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November 20th, 2019

reverselayupKarolina Szydlowska puts in a reverse lay-up against Frank Phillips Saturday night in the Greenhouse. Szydlowska scored 24 points to help the Lady?Saints move to 2-0 with an 80-68 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Frank Phillips is no longer an automatic win, and the Lady Plainsmen gave the No. 6 Seward County Lady Saints an early challenge before Karolina Szydlowska took over with 24 points to lead Seward to an 80-68 win.

Szydlowska did most of her damage from the outside, knocking down five of eight threes, but she also had her way in the lane, using her 6-foot frame and long reach to extend over the Lady Plainsmen defense for nine more points in the paint and at the free throw line.

Frank Phillips scored first and had an 8-7 lead early in the first quarter before the Lady Saints were able to string together some defensive stops, and by the end of the first quarter the Lady Saints had a 19-13 lead.

Frank Phillips tried to limit possessions by melting the shot clock on each possession, and the strategy worked early when shots were falling.

But when they missed, Seward was able to clean the boards.

The Lady Saints started to turn defensive stops into fast breaks against the short bench of the Lady Plainsmen, and the Lady Saints extended the lead to 43-26 at half.

Seward was able to stretch the 17-point halftime lead in the second half as fouls started to mount for both teams.

By the end of the game, both teams attempted 22 free throws, and the Lady Plainsmen used the line to cut Seward’s lead with a 17-13 advantage.

But the rebounds gave the Lady Saints second-chance opportunities, and they used those to extend the lead to 63-42 at the end of the third quarter.

Seward coach Austin Mefford played a deep bench, playing every Lady Saint that suited up, but the Lady Plainsmen continued to battle no matter who was on the floor for Seward, and the Lady Plainsmen were able to outscore Seward 26-17 in the final quarter to cut the final margin of victory to 80-68, and the Lady Saints moved to 2-0.

Leliani Augmon scored 11 points behind Szydlowska’s 24, and Vanda Cuamba added 10.

The Lady Saints outrebounded the Lady Plainsmen 45-29.

“This was the first we played back-to-back games,” Mefford said. “It was good to see our girls compete. We jumped out to a lead in the first half, but the third quarter was a struggle to score for both teams. The game got tight — they called everything. We adjusted and stayed ahead, battled through an injury and (Szydlowska) fouling out.”

When the whistles started to blow, Mefford got testy, and he was called for a technical.

“I congratulated them that they got one call right,” he said. “They didn’t think to highly of that.”

After dominating on with fast breaks in the first half, the game flow changed later.

“We were good early in transition,” Mefford said. “We pushed the ball up the court and got easy ones. But give it to Frank Phillips, they slowed us down in  he second half. They got back and kept us out of transition. In the second half in the half court we struggled to shoot it. We are young, there will be ups and downs with 10 freshmen.”

The Lady Saints will play two more back-to-back games in the Greenhouse this week. Seward will host Western Oklahoma State at  6 p.m. Friday before hosting the Friends University junior varsity at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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