WHEATLAND – The Torrington High School basketball team had two goals they wanted to achieve Friday evening against Wheatland. They came up short in those goals, and as a result, the Lady Blazers fell on the road to the Lady Bulldogs, 57-45.
Wheatland raced out to a 6-0 lead and pushed it to as many as 13-1 in the first six minutes in a game where the Lady Bulldogs never trailed.
“Our goal was to outrebound them because they out-rebounded us at home,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “We didn’t do it. Our other goal was to hold their best two players under 20 points, which we did at home, and we didn’t do that either.”
The Lady Bulldogs didn’t allow a field goal by the visitors for over six minutes to start the game.
By that point, Wheatland led 13-1.
“I thought we were ready to go, but we came out sluggish,” Halley said. “Wheatland is aggressive. They are athletic, and they get after it on their home court.”
Sophomore Reece Halley scored the field goal of the game for Torrington with 1:41 left in the opening quarter as Torrington was in catch-up mode for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Blazers made a couple runs, but it proved to be not enough.
“At least we fought back. We had our chances, but we had too many untimely turnovers,” Halley said. “We had some kids step up and do some better things, but we have to get better as a whole.”
Early in the second, Torrington cut the deficit to four, but WHS senior Destiny Cook put a halt to the Lady Blazer comeback.
The Lady Bulldogs pushed their lead to as many as 12 midway through the third quarter before Torrington made one last push.
With 6:18 left in the game, Torrington cut the Wheatland lead to 41-39, but Brow knocked down a 3-pointer and followed it up with a steal and layup.
The Lady Bulldogs pushed their lead back to double-digits in the closing moments of the game.
Reece Halley led the Lady Blazers with 13 points, while junior Michaela Moorehouse added 10 points. Seniors Chloe Krick and Sam Hill grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds each.
The next day, the Lady Blazers cruised to a 52-24 win over the Burns Lady Broncs.
“We got off to a good start and had an opportunity to play all 15 of our junior varsity and varsity kids,” Halley said. “It was a good bounce back for us from the night before.”
Torrington held a slim 10-7 lead after a quarter, but the Lady Blazers pulled away in the second quarter, taking a 25-11 lead into halftime.
Junior Avery Fox led THS with 11 points and five steals, while Halley added 10 points.
Torrington wraps up the regular season on the road against Rawlins on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.