The Southeast High School girls basketball team won six games all last season and the Lancers have four wins in seven games this season, with January, February and possibly March games remaining on their schedule.

The Southeast High School girls basketball team won six games all last season and the Lancers have four wins in seven games this season, with January, February and possibly March games remaining on their schedule.

Senior Mandy McGuire began her final season at Southeast in style with a 30-point and 13-rebound double-double performance as the Lancers beat the Oswego Indians, 60-50.

Fellow senior Chaney Fox scored 11 points and made five steals; Christine Bone achieved a double-double with her 10 points and 10 rebounds; and freshman Amy Martin started her high school career with nine points, seven rebounds and four steals. Bone also blocked six shots.

“Our girls played great,” Southeast head coach Nikki Webster said. “We executed extremely well. They’ve started clicking and playing good together.”

38-37 L vs. Columbus
The Lancers hosted the Titans as the first game of the round-robin St. Paul Tournament, saving both schools a road trip, and Columbus narrowly defeated Southeast despite the scoring of McGuire (10 points), Fox (10 points) and Bobbi Smith (eight points).

63-34 W vs. Derby Homeschool
Southeast recovered from its first loss of the season with its highest-scoring game of the season. This 29-point victory helped Southeast claim the St. Paul Tournament championship, as Southeast’s larger victory margin broke a three-way tie with Columbus and St. Paul.
McGuire and Bone delivered a 1-2 knockout blow with their offensive punch; McGuire led all scorers with 20 points and Bone added 18 points, as two Southeast players outscored the Invasion.
“Our girls have worked extremely hard and have grown so much the last two years,” Webster said. “Now they are poised and ready to convert that (hard work) into wins.”

49-28 W vs. St. Paul
The Lancers gave their best defensive performance of the season against the host St. Paul in the Lancers’ final game of the St. Paul tourney, limiting the Indians to a season-low point total.
Southeast responded with a balanced offense, as McGuire led with 13, Bone added 12, Amy Martin scored eight and Fox had seven points; St. Paul, on the other hand, relied predominantly on Morgan Westhoff and her game-high 15 points.
McGuire and Fox made the eight-player All-Tournament Team; McGuire was one of three unanimous selections.

48-43 L at Commerce (Okla.)
The Lancers traveled across state lines and ran into the physical play of the Commerce (Okla.) Tigers.
“It was a heartbreaker,” Webster said. “Our girls played their hearts out, leading for most of the game, but mental errors late in the game and running out of gas killed us in the stretch.
“Commerce is a very good basketball team, bigger and more physical than we will probably see the rest of the season.”
McGuire and Fox combined for 26 points (McGuire 15, Fox 11).

36-32 W at Riverton
Good teams come back from a loss and win their next game; Southeast rolled over Derby Homeschool after losing to Columbus by a single point and went into Riverton and took a close non-league game from the Rams after losing to Commerce (Okla).
Fox delivered in the clutch against Riverton, scoring nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter as she overcame foul trouble; five of her fourth-quarter points came on free throws that sealed a close road victory.
“She (Fox) was a spark for us,” Webster said. “She helped us get the lead and keep the lead.”
McGuire scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game, finishing with a team-high 12 points.

48-45 L at St. Mary’s Colgan
In their last game before winter break, the Lancers took a 10-1 first-quarter lead and used their inside height advantage, highlighted by sharp interior passes, to occasionally dominate the smaller, quicker Colgan girls.
Colgan started applying traps on Southeast ballhandlers, coming up with steals that led to easy baskets, and the Panthers ended the first quarter with a 14-2 run that continued into a 22-20 halftime advantage.
“We beat ourselves tonight, plain and simple,” Webster said. “I don’t feel like I, as a coach, put us in a position to win. This one’s on me.”
McGuire struggled with foul trouble and scored a season-low seven points. She netted all her points in the second half, including five quick points in the fourth quarter before fouling out with 4:11 remaining; at that point in the game, Southeast held a one-point lead, 38-37.
“It was difficult,” Webster said, referring to McGuire’s foul trouble. “It made a huge difference. It may have been the difference in the game. But, we still put ourselves in a position to win.”
Bone led all scorers with 15 points, although none of her points came in the fourth, and Fox scored 12, making two 3-point shots.