Jan 13, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorFacing an early must-win game, the Lander Valley High School Tigers girls basketball team delivered a 64-52 victory Saturday against Jackson at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Tigers lost to Star Valley 46-26 to begin the home conference doubleheader on Friday night.
Star Valley is the defending Class 3-A girls champion, but lost a number of players last year due to graduation.
The split puts the Tigers at 1-2 in league play.
"In the first half with Jackson, we played tremendous," Lander coach Spike Robinson said. "We needed the game on Saturday because it was a conference game.
"We felt confident going into the game on Friday night," Robinson said. "We just couldn't get anything to go right for us. We really needed to turn it around and play with a lot more energy and prove to ourselves that we were better than on Friday night."
Lander plays at Class 4-A Riverton High School on Thursday night in the battle of the two old Fremont County rivals.
"We are going to work into passing lanes this week in practice," Robinson said. "We will work on our zone defense a little bit. With Jackson, it was the first time that we really pressed."
Lander 64, Jackson 52
The Tigers opened the game outscoring Jackson 20-7 in the first quarter.
"We were pressing, and Jackson was turning the ball over," Robinson said.
Behind the play of Keesha Rowan, Lander had the early command of the game.
The Tigers put in four 3-pointers in the first quarter.
"That helped," Robinson said. "Jackson started in man. We ran some sets to get Keesha some 3-pointers."
Rowan had two 3-pointers in the first period, Ashlyn Schamber and Drew DeKing had the other two 3-pointers.
In the fourth quarter, the Tigers slowed down."We got a little tired at the end," Robinson said. "We still have a depth problem."
Lander did gain a player over the break when Codi Swenson joined the team.
"We were lucky that we had Codi," Robinson said. "Jackson made a nice run in the fourth quarter."
Jackson cut the score down to eight points in the final period.
"We made some plays to finish Jackson off," Robinson said.
Rowan ended the game with 19 points.
Star Valley 46, Lander 26
In the first game after Christmas break, the Star Valley Braves managed a quick 18-11 lead over the Tigers.
The pace slowed down in the second and third periods.
Star Valley hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter to help spark a 23-15 lead at the break. Midway in the third quarter, Star Valley had a 23-18 cushion.
Lander trimmed the lead to 23-20 before Star Valley extended the score to 29-22 after three quarters.
Star Valley put up 17 points to Lander's four in the fourth period for the victory.
Star Valley 46, Lander 26
SVHS 18 5 6 17 -- 46
LANDER 11 4 7 4 -- 26
Lander -- Keeley Garvin 1 1-3 3, Drew DeKing 0 2-6 2, Ashlyn Schamber 3 0-0 6, Keesha Rowan 1 2-4 4, Codi Swenson 1 1-2 3, Deja Jones 3 0-2 6. Totals 10 6-10 26
Star Valley -- Kennedy Brog 2 2-2 6, Shanan Warren 1 2-2 4, Shaylia Patterson 3 0-0 6, Linda Moore 3 0-0 6, Shay Schwab 1 (2) 3-5 11, Morgan Dana 3 1-1 7, Kennedy Jenkins 1 (1) 1-2 6. Totals 14 (3) 9-14 46.
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