YODER – The Southeast High School girls’ basketball team pushed their win streak to 11 straight games after defeating Pine Bluffs, Niobrara County and Lingle-Fort Laramie.
It is a stretch of four games in five days for the Lady Cyclones, which was capped off with a short road trip on Tuesday evening to Guernsey.
“It’s always tough the second time through the conference,” coach Jennifer Scheer said. “Those teams have made some adjustments, and we have to make some adjustments too.”
However, they made it look easy. During the first three games in that stretch, Southeast outscored its opponents 154-66.
On Friday, the Lady Cyclones defeated Pine Bluffs, 56-20.
“I thought the kids played well against Pine Bluffs,” Scheer said. “Pine had a game right in front of ours, so I thought they were a little short in leg power.”
It was the second game of the day for the Lady Hornets who had defeated LFL earlier in the afternoon, and the Lady Cyclones used it to their advantage.
“We used it to push the tempo a little bit on Friday night,” Scheer said.
Southeast jumped out to a 16-7 lead on Pine Bluffs in the first quarter behind seven points from senior Sydney Anderson. In the second quarter, Southeast added 16 more points, while holding the Lady Hornets to only four points.
Pine Bluffs scored only six more points for the remainder of the game over the final 16 minutes of the contest.
Anderson and junior Bailey Booth led the team with 15 points, while seniors Kealy Carson and Shelby Ekwall tossed in nine apiece.
The next day, the Lady Cyclones traveled north to Lusk to face the Lady Tigers.
Southeast took an early 12-6 first quarter lead, pushing it to 24-10 at halftime.
“The girls came out and played really well,” Scheer said. “They played great basketball on Saturday in Lusk. We played really good team basketball. We controlled the game from the opening tip. We used a lot of kids and use of multiple sets to get through the game.”
For the second straight game, the Lady Cyclones limited the opposition to only six second half points. Southeast had its biggest quarter of the game in the third with 20 points.
Herring led the Lady Cyclones with 19 points, while Carson and Ekwall had eight apiece.
On Monday night, Southeast found itself in a battle for a half with cross-county rival Lingle-Fort Laramie before pulling away in the 47-30 victory.
“Came out tonight, and you have to hand it to Lingle,” Scheer said. “They were ready to play, and my girls emotions weren’t where they needed to be.”
But Scheer felt like it was a positive thing.
“It was a reality check for us,” Scheer said. “We needed to struggle through something and learn we can fight and dig.”
With 6:30 left in the first half, Herring pushed the Southeast lead to 20-8, but the Lady Doggers held the Lady Cyclones to only two points for the remainder of the half.
During the stretch, LFL battled back and with :17 left in the second quarter, freshman Jordynn Speckner gave the Lady Doggers a 22-20 lead.
The lead was short-lived though. With time winding down on the quarter, Carson tied the game at 22 heading into halftime.
“The only thing I told them at halftime is, we are going to go back to the basic thing I know how to do,” Scheer said. “We are going to simplify our defense right now, and we are going to run the most basic offense we’ve got.”
In the third quarter, Southeast scored 14 straight points coming out of the locker room.
“I didn’t dress it up,” Scheer said. “We did nothing but just go back our most basic defense and our most basic offense and said, ‘This is what we are going to do, and we are going to do it our way.’”
It took a free throw from senior Kamryn Rafferty midway through the third to get the Lady Doggers back on the scoreboard.
In all, the visitors scored only eight points in the second half.
Herring led Southeast with 20 points and was the lone Lady Cyclone in double figures. Carson added nine, while Ekwall had eight.
Meanwhile, Rafferty led the Lady Doggers with seven points, while junior Holly Leiseth added sixth. Senior Ashlee Hattan and Speckner tossed in five each.
The Lady Cyclones (19-2) wrap up the regular season with a Tuesday trip to Guernsey before a trip to Hanna-Elk Mountain (2-14). Action gets underway at noon on Saturday in Hanna.