YODER – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team used a big third quarter to pull away for a 48-35 win over the Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers on Thursday.
In the early going, it was Southeast freshman Brenna Herring and L-FL senior Ashley Riley carrying their respective teams.
Herring scored six of the Lady Cyclone’s first seven points.
“Brenna is starting to learn to play at the speed of the varsity game,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “She is getting better each week. She works hard for us. Brenna is blessed with some height and is learning to use it to her advantage.”
Meanwhile, Riley scored all 12 of the Lady Dogger points.
Tied at 12 after the first quarter, Lady Cyclone sophomore Grace Desmond sparked a 14-1 run.
During the second quarter, Lingle went seven minutes without a field.
“We know how Southeast plays defense, and we couldn’t match the physicality, especially in the paint,” L-FL coach Matt Cornelius said. “It took us about three quarters to figure some things out on defense. Once we did, it was too little, too late.”
Over the final two quarters of play, Lingle outscored Southeast, 18-17.
“We just stopped playing our style of basketball in the second half, and their defensive intensity got to us, rattled us and took us out of our game,” Scheer said. “They made a great job of making adjustments, and we didn’t do a good job of making counter adjustments.”
Herring and senior Kadra Clark led the Lady Cyclones with 12 points each, while senior Morgan Ekwall added 10.
For Lingle, Riley scored 31 of the team’s 35 points.
Both teams were back in action the next day.
Southeast fell 24-17 in a defensive battle to the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets.
Freshman Kealy Carson led Southeast with seven points, while Clark and Desmond added four each.
The Lady Cyclones shot 13 percent (7-of-53), while the Lady Hornets shot 24 percent (9-of-37).
Meanwhile, the Doggers suffered a 67-45 loss to the Niobrara County High School Lady Tigers.
Riley led L-FL with 22 points, while senior Kelcie Sargent added nine.
Both teams are back in action this weekend. Southeast (9-4 overall and 0-1 2A Southeast) travels to Lusk on Saturday, Jan. 25, while Lingle (5-6) travels to Guernsey on Friday, Jan. 24.