Lady Blazers knocks off Scottsbluff, Burns in five

Rob Mortimore/Torrington Telegram The Torrington Lady Blazers had a lot to celebrate Thursday in a 3-2 victory over Scottsbluff, Neb.

TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School volleyball team wrapped up the 2020 regular season with a pair of 3-2 victories over Scottsbluff, Neb. and 3A Southeast Quadrant foe Burns.

On Thursday, the Lady Blazers defeated the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12.

“Scottsbluff was a nice win for us because they are bigger than us,” THS coach Chelsi Jackson said. “It’s always nice to beat a bigger school.”

Junior Reece Halley led THS with 14 kills and five blocks, while junior Allison Brummell added 11 kills and eight blocks. Senior Michaela Moorehouse and junior Avery West had eight kills apiece. West and junior Sierra Allen added six blocks each. The Lady Blazers served up 12 aces, including four from junior Mattie Jones and three from Moorehouse.

Senior Kameron Stitt had 23 digs, while senior Morgan Bates tallied 36 assists.

On Friday, Torrington traveled to Burns, knocking off the Lady Broncs after trailing 2-0.

“Burns was also a nice game for us because we lost the first two sets and were able to come back and beat them. It was nice moment to prove that we can come back,” Jackson said. “We ended up putting things away in those last three sets. Everyone came together.”

Burns won the first two sets 25-21, 25-19, before Torrington rattled off three straight set wins 25-20, 25-16, 15-10 to claim the match.

“Reece really lit things up. Once she decides it’s over, it’s over,” Jackson said. “Sierra had a really hot game with 11 kills, no errors and five blocks. She was pretty unstoppable and made a huge difference.”

Four Lady Blazers tallied double-digit kills, led by Halley with 18. Moorehouse added 13, while Allen had 11 and West 10. Brummell tallied a team-high 10 blocks, while Stitt had 35 digs. Bates dished out 49 assists.

The Blazers will play Wheatland in the opening round of the 3A Southeast Quadrant Tournament hosted by Rawlins High School on Thursday.

“We are looking forward to seeing Wheatland again to show them that the first time truly was a fluke,” Jackson said. “If we practice hard this week, we’ll be able to beat Wheatland again.”

This year’s tournament is one-and-done with no second chances as in years past.

“It’s always scary to have a one-and-done,” Jackson said. “We’ve been in a situation before where you lose a game and go home. It’s nothing new to us. The girls will do what they need to do.”

First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.



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