BIG HORN – The Southeast Lady Cyclones picked up three wins in Big Horn over the weekend, besting Kaycee, Tongue River and Big Horn, while suffering a loss at the hands of Thunder Basin’s JV squad.
Southeast 37, Kaycee 14
A strong first quarter put the Lady Cyclones on track after they outscored Kaycee 10-3 in the first frame and went into halftime up 18-7. After the break, Southeast had another solid quarter by outscoring the Lady Bucs by 10 (14-4). The Lady Cyclones closed out the game by scoring five points in the fourth and allowing only three.
Ellie Schmitt and Hailey Anderson topped the scoring sheet for the Lady Cyclones with 11 points apiece. On top of their scoring, Schmitt paced Southeast with seven boards, including three offensive, while Anderson chipped in six. Schmitt rounded out her stat line with five steals and Anderson had three steals of her own.
Morgan Ekwall was a distributor in the win, recording three assists.
Thunder Basin JV 49, Southeast 33
The first quarter put the Lady Cyclones on the wrong track. They were outscored 10-3 in the first and 10-5 in the second to go into intermission down 20-8. Southeast picked up their play in the third quarter by putting up 10 points to the Lady Bolts’ nine, but Thunder Basin closed the door in the fourth quarter by outscoring Southeast 20-15.
Anderson finished the game with a double-double, racking up 11 points and 10 boards, both of which were team-highs. The junior rounded out her stat line with three steals and three assists.
Schmitt was not far behind Anderson with eight points and eight boards.
The Lady Cyclones were sent to the charity stripe 25 times, knocking down 14 of their free throws.
Southeast 40, Tongue River 19
Tongue River kept the score close in the first frame, with the Lady Cyclones holding an 8-5 advantage after the first eight minutes of action. In the second, Southeast poured in 13 points to the Lady Eagles’ six to take a 21-11 lead at halftime. The Southeast defense ratcheted down even more, allowing Tongue River to score only six in the third and two in the fourth, while scoring 10 of its own in the third and nine in the fourth.
Schmitt stepped up as the top scorer for the Lady Cyclones with 19 points, which she paired with seven rebounds. Anderson notched another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Between the junior duo, they combined for nine offensive boards. Schmitt tied Kadra Clark for the team lead with three assists, while Anderson accounted for six steals.
Southeast 45, Big Horn 39
The Lady Cyclones completed a rally over Big Horn to close out the weekend. The Lady Rams took a 12-8 lead after the first frame, but the Lady Cyclones started to chip away at the lead in the second quarter, heading into halftime down 20-18. In the third, Southeast outscored Big Horn 12-9 to take a one-point advantage and they closed out the game with a 15-10 advantage in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Schmitt and Anderson both recorded double-doubles in the win. Schmitt filled her stat line with 19 points and 13 boards, including seven offensive, while Anderson contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds. The duo added two steals apiece to their game performances. Ekwall again paced Southeast in the assist category with four on the night.
After the 3-1 performance over the weekend, Southeast now has a 5-5 record. The Lady Cyclones return to action Saturday at Eastern Wyoming College to take on Lingle-Fort Laramie, with a 6 p.m. tipoff.