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Lander boys bounced in two straight from state
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Lander boys bounced in two straight from state 3-A tournament

Mar 17, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Cody downed Glenrock for the Class 3-A state championship 61-53.

CASPER -- After producing a stellar regular season in the Class 3-A boys basketball division, the Lander Tigers went 0-2 at the state tournament for an early exit in Casper.

Wheatland sent Lander home on Friday afternoon 53-46 in a consolation game at Casper College.

On Thursday, the Glenrock Herders caught fire in the first half and posted a 58-47 upset win against the Tigers in the opening round of the tournament.

Making its first state tournament appearance since 1997, Glenrock shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first two quarters to jump start the game.

Glenrock edged Powell 49-47 in the semifinals on Friday night, while Cody defeated Star Valley 50-38.

In the state championship game, Cody beat Glenrock 61-53.

Wheatland 53, Lander 46

(Friday)

After trailing for the first three quarters, the Tigers knotted the score at 40-40 on a 3-pointer from Hunter Bregar at the 6:51 mark of the final period.

Wheatland quickly answered with a 3-pointer from Critter Ruwart and a field goal from Kyle Pollack.

Bregar hit another 3-pointer at 46-43, but Wheatland outscored Lander 7-3 for the consolation victory.

Jaxon Hedges collected 17 rebounds and 14 points for the Tigers. Casey Winger added 16 points.

Glenrock 58, Lander 47

(Thursday)

The story of the first two quarters was the Glenrock offense, building an 18-16 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Glenrock built its biggest lead of the game at 27-18 on two free throws from Jordan Millay.

Millay is a 6-foot-7 center who caused problems for Lander's defense.

Three minutes later, Lander had the score down to 30-24 late in the second period.

Glenrock pushed the lead back up to 34-27 at the break after Millay made another bucket inside.

In the third quarter, Glenrock pushed the lead to 41-30 on two free throws from standout guard Tyler Olsen.

Lander's Jaxon Hedges scored on a field goal at 41-34 at the 1:41 mark of the period.

Olsen ended the quarter on a half-court buzzer-beater for Glenrock to make it 44-34 after three quarters.

In the final quarter, LVHS had it down to 48-40 on a pair of free throws from Cooxooeii Black with 3:18 left.

Desperation started to sneak in as Lander launched 3-pointer after 3-pointer but didn't have any luck in the final minutes.

Four players scored for Lander in the setback. Black led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Hedges scored 11 points. Hunter Bregar and Casey Winger had eight points apiece.

Bregar had two early 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Millay knocked in 21 points for the Herders, and Olsen finished with 17 points.

Glenrock 58, Lander 47

GLENROCK 18 16 10 14 -- 58

LANDER 16 11 7 13 -- 47

GLENROCK -- Jordan Millay 4 (2) 3-3 21, Tyler Olsen 4 (1) 4-4 17, Devon Parkinson 2 0-1 4, David Parkinson 1 0-0 2, Nic Harnden 2 (2) 0-0 10, Kyle Lee 2 0-2 4. Totals 13 (5) 7-11 58.

Lander -- Jaxon Hedges 3 5-10 11, Hunter Bregar 1 (2) 0-0 8, Cooxooeii Black 8 4-6 20, Casey Winger 3 2-3 8. Totals 13 (2) 11-20

Wheatland 53, Lander 46

WHEATlAND 11 20 9 13 -- 53

LANDER 10 10 15 11 -- 46

Lander -- Kobey Simpson 1 (1) 0-0 5, Jaxon Hedges 6 2-6 14, Hunter Bregar 0 (2) 0-0 6, Cooxooeii Black 2 1-5 5, Casey Winger 5 (2) 0-0 16. Totals 14 (5) 3-11 46.

Wheatland -- Braden Douglas 1 0-0 2, Critter Ruwart 1 (1) 0-0 5, Kyle Pollack 2 (1) 5-8 14, Austin Huffer 2 0-0 4, Jhett Hadley 1 1-2 3, Braxon Fagenbush 2 (2) 4-4 14, Kendrick Jackson 4 3-7 11. Totals 10 (4) 13-21 53.

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