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LVHS girls surprise Park County teams

Feb 24, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Lander Lady Tigers continued their surge up the ladder in the Class 3-A West conference with two dramatic victories over Powell and Cody.

The heart-stopping weekend started Friday night with Lander upsetting the Powell Panthers 47-46.

Lander continued the streak Saturday afternoon, edging Cody 48-46. Lander is now 7-6 in conference play and 9-12 on the season.

"The kids are just pumped up right now on the way they are playing," Lander coach Spike Robinson said.

Lander is fighting for either a No. 3 or No. 4 seed for the regional tournament next month at Mountain View.

"I'm just so glad that we are playing so well at the end of the year," Robinson said. "That is the main thing. We kind of put ourselves in a hole in the first half of the season. I just want to have us playing well at the regional tournament."

Lander wraps up the regular season Saturday afternoon, hosting Pinedale.

"I think the regional tournament will be crazy," Robinson said. "I think that anybody can beat anybody."

Lander 47, Powell 46

Midway through the third quarter, Robinson felt the momentum changed for his players.

"We finally made some shots," Robinson said. "We had great shots in the first half, but they were not falling."

Down the stretch, Lander got big shots from different players.

"Powell is a great team," Robinson said. "They are probably as good as anybody in the state. They play great defense. We made some plays that were huge down the stretch."

The game-winner came when Keesha Rowan drove the baseline and hit a layup.

Rowan missed the free throw, and Lander made sure Powell didn't have a clean look on its final field goal attempt.

Lander's Keeley Garvin was the offensive spark Robinson needed, scoring 18 points.

"Keeley was just on fire the whole game," Robinson said. "We told her to keep attacking."

Teammate Brindi Lock scored 12 points.

"Brindi is such a great rebounder," Robinson said. "She makes stuff happen with her rebounding."

Lander 48, Cody 46

Less than 24 hours after celebrating the huge win on Friday night, the Tigers were back on the court Saturday afternoon.

The visiting team had a 27-22 lead early in the third quarter.

"We didn't panic when we were down in the first half," Robinson said.

Lock closed the gap to 32-28 on a layup. Cody didn't have a player who could stop her most of the time in the paint.

With 10 seconds left in the third period, Lock completed a 3-point play when she was fouled inside.

Lander finally climbed into the lead at 37-35 in the middle of the fourth period.

After key field goals from Lock and Rowan, Cody had a desperation 3-pointer that didn't drop into the net.

Lander 48, Cody 46

LANDER 10 12 11 16 12 -- 48

CODY 19 8 7 8 -- 46

Cody -- Kubeberger 2 (1) 3-5 10, Fales 2 9-12 15, Vannedy 2 (1) 1-1 8, Place 0 3-4 3, Pollard 3 0-2 6. totals 7 (3) 16-24 49.

Lander -- Brindi Lock 3 3-5 9, Keeley Garvin 3 3-4 9, Drew DeKing 1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Schamber 4 4-6 12, Keesha Rowan 3 3-5 7, Deja Jones 2 3-5 7. Totals 16 13-20 48.

Lander 47, Powell 46

LANDER 4 13 11 16 -- 47

POWELL 5 14 14 12 -- 46

Powell -- Brooke Lensgrave (1) 3-5 6, Brenna Dorniski 1 (1) 1-2 6, Rebecca Pratt 1 0-0 2, KaDee Harrison (1) 0-0 3, Shawnea Harrington 3 0-0 6. 10 (2) 9-16.

Lander -- Keesa Rowan 3 (1) 0-0 7, Brindi Lock 5 2-4 12, Natalee Hafer 0 0-1 0, Keeley Garvin 6 6-9 18 Drew DeKing 0 (1) 0-0 3 Deja Jones 1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Schamber 1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 15 (3) W22;15 47.

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