LUSK – The Southeast High School boys’ basketball team scorched the nets, shooting 60 percent, 30 of 50, from the floor, including 63 percent, 12 of 19, from 3-point range en route to a 76-40 victory over the Niobrara County High School Tigers on Saturday afternoon in Lusk.
The Cyclones raced out to a 12-3 lead and never looked back.
“I wish we would shoot like that every night,” Cyclone coach Crockett Herring said. “I’ve seen these kids do this at times, but we just haven’t done it this year. It took only one kid to get going and it took fire for everybody.”
After a quick time out by the Tigers, they matched Southeast bucket for bucket for the remainder of the quarter.
However, in the second quarter, it was junior Hayden Anderson who took over game in the middle stages of the quarter.
Anderson dropped 10 straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, in a span of less than two minutes, to push the Southeast lead to 47-23.
“He has a habit of that. When he gets to scoring, he scores in bunches,” Herring said. “We really feed off that. His brother (Sawyer Anderson) shot the ball outstanding in the first quarter.”
By halftime, the Cyclone lead reached 25 points.
In the second half, Southeast’s lead continued to grow as the Cyclones outscored the Tigers, 24-13, including holding Niobrara County to only two fourth-quarter points.
“We played pretty good defense,” Herrings said. “It was a good victory. It was a conference win. Now we are 1-1, and we need to keep plugging forward.”
Southeast had four players in double-figures, led by Anderson with 19. Junior Sawyer Anderson added 14, while junior Brant Fullmer tossed in 13. Senior Patrick Swank had 12.
The Cyclones now turn their attention to the Moorcroft Wolves, a team they know little about.
Southeast (10-4 overall and 1-1 2A Southeast Quad) hosts Moorcroft (4-10 and 1-1 2A Northeast Quad) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Yoder.
“They are a younger team, and they gave Big Horn a hell of a game (on Friday),” Herring said.