SHERIDAN — Experience trumps size, or at least it did on Tuesday night at Sheridan High School.
Sheridan senior Austen Theiss dominated El Dorado and sophomore Matthew Horton in the post as the Yellowjackets stayed unbeaten in 7A/6A-South play with a 63-55 win.
The 6-foot-7 Theiss, who usually enjoys a height advantage inside, outscored Horton, listed as 6-feet-10, 17-8 on the night.
Horton was saddled with his second foul just minutes into the game, and Theiss ended up going to the bench with two fouls halfway through the first quarter.
“We’re kind of used to playing without him,” said Sheridan head coach Joe Scott. “It seems Theiss gets in foul trouble every other game.”
Despite not having their big man playing well, the Yellowjackets (8-8, 2-0) held a 26-23 halftime lead over the Wildcats (6-7, 1-1).
Sheridan led 18-12 after the first quarter thanks to seven points each by Chris Whitman and Jessie Feathers. The Yellowjackets scored the first four points of the second quarter, but went cold the rest of the period as the Wildcats closed the half on an 11-4 run.
“We opened up a pretty nice lead early in the second,” Scott said. “Then for whatever reason we couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean. …
“Considering we had three starters on the bench with two fouls, we felt pretty good at halftime.”
Theiss came out in the third quarter and began to take over the game, scoring seven points in the period as Sheridan took a 41-32 advantage into the fourth.
“I have thirty plays on my playsheet,” Scott said. “We ran the same play every single play, and it kept working.
“We would just get it to him on the block and let Theiss go to work.”
Theiss’ success down low continued in the fourth as he added six clutch points down the stretch before fouling out with 2:29 to play.
Despite making just north of 50 percent of their free throws (18 of 35 for 51.4 percent), the Yellowjackets finished the game on an 11-4 run.
Theiss led four Sheridan players in double-figures. Whitman finished with 14 points, Feathers added 12 and Dylan Morris chipped in with 11.
El Dorado senior Jalen Cunningham poured in a game-high 25 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter.
Sheridan will take on reigning conference champion Benton in a road game on Friday night.
“We’d like to stay undefeated (in conference play),” Scott said. “We held down home court tonight.
“I told them, ‘Let’s go get another one on the road.’”
El Dorado 47, Sheridan 36
SHERIDAN — Sheridan let a chance to upset El Dorado slip away on Tuesday night.
The Lady Yellowjackets (7-5, 1-1), who received 11 points from Ashton Hill, led 14-11 after the first quarter and 23-19 at halftime.
El Dorado (15-1, 2-0), which was led by Taylor McCool’s 14 points and Bethany Billings’ 10, outscored Sheridan 28-13 in the second half.