SHERIDAN — Freshman Katie Kuhn wasted no time after being hit with a hard intentional foul, coolly hitting two free throws to ice a 68-64 win over Eastern Wyoming College Friday night at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome.
Opening the 39th annual Thanksgiving Lions Club Tournament with a win, the Lady Generals (8-4) got one back as they beat an EWC team that defeated them earlier this season in Torrington.
Stepping up to the line, clearly shaken by the blow, the starting point guard, from Laramie, nailed both shots out of the one-and-one bonus opportunity and made the game a two-possession contest with 17 seconds left on the clock.
Leading the way, Madison Forney scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Josie Three Irons had 16 and Sierra Toms scored 13. In the process Sheridan earned a benchmark hard-fought win as conference play approaches Wednesday.
“Last time, we thought we could have played better and could have won the game,” head coach Frank McCarthy said. “We came focused tonight. I think that first half might have been as good as we’ve played all year.”
Sheridan built a big lead in the first as they used good ball movement on offense and sound defense to grow a 35-18 advantage with two minutes remaining in the period.
Lancers guard Courtney Dollison would get hot, reeling off eight points, and after a string of free throws EWC was back into the contest, trailing 37-27 at the break.
The Lancers stayed within two possessions until finally tying things up at the 12-minute mark, 48-48.
From there, teams traded leads four times and tied three, until the Lady Generals height advantage took over.
Breaking a two-minute scoring drought, with six minutes left in the contest, freshman Tiana Hansen grabbed an offensive board and added a putback. Forney did followed suit with an aggressive board of her own and a score.
Three Irons poured in seven unanswered points, building a nine-point lead and the Lady Generals never trailed from there.
As EWC made a final run, narrowing the gap to three, sophomore Morgan Wille then hit two free throws and the Lady Generals got a defensive stop, with Kuhn finishing things off.
“We did a good job on the boards we were patient offensively, I think we’ve got confidence going into conference now,” McCarthy added.