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Two league wins on road for Lander

Jan 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Tiger boys beat Powell on Friday night and Cody on Saturday.

Lander Valley High School began its weekend In Park County Friday night with a 55-41 boys basketball victory against the Powell Panthers.

The Tigers followed up Saturday night with ia 54-46 win over Cody.

Casey Winger paced LVHS with 22 points and Hunter Bregar scored 12.

LVHS has now won four straight games after losing to rival Riverton High School by four points on Jan. 8.

"We were able to come in here and get a couple of wins," LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said. "Cody has a really good defense. I think that our kids handled their pressure really well.

We played Cody pretty even for three quarters.

I thought that the fourth quarter was the difference in our defense.

"Our coaches on the bench made some great adjustments on our team defense. It really did help out in the fourth quarter."

The two other victories for the Tigers were over Mountain View and Pinedale.

"Powell had a hard time figuring out what we were trying to do," Hopkin said.

"We full-court pressed them. I was surprised on how it bothered them and how many turnovers they had from the press."

The Tigers play at Lyman on Friday, then faces Mountain View the following day.

LVHS returns home to challenge the Class 3-A top-ranked Star Valley Braves on Feb. 8.

LVHS 55, Powell 41

"In the first half, we didn't play really well," Hopkin said.

LVHS had nine turnovers in the first two periods but had just two more after that.

"We settled down in the third and fourth quarters and played our game," Hopkin said. "That made a difference in the score at the end."

Hopkin said LVHS was fundamentally sound in the last two quarters.

"We worked on our passing and our jump shots in practice last week to try to improve our turnover rate," Hopkin said.

LVHS was 10-15 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

"Our free throw shooting was the difference in the game in the fourth quarter," Hopkin said.

Lander's Jordan Crane knocked in a season-high 17 points.

"Jordan stepped up and took some good shots," Hopkin said. "He had some great steals.

"That was probably his best game he has had since I have been around. He ran the offense and did a great job. "

Bregar put in 12 points on two 3-pointers. He was 4-5 from the charity stripe.

Lucas Watkins, Jess Oldham and Winger scored eight points apiece.

"When you can get some scoring from everybody, there is some good things happing," Hopkin said.

LVHS 54, Cody 46

LVHS 10 11 13 20 -- 54

CODY 10 10 13 13 - 46

Lander -- Jordan Crane 1 (1) 3-4 8, Hunter Bregar 2 (2) 2-2 12, Casey Winger 8 6-7 22, Adam Shipley 1 1-2 3, Lucas Watkins 3 3-6 9. Totals 15 (3) 15021 54.

Cody -- Ryan Nieters 1 0-0 2, Dan Dunn 6 (1) 3-3 18, Nik Schmidt 3 (1) 0-0 9, Shad Moir 0 2-4 2, Brandon Hinze 2 (2) 3-4 13, Cap McClure 0 2-2 2. Totals 12 (4) 10-13 46.

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