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Post's 25 points lifts Lander girls over Cody

Feb 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

After Friday's win, the Tigers lost 47-38 on Saturday to Powell.

Coach Spike Robinson and his Lander Valley High School girls basketball players wanted a victory over a quality team to get their confidence level up before the pressure of the Class 3-A postseason begins.

LVHS senior Shanda Post took it upon herself to deliver a win Friday night, scoring 25 points as the Tigers edged Cody 55-48 at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

Post was 7-9 from the charity stripe. Teammate Keesha Rowan was 9-10 at the line for all of her points.

"We needed the victory for our confidence," LVHS girls basketball coach Spike Robinson said. "We felt that we should have beaten them over in Cody. We had a nine-point lead in the third quarter. We felt like we gave it away.

"Cody is a good team. The one thing you know is that Cody is going to play you hard until the buzzer goes off."

LVHS lost 47-38 Saturday to Powell to end the weekend of basketball vs. the Park County teams.

"There might be a four-way tie for fourth," Robinson said. "Who knows what is going to happen? Everybody has beaten everybody. It's just going to come to a mess at the end."

LVHS 55, Cody 48

"We have been trying to get Shanda, Keesha and even Deja Jones to drive to the basket more in order to get to the foul line," Robinson said. "We are trying not to think of just a 3-pointer. We were only averaging eight free throws a game. We need to get to the line a lot. "

The three players did exactly what Robinson wanted them to do Friday night.

Post didn't hit any 3-pointers, but she was still dangerous right in front of the 3-point line. She had nine field goals.

"We attacked the basket like we needed," Robinson said. "It's getting better."

Robinson said LVHS also focused in practice on rebounding the basketball.

"We worried about transition defense, and we have been giving up too many second chance points," Robinson said.

Lander's Cherikie Tillman pounded the rebounding glass as did Post and Jones. Tillman is one of the top rebounders in the state.

Ashlyn Schamber came off the bench to produce six points for the Tigers. "Ashlyn had a huge game for us," Robinson said. "She is real smart. She knows when Shanda drives that she back cuts and that Shanda is going to find her. She is getting way more time. We just needed Ashlyn to get confidence. Now she is getting it. She has earned that."

Lander 55, Cody 48

LVHS 13 9 13 20 -- 55

CODY 8 1 11 13 -- 48

Lander -- Shanda Post 9 7-9 25, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 0 1-2 1, Drew DeKing 1 1-2 3, Ashlyn Schamber 3 0-1 6, Keesha Rowan 0 9-10 9, Deja Jones 2 1-2 5, Cherikie Tillman 2 2-2 6. Totals 17 21-25 55.

Cody -- Maddie Montogmery 0 (2) 0-0 6, Mariah Shumard 2 0-0 4, Michelle Fales 2 0-0 4, Laurel Place 12 1-4 5, Taylor Morton 2 0-0 4, Kiara Skinner 1 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 19 (3) 1-4 48.

Powell 47, LVHS 38

PHS 15 6 15 11 -- 47

LVHS 4 10 10 14 -- 38

Powell -- Lensegray 1 (2) 3-3 11, Cooley 1 0-0 2, Hildenbrand 4 (3) 0-0 17, Mitchell 2 2-3 6, Harrington 1 1-3 1 Wagner 4 0-0 8 Sleep 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 (5) 6-11 47.

Lander Post 2 (1) 3-4 10, Cox-Mantlo 1 0-0 2, Schamber 1 1-1 3, Rowan 5 2-2 12, Jones 2 3-5 7, Tillman 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 (1) 9-12 38.

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