Blazers top off regular season with undefeated weekend

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TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School Blazers closed out the regular season on a high note, successfully defending the home court against the Glenrock Herders, 57-52, on February 22, followed by a 65-62 victory against the Rawlins Outlaws on Friday.

Torrington’s conference win over Rawlins boosted the Blazers’ momentum as the varsity squad gears up for the 3A East Regional Tournament hosted by the Outlaws this weekend.

Friday’s game with the Outlaws featured Senior Recognition Night to honor its lone senior, Adam Bartlett.

Torrington plays the No. 1 3A Northwest seed, Buffalo, in the opening game at regionals on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Glenrock

Torrington left it all on the court in an epic first quarter against Glenrock, with the Blazers topping the Outlaws, 21-6. 

Bartlett opened the game with a pair of steals. Junior Mac Hibben drained a 3-pointer and Bartlett scored from inside the perimeter.

Junior Weston Dyer snatched a steal, setting Hibben up to net a close-range shot. Junior Ryan Moorehouse and Hibben went on to toss in a 3-pointer apiece and Dyer bracketed the scoring run with a pair of outside shots. Moorehouse picked up two steals and junior Brayden Hime rounded out first-quarter scoring with a jumper.

Glenrock attempted to turn the tables in the second quarter, scoring 15 points to 13 by Torrington, although the Blazers continued to lead, 34-21, at halftime.

The Blazers rallied in the third quarter and outscored Glenrock, 13-10. Moorehouse tallied five points, Hibben four with a close-range shot by both Dyer and sophomore Landre Greiman. 

Glenrock made the game exciting in the fourth quarter, tossing in 21 points to 10 from the Blazers. The Herders’ effort was too little, too late to close the gap.

Hibben led the Blazers in scoring against Glenrock with 22 points. Dyer tallied 13 and Moorehouse 11. 

“This was a solid team effort,” coach Logan Barker said. “These kids are starting to really hit their stride. The strength (of opponents) on their schedule this year has been looming on us for a while now, but having to play all of the tough competition that we did is now truly paying off. I am so proud of the effort from these athletes.”

Rawlins

The Outlaws controlled the scoreboard in the first quarter to secure a 38-30 lead at halftime.

Torrington responded in the third quarter, netting 15 points while holding Rawlins to 12. Dyer opened the quarter with a 3-pointer. Moorehouse tossed in a layup and Hibben scored from inside the perimeter, reducing Rawlins’ lead to a single point, 38-37.

A buzzer-beater outside shot by the Outlaws maintained the initiative for Rawlins as the fourth quarter commenced, 50-45.

Refusing to throw in the towel, the Blazers continued to battle back in the final quarter. Following a pair of 3-pointers from Hibben, Torrington seized the lead, 58-57.

Greiman and Bartlett both snapped up steals. Rawlins managed to score before Bartlett converted an and-1, and the scoreboard favored Torrington, 61-60.

Rawlins answered with a close-range shot. Hibben rebounded a missed shot by the Outlaws as the final seconds ran down. Taking possession, Hime scored a jumper with 15 seconds remaining on the clock.

Hibben led Torrington in scoring against Rawlins with 19 points. Dyer netted 15 and Greiman 14. Hibben went double-double with 10 rebounds. “This was our most complete game we have played all year long,” coach Barker said. “The boys battled from the opening tip. Defensively, the boys executed the game plan perfectly. Landre Greiman showed real moxy taking on the role of guarding the Outlaws’ leading scorer. Mac Hibben was a beast on the boards, racking up 10 rebounds. Adam Bartlett played a fantastic game for his last one in the Willi Gym and we were happy to get a ‘W’ on senior night.”