LFL boys end season with two losses; Two seed for regionals


LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie boys’ basketball team ended the regular season with a pair of 2A Southeast Quadrant losses to Burns and Pine Bluffs over the weekend.

Despite the two losses, the Doggers head to the 2A East Regional Tournament, which began Thursday in Sundance, as the No. 2 seed from the Southeast Quadrant.

On Friday, a 3-pointer at the buzzer, which was off the mark, led to a 59-57 loss to the Burns Broncs.

Burns led 10-9 after one quarter and 25-23 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Doggers took a 41-40 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

In the final quarter, Burns outscored LFL 19-16 to slip out of Lingle with the two-point win.

Sophomore Brody Roberts led the Doggers with 18 points and six assists, while senior Brian McCoid added 13 points. Junior Nolan Spears tossed in nine points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

The next day, Lingle traveled south to Pine Bluffs, and the Hornets handed the Doggers a 61-55 loss.

The home team jumped out to a double-digit lead 19-9 after the first eight minutes. The Hornets were able to extend the lead to 35-21 at halftime.

In the second half, the Doggers battled back to cut the deficit to six by the final horn.

LFL outscored Pine Bluffs 34-26 over the final two quarters.

Roberts led the team with 16 points, while freshman Brady Cook added 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Aidan Mattheus tossed in 14 points.

With a win on Thursday, the Doggers (14-8) will face the winner of Big Horn and Niobrara County at 7 p.m. Friday, but with a loss, the team would face the loser at noon. The tournament wraps up on Saturday as teams look to punch their tickets to next weekend’s state tournament in Casper.