TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team outscored the Rawlins Lady Outlaws 13-5 in the second quarter to overcome an early deficit en route to a 58-45 victory on Friday evening.
“Somehow, we have to find a way to play 32 minutes,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “We started a little slow and started slow in the third, but we played well enough to win. (Rawlins) hit a couple big shots, but for the most part, we stuck with our game plan for once.”
The Lady Blazers trailed by as many as 14-8 in the first quarter before mounting a comeback starting late in the opening quarter.
Senior Michaela Moorehouse scored five straight points, while senior Tannya Woodruff capped off the quarter with a bucket to cut the deficit to 15-14 heading into the second.
Junior AJ West gave the Lady Blazers their first lead of the game in the early moments of the new quarter, and Torrington never trailed the remainder of the game.
Torrington’s defense held Rawlins scoreless for a four-minute stretch in the second as the Lady Blazers slowly pulled away.
By halftime, Torrington took a 27-20 advantage into halftime.
Rawlins made a rally of its own in the third quarter tying the contest at 31 with 2:20 remaining in the quarter, but Torrington junior Sierra Allen broke the tie moments later.
By the end of the quarter, the Lady Blazer lead was back to six.
Midway through the final quarter, Torrington pushed its lead to double digits, pulling away for the 13-point victory.
Allen and junior Reece Halley led the Lady Blazers with double-doubles. Both players tallied 15 points each. Halley also grabbed a team-high 16 rebounds, while Allen had 10 boards. Junior Mattie Jones added 11 points. Moorehouse had seven, and Woodruff six. West tossed in four.
“(Woodruff’s) been coming. She’s getting more comfortable with the varsity speed. She’s so big and strong,” Halley said. “It’s starting to come out in games what she does every night to us in practice. She beats the tar out of Sierra and Reece every night in practice, and it’s nice to see her do it out here.
“We knew we had a size advantage in the post,” Halley added. “Reece had a great game. Sierra had a great game. We found the mismatches, and it opened it up for our guards. It’s a good feeling to have a full team contribute.”
The Lady Blazers (5-6 overall and 2-1 3A Southeast) hosts Newcastle (6-5 and 2-1 3A Northeast) and Buffalo (5-7 and 1-2 3A Northeast) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Action gets underway at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.