LUSK – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team fought off a pair of Niobrara County High School Lady Tiger runs Saturday afternoon, holding on for a 32-29 victory.
The Lady Tigers went on a 15-2 run, spanning the second and third quarters and a 10-4 spurt over the final three minutes of the game, but Niobrara County’s last desperation shot at the buzzer to force overtime fell off the front of the rim.
“Sometimes we get a little complacent, and we get to standing around, doing a lot of watching. We forget that continuous motion, working for one another, doing something to better our teammates position, we tend to get a little lazy once in a while,” Southeast coach Jennifer Scheer said. “We went through some spurts like that, and it cost us. We weren’t scoring, and give Lusk credit, they were doing their jobs and putting a few points back on the board.”
In the early going, it was all Southeast, as the Lady Cyclones raced out to an 11-2 lead after eight minutes of play, but with 5:58 left before halftime, the Lady Tigers began the comeback.
A 3-pointer sparked the rally, and two and a half minutes later, Niobrara County tied the game at 13.
The score remained the same until the Lady Tigers continued their run early in the third quarter. Niobrara County’s lead reached as many as four before Southeast answered with an 8-1 run to end the half.
Lady Cyclone senior Kadra Clark found the bottom of the net with a 3-pointer to put Southeast back in front.
The Lady Cyclones never trailed for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Sydney Anderson scored five straight points early in the fourth quarter to push the Cyclone lead to nine before NCHS made one more late run.
“Big time shot,” Scheer said. “She maybe hadn’t had the best of nights, and I gave her a minute to catch herself. She refocused and went back out there and did good things on both ends of the floor.”
Clark and Anderson led Southeast with seven points, while senior Morgan Ekwall had six. Senior Kendall Haas and freshman Kealy Carson added four each.
Southeast (10-4 overall and 1-1 2A Southeast Quad) hosts Moorcroft (10-4 and 2-0 2A Northeast Quad) at 5 p.m. Thursday in Yoder.
“They are the No. 1 team on the Northeast side of the state right now,” Scheer said. “It’ll be a big night for us at home.”