CASPER – The Southeast Lady Cyclones did not let a semi-final loss derail their season, ending the year with a 42-28 win over Lovell in the third-place game of the 2A State Tournament in Casper to capture the bronze.
Southeast 42, Rocky Mountain 33
Southeast opened the tournament by putting up 12 points in the first quarter against Rocky Mountain, taking a 12-10 lead after the first frame. Both offenses slowed a bit in the second, with the Lady Cyclones taking a 19-16 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, Southeast poured in 13 points, while limiting the Lady Grizzlies to six points to take a commanding 32-22 lead heading into the fourth. Southeast’s biggest lead of the game came in the fourth when it was up 41-28. The Lady Cyclones went on or the nine-point win.
Ellie Schmitt piled up 18 points on the night, including six from behind the arc and four from the free-throw line. Completing the double-double, Schmitt notched 11 rebounds, an assist and three steals.
Hailey Anderson joined Schmitt in double-figures with 12 points. Like Schmitt, Anderson also had a double-double, packing her stat line with 10 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block.
Whitney Foos chipped in seven points, while Kaci Schmick added another five. Foos had a board and an assist, while Schmick recorded a rebound, an assist, a block and a steal.
The Lady Cyclones shot 41.7 percent from the floor and 67 percent from the charity stripe, while the Lady Grizzlies shot 35.1 percent and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line. Southeast also outrebounded Rocky Mountain 30-20.
Wyoming Indian 50, Southeast 42
The Lady Cyclones took the floor in the semi-finals Friday against Wyoming Indian, taking a 10-6 lead after the first eight minutes of action. Wyoming Indian opened the second quarter on a 20-0 run to go up 26-10 and by halftime, the Lady Chiefs led 26-13 at the break.
Southeast outscored Wyoming Indian 13-8 in the third quarter to cut into the lead, putting the score at 34-26 heading into the final quarter. Both teams put up 16 points in the quarter to seal the eight-point win for the Lady Chiefs.
Schmitt shot 8-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, finishing the night with 22 points. She also had nine rebounds, including six on offense, both of which were team-high’s, along with a team-high four steals.
Anderson joined Schmitt in double-figures, knocking down the team’s two three-pointers to finish the night with 10 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Schmick turned in five points and six rebounds. Morgan Ekwall and Macie Murphy rounded out the scoring, combining for five points, a board and two steals. Foos and Kadra Clark combined for nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
In the loss, Southeast hit 15-of-40 from the field, while the Lady Chiefs nailed 20-of-45 of their shots. The Lady Cyclones shot better from the free-throw line (71.4 percent) than their opponents (53.3 percent).
Southeast 42, Lovell 28
In the third-place game, Southeast and Lovell traded blows to open the game, with the Lady Bulldogs taking an 11-10 lead after the first quarter. Southeast upped its scoring output in the second quarter to 13 points, giving the Lady Cyclones a 23-21 lead at halftime.
The third quarter proved to be the difference for Southeast. The Lady Cyclones poured in another 13 points in the frame, while limiting Lovell to five points to take a commanding 36-26 lead. Both offenses struggled in the fourth quarter, but Southeast managed to outscore Lovell 6-2 in the frame to seal the 14-point win.
Schmick stepped up in the scoring department, tallying 13 points to lead Southeast, along with four rebounds and an assist. Anderson was not far behind in the scoring department, accounting for nine points and team-high’s in rebounds, with eight, assists, with three, and steals, with three.
Kylie Carson came off the bench and shot 4-of-5, finishing the game with eight points, three rebounds and two assists. Schmitt turned in seven points, five rebounds, a block and a steal.
Foos and Ekwall rounded out the scoring for Southeast, combining for five points, two rebounds and a steal.
The Lady Cyclones hit 47.4 percent from the floor (18-of-38), while Lovell shot 11-of-44 on the game. Lovell did knock down four three-pointers, while the Lady Cyclones missed all three of their attempts from deep.
Southeast finished the year at 15-12, finishing third at the state tournament, better than last season’s consolation title. This year, Sundance took the 2A State Title over Wyoming Indian, with Pine Bluffs winning the consolation championship this past weekend.