Lady Doggers open season with blowout win


BURNS – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers opened the season with a win at last weekend’s Burns Winter Classic.

The Lady Doggers poured in 64 points in a 64-11 victory over Arvada, Colorado on Friday morning.

The Lady Doggers, behind the hot hand of junior guard Ashlee Hattan, raced out to a 16-3 lead after only eight minutes of play.

Hattan scored the first seven points of the game, including a 3-pointer midway through the opening quarter.

The LFL defense held Arvada scoreless for much of the second quarter, until the Lady Bulldogs connected on their second 3-pointer of the game with under a minute to play before halftime.

Prior to Arvada scoring again, Lingle’s lead had reached 29 at 32-3, following another score from Hattan with 1:35 left in the second quarter.

The rout continued into the final quarters as the Lady Doggers outscored Arvada 32-5 over the final 16 minutes of the game.

LFL limited Arvada to no more than three points in any quarter.

Hattan led the Lady Doggers with 21 points, while junior Natalie Speckner added 14 points. Seniors Makenzie Vaughn and Madison Heilburn, along with Speckner and junior Kamryn Ratterty grabbed a team-high four rebounds. As a team, the Lady Doggers tallied 28 steals, forcing a total of 39 turnovers.

Lingle shot 35% (24-of-68) while limiting the Lady Bulldogs to only four field goals for the entire game.

The next day, the Lady Doggers faced a pair of Wyoming teams in Class 2A Moorcroft and Class 3A Burns.

LFL dropped both games, falling to the Moorcroft Lady Wolves, a state tournament qualifying team a year ago, 58-42 and to Burns 53-34.

In the early afternoon game against Moorcroft, the Lady Doggers kept the game close through three quarters.

Trailing 38-36 heading into the final quarter, Moorcroft outscored Lingle 20-6 to pull away, handing LFL its first loss of the season.

Senior M’Lynn Hill led the team with nine points, while Speckner added seven. Heilburn, Hill and Speckner grabbed six rebounds apiece. Hattan recorded six of the teams 14 steals.

Later that night, the Lady Doggers came up short against the host Burns Lady Broncs.

Rafferty and Speckner led LFL with seven points each, while senior Tiah Meyer added six. Meyer led the team in rebounding with six, while Speckner grabbed five.

The Lady Doggers turned the ball over 34 times in the loss.

Lingle hosts the LFL Dogger Classic Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Lady Doggers (1-2) host Hulett (0-3) at 10 a.m. and Kaycee (0-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, LFL hosts Rock River (0-0) at 10 a.m. and Encampment (1-0) at 2:30 p.m.

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