SHERIDAN — The first time the Sheridan High School boys basketball team and Cheyenne Central met, the Broncs let a sizable halftime lead spoil. The inability to close on the road led to Sheridan’s first conference loss of the season. The Broncs wrote a different ending Friday at home. Sheridan parlayed its healthy halftime advantage into a lopsided 59-43 victory over the Indians.
“At halftime, coach told us last game we were up by 10 and we let them come back, and this time we were up eight or nine and he’s like, we really need to put it on them, and that’s what we focused on,” Sheridan’s Parker Christensen said.
“Coming out here with our home-court advantage, we just wanted to come out with energy.”
Sheridan’s last home game resulted in a double-digit loss to rival Campbell County. In that game, the Broncs played tight and got off to a horrific start offensively and couldn’t recover. Sheridan head coach Jeff Martini wanted his team Friday to come loose and showcase its best self.
The Broncs did just that.
“More than anything I told our guys we needed to come out relaxed at home and just go and play,” Martini said. “I feel like we are uptight sometimes when we play here, and I felt like is we just relaxed that we’d be OK. I thought our guys played more loose and were comfortable.”
That relaxed mentality fed into a lock-down defensive performance from Sheridan. Central’s 43 points scored marked its lowest offensive output of the conference season.
“I thought our guys did a good job defensively,” Martini said. “Our goal is always to make them take tough shots, and I thought we did that tonight. We contested, and most importantly I thought we rebounded exceptionally well. When we have everybody rebounding our chances are good.”
Sheridan took the early lead and methodically expanded its advantage throughout the contest. Tristan Bower — who paced the Broncs with 21 points — tallied five in the first quarter as Sheridan owned a 13-7 lead.
The Broncs scored the first seven points of the second period — getting four from Christensen, who finished with 15 — to build their first double-digit lead at 20-7. Sheridan’s cushion remained at 13 points until the final minute of the opening half when Central scored the final four points to make it a 27-18 game at halftime.
Bower went on a personal 10-4 run that ballooned Sheridan’s lead to 41-26 with 3:16 left in the third frame, and the Broncs closed the stanza with a 7-3 jolt to boast a 48-30 lead ahead of the contest’s final eight minutes.
Central trimmed Sheridan’s lead to as little as 12 points, but couldn’t draw closer as the Broncs improved to 13-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
Sheridan hosts Cheyenne East Saturday at 1 p.m. The Broncs toppled the Thunderbirds 50-42 Jan. 26, however, East was without its third- and fifth-leading scorers who were suspended.
Cheyenne Central….7 11 12 13 — 43
Sheridan…………….13 14 21 11 — 59
Cheyenne Central — Fraley 10, Jones 8, McDonald 7, Norman 4, Lovering 4, Lyman 3, MacLeary 2, Burke 2, Shumway 2, Bostic 1
Sheridan — Bower 21, Christensen 15, Woodward 8, Ross 6, Baker 3, Erickson 3, Lecholat 2 Sessions 1