TORRINGTON – The shooting woes continue for the Torrington High School boys’ basketball team as the team’s losing streak reached seven following weekend losses to Burns and Wheatland.
On Friday, the Blazers got off to a strong start, but Wheatland limited Torrington to only nine points in the middle two quarters in a 54-33 road loss.
The teams found themselves tied at 14 after one quarter of play before Wheatland started pulling away.
“We went ice cold,” THS coach Neil Baker said. “We missed a lot of 10, 12, 15 footers. We just couldn’t get the ball to go in the hole. We struggled with the quickness of a couple of their guards.”
Junior Kieser Wolfe led the Blazers with 10 points, while Aiden Hull added nine.
The next day, it was a different story for Torrington.
The Blazers were slow out of the gate, spotting Burns an 8-0 lead as the visitors went on to hand Torrington a 57-52 loss.
“I was really pleased with how our kids competed tonight,” Baker said. “It’s no secret we’ve been struggling to get wins. Some of those guys played the best basketball of the season tonight. It was a really good game from Dylan Dreiling. Aiden Hull is coming into his own as a player.”
Torrington cut the early to 21-19 midway through the second quarter before Burns went on a 15-3 run to push the lead to 14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Wolfe hit back-to-back buckets in the first minute of the third.
Wolfe scored nine points in the quarter, aiding the Blazers trimming the deficit to 41-38.
“Kieser came out and hit some shots and that boosted our defensive effort a little bit,” Baker said. “When we get going there, the energy picked up a little bit.”
In the fourth quarter, Burns pushed the lead back to nine.
“Then we had four turnovers in six possessions, and that’s where it fell apart,” Baker said. “The kids are hurting, but they are working hard every day.”
Wolfe led the team with 15 point, while Hull added 10. Dreiling tossed in 10.
“It’s frustrating for the guys. Every day, they are busting their butts in practice, and they are working hard,” Baker said. “Not everyone knows that. Our effort has been good, and they are a really good bunch of guys that are having trouble hitting shots and coming up with a stop here and there.”
The Blazers (2-7 overall and 0-2 in the quad) hosts Rawlins (5-3 and 2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We are on the right track, but we can’t do the moral victories because we have to win some games,” Baker said.