 lead into the second quarter.
After struggling in the first quarter, the Lady Saints exploded for two of their most productive quarters of the season, scoring 31 points in the second and 34 points in the third. In the second quarter, the Lady Saints shot 70.6 percent from the field, connecting on 12 of their 17 shots, including going 2-for-5 from deep. By the end of the quarter, their lead reached 23 after allowing just 11 points to the Red Ravens as they led 46-23 at halftime.
Seward opened the third quarter with a 16-3 run over the first five minutes. Aquila Mucubaquire and Kalen Green each scored 11 points in the third quarter alone, helping the Lady Saints shoot 76.5 percent from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc in the quarter. By the time the buzzer sounded, the Lady Saints increased their already commanding lead 44, leading 80-36.
After two dominate quarters, the Lady Saints came back down to earth, scoring 18 points in the quarter, coming just shy of reaching triple digits. Seward's largest lead came with 1:10 left in the game, as Kalen Green put them up 47 points with a three-pointer. The final tally of 98-54 marks the largest margin of victory in the series between the two teams.
Seward shot 52.2 percent (36-for-69) from the floor and 55 percent (11-for-20) from behind the arc. The Lady Saints held the Red Ravens to just 30.1 percent (22-for-73) from the field and 4.5 percent (1-for-22) from deep. The Lady Saints still struggled from the charity stripe, shooting just 44.1 percent (15-for-34).
Six different Lady Saints scored in double-figures, led by Kalen Green's career-high 20 points. Nineteen of her 20 points came in the second half. Karolina Szydlowska (18 pts), Aquila Mucubaquire (16 pts), Silvia Veloso (13 pts), Carla Covane (12 pts) and Lexi Hernandez (11 pts) each joined Green in double figures.
Seward will have the next two weeks off before heading to Pensacola, Florida to take on Indian River State and North Arkansas in the Pensacola Classic on December 28th and 29th. They will resume Jayhawk Conference play on January 9th when they travel to Independence.