LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie girls’ basketball team snapped a five-game skid on Friday with a 52-35 victory over the Rock River Lady Longhorns.
“We really needed that one after a little bit of a dry spell we’ve had,” L-FL coach Matt Cornelius said. “We’ve been playing up in that 2A SEWAC, and it’s always difficult this time of the season. It was a nice one to get. It’ll help with the morale coming down the stretch.”
The Lady Doggers jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter before the visitors got on the scoreboard.
It was a lead which Lingle held for all but one possession in the game.
“I felt like we played a pretty solid game,” Cornelius said. “We need to clean a couple things up, and I think we can start challenging some folks down the line.”
The Lady Doggers lead reached as many as eight at 20-12 in the closing moments of the second quarter before Rock River made its comeback attempt.
The Lady Longhorns outscored Lingle 4-1 over the final minute of the second quarter, and Rock River kept the momentum on their side as the second half began.
In all, the Lady Longhorns used a 12-3 run to take a brief 24-23 lead with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter.
Coming out of a timeout following the lead change the Lady Doggers regrouped and sophomore guard Ashlee Hattan’s bucket put L-FL back in front.
“We came out in the third quarter not as focused as we should have been,” Cornelius said. “After the timeout, it seems as though everyone was able to gather their breath, refocused up and came after them with a new look of a press. It really stifled them.”
Hattan’s score sparked a 12-2 Lingle run.
For the remainder of the game, the Lady Doggers only allowed only one additional Rock River field goal as they pulled away for the 17-point victory.
Junior Madison Heilbrun led the Lady Doggers with 11 points, while Hattan and junior Makenzie Vaughn had nine apiece. Freshman Natalie Speckner had eight and sophomore Baylee Skinner seven.
“Makenzie Vaughn and Madison Heilbrun put in a great game. They are helping, but the great thing about this team is, everyone is chipping in,” Cornelius said. “Everyone is chipping in two, four or six. That’s really helpful when everyone contributes.”
Saturday’s scheduled road matchup with Hanna-Elk Mountain was canceled and will not be made up.
L-FL (4-11) wraps up the regular season with a home game on Friday against Glenrock (5-11) at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday on the road at Pine Bluffs (8-8) at 2:30 p.m.