TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team regained their offensive stride in a weekend sweep of the Newcastle Lady Dogies and the Buffalo Lady Bison.
On Friday, the Lady Blazers wasted little time building a double-digit lead on Newcastle en route to a 65-33 victory at Willi Gym.
“We’ve been working on our shooting and just watching the ball go in,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “We finally made a couple 3-pointers, and they felt good about themselves.”
Torrington seniors Dani Masterson and Sam Hill and junior Avery Fox combined for 12 points in the first six minutes of play as Torrington jumped out to a 13-2 advantage.
It was a lead which only grew for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore A.J. West drained a 3-pointer of her own, pushing the Lady Blazer lead to 20 with two and a half minutes left in the half.
It was her second of the night, and as a team, the Lady Blazers hit seven for the evening as four different THS players connected for a triple over the course of the game.
“It helps that we knew Newcastle, after the last time, they would pound the post, leaving kids open the shoot,” Halley said. “We made the open shots, and it’s fun when that happens.”
Over the course of the final 16 minutes, the Lady Blazers continued to pull away, outscoring Newcastle, 30-16.
In all, 11 Torrington players cracked the scoring column. Hill led the Lady Blazers with a double-double, recording 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Fox added nine points, while Masterson tallied eight.
On the defensive side of the ball, the goal was to slow Jaylen Ostenson and Mercedes Voelker. Ostenson dropped 16 points, while Voelker was held out of the scoring column.
“They were missing a couple kids, but even at that, it’s not 30 points difference,” Halley said. “It was good for our kids.”
On Saturday, the Lady Blazers got into some foul trouble early in Buffalo, but Torrington scored a 45-38 road win.
“We played a little flat after our game on Friday, but held on for a good win,” Halley said. “It has been a few years since we have beaten Buffalo.”
Sophomore Reece Halley led the team with 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Mattie Jones and junior Michaela Moorehouse added eight apiece.
“It was a good weekend to get us on the positive side record-wise against the other quad,” Halley said. “These two wins this week, might save us in a tie-break situation later heading into regionals. We needed that shot in the arm with No. 1 Douglas heading into town this weekend.”
The Lady Blazers return home Friday to host the Douglas Lady Bearcats. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.