YODER – The Southeast Lady Cyclones ended the regular season with a 49-18 victory over the one-win Glenrock Lady Herders on Saturday.
Glenrock had a 4-2 advantage early in the game, but with three minutes left in the first quarter, senior Ellie Schmitt tied the game at four apiece.
It was the start of a 16-0 Lady Cyclone run which spanned into the middle of the second quarter.
“I thought everyone played well tonight,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “We played a lot of kids. I saw a lot of good things. Hopefully, we are finding our stride.”
With an 18-4 lead, the Lady Cyclones grew though the remainder of the game, reaching as many as 49-16 in the closing moments of the win.
It was the final home game for six Southeast players – Macie Murphy, Schmitt, Hailey Anderson, Kaci Schmick, Kaylee Wilson and Kylie Carson.
“It’s always an emotional night. We started slow, but those six have been with us a long time and have been a big part of this program,” Scheer said. “They’ve been the backbone of the program. No matter where you look or what you need, you always turn to one of them. The great thing about them, on any given night, anyone of them can fill a void. They are all versatile which makes my job a whole lot easier.”
Wilson and Anderson led the team with 12 points each, while Schmick added 10.
With the win and a Niobrara County upset victory over Pine Bluffs on Friday, the Lady Cyclones earned the top seed from the 2A Southeast Quadrant. They will face Sundance in Wright in the opening round of the Regional Tournament.
“If nothing else, it’s a confidence boost,” Scheer said. “It changed our plans for the week, but it changes the outlook on your bracket and what you are planning for.”
Tipoff is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.