SHERIDAN — Sheridan College head women’s basketball coach Ryan Davis couldn’t quite explain it, but he’ll absolute take it. The Lady Generals unconventionally toppled Central Wyoming 82-54 Wednesday night at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome.
“We found a way being sloppy defensively, and we found a way to generate points in other ways, and I don’t know how we won by as much as we won by,” Davis said. “… I’m pretty happy all around. When you don’t play the way you want to play, you have to find a way to win, and we did that.”
The win, the Lady Generals’ fourth in a row, vaulted them back to the .500 mark at 8-8 and 1-0 in Region IX play. Davis believes the recent success, in particular the last two games, is a byproduct of the his team having extra time to prepare for opponents and really honing in on each scouting report.
“They were really locked in again on the scout of Central Wyoming,” Davis said. “We did every thing we needed to, and you have to give a lot of that credit to (assistant coach) Taylor Cummings because she had the scouting report. I walked into the locker room after the game and asked the team, ‘How spot on was that scout?’ And everybody cheered.”
Sheridan connected on 54.1 percent (33 of 61) of its field-goal attempts and outrebounded the Lady Rustlers 40-31.
Raelynn Keefer paced the Lady Generals with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting, which included two 3-pointers. Keefer — who has scored double figures in three straight games — also added four rebounds and a team-high three assists.
“I think the team was kind of looking for me on my outside shots tonight,” Keefer said. “And I have to give credit to Aubrey (Meiwald). She hit some good screens to get me open and to get me some layups.”
No other Lady General tallied double figures. However, four different players scored eight or nine points. Brooke Cargal and Noora Parttimaa each added nine points, while Ashleigh Frampton and Madison Chavez chipped in eight points apiece.
Cargal accounted for two of the first three Sheridan field goals, but Central Wyoming’s Marissa Arnold — who poured in a game-high 22 points — single-handedly put the Lady Rustlers ahead 8-7 with a personal 6-0 run. Sheridan’s Alomi Solovi went on her own 5-0 run to end the opening quarter, which gave the Lady Generals a 17-12 edge.
Keefer laid claim to Sheridan’s first three baskets of the second period and the third, a 3-pointer, kickstarted a 7-0 run that gave the Lady Generals their first double-digit lead of the game at 28-16 with four minutes and 54 seconds to play in the first half. Meiwald logged a last-second putback just before the buzzer sounded, which capped a 10-4 run that put SC ahead 40-24 at the break.
Central Wyoming recorded five of the first six points of the second half to pull within 12, but Sheridan used two separate 7-0 runs during the third stanza to take a 60-40 lead into the game’s final 10 minutes.
The Lady Rustlers didn’t log back-to-back field goals in the final period as the Lady Generals eased to victory.
“I think this is the most confident we’ve been all year and they earned that,” Davis said. “… I’m really glad we are 1-0, and I’m hoping we can go on road and get a tough one against Western.”
Sheridan College returns to the court Saturday at 2 p.m. when it travels to play Western Wyoming.
Central Wyoming……12 12 8 12 — 54
Sheridan………………..17 23 22 20 — 82
Central Wyoming — Arnold 22, Burmester 7, Blaser 6, Roberts 4, Branstetter 4, Cosman 3, Shippen 2, Fauber 2, Mitchell 2, Krahenbuhl 2
Sheridan — Keefer 21, Cargal 9, Parttimaa 9, Frampton 8, Chavez 8, Hoyer 7, Meiwald 6, Solovi 5, Ramey 5, Jex 4
Central Wyoming 31 (Arnold 5); Sheridan 40 (Frampton 8)
Central Wyoming 6 (Shippen 4); Sheridan 16 (Hoyer, Keefer 3)