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Sheridan County HS Basketball Teams Adjusted To New Team Foul Rule This Past Season

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Kevin Koile - Sheridan Media

This past season the game was a bit different particularly at the free throw line.

The one and bonus situation was eliminated, and teams would be awarded 2 free throws starting with the 5th foul committed by the other team in each quarter.

Team fouls would reset to zero at the start of the next quarter.

Players such as Mesa Hanft of Sheridan says the change in the rules didn’t affect much for her, once she got used to it, which didn’t take long.

“I think it kind of changed things at the end of the game, but as a player it didn’t really affect me too much I don’t think, because I was just focused on the game. I mean, I didn’t notice a huge difference, but I definitely think for our coaches it kind of made them change their strategy a little bit.”

Tongue River girls basketball coach, Amanda Cummins says the rule change took a little bit of adjusting, but there were a few times when the new rule became a hindrance.

” I would say more game to game than in overall effect. I mean, there were some games where timeouts were called and I’m like, ‘Guys, you have to stop fouling. We can’t let them shoot 2 free throws for the last 4 minutes of every quarter,’ and so I think it was just good for us to be mindful of what we were doing.”

Starting December 2026 things will change again, when the shot clock makes its way into the game.

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