SHERIDAN — Continuing their early season run, Sheridan High School basketball teams cruised into the final tournament of the calendar year with blowout wins over Riverton Saturday afternoon at home.
Both teams travel to Green River for the Thursday through Saturday Flaming Gorge Classic this weekend.
Broncs 75, Wolverines 47
Reed Ritterbusch scored 20 points for the second straight game, Cody Williams added 15 and the Broncs rolled to 4-0 with a 75-47 win over Riverton Saturday.
Head coach Gale Smith said he was pleased with the way the guys came out after their win Friday over Natrona.
“That was my number one concern was a let down after last night, where we all week long prepared for Natrona and had not really talked about Riverton,” Smith said. “The natural thing to do is let down after a big game on Friday night, but that’s why we chose to full court press them right away in the first quarter just to get the wheels going.
“From there we just really got after it.”
Sheridan (4-0) was up 25-14 after one quarter, holding momentum early by way of a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Reed Ritterbusch.
Despite a spell of sloppy offense early in the second quarter, the Broncs came out strong in the third as Ritterbusch hit a 3, Williams scored four straight on the break and Daniels added five to push the score to 61-38 entering the final frame.
Smith said that despite the wide margin, they still tried to work on their half-court defense rotation, communicating better on screens, and half-court offense — all things they can still get better at.
“We just want to be playing really good basketball,” he said.
“Continuing to work on the things that we’re good at because you don’t want to ignore those. We’re just going to continue to be a tough basketball team.
“I like where we’re at, but I’m not satisfied,” he continued. “We talked about we don’t want to be a good team we want to be a great team. That’s our goal.”
Lady Broncs 61, Lady Wolverines 31
The Lady Broncs (3-1) bounced back from a close Friday-night loss to No. 1 Natrona with an easy, 61-31, win over Riverton Saturday.
Robbi Ryan led the way with 12 points, Emily Julian scored 10 and Taylor Townsend added nine, as the Lady Broncs ran out to a 33-17-halftime lead and worked in the entire bench Saturday.
“They fought hard last night and so I was proud of them to turn around and get back,” head coach Jessica Pickett said after her squad took their first loss of the year, 72-61, in Casper Friday night.
“That’s kind of what we’re looking for, something we’ll see at regional and state, a tough game one night and then turn right around and have to play the next day. I was really proud of the girls for coming out, we got a lot of girls in the game today, so it was fun.”
Townsend scored four straight to start the third quarter, and the Lady Broncs lead ballooned to 54-21.
Scoring slowed in the second half as the Lady Broncs had a four-minute scoring drought to begin the fourth quarter, but the result was in hand.
Sheridan travels to Green River for the Flaming Gorge Classic, and Pickett says they’ll work to shore up a few things before the break.
“We’ve been working really hard on our rebounding and I think it showed this weekend,” she said. “We won the rebounding battles in both games, all across the board the girls are getting in and doing what they can, bringing their best for however long that is. This week we’re going to really work on the last little bit of our offense, get some plays in and work them in at Green River.”
Flaming Gorge Classic Schedule
at Green River/Riverton Dec. 19-21
Thursday at Lincoln Middle School (Green River)
1 p.m. Lady Broncs vs. Star Valley
2:30 p.m. Broncs vs. Vernal (Utah)
Friday at Riverton High School
2:40 p.m. Lady Broncs vs. Rock Springs
4:20 p.m. Broncs vs. Rock Springs
Saturday at Lincoln Middle School (Green River)
8:30 a.m. Broncs vs. Union
10:10 a.m. Lady Broncs vs. Union