TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team knew the Gering Lady Bulldogs were better than their 4-13 coming into Tuesday night’s Lady Blazer 42-39 win.
“They’ve played some really good teams this year,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “They gave us all we wanted.”
Gering jumped out to an early lead and held a 15-5 advantage midway through the second quarter.
“Early in the game, the baskets wouldn’t go,” Halley said. “We started getting frustrated and started moping. Then we got sloppy and started rushing things.”
With 2:52 left in the second quarter, sophomore A.J. West drained a 3-pointer, sparking a 13-3 run which spanned into the third quarter.
Midway through the third, THS senior Chloe Krick went 2-for-2 at the free throw line, giving the Lady Blazers their first lead of the night.
The teams swapped leads over the remainder of the third, but it was senior Dani Masterson who banked home a half court buzzer beater to put Torrington in front for good.
“We have to have a little bit of luck,” Halley said. “None of the easy ones were going in, so why not the half-court prayer. She throws up enough of those in practice, sooner or later one of them has to go in.”
Over the final eight minutes, the Lady Blazers kept Gering at bay to hold onto the three-point victory.
“If we play good defense and play hard, we’ll always be in the game,” Halley said. “If we can stay in the game, we’ll have a chance.”
Sophomore Reece Halley led THS with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Krick, senior Sam Hill and junior Avery Fox had six points apiece.
Torrington is back in action Friday at home against Rawlins. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.