Lady Cyclones sweep pair of SEWAC foes


YODER – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team picked up a pair of wins against Class 2A foes Pine Bluffs and Niobrara County to solidify their status as the top seed for the 1A East Regional Tournament heading into the final week of the regular season.

On Friday, the Lady Cyclones used a 20-2 run over the final 10 minutes, 32 seconds of the game to pull away for the 44-31 win over the Lady Hornets.

“You have to hand it to Pine Bluffs,” coach Jennifer Scheer said. “They came out ready to play. This game meant a lot to them tonight, and our girls didn’t match their intensity in the first half. We did nothing we are supposed to do in the first half, and it showed.”

Trailing 24-17 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, sophomore Baylie Booth hit back-to-back 3-pointers to draw Southeast within three.

“Baylie Booth came off the bench and provided a much-needed spark,” Scheer said. “I was really impressed with her defense, as well as Sasha Haines’ defense.”

The Southeast coach challenged her team at half on the defensive side of the floor.

“I told them at halftime, if we don’t fix our defense, we won’t win the game,” Scheer said. “Defensive effort for us means everything.”

But it wasn’t until the 2:32 mark in the third when Southeast really began its comeback in earnest.

Junior Shelby Ekwall tied the game at 29 with 6:43 left in the game and on the ensuing possession, junior Brenna Herring put the Lady Cyclones in front 31-29.

Southeast never trailed for the remainder of the game.

“That’s us. That’s playing defense the way we are supposed to play defense,” Scheer said. “Every possession matters. It starts from the defensive end of the floor for us. It always has and always will. There is no better example of that than this game tonight.”

Junior Kealy Carson led the team with 13, while Booth added 12. Herring tossed in nine.

The next day Southeast rolled to a 58-14 win over the Niobrara County Lady Tigers.

“This game means something to Lusk too. These teams are fighting for postseason and regional positioning,” Scheer said. “It doesn’t matter what your record is going into it, it only matters what the outcome is. It’s going to be a fight from here on out.”

The Lady Cyclones led 16-2 after one quarter and 33-4 at halftime. Southeast added an additional 15 points in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the visitor’s lead reached 40, allowing the clock to run the remainder of the game.

Herring led the team with 14 points, while Anderson had 11. Ekwall and senior Grace Desmond had eight apiece.

Southeast (17-2) hosts Glenrock (11-7) to wrap up the regular season on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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