SHERIDAN — In two home games prior to Saturday, Sheridan College head coach Ryan Davis had to utilize timeouts early in the contests because he stood displeased with his team’s energy level.
That wasn’t the case Saturday against Laramie County Community College inside the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome. Not at all.
The Lady Generals scored the game’s first 18 points and rode that wave of momentum to an impressive 84-55 victory, which improved them to 16-10 on the season and 6-4 in Region IX play.
“I think it was a combination of them being locked in defensively, but also seeing the ball go in,” Davis said. “We had this feeling like it is our night.”
The Lady Generals scored 27 first-quarter points — more than they scored in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Northwest College. Four different players hit shots during the 18-0 run to start the game. Aloma Solovi — who finished with 15 points — tallied eight during the stretch.
“We shared the ball a lot and played together,” Solovi said. “But I felt like the energy came from our defense. We held them to not scoring, and our offense was just flowing.”
Four players scored in double figures for SC, which finished the game hitting 52 percent (30 of 58) of its field-goal attempts. Noora Parttimaa led the way with 16 points that included four 3-pointers.
Cynthia Green — who is averaging a double-double in conference play — continued her strong play, logging a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Lani Taliauli came off the bench to score 11 as well.
The Lady Generals held LCCC to just 25 percent (16 of 63) from the floor and won the rebounding battle 46-24.
After SC owned a 27-5 advantage at the end of the opening quarter, LCCC found some offensive rhythm, tallying 26 second-period points. The Lady Golden Eagles made four treys during the game’s second 10 minutes, but the Lady Generals were able to keep their edge — leading 50-31 at halftime — with sustained energy.
“All we were saying was, ‘Don’t let up,’” Davis said. “We just kept talking about stops because offensively we’ve been average to good, and somewhere in between, almost all year. It has just been getting stops and sustaining energy.”
Davis ingrained in his team a 0-0 score mentality coming out of the halftime locker room. He wanted SC to duplicate what it did to start the game.
While it wasn’t as fruitful, the Lady Generals extended their lead to 68-44 ahead of the game’s final quarter, and they didn’t let up there either.
“This was a redemption game because I know last time we played these guys, we didn’t really have a good game,” Solovi said. “We are known for not coming out strong from the get, so we just wanted to change that today, and hopefully we’ll keep that energy going into our next few games.”
Sheridan is tied with LCCC for fourth place in the North Division. The Lady Generals — who have won four of their last five — have a chance to move up the standings Wednesday when they travel to Gillette College.
SC downed the Lady Pronghorns 76-66 Jan. 23 in Sheridan. The last time the Lady Generals traveled to Gillette, they fell in quadruple overtime.
Laramie County Community College… 5 26 13 11 — 55
Sheridan College……………………….27 23 18 16 — 84
LCCC — Anderson 14; O’Conner 13; O’Brien 12; Fagenbush 7; Lamoreaux 3; Stephenson 3; Walker 2; Stoner 1
Sheridan College — Parttimaa 16; Solovi 15; Green 11; Taliauli 11; Fifita 6; Colas 6; Hoyer 5; Walker 5; Betham 4; McDermott 3; Oca 2
LCCC 24 (O’Brien 5); Sheridan College 46 (Green 11)
LCCC 6 (Stephenson 2; O’Brien 2); Sheridan College (22 Solovi 5)