LINGLE – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team picked up a pair of road wins over the weekend over Lingle-Fort Laramie and Pine Bluffs.
The Lady Cyclones opened the weekend with a 47-24 win over cross-county rival Lingle-Fort Laramie on Thursday.
Southeast scored the first 13 points before sophomore Ashlee Hattan drained a 3-pointer to put the Lady Doggers on the scoreboard.
The Lady Cyclones to as many as 15 before L-FL started trimming into the Southeast lead in the second quarter.
“We started the game well,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “I was happy with our first quarter, and honestly, we just lost our focus and intensity and Lingle didn’t.”
Additional triples from freshman Natalie Speckner and sophomore Baylee Skinner, to go along with five combined free throws from sophomore Madison Saul and junior Makenzie Vaughn trimmed the Southeast lead to 20-14.
The six-point deficit proved to be as close as the Lady Doggers came for the remainder of the game.
“I asked our kids at halftime if they were willing to play the kind of defense I expect out of them. They responded,” Scheer said. “They started moving their feet and getting into position.”
The Lady Cyclones pushed their lead back to double-digits by halftime and limited the L-FL to only two points in the third quarter, pulling away for the 23-point victory.
Sophomore Brenna Herring led the Lady Cyclones with 16 points.
“I’ve asked her for a long time to become the dominate player I think she can be,” Scheer said. “I’ve been working on her the last month, and she’s finally seeing and realizing she has a lot of protentional. She’s a hard worker, and she’s starting to respond.”
Sophomore Kealy Carson added nine, and sophomore Grace Desmond had eight for Southeast
The Lady Doggers were led by Hattan and Speckner with five points apiece.
Both teams were back in action on Friday on the road.
Southeast defeated Pine Bluffs, 54-43, and L-FL fell to Niobrara County 56-25.
No stats were available from Friday night’s games at press time.
Southeast is back in action Friday at home against Mitchell, Neb., at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday against Niobrara County at 2:30 p.m.