DOUGLAS ñ The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team struggled to find the bottom of the net over the weekend in a pair of road losses at Mitchell, Neb. and Douglas.
On Thursday, the Lady Blazers shot only 19% (10-of-54) from the field in a 35-31 loss at Mitchell despite grabbing a 14-7 lead after one quarter of play.
“We had a lead through most of the game, but just couldn’t pull away,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “They hit a couple big shots in the fourth to sneak out the win.”
In the fourth quarter, Mitchell outscored the Lady Blazers 14-3 to score the come-from-behind win.
“I felt like our defense was pretty good, but it is tough to beat anyone when we are scoring in the low 30s,” Halley said. “We will have to work this week on getting better when teams pack down a zone defense.”
Junior Reece Halley led the Lady Blazers with 13 points, while junior Sierra Allen added eight. Junior Mattie Jones tossed in six.
The next day, Torrington made the drive to Douglas, falling 77-31.
Despite the score, Halley said it isn’t indicative of how the team played.
“I actually felt like we battled them pretty well,” Jeff Halley said. “The scoreboard really doesn’t show it, but this was probably one of the better games where we played with intensity and focus. They are just a really good basketball team that is difficult to play with if they shoot as well as they did against us.”
Torrington fell behind 23-10 after a quarter, and only added four more points in the second quarter.
The Lady Blazers shot 23% (12-of-53).
Halley led Torrington with 14 points, and junior A.J. West added five. Seniors Caitlyn Flanagan and Tannya Woodruff tossed in four each.
The Lady Blazers open 3A Southeast Quadrant play this weekend. Torrignton travels to Wheatland on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. contest and host Burns on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“Hopefully we can use this weekend to light a little fire heading into our quad games coming up,” Halley said.