HELENA — Junior Sydney Sheridan sparked the Capital High girls basketball team's season opener on Tuesday, as the Bruins dominated Bozeman 44-28.

 

Sheridan tossed in a team-high 11 points and pirated four steals during Capital's in the Bears' Den. A 5-foot-8 guard, she went 4 of 7 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line.

 

The hosts led from wire to wire, taking an 8-5 advantage after the first period. The Hawks closed to the gap to 2-points, 11-9, early in the second quarter. That was as close as they would get, as CHS outscored its counterparts 15-4 before halftime, for a 26-13 cushion heading into the break.

 

Bozeman came out of the locker room and proceeded to rip off an 8-0, with Alex Carey scoring the last four points to get her team within 5 at 26-21. Carey wound up with a game-high 14 points for the Hawks.

 

Then a long 3-point bomb by Capital's Ayanna Syvrud stopped the bleeding, although the visitors did hold a 10-6 scoring edge in the third stanza.

 

The game went into the final frame with the brown-and-gold up 32-23, with Emily Kidder draining two free throws to end the third.

 

The home team then won going away with a 12-5 advantage in the fourth for the 16-point victory.

 

"We finally got to suit up against somebody else, and run up and down the floor," CHS coach Bill Pilgeram said. "We learned a little about what we need to shore up on, take what we did tonight and become more efficient.

 

"But our energy and aggressiveness was good, and it's always nice to get a win against a good program like Bozeman."   

 

Following Sheridan in the Bruins scoring column were Kacie Gross with nine points, and Syvrud at eight. They out-rebounded their opponents 30-28, led by senior post Taylor Sullivan with seven boards. Syvrud and Kidder and passed for two assists each.

 

Capital out-shot the Hawks 38-28 percent, with 10 players getting minutes, and seven of those cracking the scoring column. The Bruins also held a big edge in free throws, netting 17 of 27, compared to Bozeman's 5 of 9. 

 

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"Our defense was the better of the two sides of the ball, I really liked our unity and energy there," Pilgeram said. "We won every statistical stat we wanted to. We'll shoot better as the year goes on. I'm excited about this season."

 

 

Capital 44, Bozeman 28

Bozeman 5 8 10 5 - 28

Capital 8 18 6 12 - 44

BOZ: Ayala Embry 0-7 5-6 5, Sophia Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Ashlyn Lewis 1-6 0-0 2, Angelle Diamond 1-4 0-2 2, Hannah Wheeler 1-4 0-0 2, Brooke Harlin 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Carey 6-7 0-1 13, Ava Westphal 2-6 0-0 4; Totals 11-38 5-9 28

CAPITAL: Cassie Brisko 0-0 0-1 0, Madi McMahon 1-1 0-0 3, Ayanna Syvrud 2-5 3-3 8, Megan Lindbo 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Culver 0-1 3-4 3, Kacie Gross 3-7 3-5 9, Taylor Sullivan 2-5 1-6 5, Sydney Sheridan 4-7 2-2 11, Emily Kidder 0-4 5-6 5, Nicole Ames 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 12-31 17-27 44.

 

3-pointers - CHS 3-7 (Madi Mcmahon 1-1, Syvrud 1-2, Sheridan 1-2); Rebounds - CHS 30 (Sullivan 7, Katie Culver 5); Assists - 5 (Syvrud 2, Kidder 2); Turnovers - Boz 16, CHS 9; Fouls - Boz 19, CHS 13; Fouled out - None; Technicals - CHS.  

 

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt.synness@lee.net or curt52synness@gmail.com

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