Bulldogs split at the Douglas Classic

Wheatland High School Bulldog Tagg Mickelsen goes up for a contested layup in a recent game. The boys have faced some tough teams in the first two weeks of the season.

DOUGLAS – The first tournament of the year in Burns saw the Bulldogs go 1-3. This last weekend the boys went into the Douglas Classic and came out with a split.

In the first game the boys handled Burns easily and walked off with a 17 point victory, 47-30. With a renewed pressing defense the Dogs locked down the perimeter and shut down Burns’ scoring threats.

They had No. 1 ranked Douglas second and watching the game people wondered if Douglas could be beaten this year. The question was answered on Saturday as Lander Valley upset them and broke their six-game winning streak.

Against Wheatland, Douglas was simply too big in the paint and too crisp in their lines. It didn’t take long for the Bearcats to put the Dogs behind them with a 62-38 victory. In the Saturday games, Wheatland lost the morning game to Lander Valley 51-40 although the Bulldogs did a good job controlling the tempo and not letting the running game of the Tigers blow out the game.

In the final game of the weekend the Dogs faced a 1-2 Lovell team who had not played many games due to the weather. The game turned out to be a nail biter and went down to the wire with Wheatland prevailing 55-54.

“This was a great weekend for us,” said Bulldog head coach Mick Cochran. “We were able to come away with two wins. We bounced back and beat Burns after losing to them last weekend. We also fought back and won in a great effort against Lovell. We are looking forward to the break so we can work and fine tune some things. We have a tough January, with Douglas, Kelly Walsh, Riverton, South and Buffalo all on the slate.”

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