Mueller’s 31 lifts L-FL boys to road win


GUERNSEY – Ty Mueller scorched the Guernsey-Sunrise defense for 31 points Thursday evening.

The Lingle-Fort Laramie senior drained nine 3-pointers, including six in the first quarter en route to leading the Doggers to a 64-33 win over the Vikings in Guernsey.

“We’ve seen glimpses of him doing that,” L-FL coach Steve Zimmerman said. “Tonight, it all came together. He had a great game. It was precipitated because the inside game was going, and it fed to the outside.”

Within the first two minutes of the game, both teams used a timeout before Dogger junior Caeden Riley powered his way to a pair of scores in the paint.

The early inside presence for the Doggers opened the visitor’s ability to shoot the deep ball.

Midway through the opening quarter, Mueller knocked own the first of his eight 3-pointers to give the Doggers a 7-2.

Later in the quarter, he drained four consecutive triples, pushing the Dogger lead to 21-4.

“Most of that first half was one shot and out,” Zimmerman said. “We were controlling the boards. Up until the last two minutes, I don’t know if we got tired or lost focus, but up until that point, we absolutely controlled the boards.”

In the second quarter, the Vikings took away the L-FL outside game, but the visitors went back inside, taking a 36-14 lead into the half.

“They started spreading their zone out to stop our passes back and forth over the top. We ran the wheel and went back inside,” Zimmerman said. “We weren’t as patient as we needed to be. Our third cutter was open almost all the time, but we still got good shots.”

The Doggers’ lead continued to grow throughout the second half, outscoring the Vikings 28-19, pulling away for the 31-point victory.

“We got to work on a couple things that we’ve been working hard on, especially coming up this next week, we’ve got teams that like to play real aggressive man-to-man,” Zimmerman said. “We got work on some things in the third and fourth quarters.”

In addition, the big game from Mueller, Riley added 12, and sophomore Cordell Forkner tossed in nine points and grabbed five rebounds.

“I thought Cordell did a lot of little things that won’t show up in the stats this game that was really well,” Zimmerman said.

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