Lady Blazers open the season with four wins

Andrew Towne/Torrington Telegram Torrington High School sophomore Olive Osmera puts up a jump shot against Thermopolis on Friday afternoon in a 50-39 win over the Lady Bobcats. Osmera scored four of the teams first eight points.

BURNS – The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team went 4-0 to begin the season at the Burns Winter Classic.

The Lady Blazers defeated Burns on Thursday, Thermopolis and Arvada, Colorado on Friday and Pine Bluffs on Saturday.

“We had a great opening weekend and improved as a team with each game,” first year head coach Chris Strampe said. “Our goal was to play fast and outwork the other team, which we accomplished.  Each game featured a different leading scorer, proving to me that our girls are selling out for each other and playing unselfish basketball.”

Against Burns, sophomore Teryn Stokes led the team with a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds in the 43-40 victory over the Lady Broncs. Senior Marissa Moorehouse added seven points and five steals.

The next day, the Lady Blazers faced 3A East Regional foe the Thermopolis, coming away with a 50-39 win.

Torrington scored the first eight points in the first two and a half minutes courtesy of sophomore Olive Osmera with four points and two from senior Kalissa Reyes and two from Stokes.

However, the Lady Bobcats weren’t going to away.

They scored the next nine points, spanning into the second quarter, ultimately, taking the lead with 6:50 left before halftime.

It didn’t take long for the Lady Blazers to briefly regain the lead. Moorehouse and Stokes both went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line to put their team back in front.

The teams traded the lead a total of five times in the third quarter.

An old-fashioned 3-point play by Moorehouse put the Lady Blazers on top for good with under a minute before halftime. It proved to be the final lead change of the game.

With an 18-14 lead at halftime, it didn’t take the Lady Blazers long to push the lead to double digits in the third quarter where it remained for the rest of the contest.

Moorehouse led the team with 11 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Jaycee Hurley added six points and four assists.

On Friday evening, the Lady Blazers capped off the day with a 67-33 victory over Arvada.

Hurley led the team with 17 points and four assists, while Osmera added nine points and six steals. Reyes tossed in six points and also tallied five steals.

On Saturday, the Lady Blazers wrapped up the weekend with a 68-37 win over the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets in Pine Bluffs.

Osmera paced the offensive attack with 15 points, to go along with four steals. Teryn Stokes tossed in 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Tuesday’s home opener against Alliance, Nebraska was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7. Torrington’s next game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at Sidney, Nebraska. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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