TORRINGTON – The Douglas Lady Bearcats poured on 85 points Friday night in Torrington’s lone game of the weekend, handing the Lady Blazers an 85-43 loss.
“They are a good team. We knew it coming in,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “They have too many tools. That’s how they beat nationally ranked teams. They played very well. You can only stop so many people.”
For the game, Douglas shot 55% from the floor and 43% from beyond the 3-point line. At one point in the first half, Douglas was 6-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line.
“We thought we had a pretty good game plan, but they shot us right out of the game,” Halley said.
With 6:50 left in the first quarter, junior AJ West tied the game at two apiece, but Douglas outscored Torrington 28-14 over the remainder of the quarter.
With a 30-16 lead heading to the second quarter, the Lady Bearcat lead reached 26 by halftime at 50-24.
Unfortunately for Torrington, the Lady Bearcat lead continued to grow over the final 16 minutes of the game.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Douglas pushed its lead to 82-41, kicking in the running clock rule for the remainder of the contest.
Despite the hot shooting and the suffocating full-court press from the Lady Bearcats, Torrington shot 40% for the game.
“We had more control over their press this time,” Halley said. “Offensively, we played with a little more confidence.”
West led Torrington in scoring with 16 points, while junior Sierra Allen added nine. junior Mattie Jones and senior Michaela Moorehouse had five apiece.
“AJ West had a good night. Sierra went after the big kid a time or two,” Halley said. “It doesn’t look like it on paper, but we are getting better.
“They say iron sharpens iron, we just got cut pretty hard right there, and the girls have to wake up that the stuff we do, we have to do better,” he added. “Hopefully against teams of our caliber, it’s going to make us better.”
The loss drops the Lady Blazers to 7-8 on the season with three games left in the regular season.
“We just got talking in the locker room, our goal is to see this team two more times,” Halley said. “If we see them in the regional championship game, it means we did our work. Then if we see them again, it would be in the state championship. It’s a lofty goal, but it’s something we have to strive for.”
Torrington hosts Wheatland (7-7) on Friday in a 3A Southeast Quadrant showdown. Action gets underway at 5:30 p.m.