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LVHS girls edged by Buffalo for consolation 3-A trophy

Mar 10, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

CASPER -- Buffalo overcame 32 points from Lander Valley High School senior Shanda Post to escape 69-65 in the Class 3-A girls consolation championship game Saturday morning at the Casper Events Center. .

The LVHS Tigers took down Lyman 69-58 Friday for their first victory at the state tournament.

The Douglas Lady Bearcats grabbed an early 19-3 lead after the first period on Thursday night and rolled past LVHS 56-28 in the opening round of state at the Casper Events Center.

"Our kids play hard ,and they play fast," LVHS coach Spike Robinson said. "It's fun to watch. We had two great games with Lyman and Buffalo."

Buffalo 69, Lander 65

(Saturday)

"This was a great high school basketball game," Robinson said. "We had our opportunities to win it.

You have to give credit to Buffalo's Bre Hepp. She made those two shots at the end. We played our tails off."

Post knotted the score at 62-62 from a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the final period. Hepp answered on a 3-pointer of her own and a field goal for a 67-62 lead.

Post hit another 3-pointer to pull the Tigers to within 67-65. Buffalo's Kinzi Litzel nailed two final free throws for the win.

"Shanda played great for us all year," Robinson said. "She had a lot of help against Buffalo."

Robinson said Deja Jones, Keesha Rowan, Cherikie Tillman and Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo stood out at different moments of the game.

Rowan added 16 points for Lander's attack. She fouled out of the game at the 2:21 mark of the fourth period.

"Keesha just got into foul trouble," Robinson said. "We tried to protect her. She is just going to keep on playing hard. We could have used her at the end because she is a great player."

Hepp registered 24 points for Buffalo.

Lander 69, Lyman 58

(Friday)

After the tough loss to Douglas, LVHS outscored Lyman 22-9 in the second quarter for a 33-26 lead.

In the final period, LVHS hit its free throw to win the consolation game by 11 points. The Tigers were 15-23 from the free throw line

Post put down 22 points. Rowan was right behind at 21 points. Ashlyn Schamber finished in double figures with 10 points.

Douglas 56, Lander 28

(Thursday)

Douglas raced out of the blocks for a 10-0 lead, forcing Robinson to use a quick timeout at the 5:47 mark.

Lander's Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo hit one of two free throws to get the Tigers on the scoreboard at 11-1.

Post and Kassidy Scott of Douglas are two of the top scorers in Class 3-A.

The game Thursday belonged to Scott.

She helped Douglas take a commanding 23-3 lead with six minutes left in the first half. Scott led the way at 19 points.

Rowan recorded game-high efforts for 13 points. Post put in 10 points. She was 5-17 from the field.

Douglas 56, Lander 28

DOUGLAS 19 15 14 8 -- 56

LVHS 3 5 16 4 -- 28

Douglas -- Jill Espeland 1 0-0 2, Kassidy Scott 8 3-5 19, Kelsey Steele 0 (1) 0-0 3, Heather Townsend 1 0-0 2, Molly Kreycik 5 0-0 10, Ashlie Blackburn 4 0-0 8, Carlie Edelman 2 0-0 4. Douglas 24 (1) 3-5 56.

Lander -- Shanda Post 5 0-0 10, Keeley Garvin 0 0-0 0, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 1 1-2 3, Drew Deking 0 1-2 1, Ashlyn Schamber 0 1-2 1, Keesha Rowan 3 4-5 13. Totals 9 (1) 7-11 28.

Lander 69, Lyman 58

LVHS 11 22 14 22 -- 69

LYMAN 17 9 16 16 -- 58

Lander -- Shanda Post 6 (2) 4-6 22 Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 0 1-2 1, Drew DeKing 0 2-2 2, Keesha Rowan 3 (4) 3-4 21, Jarisa Robertson 0 1-2 1, Deja Jones 2 2-5 6, Cherikie Tillman 3 0 -- 6. Totals 18 (6) 15-23 69.

Lyman -- Alyssa Rasmussen 1 0-0 1, Taylor Limoges 4 (4) 1-2 21, Makailey Smith 2 0-1 4, Bailey Hallum 1 0-2 2, Rachelle Harris 1 0-1 2, Mishawn Bluemel 1 0-3 2, Lindy Bluemel 3 (1) 0-0 9, Lindy Bluemel 3 (1) 0-0 9, Tiffani Dennis 7 2-4 16. Totals 18 (6) 15-23 69.

Buffalo 69, Lander 65

BUFFALO 15 14 15 25 -- 69

LVHS 14 17 15 19 -- 65

Lander -- Shanda Post 8 (4) 4-5 32, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo 1 1-2 3, Ashlyn Schamber 1 2-2 4, Keesha Rowan 1 (3) 5-5 16, Deja Jones 2 4-6 8, Cherikie Tillman 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 (7) 16-22 65.

Buffalo -- Morgan Dale 1 (2) 0-1 8, Amy Danforth 3 2-3 8, Kinzi Litzel 0 (1) 2-2 5, Hanna Peterson 1 0-0 2, Tyelynn Meyers 1 3-7 5, Teneil Schumacher 1 0-0 2, Jenna Anderson 6 3-5 15, Bre Hepp 5 (3) 5-6 24. Totals 18 (6) 15-24 69.

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