YODER – The Southeast High School High School girls’ basketball team improved to 7-1 on the season with three wins to wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule on Friday and Saturday during the Dogger Classic.
After Hulett was unable to make the trip south due to continued road issues with the recent winter storm, the Lady Cyclone schedule was reduced to only three games.
On Friday afternoon, WyoPreps.com Class 1A top-ranked Lady Cyclones opened the weekend with a 47-24 victory over the Kaycee Lady Buckaroos.
“Kaycee came out and kind of surprised us. They weren’t playing real fast paced like I thought they would,” coach Jennifer Scheer said. “Our kids were ready to go and played really well in the first half. I thought our defense was tremendous. We were seeing things and getting up and down the floor, utilizing some things.”
Southeast scored the first 10 points of the contest off of five steals.
Junior Baylie Booth opened the game with a steal and bucket. It was followed by two steals from senior Kealy Carson and additional steals and scores by seniors Shelby Ekwall and Sydney Anderson.
It was a lead which was never challenged by the visitors.
Kaycee was limited to only two field goals in the first quarter and three for the half as Southeast’s lead was pushed to 31-7 at halftime.
The Lady Cyclones added another 16 points in the third quarter before being held scoreless over the final eight minutes of the game.
Booth, Carson and senior Brenna Herring tallied 10 points each to lead Southeast.
On Friday evening, the Lady Cyclones trailed for the entire first quarter as Encampment led 12-10 after one.
“I wasn’t very happy with how we started the Encampment game,” Scheer said. “We came out really slow, and kind of played their style of basketball and not our style.”
After a couple of adjustments, Scheer’s mood changed in the second half.
On the opening possession of the second quarter, Carson tied the game at 12, but it wasn’t until the 5:29 mark of the quarter when Anderson put Southeast in front for the first time in the game.
It proved to be the only lead change of the game as the Lady Cyclones went on to win 49-28.
Up 23-19 at halftime, Southeast limited the visiting Lady Tigers to only two points in the third quarter as the Lady Cyclones pushed their lead to double digits, where it remained for the remainder of the game.
Anderson led the team with 12 points, while Carson added 10. Herring chipped in eight, while Booth and Ekwall had seven each.
With two wins in the books on Friday, Scheer expected a challenge from Rock River on Saturday morning.
“Rock River is a pretty good. They are starting to garner some votes in the 1A ranks,” she said. “They have had a couple kids move in, so they are little deeper than they have been in years past. It was a team that was playing well by March of last year.”
At the end of the day, the Lady Longhorns proved to be not much of a challenge for the Lady Cyclones. Southeast cruised to a 52-19 to wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule.
Southeast led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter, extending the lead to 34-7 by halftime. The Lady Cyclones scored 18 more times in the third quarter before not scoring over the final eight minutes of the game.
Herring led the team with 13 points, while Anderson had 11. Carson tossed in 10.
The Lady Cyclones head into break with a 7-1 record and returns to the hardwood at the Taco John’s Classic in Cheyenne Jan. 5-7. The Lady Cyclones play Wheatland at 12:30 p.m. at Cheyenne South before playing Douglas on Friday morning at Storey Gym. On Saturday morning, they wrap up play against Cheyenne East JV at 10:30 a.m.