YODER – “If we start well, we play well. If we start slow, we kind of muddle through.”
Those words by Southeast boys’ basketball coach Crockett Herring following Saturday evening’s 56-31 win over the Niobrara County Tigers rang true over the weekend for the Cyclones who ended up splitting their 2A Southeast Quadrant doubleheader over the weekend.
On Friday, it was a slow start which doomed Southeast in a 77-50 loss to the Pine Bluffs Hornets.
Pine Bluffs raced out to a 24-7 first quarter lead on the Cyclones.
“We missed a couple easy one’s at the very beginning of the game,” Herring said. “It got to be 4-0, and then the wheels kind of feel off. They got hot.”
Over the next two quarters, Southeast stayed even with Pine Bluffs, even outscoring them 35-33, but in the fourth, the Hornets put an end to any chances of a Cyclone comeback.
“We ran out of gas in the fourth,” Herring said.
Over the final eight minutes, the Hornets outscored Southeast, 20-8.
Junior Hayden Anderson led the team with 17 points, while junior Sawyer Anderson added nine. Sophomore Cord Herring, senior Patrick Swank and junior Bodie Herring tossed in seven apiece.
The next day, it was a completely different story for the Cyclones.
Southeast scored the first 10 points en route to the 24-point victory.
By the end of the opening quarter, the Cyclones led 20-6, and their lead continued to grow through the second quarter.
The Anderson brothers combined for 15 of the 19 second quarter points for Southeast.
“Hayden must have had 10 assists, I would guess,” Herring said. “He was making people guard him and (Sawyer) was the recipient of some nice bounce passes.”
Leading 40-15 at the break, the teams played even over the final 16 minutes with each team scoring 16 points each.
Hayden Anderson led the Cyclones with 14 points, while Sawyer Anderson added nine. Junior Harrison Hall and Swank tossed in eight apiece.
“We played better tonight. We hit shots,” Herring said. “It was a confidence victory and a little closer to our goal.”
The Cyclones (14-6 overall and 3-2 2A Southeast Quad) wrap up the regular season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Glenrock (5-13 and 1-4).