LINGLE – The Southeast High School boys’ basketball team used a pair of runs to race past cross-county rival Lingle-Fort Laramie on Thursday in Lingle.
The Cyclones used a 9-0 run late in the second quarter and a 17-3 in the middle stages of the third quarter to lift them to a 67-36 victory over the Doggers.
“We finally started making our shots. We shot terrible that first half. We were pretty lethargic,” Cyclone coach Crockett Herring said. “I told them, we have to start at a higher level and be more aggressive or we aren’t going to get any better.”
With 3:45 left before halftime, L-FL senior Hunter Hattan’s 3-pointer drew the Doggers within three at 19-16.
That was as close as the Doggers came to seeing the lead for the remainder of the game.
“I thought the first half, we played pretty well expect for a couple minute stretch,” L-FL coach Steve Zimmerman said. “Then we got intimidated and quit attacking. We didn’t run the break much. We didn’t give them pressure on defense, and we got burned for it.”
Southeast senior Sawyer Anderson sparked the first run, and the Cyclones took a 28-16 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Southeast senior Bodie Herring scored on back-to-back trips down the court, sparking the second run.
“By the third quarter, we were more aggressive,” Crockett Herring said. “When we are more aggressive on offense our defense gets better. It was a completely different second half. We were attacking the zone and getting good shots.”
By the end of the third, the Cyclone lead reached 52-27, and Southeast saw its lead continue to grow through out the final eight minutes.
“We missed applied the effort at times,” Zimmerman said. “We were trying to do things that we shouldn’t. Then there were times we laid off of them.”
As the game wore on and the lead grew, it allowed the Southeast coach to get some of the younger players some much valuable playing time.
“I’ve got to find a little deeper bench for later on, and some of the younger players did some good things tonight,” Herring said. “I need to trust them more and start playing them more.”
Bodie Herring led all scorers with 16 points, while Anderson added 15. All 11 Cyclones scored at least one point in the win.
For Lingle, senior Cordell Forkner led the Doggers with 10 points, while Hattan added eight.
Both teams were back in action the next night. Southeast came up short at Pine Bluffs, 53-47, while the Doggers fell to Niobrara County 55-29.
The Cyclones dug themselves a 16-5 deficit in the first quarter.
Over the next two quarters, Southeast trimmed the deficit to three at 35-32.
In the fourth quarter, the Hornets put up 18 points on the scoreboard to fend off the Cyclones.
Southeast is back in action Friday at home against Mitchell, Neb., at 7 p.m. and Saturday against Niobrara County at 4 p.m.
Senior Reece Robertson led the team with 16 points, while senior Hayden Anderson added 12.
In Lusk, the Doggers played from behind the entire game.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-4 advantage, and NCHS limited L-FL to no more than 10 points in any quarter in the 26-point loss.
Forkner led the Doggers with 11 points, while Hattan added eight.
L-FL travels to Guernsey on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.