SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College women’s basketball team took a different route Wednesday at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome to complete a season sweep of Western Wyoming. Instead of knocking the Lady Mustangs out early — like the Lady Generals did in Rock Springs in mid-January — Sheridan methodically wore down Western Wyoming en route to a 67-52 victory.
“Honestly, when we went down to Western Wyoming, we couldn’t miss,” Sheridan’s Ashleigh Frampton said. “Tonight was a lot different. Our 3-pointers in the first quarter weren’t hitting and we had to look to our bigs a lot more tonight.”
Frampton saw a lot of action off the bench, especially in the opening 10 minutes, and poured in a team-high 14 points for the night. She scored back-to-back baskets that kickstarted a 7-0 run that staked Sheridan to its first lead at 13-10 with under a minute to play in the opening frame.
The 13 points, however, were a far cry from the 31 the Lady Generals recorded back on Jan. 13.
“I thought we were getting good shots, they were just letting us shoot,” Sheridan head coach Ryan Davis said. “Sometimes for a shooting a team, we just needed one or two to fall. But we didn’t do a great job of trying to get to the rim, and we just gave them exactly what they wanted us to take in that first quarter.”
Sheridan duplicated its 13-point first quarter effort in the second quarter. Aubrey Meiwald, much like frontcourt teammate Frampton, came off the bench to give Davis a scoring lift. She tallied four straight, which helped the Lady Generals build a 26-20 lead at the break. Meiwald finished with nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
Sheridan found its offensive footing out of the halftime locker room and rapidly constructed its first double-digit lead at 31-20. The Lady Generals used an 11-2 run — getting four straight points from Sara Storeshaw — to boast their first 20-point lead at 51-31 with just over two minutes to play in the third period.
Sheridan lost a little bit of its edge in the game’s final 10 minutes, however, and allowed the Lady Mustangs to pull closer with the help of some second-chance points. Western Wyoming outrebounded Sheridan 52-45 and 12-6 on the offensive glass in a facet of the game that hasn’t impressed Davis all season.
“I was not really happy with the rebounding at all,” Davis said. “I think redounding has been an issue all year. It doesn’t show up against Little Big Horn, and Williston State and an All-Star team. They think that when we rebound and we win, against teams we should rebound it well, they think everything is cured. You can’t think like that.
“… It has been an issue all year. It has not just been lately. It’s an epidemic.”
The Lady Mustangs rattled off nine of the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to pull within 59-43, but that represented the closest margin until the final tally.
The victory improved the Lady Generals to 12-13 overall and 5-4 in Region IX.
Sheridan’s Brooke Cargal accounted for 11 points, which included a trio of treys, while Raelynn Keefer chipped in nine points.
The Lady Generals travel to battle Miles City Community College Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lady Pioneers downed Sheridan 76-59 Jan. 17.
Western Wyoming….12 8 14 18 — 52
Sheridan……………..13 13 31 10 — 67
Western Wyoming — Lindstrom 17, Radenkova 13, Facchini 10, Carr 6, Reed 2, Brothers 2, Asay 1, Ellbogen 1
Sheridan — Frampton 14, Cargal 11, Meiwald 9, Keefer 9, Solovi 6, Jex 5, Storeshaw 4, Chavez 3, Hoyer 2, Parttimaa 2, Ramey 2
Western Wyoming 52 (Radenkova 8); Sheridan 45 (Meiwald 12)
Western Wyoming 3 (Reed, Facchini Redenkova 1); Sheridan 14 (Keefer, Storeshaw, Ramey 3)