SHERIDAN — After Friday’s game left much to be desired of the Sheridan College women’s basketball team, the Lady Generals won the final game of the semester against Miles Community College, 58-45.
It was the first win against Miles for SC head coach Ryan Davis and was a good win for the team.
Davis said SC did not fix all of the mistakes that were present against Dawson Community College on Friday but the team did improve in some areas.
The largest changes came in rebounding and turnovers. SC lost the rebounding battle by 18 on Friday and won the rebounding battle on Saturday by two. The Lady Generals committed 15 fewer turnovers on Saturday compared to Friday. Davis said the assists to turnover ratio was still negative but it was closer. SC had eight assists in the game.
Davis said he had five players performing to the best of their ability during different parts of the game for the first time in awhile.
He saw an improved offensive effort from the Lady Generals, especially in the second half.
SC had a 28-23 lead entering halftime but struggled in the second quarter with rebounding and scoring.
“We were up going into halftime but I did not feel great about it,” Davis said. “The second half we started to move the ball a lot better. More people touched the ball, the ball did not stick in our hands for very long. It felt somewhat at that point we were able to get a flow.”
SC still did not shoot well from the field, shooting 30.9% total and 16.7% from beyond the arc.
The Lady Generals received an offensive spark from Cynthia Green who scored 18 points, sinking six of eight from the field and six of seven from the free-throw line. Green also dominated the glass with 15 rebounds. She led both teams in points and rebounds.
Davis said the team needs to focus on the little things like rebounding and taking care of the ball. Being consistent in both will decrease the easy opportunities the opponent has to score and stop the momentum from shifting.
“I think you just do those small things and those runs will take care of themselves. You can stop them by doing those things,” Davis said.
With two minutes to play, Sheridan had a 14-point lead but a wide open 3-pointer by Miles cut the lead to 54-43. Davis took a timeout to get his team back on track.
Davis said he has seen it happen to many teams with a lead entering the final minutes of the game. They start to relax, allowing the opponent a chance to make a late run and get back into the game. Davis saw the defensive effort relax when no one rotated properly and did not try to stop the 3-pointer.
Davis said he told the Lady Generals to finish the game and the players did just that.
The team will be off once finals are done and will not return to practice until Jan. 1. The Lady Generals will play for the first time in 2020 at 4 p.m. Jan. 4 against Williston State College at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome.