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Win over 2-A state-champ Lovell highlights weekend for LVHS girls

Dec 2, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School's girls kept their opponents under 60 points Saturday to walk away with a 2-1 record at the Riverton Invitational.

The Tigers edged the Lovell Bulldogs 58-57 in the first game Saturday at the Riverton Middle School gym.

LVHS ended the two-day tournament taking home a commanding 68-47 victory over Worland in the afternoon.

The Tigers fell to the Riverton girls Friday night in their season-opening game at Wolverine Gym.

"Our defense became way more disciplined from Friday night to Saturday afternoon," LVHS coach Spike Robinson said. "That helps a lot. We stopped trying to reach for balls. We stopped trying to jump for balls that we couldn't get a hand on."

The Bulldogs came into the Riverton tournament as one of the preseason picks to win the 2-A state title this year.

LVHS rolled past Worland 68-47 in the late game on Saturday afternoon.

"Against Riverton, we were leaving in kids in bad positions on five on four," Robinson said. "A kid would be going for a steal and be out of a picture. We didn't to that as much on Saturday."

Lovell won the 2012 Class 2-A title at the Casper Events Center.

"Lovell is a great team," Robinson said. "That was a really good win for us. Lovell is big. They ate us up on the boards. We were able to execute our stuff and made some shots."

Good wins

The Tigers had a seven-point lead late in the game vs. the Bulldogs.

In the end, Shanda Post and Keesha Rowan delivered with some critical shots.

"We went into the zone late, and they hit a 3-pointer. Then they got an offensive rebound," Robinson said. In the final minute, Lovell only had two fouls and were forced to foul five quick times to send LVHS to the free throw line and stop the clock. Lovell hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to close it to one point.

"It did help that they had to foul us a lot because we did get about 12 seconds off the clock," Robinson said.

Post had game-high honors at 23 points. The senior guard knocked down four 3-pointers and was a perfect 5-5 from the line. Rowan added 14 points.

Against Worland, the Tigers were in control in the second half for the easy victory.

The Tigers play Tuesday night at Green River.

LVHS has its home opener Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, in a conference game vs. the Lyman Eagles at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

Lander girls 58, Lovell 57

LVHS 13 17 13 15 -- 58

LOVELL 16 10 16 15 -- 57

Lander -- Shanda Post 3 (4) 5-5 23, Kaylnn Cox-Mantlo 3 0-0 6, Drew DeKing 1 1-2 3, Keesha Rowan 6 2-6 14, Jarisa Robertson 2 0-0 4, Cherikie Tillman 3 0-1 6. Totals 18 (4) 10-14 58.

Lovell -- Kassi Renner 1 0-0 2, Chayli McAurther 2 (1) 1-2 8, Domique Alred 1 0-0 2, Kassidy Holland (1) 0-0 3, Menka McAurthur 0 1-2 1, Kim Shumway 3 0-0 6, Amanda Shumway 7 4-6 18, Chelsea Ellis 5 (2) 1-2 17 Shelby Harber 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 (4) 7-14 58.

Lander girls 68, Worland 47

LVHS 16 17 24 11 -- 68

WORLAND 14 9 8 16 -- 47

Lander -- Shanda Post 7 (1) 7-10 24, Yuri Garvin 2 0-0 4, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 4 0-0 8, Drew DeKing (1) 4-6 7, Ashlyn Schamber 0 1-2 1, Keesha Rowan 2 5-5 9, Keely Garvin 1 0-0 , Deja Jones 5 0-0 10, Cherikie Tillman 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 (1) 17-23 69.

Worland -- Leniplca 0 2-2 2, Caballer 5 0-0 10, Montoya 1 (1) 0-0 5, Sanderson 1 0-0 2, Keller 2 (1) 2-5 9, Catrell 3 0-0 6, Schenider 3 1-3 7, Goodrick 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 (2) 5-10 47.

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