Mar 17, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCASPER -- Torrington eliminated the Lander Tigers from the girls Class 3-A state basketball tournament in a consolation game Friday night in Casper, beating Lander 68-62 in overtime.
The Tigers lost to the eventual state-champion Douglas Lady Bearcats 44-40 on Thursday in the first game of the tournament at the Casper Events Center.
Lander entered the state tournament as the No. 4 seed from the Class 3-A West conference. Douglas was the No. 1 seed from the East.
"We played really well at the state tournament," Lander girls coach Spike Robinson said. "We just didn't get to the free throw line enough in the Douglas game. We gave ourselves a chance to win."
The Lady Bearcats put in a 37-26 victory over Powell in one of the semifinals for a spot in the title game, then
Douglas beat Worland by the identical 37-26 score for the Class 3-A championship on Saturday.
In the Class 4-A title game, favored Casper Natrona overcame the slowdown game plan of Cheyenne East and won 33-28.
Torrington 68, Lander 62 OT
At the start of the fourth quarter on Friday morning, a comeback started for the Tigers after Torrington was up 47-38.
Lander went on a roll behind the play of Ashlyn Schamber, Keesha Rowan and Keeley Garvin, making it a three-point game at 48-45 in favor of Torrington with five minutes left in regulation.
Lander finally took the lead at 53-52 on a field goal from Schamber.
Torrington deadlocked the score at 54-54 to send the game into overtime.
"Schamber and Rowan both made plays for us to get right back in the game," Robinson said. "We set some stuff for Keesha to get her in the corner."
In the extra period, Torrington had a slim 58-56 lead and kept ahead at 64-59 for the win. Rowan and Schamber had 19 points apiece. Schamber yanked in 15 rebounds.
"That was a great basketball game with Torrington," Robinson said. "Both teams were making shots, and both teams were running."
Douglas 44, Lander 40
Right from the start, the two teams played it close. The contest featured 12 lead changes and seven tie scores.
After the first quarter, Lander was deadlocked with Douglas at 8-8.
In the second quarter, Schamber connected for the first seven points, including a 3-pointer.
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.
"We had a mismatch with Keeley the whole game," Robinson said. "They were guarding her with a small kid. Keeley is such a good inside player by her size."
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.
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 victory.
"We missed some shots that we should have made," Robinson said.
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.
Torrington 68, Lander 62
TORRINGTON 24 8 13 9 -- 68
LANDER 19 12 7 16 -- 62
Lander -- Keeley Garvin 4 7-10 15, Drew DeKing 0 (1) 1-2 4, Ashlyn Schamber 8 3-3 19, Keesha Rowan 0 (3) 10-15 19, Deja Jones 2 1-2 5. Totals 10 (4) 22-34 62.
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