WHEATLAND – In large part due to three seniors in double-figures, the Torrington Lady Trailblazers picked up a 59-41 win on the road Friday against quadrant opponent Wheatland.
“It was nice to see us get back into our groove and play our style of basketball,” coach Jeff Halley said. “We have been struggling to find our identity this season, and I think we really got back to that on Friday.”
The Lady Blazers took control in the first frame, taking a 16-11 lead after the first eight minutes of action. Torrington replicated its scoring in the second quarter, putting up another 16 points, while Wheatland also upped its scoring output to 13 points. The two teams went into halftime with the halftime score sitting at 32-24 in favor of the Lady Blazers.
The Lady Bulldogs came back to the floor and started chipping away at the lead, outscoring Torrington 12-9 in the third to bring the score to within three, but 18 points in the fourth quarter by the Lady Blazers closed the door on the game, with Wheatland only netting five points in the fourth.
“It was nice to see some points up on the board finally,” Halley said. “We really did a nice job of putting them away at the end, instead of letting them hang around to cause problems.”
Logan Murphy was the top scorer for the Lady Blazers, netting 17 points, including nine from the free-throw line. She also had nine boards, four steals and a block.
Taylor Walsh was not far behind, pouring in 15 points, including six from behind the arc. Walsh had a rebounds, an assist and paced the Lady Blazers with eight steals. Adia Sherbeyn finished her night with a double-double, tallying 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and six steals.
Brielle Bivens had six points in the contest, while Dani Masterson kicked in five, with the two combining for three rebounds and four steals. Brooklyn Tucker and Chrissy Lira rounded out the scoring, combining for four points, eight rebounds, five steals and a block.
“I was really pleased with the way we shot with confidence,” Halley said. “Even if they didn’t go in, we kept shooting, which has been one of our struggles this season.”
For the Lady Bulldogs, Khayla Otero led the way with 12 points and eight boards. Miranda Hanks notched 10 boards on the night to tie for the team-lead in rebounding, while also accounting for nine points. Jodi Stevenson was the other Wheatland girl with 10 rebounds.
Loren Mann accounted for eight points and seven rebounds, while Destiny Cook rounded out the top contributors with six points and five rebounds.
The win puts the Lady Blazers at 4-7 on the year, but they have a 2-0 record against quadrant opponents. They played Gering, Neb. on Tuesday after press time and return to the floor Friday to host top-ranked Douglas with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
“It puts us in a good spot to be a top-two seed from our quad by getting wins over both Wheatland and Newcastle on the road,” Halley said. “We will have a big test for the lead of that quad when No. 1 Douglas comes to town on Friday.”