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  • Lancer girls have no problems in beating Riverton

  • The Southeast Lancers didn’t have much trouble dealing the Riverton Rams their ninth loss of the season.

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  • The Southeast Lancers didn’t have much trouble dealing the Riverton Rams their ninth loss of the season.
    With three players scoring double-digit points, the Lancers cruised to a 57-37 win, advancing their record to 9-7.
    “I think tonight we corrected a lot of mistakes that we made in the last ten days and overall I thought we played real well and did a lot of things consistent,” said head coach Lylin Cowan.
    Amy Martin was the leading scorer with 14 points while Olivia Powell had 12 and Tesa Robin with 11.
    “That’s what we try to do, play like a team and have everyone that has an opportunity to score, score,” Cowan said.
    The game was closed in the first quarter with both teams trading the lead. The Rams took a three-lead early before the Lancers went up 12-9 to close out the quarter.
    Southeast went on a quick 5-0 run to start the second quarter and avoided foul trouble for much of the game.
    That 5-0 run soon escalated into an 11-0 run as the Lancer defense gave Riverton a miserable second quarter. While Southeast kept the scoreboard busy, the Rams could only manage three points during the entire second, which was a 3-point basket by Mattea Cupp.
    Coming out of the locker room with a 26-12 lead, the Lancers soon increased it to 33-14.
    The Rams played much better in the third, putting up 13 points but they found no way of containing Southeast.
    The Rams could only close their deficit to 12 in the fourth before the Lancers prevented them from getting any closer.
    Madison Hull was the leading scorer for the Rams, making 14 points while Cupp finished the night with 10.
    Next up for the Lancers will be a CNC league match-up with Galena. Cowan believes that the Lancers will be going up against a much more tangible team than last season.
    “We play a very physical team,” Cowan said. “They’ve gotten a lot better. They were last place in the league last year but I don’t think they will finish there this year. It’ll be a task. We’ve got to do some things better than we did tonight.”
    And just what were some of the things that the Lancers could have been better at?
    “Our transitions. We have to get that in order,” Cowan said. “Also breaking the press. The first time we did it, we did a terrible job of getting them ready for a zone press.”
    Rams (boys) 48, Lancers 31
    A strong defensive effort in the first half did not carry into the second half as the Southeast Lancers went down, 48-31 to the Riverton Rams.
    Page 2 of 2 - The game got off to a slow start as both offenses had their chances to score but were limited by tough defense. It was four minutes into the game when the score was only 5-2 in Riverton’s favor.
    “I thought the first half was probably one of our better games of the year,” head coach Steve Taylor said. “I thought we played a solid 16 minutes and didn’t turn the ball over. We were able to play good defense.”
    Both teams took turns taking the lead and the game stayed close with most of the first half containing a one-point score.
    A 3-pointer by Landon North put the Rams in front 17-15 and the score stayed that way for two minutes before Bryan Horgan made two free throws to equalize. The Lancers went into halftime carrying a one-point advantage.
    It is debatable whether or not that was the first half of defense by the Lancers all season.
    “I don’t know if it was the best but it was right up there,” Taylor said. “But even in the second half I thought we played well but we broke down a couple of times.”
    Horgan was the leading scorer for the Lancers, finishing with 16 points.
    The second half picked up right where things left off with a one-point gap between the two sides. An outside shot by North put the Rams back on top 24-23 and then a stolen pass by Greyson Spriggs turned into a backboard two. The floodgates started to open.
    Another steal, by Spriggs led to a basket by Gavin Forbes to close out the third with a 32-23 lead for the Rams.
    The Lancers were allowed only four points in the third. They had scoring opportunities but the rim seemed to be their biggest enemy with shots not falling in despite looking strong on offense.
    “We got a lot of good looks but just couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to make those. Riverton were able to make there’s and that’s how they pulled ahead.”
    A 4-0 run by Jacob Qualls to start the fourth galvanized the Rams’ lead. Riverton scored their most points in a quarter with 16.
    It’s been an up and down ride for the Lancers with a 1-2 record in their last three games.
    They will now travel to face Galena on the road on Tuesday. Constructing four quarters and avoid giving up possesion are sure to be the keys with the schedule coming closer to the final stretch of the regular season.
    “I think if we improve on the first 16 minutes of the game and put 32 minutes together and not turn the ball over then I think we can be a pretty darn good team,” Taylor said.

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