YODER – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team capped off the first weekend of conference games with a home win over the Niobrara County Lady Tigers on Saturday.
On Friday, the Lady Cyclones (7-5 overall and 1-1 in the Southeast Quadrant) came up short 47-35 to the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets.
“We played tremendous basketball for probably 18 minutes of that game,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “We outplayed Pine on both ends of the floor. Then, we just lost ourselves and our focus. We allowed them back in the game, and we had a couple costly turnovers.We played ourselves out of that game, in all honesty.”
The Lady Cyclones trailed only two with six minutes to play before the Lady Hornets pulled away.
Southeast senior Ellie Schmitt led the team with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while senior Hailey Anderson added 14 points.
The next day, Schmitt gave the Lady Cyclones an early 2-0 inside the first 30 seconds of the game, but midway through the opening quarter, Niobrara County took its first lead of the afternoon.
Niobrara County’s lead reached as many as nine early in the fourth quarter before the Lady Cyclones mounted their comeback.
Down eight, senior Kylie Carson went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, but Anderson’s four straight points, sparking a 12-0 rally over the final five minutes of the game.
“I was proud of our kids,” Scheer said. “They fought back. We went back to our principals and fundamentals. We had to get back to playing defense and rebounding, doing the little things, if we were going to win that game.”
Junior Morgan Ekwall tied the game at 32 with two minutes left, but it was another minute and a half before senior Kaci Schmick put the Lady Cyclones in front for good with 30 seconds remaining in the ballgame.
“Kaci is one of those kids who is rock steady,” Scheer said. “She is always there and does everything you ask of her. All business, all the time is the best way to describe her.”
Schmitt led the team with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Anderson added eight points.