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Minus Simpson, Tiger boys go 1-1

Feb 20, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor

A split in Park County on Friday and Saturday was recorded by the Lander Valley High School boys basketball squad.

The Tigers opened the trip Friday night by beating Cody 58-54 in overtime. LVHS fell to the Powell Panthers on Saturday afternoon 66-43. LVHS is now tied with the Panthers at 11-2 for first in the Class 3-A West conference.

LVHS was playing the first time without injured starter Tanner Simpson, who is out for the season. Simpson a knee last week in practice and will have surgery on Tuesday. He averaged 18 points per game on the season for the Tigers, fourth-best in the Class 3-A ranks.

LVHS and the Panthers are 1-1 in the regular season series.

The Tigers won the first decision at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

"We were trying to feel how we are going to be playing without Tanner and who is going to pick up the slack," said LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said about the Cody game. "It's a major adjustment in our offense and defense. Everything that we did, Tanner was a big part of that. Everything changes, and we have to get used to that."

LVHS ends the regular season at Pinedale on Friday night. Powell plays at Cody in its final game of the regular season.

If the Tigers and the Panthers are tied at the end of the regular season, then a coin flip will be used to determine the No. 1 seed for the Class 3-A West regional to be held in Jackson.

"Cody is getting better, and they are playing hard," Hopkin said. "Cody shot the ball really well against us, and they played good defense."

Cody sent the game into overtime at 50-50 when the home squad scored on offensive rebound in the final 2.6 seconds of the game.

LVHS quickly regrouped and went on to win the league game.

"The kids played hard," Hopkin said. "They came right back at Cody."

Zach Sanders, Lucas Watkins and Austin Robert scored 12 points apiece for the Tigers. Zac Osborne contributed eight points.

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