Wheatland overcomes slow start home win; splits weekend matchups

Bulldog sophomore Kade Preuit lays in two points in the first half of Friday's 58-50 win over the Torrington Blazers.



WHEATLAND – The third meeting of the season between the Wheatland Bulldogs and the Torrington Blazers was nearly identical as the team's second matchup on Jan. 24 in Torrington.
On Friday, the visiting Blazers raced out to a double-digit lead, but when the final horn sounded, it was Wheatland coming out on top, 58-50.
Torrington scored the first nine points of the game before WHS sophomore Kade Preuit put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
The Blazer lead reached 15-4 in the first minute of the second quarter before Wheatland senior Luke Anderson netted a 3-pointer, sparking the rally.
The Bulldogs chipped away at the deficit and back-to-back buckets from Anderson and Preuit gave Wheatland a 20-19 lead.
The scores came in the midst of a 9-0 Bulldog run, and when Wheatland took the lead, they never surrendered the lead for the remaining 18 minutes of the game.
By halftime, the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 29-22.
Early in the fourth quarter, Torrington cut the deficit to six but couldn't get any closer.
Anderson led the Bulldogs with 23 points, while Preuit added 11. Junior Trent Jones tossed in nine, while Kobey Preuit had eight.
On Saturday, Wheatland traveled to Rawlins, ultimately coming up short, 54-52.
The Outlaws outscored the Bulldogs 10-6 in the final eight minutes to escape with the home victory.
Wheatland wraps up the regular season at home against Burns on Friday, Feb. 28 and a road matchup at Newcastle on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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