Free throws seal victory for Lady Yellowjackets

SHERIDAN — Senior Josey Love knocked down seven of nine free throws in the last two minutes of Friday’s game against Lake Hamilton to secure a 49-47 Sheridan win at home.

“Love played a good point guard game,” Sheridan head coach Brian Davenport said. “She made some free throws down the stretch.”

Sheridan, which trailed for most of the game, took its final lead of the night when sophomore Ashton Hill grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to give the Lady Yellowjackets a 42-41 lead with about 2:20 left in the game.

From there it became a free throw shooting contest as the two teams were sent to the line a combined seven times in the final two minutes.

Sheridan (8-3, 1-0 6A South) finished the game 14 of 18 from the free throw line.

“Any one of those in the end that we don’t get puts us in a position to lose the game,” Davenport said. “They did a super job of finishing the game off.

“I was proud of them.”

Love finished the game with 13 points. Freshman Kadesha Cooper led the Lady Yellowjackets with 14 points and Bryanna Moltz contributed eight points.

“They’ve gotten a lot better at overcoming adversity,” Davenport said. “Last year, we weren’t experienced enough to know how to overcome that.

“Their off-season work has taught them how to overcome adversity.”

Davenport said in conference, it is a game of runs.

“We are going to have to withstand their runs, and then it comes down to getting defensive stops and grabbing rebounds.”

Lake Hamilton’s Kori Bullard scored 10 of her 22 points in the second quarter to give the Lady Wolves a 25-21 lead at the end of the first half. Hailey Humphries chipped in with 11 points for the game.

Cooper tied the game at 29 when she scored with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. She then gave Sheridan a 32-29 lead when she hit a three-pointer from the right side.

Lake Hamilton scored four quick points to take a 35-34 at the end of the third quarter.

“We took care of the ball down the stretch and made some big shots,” Davenport said. “I’m proud of everybody’s contribution.”

The Lady Yellowjackets will play at El Dorado on Tuesday.