Mar 13, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander now faces Torrington in a consolation game Friday at Casper College.
CASPER -- An upset alert was sounded Thursday morning by the Lander Tigers against the Douglas Lady Bearcats in the opening round of the Class 3-A state girls basketball tournament at the Casper Events Center.
In the end, however, Douglas slipped by the Tigers 44-40 to avoid the stunner and advance into the semifinal game Friday night.
The Lady Bearcats were the No.1 seed from the Class 3-A East conference. Lander checked into the double-elimination tournament as the No. 4 seed from the West side.
Powell defeated Torrington 48-42 in the first game of the tournament. Lander now faces Torring-ton in a consolation game Friday at Casper College.
The tournament continued Thursday with two more opening round game at the Casper Events Center. The highest now Lander can finish is fifth in the double-elimination tournament.
Douglas 44, Lander 40
Right from the start, the two teams played it close. The contests featured 12 lead changes and seven tie scores.
After the first quarter, Lander was deadlocked with Douglas at 8-8.
In the second quarter, Lander's Ashlyn Schamber connected for the first seven points, including a 3-pointer.
Keeley Garvin scored to put Lander up 17-14, but Douglas went on a 6-0 run to end the half with a three-point advantage at 20-17.
In the third quarter Lander took a 23-22 lead, then extended it to 27-24.
Douglas pushed the pace near the end of the third quarter, taking the lead again at 30-29 in the closing minute.
Garvin scored a layup for another lead change to make it 31-30.
In the fourth quarter, Douglas scored five points to go ahead 35-31 with six minutes left in regulation.
Garvin ended that run by hitting two free throws at 35-32. She was whistled for her fourth foul at the 4:52 mark after Schamber missed an offensive rebound putback.
Douglas converted on two free throws as Lander started to struggle offensively. With four minutes left, the Lady Bearcats started to stall to bring Lander out of its zone defense.
Lock scored on a field goal, but Garvin fouled out of the game at the 3:28 mark. With Garvin on the bench, Lander couldn't score on two straight trips down the floor.
Lander's Natalee Hafer hit a 3-pointer and a field goal to knot the score at 40-40 in a span of 21 seconds with 2:01 to go.
Ashlie Blackburn hit a big field goal for Douglas, and the Bearcats called time with 55.8 seconds left.
Lander sent Lateesha Hiser to the line and she swished two free throws for a 44-40 lead. Lander missed a jumper, and Douglas escaped with the four-point victory.
Schamber paced Lander with 13 points. Garvin scored 10, and Lock had eight. Blackburn had game-high honors with 15 points and 17 rebounds for Douglas.
Douglas 44, Lander 40
DOUGLAS 8 12 10 14 -- 44
LANDER 8 9 14 9 -- 40
Lander -- Brindi Lock 4 0-1 8, Natalee Hafer 1 (1) 0-0 3, Keeley Garvin 4 2-2 10, Drew DeKing 1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Schamber 5 (1) 2-2 13, Deja Jones 2 0-0 4.Totals 17 (2) 4-5 40.
Douglas -- Lisa Townsend 1 0-0 2, Caitlin Boe 1 3-5 5, Bailey Brooks 4 1-2 9, Lateesha Hiser 0 4-4 4, Ashlie Blackburn 6 3-4 15, Jessie Underberg 3 3-4 9. Totals 15 14-19 44.
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