TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School girls’ basketball team struggled to find the bottom of the bucket on Friday afternoon against the Rawlins Lady Outlaws in a 47-43 loss.
The Lady Blazers combined to shoot 4-of-20 from the free throw line and 1-of-18 from the beyond the 3-point line.
“We’ve talked all year, it’s going to jump up and bit us, and it did,” THS coach Jeff Halley said. “We have to start making some shots. We can survive against lower teams with athleticism, hustle and defense, but when you play a good team, you have to score.”
Senior Sam Hill gave the Lady Blazers a 7-4 lead late in the first quarter, but the Outlaws took the lead early in the second quarter.
It proved to be last lead change of the game despite Torrington not allowing Rawlins to pull away by more than six through the end of the third quarter.
Early in the final quarter, Rawlins pushed its lead to as many as 41-30 before the Lady Blazers made one last comeback attempt.
“That third quarter killed us. Their best player is on the bench, and they pull away from us. That can’t happen,” Halley said. “They out-worked us. We got into too big of a hole. We made a run in the fourth, but it was too late. You can’t overcome a 10-point hole. They are too good for that.”
In a span of three minutes in the fourth, Torrington saw the its deficit cut from 11 to three on a 9-1 spurt.
The run was capped off by senior Dani Masterson, who had a steal, resulting in a layup and went 1-of-2 from the charity strip.
Hill led the Lady Blazers with 12 points, while junior Avery Fox had eight. Sophomore Reece Halley and senior Chloe Krick had six apiece.
Torrington hosts Newcastle at 5:30 p.m. Friday.