Lady Cyclones overcome slow starts in weekend sweep

Courtesy Lisa Shaw/for the TORRINGTON TELEGRAM Southeast sophomores Shelby Ekwall (0) and Brenna Herring (45) play tight defense against Lusk’s Danni Larson.

YODER – Slow starts plagued the Southeast High School girls’ basketball team over the weekend, yet in both games, the Lady Cyclones overcame the starts, picking up wins over Pine Bluffs and Niobrara County.

On Friday, Southeast found themselves down eight to the visiting Lady Hornets at halftime.

“I made some adjustments quickly at halftime and demanded our girls lock it down again,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “The other way we were going to get back into the game was with great defense and see if we could maybe score enough points.”

The team managed to do just that.

The Lady Cyclones held Pine Bluffs to only nine points in the second half in a 36-31 victory.

Southeast had seven players in the scoring column Friday, led by sophomore Brenna Herring with 10 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Kealy Carson had eight points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Sydney Anderson added six points.

The next day, it was much the same for the Lady Cyclones in a 48-43 road win in Lusk.

“It was a little bit of the same thing up in Lusk,” Scheer said. “We got off to a slow start again. We got into some early foul trouble that hampered us early.”

Down double digits late in the first half, Southeast was able to cut it to eight by halftime.

“We played pretty good defense in the second half and were able to crawl back into it,” Scheer said. “We showed a lot of composure. When you are down double digits to two pretty good conference teams this time of the year, it can be a pretty big hole to dig out of. We aren’t capable of exploding for 30 points.”

Herring and Anderson led Southeast with 14 points each, while Carson added 13. Herring also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Anderson had eight.

Overcoming the slow starts is encouraging to Scheer as the season winds down with one regular season game remaining.

“The girls know they are capable of playing good enough, but it starts with us being able to play really good defense and slowly chip away,” she said. “Hopefully it’s a confidence booster to know hey we can do this.”

Southeast (12-5) wraps up the regular season Saturday at home against Glenrock (5-11). Action gets underway at   2:30 p.m.

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