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Sheridan gets by Billings Skyview in open contest, 67-61

SHERIDAN — Sheridan held off the visiting Skyview Falcons repeat attempts at a comeback Friday night, earning a rare two-game season sweep of a Billings school on the hardwood.

The Broncs (9-2) earned a 67-61 victory in their return home from a six-game trip, controlling enough of a wide open contest that flew end line to end line to get the victory.

Dylan Daniels finished with 24 points, going 13-15 from the free throw line, Judson White finished with 19 points while Reed Ritterbusch scored 17.
Even after their big early lead disappeared late in the second quarter, Sheridan continually built back their double-digit advantage and a flurry from Ritterbusch to cap the third quarter regained momentum and put things to bed.

The senior leader grabbed two steals, sealing one with a dunk as time wound down, which gave Sheridan a 48-37 advantage entering the final frame.

Skyview took its first lead of the game on their first possession of the third quarter with a 3-pointer, but Daniels answered with one of his own and Sheridan never trailed after that.

In the end, Sheridan’s speed and athleticism was enough to stave off Falcon attacks.

“That’s our style, we want to get up and down the court, but it all begins with getting a stop and a rebound on the defensive end,” head coach Gale Smith said. “Kicking it out and running up and down the court; we feel those are our strengths, transition basketball and our conditioning.

“We’ve worked so hard,” he added. “But we’ve got to learn to switch gears, learn when it’s not there to back it off and take the best available shot, run the offense, be patient and be disciplined with what we’re doing.”
Sheridan jumped out to a 19-7 first quarter advantage behind good inside play from the senior White, who scored eight in the quarter.

“We started out really good because they were playing us in a man and we were able to get after them pretty good,” Smith said. “Once Skyview realized they weren’t going to be able to guard us in man they switched to zone and slowed the tempo down a little bit.

“We got impatient and some of the sub issues that we had, I don’t know if it was the right combination or what, but it took a little bit of talk at halftime to get them re-focused about good shot selection and getting the ball inside to our strengths.”

Sheridan led for the whole first half, taking a slim 28-25 lead into the break after Skyview’s zone forced the Broncs into outside shots that weren’t falling. The win was the second over the Falcons this year after Sheridan won in Billings before Christmas.

The Broncs have won six of their last eight entering a road contest with Natrona (3-8) today, who they beat 66-55 Dec. 13 in Sheridan.

“Obviously we want to keep doing what we’re doing well, and try to shore up the things we’re struggling with,” Smith said. “We need to box out better. Other teams are running and jumping and getting rebounds because we’re not getting out and banging on them a little bit. We got up 10 or 12 points and we were just hoping that the game would end and we have to meet that urgency late in games.

“During the course of the season there’s a ton of learning lessons and I hope my kids learned their lesson tonight,” he said.

Box Score
1 2  3   4   F
SHS  19 9 20 19 67
BSHS 9 16 12 20 61
Sheridan: Dylan Daniels 24, Judson White 19, Reed Ritterbusch 17, Tyler Kaufmann, Kris Clark 2, Trae Kaufmann 2, Blake Godwin 1

Lady Broncs get another double-digit win in Billings
SHERIDAN — The Lady Broncs (10-1) won their eighth-straight game Friday, beating Billings Skyview 58-45. It was their second win over Skyview this year.

Head coach Jessica Pickett said they led the entire contest, with the Lady Falcons cutting the lead to five or six in the third before SHS pushed the lead back to double digits. Taylor Townsend had 16 and six boards, Robbi Ryan had 14 and five rebounds and Emily Julian scored 11.

“We’re really trying to figure out the key to consistency,” Pickett said, in regard to finding improvement through big wins. “We hope that we can come out tomorrow and give Natrona a really good game.We’re looking foward to it.”

Sheridan and Natrona (8-3) tipoff at 2:30 p.m. today. Natrona was idle last night.

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