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Late free throws save LVHS girls

Jan 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Coach Spike Robinson said the first 16 minutes of Friday night's Class 3-A West conference girls basketball game with Powell was the best half Lander Valley High School had played all year.

The Tigers had a commanding 32-12 lead over the Panthers at the break, but LVHS had to hit some key free throws late to seal the 53-49 victory at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

"We stopped scoring for awhile and started to miss some free throws in the second half," Robinson said. "Powell was just plugging away and got back in the game."

LVHS couldn't keep the momentum going Saturday afternoon as Cody won a 57-55 decision.

The split leaves the Tigers with a 5-2 conference mark.

LVHS 53, Powell 49

(Friday night)

The field goals started to drop early and often for the LVHS girls in the first half with the Panthers.

Ali Ragan led the way with five points, and her sister Kristi Ragan finished with three.

LVHS went into the second quarter ahead 14-7. In the second quarter, Kristi Ragan and Mallory Swenson shared the scoring load.

Ragan had four points from the free throw line and put in another field goal.

Swenson recorded a pair of field goals for the 20-point advantage.

"Everything was working well for us in the first half," Robinson said. "We were just killing them on the boards. We were just getting every rebound. We didn't allow them second shots."

The momentum started to change in the third quarter as the Panthers outscored the Tigers 15-11. LVHS still had a 43-27 lead.

"We just lost our intensity a little bit with a 20-point lead," Robinson said. "It just seemed like in the second half, we were leaving one kid open that wasn't getting open in the first half.

In the final eight minutes, Shanda Post took charge on the free throw line by hitting five of six to help hold off the Panthers.

Three LVHS players recorded double-digit numbers. Post had game-high honors with 19. Kristi Ragan finished with 14 points and Swenson contributed 10.

Cody girls 57, LVHS 55

(Saturday)

LVHS had a solid first quarter with quarter by jumping out to a 19-4 lead.

In the first period, Kristi Ragan and Post had eight points apiece.

LVHS couldn't keep up the fast offensive pace the rest of the way.

Cody scored 14 points in the second and 20 more in the third quarter, but the Tigers were still up 45-38.

In the fourth quarter, Cody won the game by outscoring LVHS, 19-9.

Post paced the Tigers with 24 points and Ragan had 17.

Lander 53, Powell 49

LVHS 14 18 11 10 -- 53

PHS 7 5 15 22 -- 49

Lander -- Ali Ragan 1 (1) 2-4 7, Shanda Post 3 (2) 5-6 19, Kristi Ragan 2 (1) 7-9 14, Mallory Swenson 4 2-5 10, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 4 2-5 10, Keesha Rowan 1 1-6 3. Totals 11 (4) 17-31 53.

Powell -- Kadi Conley (1) 1-2 4, Alyssa Hildebrand 2 (2) 0-1 10, Kendra Ostrom 1 (1) 4-5 12, Tess Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Amy Danforth 2 1-2 5, Shawna Harrington 1 (1) 1-2 6, Becky Dent 3 2-2 9. Totals 11 (5) 9-14 49.

Cody 57, Lander 55

CODY 414 20 19 -- 57

LVHS 19 7 19 10 -- 55

Cody -- Prosceno 3 0-0 6, Odell 13, Shumacher 10 (1) 0-0 23, Place 0 2-2 2, Marton 2 0-0 4, Nordberg 1 1-1 3, Skinner 3 0-0 6.

Lander -- Shanda Post 1 (6) 4-624, Kristi Ragan 2 3-4 7, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 3 0-3 6, Keesha Rowan - 0 1-3 1. Totals 10 (7) 13-22 55.

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