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Doggers suffer first loss of season

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017

LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie boys’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the season on the road against Crawford, Neb., 50-40, Jan. 6, but bounced back to handily beat Guernsey-Sunrise at home Jan. 7.

On Friday against Crawford, the Doggers had only five players score. Ty Mueller was the top-scorer for LFL, with 11 points. He shot 4-of-9 from inside the arc and knocked down the only three-pointer for LFL. Mueller also had three boards, an assist, a steal and the team’s only block.

“We need to learn something from every game and we learned a lot from that game,” coach Steve Zimmerman said. “I think it may help us in the long run.”

Garrett Cooper shot 50 percent from the field for nine points. He had a team-high 13 rebounds, three on the offensive end of the floor.

Brandon Hill hit 4-of-5 from the field to score eight points. He added two rebounds and two steals to his stat line. Other than Cooper, Justice Madayag led on rebounds, with seven. He also contributed six points, three assists and three steals.

In the loss, the Doggers shot 45 percent from the field. They hit only 1-of-8 from behind the arc and 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.

“I don’t think there is anything to be alarmed of,” Zimmerman said. “That was a very high-pressure game so we have to learn how to handle intense situations.”

LFL 59, G-S 15

In the first quarter against Guernsey-Sunrise, LFL racked up 26 points, while not conceding a single bucket. By halftime, the Doggers were up 37-5. A running clock started with two minutes left in the third quarter, as the Doggers took a 48-5 lead. The clock continued to run the entire fourth quarter as LFL came away with the win, 59-15.

“We started some of our players from the bench and they increased my confidence in them,” Zimmerman said. “They played very well. Our depth is progressing better than I thought.”

For the complete article see the 01-11-2017 issue.

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