Jan 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Lander Tigers and Cody Broncs have emerged as two of the top contenders in the Class 3-A West basketball conference.
The two teams collide Friday night in Park County for their first meeting of the season.
"Cody returns all their starters from last year," Lander boys coach Terry Hopkin said. "Most of them have been playing since they were sophomores. They have a great coach who works hard to get them better."
The girls start the doubleheader with a tip at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys.
Lander battles Powell in a 2 p.m. start on Saturday for the girls game.
The boys game in Powell will begin around 3:30 p.m.
Hopkin has prepared this week in practice for the Cody press.
"We must handle their pressure," Hopkin said. "They press the whole game. They will change the press from man to zone, and full-court to half. You have to be ready."
Lander is a perfect 5-0 in league play and 11-2 overall. Cody and Powell are deadlocked for second at 4-1.
"We play very well together," Hopkin said. "We have lots of assists, which turns into points."
Powell handed Cody its first league setback of the season last week.
"Most of the Powell players played football," Hopkin said. "We know how physical they were in football. They are very physical. We need to be ready to push back."
The Cody Fillies enter the game on a setback, while the Tigers won big against Pinedale.
Cody dropped a 51-35 decision to Powell last Friday. Cody is now 4-8 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
The Fillies were shorthanded for the 3-A West game. Mariah Shumard sat with a hyperextended knee, Jess Dollard was out with the flu, and Kyler Skinner had a hurt finger.
Meanwhile, the Tigers produced a much-needed victory over Pinedale to get back on the winning track. Lander had lost to Class 4-A Riverton and Mountain View the week before.
Mountain View is No. 1 in conference play with a 5-1 mark. Powell is second at 4-1 and Cody sits third (3-2). Lander comes into the tough road trip 2-3 in league play and 4-9 overall.
Class 3-A basketball
mark listed first
Rawlins, 8-0, 12-2
Wheatland, 6-0, 10-3
Douglas, 4-2, 9-4
Buffalo, 4-2, 8-6
Glenrock, 2-4, 7-6
Worland, 2-4, 4-8
Newcastle, 0-6, 1-12
Torrington, 0-6, 0-13
Lander 5-0, 11-2
Powell, 4-1, 8-4
Cody, 4-1, 10-2
Star Valley, 3-2, 6-6
Lyman, 3-3, 4-9
Jackson, 2-4, 6-8
Mountain View, 1-5, 6-8
Pinedale, 0-6, 0-13
Douglas, 5-1, 13-1
Rawlins, 4-2, 10-4
Torrington, 4-2, 9-4
Newcastle, 4-2, 8-5
Worland, 3-3, 6-6
Buffalo, 3-3, 7-7
Wheatland, 1-5, 7-7
Glenrock, 0-6, 4-9
Mountain View, 5-1, 10-4
Powell, 4-1, 8-4
Cody, 3-2, 4-8
Star Valley, 3-2, 5-7
Lyman, 3-3, 8-5
Lander, 2-3, 4-9
Jackson, 2-4, 2-12
Pinedale, 0-6, 1-12
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