SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Broncs were up 50-13 at halftime, running out to a 66-25 win over Green River Friday night in their season opener in the nightcap at SHS.
Sheridan trailed 5-3 early in the first quarter, but after a Dylan Daniels 3-pointer, never again in a game that featured the 40-point blowout running-clock rule with still five minutes remaining in the third.
Head coach Gale Smith was happy with the way his squad worked through the entire game, even as they pulled way ahead for their first time together on the court in 2012-13.
“You don’t want to just run the score up, and obviously we could run our transition offense and score a ton of points, but we wanted to focus on our half-court offense,” he said. “And if you can do that you kind of put the reins on them a little bit and you worry about giving 100 percent.
“It’s a tough game because you don’t want to run the score up, but you still want to try to get better,” Smith added. “Good news is we were able to rest our starters in the fourth quarter so we’re fresh tomorrow.”
Senior All-State returner Reed Ritterbusch led all scorers with 16, finding his groove in the second quarter.
Junior Cody Williams added 11, Dylan Daniels had nine, Tyler Kaufmann had eight and Judson White scored seven.
The Broncs lead was built by way of active hands on defense, forcing multiple second quarter turnovers as they jumped out to the massive advantage with runaway layups and putbacks.
“We want our defense to fuel our offense,” Smith said. “We want stops and our goal is to hold the other team to 48 points. We want to get easy baskets, but if we don’t, get our transition game going get into our offense and get Reed and Judson and everybody involved, and then crash the glass.”
Last year the Broncs relied heavily on the All-Conference junior Daniels and Ritterbusch for the lion’s share of their scoring, and this year, at least for Friday night, they displayed a potential depth that could cure that weakness.
“We’ve got some new kids off the bench and this was a great opportunity to play them some minutes,” Smith said. “Down the road they’re really going to pay dividends for us.”
Sheridan plays at Billings Skyview today, a team that Smith said they scrimmaged three times over the summer at camps, losing in overtime twice and winning once.
“I expect a dogfight, and that will be good for us,” he said.
1 2 3 4 F
GR 7 6 7 5 25
SHS 24 26 9 7 66
Broncs scoring: R. Ritterbusch 16, Cody Williams 11, Dylan Daniels 9, Tyler Kaufmann 8, Judson White 7, Blake Godwin 6, Blake Baker 4, Robert Meixsell 3, Kris Clark 2.