DOUGLAS – The Lingle-Fort Laramie boys’ basketball team went 2-1 at the 1A East Regional tournament in Douglas, finishing second and punching their ticket to the state tournament.
LFL 65, Hulett 29
Four Doggers scored in double-figures against Hulett in LFL’s opening game of the tournament on Thursday. Ty Mueller was the top-scorer for the Doggers, pouring in 19 points. He drained 8-of-15 from inside the arc and added three points from the charity stripe. Mueller chipped in three rebounds, two assists and a team-high five assists.
Garrett Cooper amassed 14 points in the win over the Red Devils on 7-of-10 shooting. He completed the double-double, hauling in 10 boards to go along with three steals. Taylor Wagner, with 12 points, and Brandon Hill, with 10, rounded out the top scorers. The two also combined for four boards, four assists and seven steals.
Justice Madayag and Mason McFadden were the other two Doggers to score, combining for 10 points. Madayag paced LFL in rebounds, with 13 to his credit. Dallen Fleenor had the most steals for the Doggers, with five.
LFL shot 45 percent from the field, but were unable to hit any of their five three-point attempts. The Doggers left five points at the charity stripe, where they put up 12 attempts.
LFL 46, Rock River 14
The Doggers punched their ticket for the state tournament and advanced to the regional championship game after securing the victory over Rock River on Friday, 46-14.
Mueller paced the Doggers in scoring again, tallying up 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He also led LFL in assists (4) and steals (7) to go along with three boards and a block.
Although Mueller was the only Dogger in double-figures, three other LFL boys put in solid scoring contributions. Cooper, Hill and Madayag each had eight points in the win. Cooper had 15 rebounds, three steals and a block against Rock River, while Hill and Madayag combined for five boards, an assist and seven steals.
The Doggers’ shooting percentage dropped to 37 percent on Friday. For the second game in a row, they were unable to knock down any of their eight three-point shots. LFL was sent to the line five times, but could not hit any of the attempts.
Kaycee 55, LFL 25
In the championship game, LFL fell to Kaycee for the second time this season, with the first loss coming in Kaycee on Feb. 10, 55-46.
In the losing effort, Mueller put up eight points to lead LFL. He added three boards, an assist, three steals and a block to his stat line. Fleenor and Cooper tied for the second-highest scoring output, accounting for six points apiece. Cooper had 13 rebounds and a steal, while Fleenor added two boards, two assists and a steal.
Madayag and Hill combined for the final five points for the Doggers. Madayag had 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and nailed LFL’s only three-pointer on the weekend. Hill chipped in seven boards and a steal.
The Doggers had their worst shooting of the weekend, converting on only 21 percent of their shots. They managed to hit on only 4-of-13 from the charity stripe in the championship game.
Finishing second at the regional tournament puts the Doggers as the second seed out of the east for the state tournament. The 15-8 Doggers are set to start their run to a possible state championship against Farson-Eden on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Casper Events Center. With a win, LFL will play at Kelly Walsh at 9 p.m. on Thursday. A loss would send the Doggers to play on Friday at Casper College at 1:30 p.m.