SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Lady Broncs (2-1) dropped their first game of the year to the No. 1 Lady Mustangs Friday night in Casper, 62-51.
Head coach Jessica Pickett said Natrona outsized them, bringing five seniors, led by Stanford-bound Kaylee Johnson, but she was impressed by the effort her girls showed.
“We lost by 11 but it sure was intense, and the girls worked really had,” she said. “We really battled.”
Trailing for most of the game, the Lady Broncs kept the score within 8-10 points for most of the way. Robbi Ryan did a good job defending Johnson, Pickett said. Johnson entered the contest averaging 17 points and 18 rebounds per game.
Sheridan trailed most of the game, got pretty close in the third quarter, but were unable to close in. Robbi worked hard on the talented Johnson, Pickett said.
Emily Julian had 14 points and took five charges, Taylor Townsend and Ryan had nine apiece and Ryan had nine rebounds. Jennae Fieldgrove had four rebounds.
“They were good,” Pickett said of the No. 1 team in the state. “But it was a perfect time to see them and expect to see them in another great game at our house. I’m sure they’ll be contenders at state.”
Natrona comes to Sheridan Jan. 18.
First, the Lady Broncs are home today, as they open a boys-girls doubleheader with Riverton. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at SHS.