YODER –The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team dropped a pair of 2A Southeast Quadrant games over the weekend to Pine Bluffs and Niobrara County.
On Friday, the Lady Cyclones fell on the road to the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets, 44-24.
Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said the final score isn’t indicative of how the game went for the Lady Cyclones.
“We played well (Friday),” she said. “We were still within eight with four minutes to go. We were right there with them. We missed a couple shots down the stretch, and they made a couple. Next thing you know, it’s a 16-point game.”
Southeast led 9-4 after one quarter, but Pine Bluffs took a 17-13 lead into halftime.
Pine Bluffs extended its narrow lead to five points heading into the final eight minutes.
That’s when the Lady Hornets did most of their damage, outscoring Southeast 17-2 in the fourth quarter.
“The ball just didn’t bounce the way we needed it to,” Scheer said.
Freshman Brenna Herring led Southeast with six points, while freshman Sydney Anderson and sophomore Grace Desmond added five apiece.
The next day, the Lady Cyclones returned home to face the Niobrara County Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers slipped out of Yoder with a 39-32 win.
Southeast fell behind early 7-0.
Scheer said the way the team played had nothing to do with the battle the night before against Pine Bluffs.
“We are in good enough shape, that I don’t believe that had any factor in (Saturday’s) game,” she said. “Our level of execution and efficiencies weren’t there. It showed, badly.”
The Lady Cyclones did show some life in the second quarter, tying the game at 12 and briefly taking a 17-16 lead with 18 seconds left before halftime. However, the Lady Tigers countered with a bucket at the buzzer to regain the lead going into the locker room.
Midway through the third quarter, Anderson put Southeast back on top 24-22, but once again, the lead was short-lived.
Niobrara County never trailed again for the remainder of the game.
“We have to make certain things to be able to work,” Scheer said. “If we aren’t going to be efficient in those matters and make them work, we are going to struggle. That’s exactly what happened to us tonight.”
Senior Morgan Ekwall led Southeast with six points, while freshman Kealy Carson and Desmond added five apiece.
The Lady Cyclones (12-8 overall and 2-3 2A Southeast) will wrap up the regular season Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Glenrock (4-14 and 0-5).
“We took more shots tonight, and we couldn’t get the points we needed. Then, when we needed a defensive stop, we couldn’t get it,” Scheer said. “I hope it resonates with the kids and lights a fire. I hope they now realize that every possession, every moment, every second is important. You don’t get second chances from here on out.”