Blackburn propels Lady Generals
SHERIDAN — Behind a career-high 29 points from Ashlie Blackburn, the Sheridan College Lady Generals surged past Northwest College Wednesday night, 71-67.
The win was much needed for Sheridan, losers of three straight and six of eight before Wednesday. The Lady Generals now sit 3-6 in conference and 16-9 overall.
Sheridan trailed for a majority of the first half but rode the hot hand of Blackburn to mount a big third-quarter comeback. After trailing 39-28 at halftime, the Lady Generals outscored Northwest 25-14 in the third quarter to tie the game. They won the fourth-quarter scoring battle to cap off the comeback.
Blackburn scored 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting and added four rebounds and three assists. Rebekah Brewer came out of her shooting slump to knock down four 3-pointers to add 12 points for the Lady Generals.
The Sheridan women will be back at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome Saturday against Miles Community College. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.
Generals drop triple-OT heartbreaker
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College men’s basketball team’s trip to Powell lasted a little longer than expected Wednesday night. A triple overtime game against Northwest College equated to a late departure for the Generals.
Unfortunately for Sheridan, the bus ride back wasn’t a joyful one. The Generals lost 101-100.
Looking at the box score, it’s tough to distinguish which team had a better night than the other. Both teams shot over 50 percent from 3-point range and overall from the field, and the rebound margin was just one in favor of Northwest.
Sheridan continued to struggle from the free-throw line, shooting just 12 of 25 (48 percent), but the Generals forced 26 turnovers compared to 19 committed.
Sheridan had the hot hand early, taking a 52-45 lead into halftime. But the scoring greatly diminished in the second half as neither team scored more than 30. The teams were even for two overtime periods before Northwest won the third overtime 12-11.
Six Sheridan players scored in double figures, led by Ladan Ricketts’ 21 that included a 6 of 10 3-point shooting night. Xavier Jackson scored 18, and Austin Sherrell and Channel Banks scored 16 apiece. Sherrell also pulled down 13 rebounds.
Northwest’s Sukhjot Bains led all scorers with 27 points.
The Generals will look to end a three-game skid Saturday against Miles Community College. Sheridan beat Miles 96-60 on Jan. 18.