Sheridan teams confident heading into postseason play

SHERIDAN — The 4A regional basketball tournaments will kick off Thursday at Cheyenne South High School.

The No. 3 seed Sheridan High School Broncs (17-5) will get things started against No. 6 seed Cheyenne Central (4-16) in the first round at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Broncs have already defeated Central twice this season, 44-36 at the beginning of February and 47-37 at the end of that month.

“We just played Central two weeks ago so we have an idea of what to expect,” head coach Gale Smith said, “but this time of year you need to expect the unexpected and the team that can make the most of that will come out on top.”

The winner of the loser-out game will go on to face No. 2 seed Cheyenne East on Friday at 5:30 p.m. East was given a first round bye.

Sheridan has split games with East this season, each claiming one win. They are 4-0 in their matches with South and Laramie, beating each team twice.

“I want to try to keep the energy loose so the kids don’t get too nervous,” Smith said. “It’s just another basketball game.”

The No. 1 seed Lady Broncs (20-0) will have a day off to cheer on the boys as they received a first-round bye.

The girls’ first game will be played Friday at 7 p.m. against the winner of the Laramie (9-14) vs. Cheyenne Central (10-13) game Thursday.

“I’m grateful for the extra day, that bye is really nice,” head coach Jessica Pickett said. “We’re working hard on all the things we’ve focused on throughout the season since we’re not sure who we’ll play, but everybody at this point could give you a good run for your money.”

The ladies of Sheridan are 4-0 in their matchups with their two potential opponents. This season they beat Laramie 56-39 and 49-38 and beat Cheyenne Central 63-35 and 68-57.

If Sheridan wins Friday they will head to the championship game and a loss would send them to the third-place match.

“We are grateful for all the support we have gotten, praying that everyone stays healthy and working hard to bring home the win,” Pickett said.

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