Feb 6, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorLander Valley High School was almost automatic in the last few minutes from the free-throw line Friday night, going 9-10 vs. Lyman in a Class 3-A West boys basketball affair.
The steady shooting held off the Eagles 62-53 at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse. LVHS finished the game 17-23 from the line at. The Eagles were 16-23.
"It's time that we stepped up and started to make some free throws," LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said. "We haven't been shooting them very well all year. It we shoot like this, then we win a lot more games by a lot bigger spread."
In the first meeting, the Tigers won 59-51 in overtime.
"Lyman has some athletes," Hopkin said. "Lyman is very quick. They can step up at hit free throws."
The win finished off a perfect 5-0 homestand for Lander. The victories in front of the home fans were over Buffalo (45-36), Pinedale (59-32), Powell (68-54) and Cody (59-45).
LVHS beat Mountain View 43-35 on Saturday night on the road. The Tigers are now 7-1 in the Class 3-A conference. Simpson finished with 13 points, and Lucas Watkins ended with 12.
"Mountain View held the ball to three to six minutes each period," Hopkin said. "We expected it to be a low-scoring game."
The Tigers hope to spit the season series with Star Valley on Friday night at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Braves beat LVHS 50-34 in Afton on Jan. 6.
LVHS 62, Lyman 52
With four minutes left in the third period, Lyman took a 31-30 lead over the Tigers.
LVHS responded when Simpson scored back-to-back field goals. Casey Winger and Lucas Watkins put in field goals for the 38-33 lead.
Zach Sanders knocked down a 3-pointer for a 41-33 cushion after three periods.
"We had some great transition in that period," said Hopkin about the momentum change at the end of the third period. "We got some easy baskets."
Simpson kept up his offensive pressure with four consecutive points for a 40-47 lead at the 3:27 mark.
Lyman went on a 4-0 run to make it a 47-44 game less than a minute latter.
Simpson dunked the ball home at 51-46 to fire up the student body section.
Simpson's teammate Austin Roberts recorded a layup to force Lyman foul the rest of the way.
Simpson, Sanders and Roberts all had two free throws apiece, while Watkins was 1-2 for the 10-point cushion.
"I expect the best out of those guys," Hopkin said. "They need to keep their heads up and be professional in what they do and finish the game."
Simpson had team-high honors with 20 points. Watkins and Sanders ended with 12 points apiece.
LVHS 62, Lyman 52
LVHS 14 12 15 21 -- 62
LYMAN 11 10 14 18 -- 53
Lander -- Zach Sanders 2 (1) 5-8 12, Austin Roberts 1 (1) 4-4 9, Derek Peil 2 0-0 4, Tanner Simpson 7 6-8 20, Zac Osborne (1) 0-0 3, Casey Winger 1 0-0 2, Lucas Watkins 5 2-3 12. Totals 18 (3) 17-23 62.
Lyman -- Schofield (1) 0-0 3, Jaggi 5 1-1 11, Taylor 2 (2) 6-8 16, Eyre 2 0-0 4, Stokes 3 6-8 12, Bluemel 0 3-4 3, Covington 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 (3) 16-23 53.
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