Dogger basketball blows out HEM, Rock River


LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie boys’ basketball team picked up two blowout wins over the weekend over Rock River and Hanna-Elk Mountain.

“We are playing teams that we’ll see at regionals, and we wanted to get some momentum,” LFL coach Steve Zimmerman said. “I think this weekend, we’ve got a lot of momentum and confidence going.”

On Friday, the Doggers traveled to Rock River, scoring a 70-27 victory over the Longhorns.

Lingle led 20-8 after a quarter and held the home team to only one point in the second quarter, extending its lead to 39-9 heading into the second half.

LFL added 23 more points in the third quarter as the Doggers pushed their lead to 39 at 62-23 heading into the final quarter.

Eight Doggers netted at least two points in the 43-point victory. Freshman Brody Roberts led the team with 19 points, while sophomore Aidan Mattheus added 16. Sophomore Nolan Spears and freshman Elijah Hatch had 11 apiece. Mattheus also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.

The next day, the Doggers returned home to face an extremely short-handed HEM Miner team who only suited up five players.

LFL was off to the races early, scoring 44 of the game’s first 46 points.

With a commanding 44-2 lead with three minutes left in the first half, HEM scored its second field goal of the game.

“I was really pleased how we did. That first half was incredible,” Zimmerman said. “Each week, we are growing a little bit more and more.”

He points to the Morrill, Nebraska game late in January as the turning point for the team.

“Ever since the Morrill game, we’ve played some really good basketball,” Zimmerman said. “This is a hard crew to handle when they are running.”

With a running clock starting in the third quarter, Lingle slowed the pace of the game down in the third quarter but still saw its lead grow over the final 16 minutes.

With 6:10 left in the game, HEM had a player foul out, leaving the remainder of the game in a 5-on-4 situation.

All 12 Dogger players scored at least one point in the win. Roberts led the team with 17 points, while Hatch had 12. On Senior Night, senior Noah Hatch tossed in nine. Mattheus tallied 11 rebounds.

“Noah has been with us for four years. This year has been his best year,” Zimmerman said. “He has been extremely unselfish. The kids love Noah, and he loves them back. He’s been a class act.”

The Doggers wrap up the regular season Friday in Glenrock at 7 p.m. and at home against Pine Bluffs on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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