TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Avery Madden ignited for 29 points and the Torrington girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off Scottsbluff 57-54 on Tuesday night at Torrington High School.
“It’s a good win for us. We needed a win and it didn’t matter how it came,” Torrington coach Jeff Halley said. “I thought we played pretty well in the first half. You know, Scottsbluff’s in the same boat. They need a win, they were desperate for a win, and they out-played us in the second half.”
Scottsbluff shot right out of the gate in the first quarter, racing out to a 10-4 lead. However, Torrington applied a wave of defensive pressure midway through the quarter, chipping away at the lead to finally take a 15-14 advantage with two minutes left in the frame. The Blazers finished out a 9-2 run to take a 19-16 lead into the second.
Scottsbluff’s Chesney Walker kick started the Bearcats in the second with a pair of buckets to regain the lead 20-19 at the seven-minute mark, but Torrington stormed back with a vengeance. Madden hit a pair of free throws, followed by a field goal to spark a 16-1 Blazer run to give Torrington a 38-27 lead going into the break.
The Bearcats took the momentum back in the third, outscoring Torrington 8-2 in the frame to cut the deficit to 40-35 going into the final eight minutes.
“They got some good looks and sooner or later their shots had to start falling and they did,” Halley said of Scottsbluff’s second-half surge. “I’m just glad we could survive.”
Torrington held a 49-40 lead at the 4:10 mark of the fourth quarter before Scottsbluff’s Alexus Pinedo canned a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven. Pinedo came back with Scottsbluff’s next two buckets to bring the Bearcats to within four, but Madden drilled a 3-pointer of her own at the 1:47 mark to give Torrington some breathing room down the stretch.
Scottsbluff Kiley Guerue, who finished with 10 points in the contest, followed up with back-to-back buckets with just over a minute to play, cutting the lead to three, 55-52. Guerue, however, wasn’t done. The junior drew a foul with 25 seconds left, going to the line to drain a pair of free throws to slice the lead to 55-54. However, Torrington’s Taylor Frazier sewed up the win in the final seconds, hitting two free throws to secure the Blazers’ eighth win of the season.
Scottsbluff coach Mike Burda believes his squad missed a lot of good opportunities, but lauded their effort in pushing through to the final buzzer.
“The biggest positive is that we had the opportunity to win it at the end, especially after being down by 11,” he said. “Give the credit to Torrington, but I thought that we had some opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of. Torrington did a great job, but we shot ourselves in the foot so many times that it just wasn’t there in the end and I think it just kind of caught up to us.”
Torrington finished the night going 17 of 36 from the foul line. Scottsbluff was 8 of 14.
Scottsbluff was paced in the contest by Toni Rosado, who finished the night with 13 points and went 3 of 7 from the line. Pinedo chipped in 12 points with two 3-pointers; while Walker added 11.
Madden, who led all scorers in the contest, hit an astonishing 10 of 12 from the free throw line. Allison Marsh collected nine points in the win.
The Bearcats will next be in action on Friday when they travel to Alliance. Torrington will also be in action on Friday when it hosts Rawlins.
Scottsbluff (1-14) 16 11 8 19 — 54
Torrington (8-7) 19 19 2 17 — 57
Alexus Pinedo 12, Aysia Ensrud 2, Zoe Holscher 4, Kiley Guerue 10, Chesney Walker 11, Kyra Willats 2, Toni Rosado 13
Murphy Haun 1, Allison Marsh 9, Avery Madden 29, Madison Haun 6, Taylor Frazier 5, Kailee Adams 3, Mikayla Mcnamee 4