Lady Cyclones 3-0 at Taco John’s Invite

CHEYENNE – The Southeast Lady Cyclones went 3-0 over the weekend at the Taco John’s Invite in Cheyenne.

On Thursday’s tournament opener, the Lady Cyclones faced Wheatland for the second time this season – the first coming at the Burns Winter Classic in December.

For the second time this season, it was Southeast who came out on top in a low-scoring, defensive battle.

After the first eight minutes of the play, the Lady Cyclones only led 3-0 en route to a 27-16 win.

They extended the advantage to 9-4 at the half.

Despite the lack of offense, Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer praised her team’s defensive effort.

“It probably wasn’t what you would call pretty basketball, but we aren’t designed to play pretty basketball,” she said. “We play defense first and worry about our offense second, and that showed.”

Seniors Ellie Schmitt and Hailey Anderson returned to the lineup, making their presence felt.

Schmitt led the team with eight points, while Anderson had six points, eight rebounds and two steals.

“It was nice to have them back. We also got Kaci Schmick back for the first time this year, and that means a lot to us on the inside,” Scheer said. “Kaci is a big presence down low. We just need to work on getting them back into game-like shape now.”

Schmick added four points in her debut.

“I thought we played tremendous defense,” Scheer said. “Yes, we have to lock it down and play for two minutes at a time on the defensive side of the floor, but they didn’t get any good looks on us. We caused some turnovers and the ball ended up on our offensive side of the floor anyways.”

The next day, Southeast knocked off Natrona County JV, 46-26.

Southeast trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter but dropped 19 points on the Lady Fillies in the second quarter, while limiting Natrona County to only six.

Over the course of the final 16 minutes, Southeast outscored the Fillies 17-8.

Anderson led the team with 17 points, while Schmitt added 10 points and eight rebounds.

In the finale, the Lady Cyclones traveled to Laramie to face the Lady Plainsmen JV team, coming away with a 47-6 victory.

Southeast limited Laramie to five points in the first half and two field goals for the game.

Seniors Kaylee Wilson and Kylie Carson led the team with eight points each, while Anderson and junior Kadra Clark added seven apiece.

The Lady Cyclones (4-4) will face cross-county rival Lingle-Fort Laramie at 6 p.m. Thursday on the campus of Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.

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