BURNS – After falling to Class 2A No. 3-ranked Wyoming Indian 54-39 in the season opener, the Southeast Cyclones dropped the final two games at the Burns Winter Classic by a combined five points to Saratoga and Wheatland.
“We are going to go through this early. We lost three seniors,” Cyclone coach Crockett Herring said. “We have role players who are trying to learn new spots.”
Wyoming Indian 54, Southeast 39
The Cyclones came out and went toe-to-toe with the Chiefs, leading much of the opening quarter, but an 11-0 Wyoming Indian run late in the first quarter, into the second quarter gave the Chiefs a 20-8 advantage.
It was a lead which Wyoming Indian never surrendered the remainder of the game.
The Chiefs’ lead reached as many as 14 early in the third quarter, but the Cyclones trimmed the deficit to as few as eight midway through the quarter.
However, Wyoming Indian pulled away in the fourth quarter, holding the Cyclones to only three field goals.
Despite that, Herring was pleased with the effort of his team.
“We played pretty good defense against Wyoming Indian,” he said. “We handled their pressure for the most part. We did a lot of good things. We just didn’t win.”
Sawyer Anderson led the Cyclones with 11 points, while Patrick Swank added nine.
Later that afternoon, the Cyclones came up short 44-42 to the the Saratoga Panthers.
Southeast raced out to a 15-4 first-quarter lead, but by halftime, the Panthers had tied the game at 20.
Saratoga outscored Southeast 13-11 in the third quarter, and it proved to be the difference in the final score as both teams scored 11 over the final eight minutes of play.
Anderson led the team with 10 points, while Hayden Anderson added seven points and grabbed a team-high 18 rebounds. Cord Herring added nine points.
Southeast 47 OT
The next day, the Cyclones wrapped up with a 50-47 loss to Class 3A Wheatland.
Once again, Southeast jumped out to an early lead but couldn’t hang on for the win.
Wheatland tied the game at 43 at the end of regulation to force overtime.
The Bulldogs outscored the Cyclones 7-4 in the extra period to secure the win.
Hayden Anderson and Swank led the team with 11 points, while Cade Herring added 10.
“Sawyer Anderson played pretty well both games,” Herring said. “Patrick Swank played really outstanding defense against two really good kids today. He worked his tail off and did a lot of good things.”
The Cyclones will travel to Bridgeport, Neb. Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.