Lady Broncs drop only second game of season, play Gillette next


Lauren Sarantopulos

Assistant coach Alyssa Lyman talks to the Lady Broncs during a break in the action.

  The girls’ basketball team split its weekend in Cheyenne, defeating Central with a score of 68-57 on Friday night, but losing only their second game of all season the next night, a surprising defeat to Cheyenne East 50-66. The Lady Broncs lost their first conference game, moving to 8-1 within the East conference and 19-2 overall.

  A physical game throughout, Sheridan was down by 14 at halftime, but cut that to five points in the third quarter. However, East responded and pulled away in a foul-ridden contest that featured 50 fouls and 65 foul shots. After losing to both Sheridan and Gillette earlier this season, the fourth-ranked East Thunderbirds made a big statement by beating both teams last weekend. Sheridan was lead in scoring by junior Taylor Townsend with 11 points and sophomore Robbi Ryan had 8.

 Against Central, the Broncs used a strong offensive effort as well as a stifling defensive game to win 68-57. The Broncs were led again by Townsend with 16 points, but had a very balanced attack. Also scoring in double digits were junior Emily Julian with 13, Ryan with 11, and senior Maddy McClure 10. Central tried zoning the Broncs as well as matching up man-to-man, but nothing could stop Sheridan offensively. The team hit 8 three pointers to improve on their 41 percentage from three, which leads the state considerably.

  The girls play Gillette this weekend on the road, looking to clinch the top seed from the East conference and the automatic berth to state. Three weeks ago, at home, the Broncs were able to defeat the Camels 55-45. The Camels are tied for second in the conference at 7-2 with Cheyenne East.

  The game starts at 5:30 on Friday night, prior to the boys’ game at 7:30.