The weekend was set up to be big with Lusk’s two toughest conference foes on the schedule, but the weather had other plans. By the time the Lady Cyclones got to Tiger Gym Friday night, it had already been confirmed that NCHS would not be going to Pine Bluffs Saturday.
Emma Ceaglske opened the scoring with a three pointer, but SE brings a tough, gritty mentality to the floor and matched the Lady Tigers. Miranda Gilkey had another big night-knocking down her first of three treys on the evening, and the game was tied at 14 after one period. She banged down two more long rangers in the second period as the Lady Tigers pulled out to a 28-21 lead at halftime.
Lady Cyclone All Stater Hailey Anderson kept the visitors close in the third quarter with nine of her teams’ 13 points, while NCHS had trouble taking care of the ball with seven turnovers. An opportunity to extend the lead beyond ten was squandered and the lead was a slim 41-34 with one period to play. NCHS continued to turn the ball over-mostly due to the defense applied by the visitors, but Gilkey saved her best for the last quarter. The senior put up 22 points on the night with nine coming in the fourth (of Lusk’s ten points) as the Lady Tigers improved to 12-1 on the season with the 51-44 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
SE 14 7 13 10 44
NCHS 14 14 13 10 51
SE: 17/47 FG, 1/ 4 3PT, 9/18 FT, 38 REB, 12 PF, 18 TO
NCHS: 16/41 FG, 4/11 3PT, 7/12 FT, 39 REB, 18 TO, 16 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 22, Smith 12, Ceaglske 4, Christianson 4, Rowley 4, Gaukel 3, Hales 2. Rebounds- Gaukel 11, Hales 8, Smith 6. Good Sportsmanship players of the game: Amanda Smith and Southeast’s Kaci Schmick.
The JV easily beat Southeast 48-13 behind Christianson’s 13 points, Engelker’s eight, Rowley’s seven while Kianna Blackburn and Anna Richardson contributed six each.
The highly anticipated game with Pine Bluffs was moved to Tuesday and results were not available at press time. This weekend Glenrock comes to Lusk for games Friday at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Friday the Lady Tigers head to Guernsey for two games.