Lady Doggers win regionals for No. 1 seed at state

DOUGLAS – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers rattled off three-straight wins at the 1A East Regional tournament in Douglas over the weekend to finish first, qualify as the first seed for the state tournament.

LFL 66, Hulett 42
Two Lady Doggers had double-doubles in the win over Hulett on Thursday. Makenna Greenwald racked up 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Georgia Wollert accounted for 12 points and 10 boards. Wollert chipped in three assists and three steals in the win.
Despite recording double-doubles, Wollert and Greenwald were not the top-scorers for LFL. Kaylynn Jefferson, with 17 points, and Jade Cooper, with 13 points, led the Lady Doggers in scoring. The two combined to knock down eight three-pointers in the win. They also had six boards, four assists and five steals between them.
“Everybody is just stepping up lately,” Cornelius said of the several big contributors. “We are playing our best basketball right now, which is exciting. We are just running hot right now.”
As a team, the Lady Doggers hit 40 percent of their shots from the field. Cooper and Jefferson were the only two LFL players to shoot a three-pointer and they combined to shoot 36 percent from behind the arc. The Lady Doggers were sent to the charity stripe 10 times against Hulett, where they nailed eight of their attempts.

LFL 44, Kaycee 19
LFL blanked the Lady Bucs in the first quarter and was able to continue the high defensive play to get the win.
“In the second game, our defense looked the best it had all year,” Cornelius said.
The senior trio of Wollert, Jefferson and Greenwald led LFL in scoring. Wollert amassed 13 points, with Jefferson accounting for 12 and 10 coming from Greenwald. Jefferson accounted for LFL’s only two three-pointers.
Greenwald led the Lady Doggers in rebounds, with seven, and added an assist and two steals to her stat sheet. Jefferson amassed four assists and six steals, both of which were team-highs, while Wollert had three in each category.
The Lady Doggers shot 46 percent from the field in the win, but only 22 percent from behind the arc and 57 percent from the charity stripe.

LFL 48, Rock River 33
Wollert, with 16 points, and Greenwald, with 13, topped the scoring sheet for the Lady Doggers in their regional championship win. The duo completed their double-doubles, with Greenwald hauling in 18 boards and Wollert contributing 14. The two seniors combined for 32 of LFL’s 41 rebounds. They added two assists and six steals to their collective stat line.
Outside of Wollert and Greenwald, Jefferson, Cooper, Mirich and Jessy White were the only other Lady Doggers to score. Jefferson chipped in nine points, with Mirich and Cooper each adding four. Jefferson led the Lady Doggers in assists, with three.
LFL’s shooting percentage dropped to 37 percent in the championship win. Jefferson nailed the team’s only three pointers, as the Lady Doggers hit 27 percent from behind the arc. They also hit only 7-of-23 from the free-throw line.
“We just couldn’t hit a shot but it’s a really nice thing to see our team work together even when we couldn’t hit a shot and still get a win,” Cornelius said.
The Lady Doggers improved their season record to 13-10 after the three wins in Douglas. As the No. 1 seed out of the east for the state tournament, the Lady Doggers begin their run to a state title against Encampment on Thursday at 6 p.m. The games on Thursday are at the Casper Events Center.
“We had (Encampment) earlier this season and we beat them by 10, but of course they’re a different team and so are we because we played them back in December,” Cornelius said.
If the Lady Doggers win, they will play at 6 p.m. at Kelly Walsh on Friday and if they lose, their next game is at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Casper College.
“We are taking the tournament one game at a time,” Cornelius said. “We know we need to show up and play ball. I don’t think we have played our best basketball yet and that’s extremely exciting this time of year.”

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