LIBERAL, KS–The Northwest Tech basketball teams knew they were going to have their hands full on the road at Seward County Wednesday night and that ended up being the case as the women lost 108-63 and men fell 70-53 to the Saints.
LADY SAINTS 108 LADY MAVERICKS 63
The Northwest Tech women already looked gassed in their loss at Garden City on Monday and then were asked to turn around and play at the number-two team in the country just 48 hours laters. Early on it looked like Tech might give all Seward County could ask for only down 28-22 at the end of the first quarter.
Then at halftime the Mav’s were only down ten, 51-41. But it was the 2nd half that was the difference as Seward came out firing on all cylinders and would outscore Tech 36-13 in the third and then 21-4 in the fourth to run away with their second 20+ point win over Northwest Tech this season.
Lady Mav’s were led by N’Dea Flye who only played three quarters due to fouling out late in the third. Flye ended up with her 8th career double-double with 25 points & 13 rebounds. Kiara Tharpe chipped in 18 points as the only other Mav’s to get into double-figures. Seward had six different girls score ten or more points led by Carla Covane who had 20 points.
With the win Seward improved to 27-2 overall & 19-1 in the KJCCC and has now won 21 straight. They will go for a Jayhawk West title on Wednesday against Hutch. Northwest Tech now sits at 2-26 overall & 2-19 in the Jayhawk.
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SAINTS 79 MAVERICKS 53
In front of one of the most hostile crowds they had faced all season the Maverick men ran into a buzz saw. The Saints, who had fallen to the Mav’s back in late January were out for blood and played like it early on jumping out to 12-0 lead and would push it to 22-5 by the first media timeout.
Tech would collect themselves in the final minutes of the opening half and get it down at one point to just eight before Seward would push it to back to 14 at halftime. The the half on Seward continued to get further out in front, leading 57-40 at the second half media break and would end up rolling to a 79-53 win .
The 53 points scored was the lowest put up by the Mav’s this season as they shot just 32-percent from the field. Miles Gibson was one of the few bright spot for Tech as he recorded his 17th career double-double and his 15th career 20-plus point game. Chris Freeman had 12 points and eight rebounds while Ebon Jay continued his great play recent with 11 points & eight rebounds as well. The Saints, who shot 51% from the field, were led by Marco Morency who recorded his second career double-double with 24 points & 14 rebounds.
The win was the 7th in a row and gave Seward County the Jayhawk West crown as they improved to 24-5 overall & 17-3 in the Jayhawk. The loss for Northwest Tech dropped them to 13-16 & 5-15 in the KJCCC.
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UP NEXT: Northwest Tech will host Dodge City on Saturday for Sophomore Day. Seward County hosts Hutchison.