#25 Independence Rallies Past Lady Saints

Brock Kappelmann - December 5, 2021 8:29 am

The Seward Lady Saints sputtered to the finish line.  Early on in their eagerly anticipated match up with defending Region 6 champ and first place Independence, the Lady Saint played inspired and dynamic.  They flew around and forced turnovers and reigned in 3’s.  But late in the game, they gave up open shots and shot blanks.  Independence trailed most of the way but rallied for their first ever win in the Green House 79-72 Saturday night.

The “Gals in Green” led 28-22 after one quarter and claimed a pair of nine point leads at 36-27 and 42-33.  Seward led at the half 50-42 as Zhane Thompson scored 20 first half points.  Seward took their biggest lead at 53-42 early in the third quarter.  Seward led 56-48.  The Lady Saints lead shrank to two 61-59 late in the third and SCCC led 63-59 after three.  The Lady Pirates took a 66-65 with 5:30 to play.  A Sanaa Smith 3 gave Seward a 68-66 lead.  However, the Lady Saints never trailed again.  Indy finished the game on a 13-4 run.

Seward shot 37 percent on the night and 23 percent in the second half.  Seward was 12-44 from 3 but 4-25 in the second half.  Indy shot 47 percent from the field and 10-20 from three one game after they were 2-22 from 3 against Barton.  Seward got killed on the glass 49-32.

Zhane Thompson scored her career high 25.  Zayla Tinner had 23 points and seven rebounds.  Sanaa Smith had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Seward is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Jayhawk.  Independence is 10-1 and all alone in first at 6-0.  Seward plays at Garden City Wednesday night at 5:30 with Saints Shoot-around at 5:15 on 107.5 and the KSCB and The Legend App.


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