NEWCASTLE – The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team picked up a 35-31 win over the Newcastle Lady Dogies on Friday to open the 2021 portion of the schedule.
“It was a battle, but it is always good to get a win at Newcastle,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “I thought we played good defense for the most part, but we did lose their best player couple times, and she hit some big shots. She had 21 of their 31.”
After one quarter, Newcastle led 11-9, but Torrington shifted the momentum in its favor in the second quarter.
The Lady Blazers limited the Lady Dogies to only three points, while Torrington scored an additional nine to take an 18-14 lead into halftime.
“I really liked how we battled after not playing since mid-December,” Halley said. “Newcastle had played two games since we last played, and it looked like they were a little more game-ready.”
Over the final two quarters, the teams played even, allowing Torrington to hang on for the four-point victory.
Junior Reece Halley led the Lady Blazers with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Michaela Moorehouse added eight points. Junior Sierra Allen tallied six points and grabbed six rebounds.
Torrington shot 30% (13-of-43) from the floor.
“That was a good way for us to get back in the groove and get a good win against a team in our region,” Halley said.
The Lady Blazers return to the hardwood on Thursday on the road to face the Mitchell (Neb.) Tigers (4-9). Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Torrington also travels to No. 1 Douglas on Friday.
“We will have to take care of the ball a little better and hopefully get back to shooting with a little more confidence this week with two tough teams in Mitchell and Douglas,” Halley said.