Jan 27, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRebounding was the difference for the Lander Tiger girls in collecting a 58-44 basketball victory Thursday night at Pinedale.
The Tigers were in control of the paint from the start against a taller Pinedale team.
"We rebounded terrific the whole game," Lander coach Spike Robinson said.
Lander moved to 2-3 in conference play and 4-9 overall.
Pinedale remained winless in conference play at 0-6 and 1-12 on the season.
"Pinedale is way better than its record," Robinson said.
The Tigers, who lost in Riverton on Jan. 16, handled the 135-mile road trip well on a school night.
"It was a big deal because neither team had a game on Friday night," Robinson said. "It was just tough because we had to go to school the next day. It's not the best situation. I don't mind playing on Thursdays in Riverton (24 miles away), because you don't get home way late."
Lander now plays at Cody on Friday night and Powell on Saturday.
Cody, which has a 6-foot-2 girl in the lineup, "is just big," Robinson said.
Powell is another conference contender in the West.
"Powell is always well-coached," Robinson said. "They play hard. It's just hard to win on the road, especially in this conference. We will give them all that we can."
Lander 48, Pinedale 44
Lander made seven of its first 10 shots on a way to a 21-7 lead vs. the home team.
"The fast start helped," Robinson said.
Pinedale played a 6-foot-2 girl in the middle.
"We did a pretty good job on her by keeping her off the boards," Robinson said.
The main defenders were Brindi Lock, Ashlyn Schamber and Deja Jones.
"Nobody got into foul trouble," Robinson said.
Pinedale cut the score to six points in the fourth quarter.
"We just kept playing hard," Robinson said. "We made some great shots down the stretch."
Keesha Rowan had 19 points for the Tigers. Jones put in 14.
Lander's Keeley Garvin hit a 3-pointer, a field goal and a couple of free throws in the first quarter.
"Our bench played great," Robinson said. "We needed the win."
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