Lady Blazers round out season with two wins

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TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School Lady Blazers closed out the regular season with a bang, routing 3A Northeast rival Glenrock, 54-22, at home February 22 and defeating conference rival Rawlins, 51-32, in the Willi Gym Saturday.

In addition to successfully defending their home turf twice, the Lady Blazers cemented their position as the No. 2 seed in the 3A Southeast Quadrant.

As the regular season passes into the rearview mirror, Torrington enters the 3A East Regional Tournament in Rawlins with positive momentum as the Lady Blazers play Glenrock again on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Glenrock

The Lady Blazers won the first quarter, 11-6. Junior Teryn Stokes set the pace for Torrington with six points. Stokes, junior Olive Osmera, sophomore Natalie Long and junior Madix McIntosh each rustled a steal.

Torrington widened its lead to a 25-15 by halftime. Osmera netted seven points in the second quarter with sophomore Kennedy Reinhardt contributing five.

The Lady Blazers hammered away at Glenrock in the third quarter, topping the Lady Herders in scoring, 13-6, led by Long with eight points.

An ironclad Lady Blazers defense held Glenrock to a single point in the fourth quarter while the Torrington offense tossed in 15 points. Long tallied six more points in the final quarter.

Junior Jaycee Hurley, Stokes, McIntosh and Reinhardt each snapped up at least one steal in the fourth.

Long led the Lady Blazers in scoring against Glenrock with 18. Osmera totaled 11 points, Stokes nine and Reinhardt seven.

On the boards, Long pulled down eight rebounds with Hurley tallying seven. Hurley delivered six assists and added four steals. Osmera also snagged four steals.

“This game took us a little while to get into,” coach Chris Strampe said. “But once we got settled, we played with great defensive intensity. Our guards did a great job of applying pressure defensively and taking care of the ball on offense. Natalie Long has been playing with some otherworldly confidence recently and  had a big blowup game for us.”

Rawlins

A neck-and-neck, physical first quarter found Torrington ahead by a single possession, 7-5. 

Rebounding in the second quarter, a determined Lady Blazers offense netted 17 points to 10 from Rawlins. Six Lady Blazers contributed to the point spread in the second quarter, led by Reinhardt and Stokes with four points apiece.

Torrington outscored Rawlins, 13-9, in a scrappy third quarter with Stokes and Hurley both tossing in four points. 

The Lady Blazers pulled ahead in the final quarter, netting 14 points to eight from Rawlins.

Stokes led the Lady Blazers in scoring against Rawlins with 13 points and posted a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Long contributed nine points, Hurley six with five apiece by McIntosh and Reinhardt. Long and Reinhardt both made five rebounds while Stokes and Hurley each snatched four steals.

“I was proud of our girls for keeping their cool and sticking up for teammates in a chippy game against Rawlins,” Strampe said. “It wasn’t our prettiest game, but any conference win at this point in the season is a good win. Teryn Stokes was big inside putting up a 13 and 13 double-double.”