TORRINGTON – The local girls’ basketball teams are entering their final week of the regular season and are still jostling for postseason seeding, so it’s a good time to check out where they stand.
Record: 7-10 (2-3)
The Torrington Lady Trailblazers currently sit at 7-10 this winter. They tied with Wheatland in quadrant records, with a 2-3 mark. In the conference, Torrington sits tied for fourth behind Douglas, Worland and Buffalo.
The Lady Blazers started the season 3-1, picking up wins over Cody, Riverton and Lovell within the span of two days. They went on to lose their three contests at the Cabela’s Winter Classic to take a 3-4 record into 2017. Torrington started the new year winning three of four, before dropping five of their past six. They have faced some tough competition lately in Douglas and Worland.
Logan Murphy leads the Lady Blazers in total points, rebounds and steals. She averages 7.5 points over the 17 games this winter, along with 6.8 boards, 1.5 assists and 2.1 steals. The junior’s 6.8 rebounds per game is good enough for sixth in the conference.
Sydney Hill leads Torrington in points per game, with 7.6, but she missed the first game of the season so she has six total points fewer than Murphy. Hill sits atop the stat sheet in offensive boards per game (2.9) and she averages 5.2 total rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.8 steals per game.
Kaelyn Riley and Taylor Walsh have turned in solid seasons so far. Riley averages 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Walsh leads the Lady Blazers in three-pointers, nailing nine this winter. She contributes 6.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, a team-high 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Record: 14-6 (3-3)
The Southeast Lady Cyclones have experienced substantial success this winter, but have not had the best performances in their own conference. They started the season 2-2, but then rattled off eight-straight wins. During that winning streak, Southeast picked up four wins against 1A teams, three wins against teams from 2A and one win over a Nebraska foe.
Since the hot streak, the Lady Cyclones have gone 4-4. Lusk snapped Southeast’s winning streak on Jan. 20 and the Lady Tigers got a win over the Goshen County team again on Friday. The Lady Cyclones’ four recent wins have come over Burns twice, Glenrock and Lingle-Fort Laramie. Their four losses since Jan. 20 include two to Lusk, Mitchell, Neb. and Pine Bluffs.
Over the past five games, Southeast’s only senior, Emily Buchanan, has led the team in scoring three times. She is averaging 13.8 points per game in that time frame. She has also led the Lady Cyclones in assists twice and steals four times over the past five games.
Hailey Anderson has been the leading scorer for one of the past five games and second-highest scorer in two. She has also had a big presence on the boards this season, leading Southeast in rebounds in three of the past five contests. Ellie Schmitt and Kaci Schmick round out the leading rebounds for the Lady Cyclones. Schmitt and Schmick have also done their fair share of scoring this winter.
The Lady Cyclones’ 14-6 mark this winter is second in their conference, only behind Pine Bluffs, who are 20-0. They currently sit third in their conference based on record within 2A Southeast. Pine Bluffs, who is 7-0 in the conference, and Lusk, who is 5-2 in the conference, sit above the Lady Cyclones in the standings.
Ranking: 4th in 1A
The Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers have played schedule full of 2A teams, but still have a 9-9 record this season. LFL got off to a big of a rocky start, as their first back-to-back wins came in the first weekend of 2017. In the new year, the Lady Doggers have won back-to-back games three times.
The Lady Doggers hit a rough patch from the end of January into February, where they lost four straight games, falling to Pine Bluffs (Jan. 28), Morrill, Neb. (Jan. 31), Southeast (Feb. 2) and Lusk (Feb. 3). They have hit a bit of a hot-streak, taking their past two games over Kaycee on Friday and Rock River Saturday by a combined 49 points.
Kaylynn Jefferson is LFL’s leading scorer this season, averaging 12.6 points per game. She ranks fourth in the conference and 10th in 1A in scoring. She has knocked down 54 three pointers this winter, to go along with 4.3 boards, a team-high two assists and 1.7 steals per game. Her two assists per game are good enough for sixth in the conference and
In the post, seniors Georgia Wollert and Makenna Greenwald have turned in solid performances each game. Greenwald is second on the team in scoring, with 10.1 points per game to her credit. She accounts for 8.5 rebounds, one assist and 2.9 steals per game.
Wollert is third on the team in scoring, racking up 9.1 points per contest. She leads the team in boards (9.3 RPG) and steals (4.1 SPG). She chips in 1.2 assists for the Lady Doggers each game. Wollert leads LFL with eight blocks this season. Wollert’s steal totals rank her fourth in the east and eighth in the state.
*Rankings were inadvertently left out of the print edition because they were unavailable at the press deadline.For the complete article see the 02-17-2017 issue.
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