Late Lady Dogger run propels them to win


LUSK – Trailing 38-34 with 6:17 left in the game, junior guard Maddy Saul knocked down one of her two free throw attempts. The score was the start of a 10-0 run by the Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers en route to a 44-38 win over the Niobrara County Lady Tigers.

Lingle looked to put the home team away early, dropping 20 points on NCHS in the first quarter.

However, the Lady Tigers had other thoughts. With 2:54 left in the half, and the Lady Doggers leading 25-14, Niobrara County went on a 15-0 run spanning into the early moments of the third quarter.

With 5:18 left in the third, Lusk led 29-25, and senior Maddie Heilbrun put an end to the Lady Tiger run.

A minute later senior M’Lynn Hill tied the game at 29, but the Lady Doggers couldn’t regain the lead.

The Lady Tigers held the lead until 1:31 was left in the game when senior Tiah Meyer found Natalie Speckner cutting down the middle of the lane. Speckner scored on the layup, putting LFL back in front 40-38.

The Lady Doggers added four more points in the final minute of the game, including a 3-pointer from junior Ashlee Hattan, to secure the six-point victory.

Hattan led LFL with 13 points, while Heilbrun added 11. Hill and junior Kamryne Rafferty tossed in five apiece. Hill grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, the Lady Doggers tallied 15 steals, including seven from Saul.

The Lady Doggers (9-8) travel to Rock River (6-6) on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. contest and return home on Saturday, hosting Hanna-Elk Mountain (3-11) at 2:30 p.m.

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