From staff reports
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Generals basketball team earned a close win, 98-91, over Miles City Community College Wednesday night at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome.
Fred Dure led SC with 29 points and nine rebounds while teammate Abednego Lufile had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Iakeem Alston also kicked in 12 points and seven assists.
The Generals started off a little slow, allowing Miles City to hold the lead for about the first five minutes of the game. At that point the teams traded the lead until the Generals went on a run just before halftime, heading into the locker room with a 49-40 lead and the momentum.
Sheridan College struggled to defend 3-point shooter Conner Smyle, who went nine of 12 from behind the arc. He contributed a total 31 points and infuriated the crowd — flashing the number three with his fingers each time he sunk a shot.
“I thought our guys played really hard, I was happy with their effort,” Generals coach Steve Smiley said. “We got sloppy a few times we had some breakdowns defensively and let them score too much, but just the way the game was going — I was really proud — as the game kind of turned into a rollercoaster up and down our guys maintained their composure and kept the lead and stretched it out.”
The Generals will travel to Riverton Saturday to face Central Wyoming College Saturday.
Wednesday marked the Generals sixth-straight win and Smiley said he hopes to continue that streak heading into the tournament.
Lady Generals lose physical matchup
SHERIDAN — Quick hands from sophomore Morgan Wille helped keep the Lady Generals in the game Wednesday night at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome, but the women lost to Miles City 66-54.
Wille had seven steals on the night, while contributing 10 points. Her efforts got the crowd cheering and her teammates fed off her speed and aggressive play.
“Morgan plays hard,” SC coach Frank McCarthy said after the game. “She plays the whole game and, you know, we can only control our attitude and our effort. “She is a great leader, she is focused and she has great energy. We’ll definitely miss her.”
McCarthy also highlighted Tiana Hanson’s contributions to the game. The freshman led the team in scoring with 14 points.
“They were very physical with us tonight but I’m proud of how we battled,” McCarthy said. “We just couldn’t get the ball to drop.”
The Lady Generals head to Riverton this weekend to face Central Wyoming Community College.
“Riverton is a good man-to-man team, so we’ll need to stay confident with each other,” McCarthy said. “We just need to learn from tonight and move on.”