CHEYENNE – The Class 4A Cheyenne South Lady Bison looked to put away Torrington early Tuesday evening, but the Lady Blazers stormed back to edge pick up a 47-45 road win.
South raced out to an 11-1 lead in the first three minutes of the game as the Lady Blazers struggled to adjust to the speed and physicality of playing up in classification.
“It is a good challenge for us to play up to the 4A level,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “It is definitely a different pace and level of physicality.”
Once the Lady Blazers made the necessary adjustments, Torrington outscored the Lady Bison 20-11 in the second quarter and took a 28-24 lead into halftime.
Throughout the game, Cheyenne South stayed with a man-to-man defense for much of the game, allowing Torrington to take advantage of a matchup issue with junior Reece Halley.
“Our girls all did a great job finding that mismatch, and we took advantage of it all game,” Jeff Halley said.
Reece ended the game with 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting and going from 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Reece also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.
In the third quarter, Cheyenne South regained a 40-38 lead heading to the final eight minutes.
In the fourth, Torrington battled back, outscoring the Lady Bison 11-7 to escape with the victory.
“The fourth quarter was one of the smarter quarters we have played all year,” Jeff Halley said. “It was really nice to see the maturity that we played with down the stretch to get the win.”
Junior Mattie Jones added five points and three steals, while seniors Michaela Moorehouse and Tannya Woodruff tallied four points each.
The win improved the Lady Blazers to 6-6 on the season, and Torrington will host Newcastle (6-5) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Buffalo (5-7) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“It was a physical game and we are a little beat up and bruised, but I think the girls feel really good about the win,” Jeff Halley said. “It will hopefully be a good boost heading down the stretch with our conference teams coming up, then finishing within our quad.”
In the boys’ contest, the Blazers (2-10) fell 87-50 to the Bison.
No stats were available at press time.