LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers rebounded after a lopsided loss Friday against Crawford, Neb. to beat Guernsey-Sunrise on Saturday 48-44, with both games played in Lingle.
Crawford 66, L-FL 16
The Doggers took a 5-0 lead to open the game, but Crawford instituted their press defense and it stifled the Doggers. To end the first quarter, the Rams went on a 20-2 run to end the first up 20-7.
“When they pressed us, we couldn’t match them with intensity,” coach Steve Zimmerman said. “When the pressure came, we couldn’t sustain.”
By halftime, L-FL was down 44-13. In the third, the Doggers’ offense was held to two points, while Crawford poured in 17. In the fourth, Crawford scored five, while L-FL added one.
Caeden Riley led the Doggers with five points, followed by Mason McFadden, who had four. McFadden also led the Doggers on the boards with seven, while Ty Mueller chipped in five points.
L-FL 48, G-S 44
After suffering a loss Friday, the Doggers returned to their home floor Saturday to take on fellow 1A Southeast team in Guernsey-Sunrise, snagging the four-point win.
“The thing I was most impressed with is (Guernsey-Sunrise) did some things to force us to adjust both mentally and physically and I was really happy to see we did that,” Zimmerman said.
Riley again topped the stat sheet in scoring with 22 points, while completing the double-double with 11 rebounds. Mueller added 18 points, while Rhett Greenwald and Hayden Hill each had six rebounds.
“We are seeing flashes where it is all clicking,” Zimmerman added. “As those flashes grow in length, we continue to get a lot better. We’re not there yet, but we’re improving.”
The Doggers now sit at 2-6 this winter. L-FL returns to the floor on the road Friday against Lusk, with the game slated for 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Doggers play county-rival Southeast at Eastern Wyoming College with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.