LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie girls’ basketball team fell to the Niobrara County High School Lady Tigers on Friday, 47-28.
The Lady Doggers kept things close through the first quarter and a half.
L-FL forced an NCHS turnover before the first second came off the clock. The Lady Doggers forced a five-second call on the initial inbounds pass.
Junior Madison Heilbrun gave L-FL an early 2-0 lead on the team’s first possession of the game.
The Lady Tigers scored the next six points, but a 3-pointer by Baylee Skinner slowed the visitors run.
Junior Makenzie Vaughn tied the game at 12 with a 3-pointer of her own, but it wasn’t until the final seconds when L-FL regained the lead.
In the closing moments, Skinner drove the length of the court for an uncontested layup at the buzzer to put the Lady Doggers in front 14-13 at the end of the first period.
The score proved to be the final points Lingle scored for a near six-minute stretch.
During that time frame, the Lady Tigers regained the lead and quickly pushed it to double-digits.
NCHS outscored the Lady Doggers 17-3 in the second period, and all of L-FL’s points came at the free throw line.
It wasn’t until midway through the third quarter when Lingle knocked down another field goal. It was only one of two the Lady Doggers had in the second half as Niobrara County’s lead reached as many 25 at 47-22 with under three minutes to play in the game.
Sophomore Madison Saul led the Doggers with six points, while Skinner added five. Sophomore Ashlee Hattan and Heilbrun tossed in four apiece. Heilbrun and senior Kaylie Rafferty grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Lady Doggers (3-11) host Rock River (6-3) at 5:30 p.m. Friday and travels to Hanna-Elk Mountain for a 1:30 p.m. contest on Saturday.