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Lander boys face Glenrock, girls meet Douglas to open state 3-A tourney Thursday
Mar 12, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Glenrock Herders bring a dangerous inside and outside combination for their Class 3-A state basketball opening-round game against the Lander Tigers.
The inside presence for Glenrock is 6-foot-7 center Jordan Millay. The standout guard is Tyler Olsen.
The game is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Casper Events Center.
"We have to stop the inside game of Millay," Lander coach Terry Hopkin said. "He shoots very well, and he can handle the ball."
Lander edged Glenrock by two points in a meeting in December at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"Glenrock is a very good team," Hopkin said. "We know we will have our hands full."
The task is tall for the Lander Valley High School girls in the first game of the state tournament vs. Douglas.
The game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Casper Events Center.
Douglas beat Lander 68-53 in one of the first games of the regular season.
Douglas won the Class 3-A East regional title last weekend, while the Tigers finished in the No. 4 position at the West tournament.
Douglas is coached by former Lander player Cody Helenbolt.
Helenbolt graduated in 2002.
"I think that 3-A is tough from top to bottom this year," Helenbolt said. "Lander struggled a little bit, then turned it on at the end of the year. It will be a tough a game. I'm looking forward to it. It will be fun."
The Lady Bearcats entered the regional tournament last weekend as the No. 2 seed, but managed to come up on top in the three-day tournament in Torrington.
"It was a tough tournament," Helenbolt said. "All of our games were close. I like our team because we have a bunch of tough kids on our team. We had a difficult year because we lost our only returning starter from last year torn her ACL five games into the season."
The player lost was Heather Townsend. Douglas last a second player later on the season to another knee injury.
"It was rough for a few games there, but our girls have started to rebound," Helenbolt said. "Winning a regional tournament after those things happen to us was pretty exciting."
Powell (No. 2 seed/West) plays Torrington (No. 3 seed/East) in the first game of the state tournament at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
The winner takes on the winner of Lander-Douglas in the semifinals. The consolation game is set for 9 a.m. Friday.
Cody's four-point win over Lander in the regional title game has given the Broncs a 1:30 p.m. game with Douglas in the opening round on Thursday at the Casper Events Center.
Douglas is the No. 4 seed from the Class 3-A East division.
The winner of that game plays the winner of Rawlins (No. 2 seed/East)-Star Valley (No. 3 seed/West) in the semifinals on Friday night.
Wheatland (No. 1 seed/East) faces Powell (No. 4 seed/West) at 9 p.m. to conclude the first day.
The winner takes on the winner of Lander-Glenrock on at 9 p.m. in a Class 3-A semifinal battle.
Class 3-A girls state basketball
state tournament schedule
Game 1 -- Powell (No. 2 seed/West) vs. Torrington (No. 3 seed/East), 9 a.m. Casper Events Center.
Game 3 -- Douglas (No. 1 seed/East) vs. Lander (No. 4 seed/West), 10:30 a.m. Events Center.
Game 9 -- Worland (No. 2 seed/East) vs. Star Valley (No. 3 seed/West), 4:30 p.m. Events Center.
Game 11 -- Mountain View (No. 1 seed/West) vs. Newcastle (No. 4 seed/East), 6 p.m. Events Center.
Class 3-A boys state
Game 5 -- Rawlins (No. 2 seed/East) vs. Star Valley (No. 3 seed/West), 12 p.m. Casper Events Center.
Game 7 -- Cody (No. 1 seed/West) vs Douglas (No. 4 seed/East), 1:30 p.m. Casper Events Center.
Game 13 -- Lander (No. 2 seed/West) vs. Glenrock (No. 3 seed/East), 7:30 p.m. Casper Events Center.
Game 15 -- Wheatland (No. 1 seed/East) vs. Powell (No. 4 seed/West), 9 p.m. Casper Events Center.