Southeastern Downs Rival Tigers

Southeastern put four players in double-figures and hit 50 percent from long range en route to picking up a 78-68 win over rival East Central on Wednesday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid and lifted the Savage Storm to 9-6 overall on the year and 6-3 in Great American Conference play.

Kaylie Baxter turned in her first double-double of the season to lead the team with 16 points and 11 rebounds, both of which were game highs. She also added a 3-for-3 mark from three point range.

Cheree Kiser was right behind with 15 points aided by three threes of her own, while Emily Williams and Haley Schaefer each turned in 12 points in the effort.

Williams added eight rebounds to Baxter's 11 and SE held a 43-to-41 edge on the boards overall.

Ronay English dished out a team-high four assists, while Kiser added three and eight different players recorded an assist or more in the game.

On the contest, Southeastern shot 44.8 percent from the field, hit 10-of-20 three point tries and shot 80 percent from the free throw line.

The Storm, dominated the paint with a 32-10 edge in scoring down low, while the Tigers held slight advantages in second chance points and points off turnovers.

SE got off to a very slow start, going without a point for the first 5:26 of the game, finding itself in an 11-0 hole before Kiser broke through with a jumper that keyed a quick 7-0 spurt to get the Storm back in the game.

ECU would eventually push its lead back out to 11 points, but the Storm finished the first half on a 24-5 ruin to turn a double-digit deficit into a 37-29 lead at halftime.

Southeastern kept the Tigers at arm's length for much of the second half, but after closing the gap to six points multiple times ECU would make one last push and close the gap to 66-65 with 4:30 to play.

They would close the deficit to one point again with 2:54 to play, but a Kiser layup would answer and a Kiser three on the next possession would put SE up 73-67 with 2:14 to play.

SE would hit free throws down the stretch to outscore the Tigers 5-1 in the final two minutes to pick up the 78-68 win.


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