Multiple Lady Doggers aid run to state

LINGLE – Unlike last year’s Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Dogger team that was senior-heavy, the Lady Doggers had contributions across the board, with 11 girls stepping onto the court this season.

Of those 11 players, eight played in more than 30 sets this season, with four playing in every set this season. Seniors Jade Cooper and Amanda Riley, along with juniors Jordan Hunt and Paige Forkner, took the floor in all 92 sets the Lady Doggers played this fall.

With so many girls on the court throughout the season, L-FL’s stats were scattered across the board. Riley was the biggest presence at the net, accounting for 41 percent of the team’s kills (318) and 39 percent of the team’s blocks (45). She also was second on the team in digs, with 279.

Jordyn Gaspers was second on the team in kills, piling up 111 (14 percent), while also accounting for nine blocks and 231 digs. Hunt turned in 91 kills (12 percent) to finish third on the team in that category. She was also the fourth Lady Doggers with more than 200 digs, finishing the year with 216.

Cooper may have been third on the team in kills, accounting for 77, but she paced the Lady Doggers in assists and digs. She racked up 90 percent of L-FL’s assists (596) and 24 percent of the team’s digs, with 340. She also had 14 blocks on the year.

Forkner was another player to help across the board for the Lady Doggers, accounting for 54 kills, 57 assists, 16 blocks and 137 digs.

Ashley Riley came back from injury in the middle of the year and made her presence felt in the second half of the season, tallying 58 kills, five blocks and 92 digs. Sierra Spears suffered an injury in the middle of the season, but not before recording 35 kills, seven blocks and 95 digs.

Kalli Nichol was one of the first girls off the bench all season long for the Lady Doggers, finishing the year with 19 kills and 28 digs. Larissa Mayhew, Savannah Mirich and Jessy While all combined for playing time this season as well, combining to rack up nine kills, a block and 12 digs.

The Lady Doggers had several standout servers, with a team serving percentage at 93 percent. Hunt and Amanda Riley were both in the 97th percentile, with Hunt converting 370 of 383 and Riley turning in 280 good serves on 289 attempts.

Forkner turned in a team-high 40 aces, but was followed closely by Cooper, who turned in 35. Gaspers was the final Lady Dogger with more than 30 aces, turning in 31. Amanda Riley had 27 on the year, with 24 coming from Hunt. Ashley Riley had 11 aces and Spears kicked in 10. Mayhew, Nichol and White made big contributions off the bench at the service line, combining for 18 aces.

The Lady Doggers finished 19-11 on the season after reaching the semi-finals of the consolation bracket at the state tournament. Other than Little Snake River and Dubois at the state tournament, L-FL’s only losses came against 2A opponents. The Lady Doggers lost to Lusk three times, Glenrock and Pine Bluffs twice, and Southeast and Sundance once.

Looking at this year’s roster, Cooper, Amanda Riley and Spears are the only seniors. Forkner, Gaspers and Hunt are all juniors, with Ashley Riley as a sophomore, so next year’s team may be poised for another run to the state tournament.

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