YODER – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team notched two wins over the weekend over SEWAC foes Lingle-Fort Laramie and Pine Bluffs.
On Thursday, the Lady Cyclones raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but the visiting Lady Doggers chipped away at the deficit over the next eight minutes.
By the time the final horn sounded, Southeast knocked off Lingle, 39-26.
“We didn’t play well, obviously, in the first half,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “We were playing out of system. Mentally, we were a bit too excited. We weren’t in control of ourselves.”
LFL sophomore Natalie Speckner got the Lady Doggers on the scoreboard, and it was the start of 10-straight points by the visitors.
Southeast didn’t score again until the 3:27 mark in the second quarter.
“When my girls get going and start clicking, it’s fun to watch,” LFL coach Susan Bartel said. “We’ve talked about that as a team and the girls can feel it themselves when they start clicking. They read each other well. There is a lot of potential there with that.”
Two free throws by junior Brenna Herring and a field goal by junior Shelby Ekwall put the Lady Cyclones back in front.
However, it wasn’t until the second half when Southeast started to slowly pull away.
“I looked at them and told them let’s do what we do,” Scheer said.
That includes playing defense, getting set up in the offense and seeing what is given to them.
The Lady Cyclone lead reached as many as 13 late in the third quarter, pushing it to as many as 15 in the closing moments of the game.
“Losing to Southeast, we were in it for much of the game,” Bartel said. “It was pretty heart crushing for our girls.”
Herring led the Lady Cyclones with 11 points, while Ekwall added 11. Sophomore Baylie Booth added nine.
Speckner led LFL with nine points, while senior Tiah Meyer, junior Maddy Saul and sophomore Izzy Spears had five apiece.
Southeast gets road win in Pine Bluffs
The next day, the Lady Cyclones traveled south to Pine Bluffs, and Southeast came away with a 45-29 victory.
Southeast grabbed an early 18-12 lead after one quarter and slowly pulled away for the win.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Cyclones closed out the game by outscoring the Lady Hornets 10-4.
Herring and junior Sydney Anderson tallied 11 points each, while sophomore Sasha Haines and Ekwall added eight apiece.
Southeast travel to Mitchell, Nebraska on Friday and will host Niobrara County at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.