Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe winning streak by the Lander Valley High School Tigers is up to five victories after taking down the Lyman Eagles 48-27 on Saturday night in the Class 3-A West boys basketball conference opener.
The contest was the first on the road this season for the Tigers after playing their first four games at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"It's always scary when you go on the road," Lander coach Terry Hopkin said. "Lyman is all about 6-foot-2 and 6-4. They are big farm boys."
The Lyman girls claimed a 59-52 victory over Lander to begin the doubleheader.
"We played terrific," Lander girls coach Spike Robinson said. "We were missing two starters that didn't play at all. We played a lot kids that normally don't play a lot. We hung with them the entire game.
Lander boys 48, Lyman 27
"Lyman is a team that people are going to have to deal with," Hopkin said. "If they find a shooter or two then they are going to be pretty tough to handle down the road."
Lander took the lead from the opening tip on the road.
After the first quarter, the Tigers were up 10-8. Lander outscored Lyman 14-6 in the second quarter and 12-4 in the third.
"The pivotal thing was our bench," Hopkin said.
Lander was playing without Jess Oldham who was attending the college graduation of his brother at Kansas State.
"We had to look to our bench," Hopkin said.
Jayson and Kobey Simpson played big minutes, as did Deland Robertson
"I thought that those guys were the difference in the game," Hopkin said. "They are starting to learn some things. We need to keep playing them so they will make the mistakes now and not latter."
The Tigers put three players in double figures in the victory.
Cooxoooii Black scored 19 points. Casey Winger finished with 11 points, and Hunter Bregar had 10.
The Tigers play Friday and Saturday at the Douglas Classic.
Lyman girls 59, Lander 52
The two starters missing for the Tigers were Ashlyn Schamber and Drew DeKing. DeKing was injured, and Schamber was taking the ACT test
DeKing is one of the starting guards. Schamber plays in the front row.
In the conference opener, Lander had the Lyman lead down to four points with a couple of minutes left in regulation.
"Lyman made a couple of free throws at the end," Robinson said. "We climbed back in it for most of the game."
Lyman pressed the whole game.
"They are up in on you the whole game," Robinson said. "We did a pretty good job with their pressure." For the Tigers, Keesha Rowan scored 19 points.
Keeley Garvin had 10 points and Deja Jones registered 16.
"Deja got a lot of stuff off the offensive rebounds and just by being in the right place at the right time," Robinson said. "She did a great job for us." The Tigers host the Lander Classic Friday and Saturday at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
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