LIBERAL, Kan. – The No. 11 Seward County women's basketball team overcame another halftime deficit to defeat the Colby Trojans 62-52 and win their 12th straight game. The Lady Saints move to 18-2 overall and 10-1 in the Jayhawk Conference.
Neither team could get the ball in the hoop for the first two minutes, but Silvia Veloso changed that with back-to-back steals and fast break baskets. After Colby made it a two-point game, the Lady Saints ended the quarter on an 11-3 run to lead 17-7 after the first quarter.
After the Lady Saints took the ten-point lead, they went on their expected slump during the game as Colby fought back into the game, eventually taking a 27-26 lead over Seward with 2:07 left in the half. Seward went the final six minutes without hitting a field goal. The Trojans took a 28-26 lead into halftime.
Seward retook the lead after Lexi Hernandez found Silvia Veloso on the wing for a three to go up one point, but it didn't last long as the Trojans continued to knock down shots and disrupt those of Seward County. Free throws to end the quarter by Carla Covane gave Seward a one-point lead heading into the final quarter of play, 43-42.
Covane came out in the fourth knocking down a jumper from the top of the key and getting a put back layup on the first two possessions to give Seward a five-point lead. On the next possession, Hernandez showed off her range with a 23-footer. A sixth point by Covane in the first four minutes of the quarter made it a double-digit lead for Seward. A late 7-0 run by the Trojans cut the lead to seven points, Seward held onto the lead, winning 62-52.
Seward shot 36.2 percent (25-for-69) from the floor and 22.2 percent (2-for-9) from deep. The Trojans were held to just 27.6 percent (16-for-58) for the game but shot 40 percent (4-for-10) from behind the arc.
Four Lady Saints scored in double-figures led by Carla Covane's 17 points. She came one rebound of a double-double. Silvia Veloso (15 pts), Vonda Cuamba (10 pts) and Aquila Mucubaquire (10 pts) each scored in the double-figures.
Seward will be back in action on Saturday (Jan. 26) in the Greenhouse against Barton. The game will tip at 6:00 p.m. and free tickets are avaiable at Ruffinos Italian Restaurant, Zak's Kitchen, Billy's, Rapid Fit, Gliks, North Hutch's, and North Pizza Hut thanks to Ruffinos and Seaboard Foods.