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Tied for first in 3-A West, Lander faces big road trip

Feb 13, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander Tigers boys basketball coach Terry Hopkin is stressing that this is the part of the season when his players need to take it one game at a time and not overlook any opponents.

Cody and Lander are deadlocked for first place at 8-1 in the Class 3-A West conference standings. The Tigers are 14-3 overall, and Cody is 15-2.

Powell is right in the mix at 7-2 in the league and 11-5 on the year.

The next test on the schedule for Lander is a road trip to Star Valley and Jackson. The doubleheader Friday begins at 5:30 p.m. with the girls game

"It's hard to go into Star Valley's gym," Hopkin said. "They have a pretty wild crowd and student section. We have to be able to handle that, and their full-court press."

The Tigers face Jackson on Saturday afternoon. The girls start the doubleheader at 12:30 p.m.

Boys

"Star Valley plays really well from the outside," Hopkin said. "We have to be able to get on their shooters."

Lander has been switching things up more by trading off from man-to-man and zone defense.

"A zone always opens up and gives their good shooters open spots," Hopkin said.

Jackson had eight 3-pointers in a loss to Lander in the first meeting at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

"Jackson had 16 3-pointers in a win over Mountain View," Hopkin said. "We know that they can shoot."

Jeremy Shockley and Tristan Shockley will be the top targets for the Lander defenders.

"Both the Shockley cousins are very dangerous," Hopkin said. "It really will be a weekend that we have to trust our man-to-man defense."

Lander center Cooxooeii Black tops the team in scoring at 16.4 points per game.

Casey Winger is No. 2 at 13.9.

Girls

The Tiger girls have climbed back into the running for a high seed for the Class 3-A West regional girls basketball next month at Mountain View after their good performance last weekend.

Lander is now No. 5 in the league standings with a 4-5 record.

Powell sits on top of the conference at 8-1. Cody is 7-2, and Mountain View has a 6-3 mark.

Star Valley is one game above .500 at 5-4 and Jackson sits 2-7.

Star Valley fell to Powell 43-26 and Cody 26-25 in its last two outings.

Jackson lost big to Cody (45-28) and Powell (67-35).

Wyoming high school

basketball standings,

with conference first

3-A

Boys

East

Wheatland, 9-0, 14-3

Rawlins, 8-1, 14-3

Buffalo, 7-2, 11-6

Douglas, 6-3, 11-5

Glenrock, 3-6, 8-8

Worland, 2-7, 4-12

Newcastle, 1-8, 2-15

Torrington, 0-9, 0-17

West

Cody, 8-1, 15-2

Lander, 8-1, 14-3

Powell, 7-2, 11-5

Star Valley, 5-4, 8-8

Lyman, 4-5, 6-11

Jackson, 2-7, 6-11

Mountain View, 2-7, 7-10

Pinedale, 0-9, 0-17

Girls

East

Douglas, 7-2, 15-2

Torrington, 7-2, 13-4

Worland, 6-3, 10-6

Rawlins, 6-3, 12-5

Buffalo 4-5, 8-9

Newcastle, 4-5, 9-8

Wheatland, 2-7, 8-9

Glenrock, 0-9, 4-12

West

Powell, 8-1, 12-4

Cody, 7-2, 8-9

Mountain View, 6-3, 11-6

Star Valley, 5-4, 7-9

Lander, 4-5, 6-11

Lyman, 4-5, 10-7

Jackson, 2-7, 2-15

Pinedale, 0-9, 2-15

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