SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College women’s basketball team earned another win over a Region IX leader Saturday afternoon in Sheridan.
After taking down Western Wyoming two weeks ago, the Lady Generals (18-9, 8-5) upended this week’s conference first-place team, beating Dawson Community College 63-60 on a late 3 by sophomore Josie Three Irons.
In a back and forth contest, Three Irons scored two late baskets to hold Sheridan’s lead at two possessions until Dawson’s 3-point play drew the score at 60 with less than 10 seconds left.
Head coach Frank McCarthy drew up a play for Three Irons, and the sharpshooter knocked it down.
“She’s so confident in herself,” McCarthy said. “She wants the shot when the game is on the line.
“At times we all didn’t play as well as we could, but the game was on the line and she took it, and that’s what we want from a sophomore,” McCarthy added.
Maddie Forney played well inside, finishing with 19 points, Sierra Toms shined late, scoring 15, and Three Irons had 13.
While Sheridan has defeated both teams, Western and Dawson remain at the top of the North at 9-3.
Sheridan sits behind 8-4 Casper, likely out of the running to host the Region IX tournament, but still sitting well compared to where they were a few weeks ago.
“I like how we’ve been able to keep climbing up the standings to get a better seed,” McCarthy said. “I think we’ve still got a shot at a No. 2 seed.”
Doing so will require road wins, something that have been hard to come by for this Lady Generals team. Sheridan closes at Powell on Wednesday before hosting Miles City on Saturday then heading to Riverton for their final regular season game against Central Wyoming on Feb. 22.
Generals 93, Dawson 84
The Sheridan College men (22-5, 10-3), they overcame a slow start to pull away late in the second half as they beat North bottom-team Dawson 93-84 on Saturday.
Sheridan and Gillette have isolated themselves at the top of the North standings, with the Generals likely needing some help to earn the regular season title as Gillette holds a two-game lead over their rival with three games remaining.
On Saturday, Dawson stayed with the home team, fighting for the upset until a late run by the Generals sparked the win. Iakeem Alston drew an offensive foul with 10 minutes left in the contest and followed with an acrobatic and-1 play that put Sheridan ahead 67-63.
From there, Jeff Amazan’s work at the free throw line coupled with a big 3 by Fred Dure put Sheridan out of reach.
Dure had 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Jamir Andrews scored 20 points, and Alston lifted SC with his eight points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Sheridan heads to Powell on Wednesday, looking for the season sweep of the Trappers.