YODER – The Southeast High School boys’ basketball team made a defensive adjustment in the third quarter to overcome a major height difference in a 47-38 win over the Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers on Thursday, Jan. 16.
“They are so big. they cause us problems,” Cyclone coach Crockett Herring said. “If you don’t shoot well against them or get an offensive rebound, it’s a hard matchup for us.”
Southeast jumped out to a 13-4 lead behind the hot hand of junior Brant Fullmer, who scored eight of the 13 points, but the Doggers ended the quarter on a 7-0 run.
L-FL senior Caeden Riley tied the game at 13 early in the second quarter. Neither team led by more than two for the remainder of the half, and the Southeast changes came at a key time coming out of the locker room.
The Cyclones were leading 21-20 and limited the Doggers to only three points over the third quarter.
“In the first half, they had two guys covering the block all the time, and they came out in the third quarter, and there were times they had three guys on that block,” L-FL coach Steve Zimmerman said. “When that was taken away, we had guys that put some forced shots and made some poor decisions that led to turnovers.”
Over the span of eight minutes, Southeast outscored the Doggers 15-3 to take a 36-23 lead into the final quarter.
In the final quarter of play, Southeast uncharacteristically slowed the pace of the game down.
“We have another big game (on Friday), and I knew he wasn’t going to come out and play man. With an 11-point lead, I figured if I could milk six minutes off the clock and still get a win, I was all for it.”
The slower pace also limited the Dogger possessions, who cut the deficit to as few as seven in the final minute of the game.
“We had eight, nine turnovers that were self-inflicted,” Zimmerman said. “Coming into this place, a hostile environment, we gave them a good game.”
Fullmer led the Cyclones with 13 points, while junior Sawyer Anderson added 11. For Lingle, Riley led the Doggers with 11 points, while junior Cordell Forkner added 10.
Both teams were back in action on Friday evening with Southeast back at home against Pine Bluffs, and the Doggers on the road in Lusk against Niobrara County.
Southeast came up short against the Hornets, 60-59.
The Cyclones outscored Pine Bluffs 17-9 in the fourth quarter but still came up one point short.
Junior Bodie Herring led the Cyclones with 19 points, while junior Hayden Anderson added 14.
Meanwhile, the Doggers jumped the NCHS Tigers early and cruised to a 53-28 victory.
Senior Bailey Powell led L-FL with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Riley had 13 and Forkner 12.
Southeast (9-4 overall and 0-1 2A Southeast) returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 25 in Lusk against the Niobrara County Tigers (5-6 and 0-0), while Lingle (7-4) travels to Guernsey (4-6) on Friday, Jan. 24.