Feb 6, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorCoach Spike Robinson relaxed a bit in the fourth quarter Friday night because Lander Valley High School was on cruise control.
The Tiger girls outscored the Lyman Eagles 21-9 in the third quarter to break the game wide open for a 70-47 win at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"We didn't shoot the ball well in the first half," Robinson said. "We were on fire in the third quarter."
The pounding completed the season series sweep for Lander over the Lady Eagles. LVHS won by 25 points last month in Lyman.
"We had a big first quarter in Lyman, and they played really well after that," Robinson said. "Lyman struggled a little bit handling the ball. We took advantage of that."
The Tigers were fresh off a heartbreaking two-point setback to Cody in their last outing.
"We lost a couple of leads last weekend," Robinson said. "We are playing better. We are rebounding better. Our defense is better. We just have to continue to get better. If we get better rebounding then we will be really tough. "
The Tigers were 3-1 on their recent homestand. LVHS also beat Powell and Pinedale for two more conference victories.
LVHS will now take on Star Valley at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Tigers end the home season on Saturday afternoon hosting Jackson.
LVHS finishes the season with road games at Cody (Feb. 17), Powell (Feb. 18) and Pinedale (Feb. 23).
Lander 70, Lyman 47
The Lady Eagles were still within striking distance of the Tigers after the first two quarters of play.
LVHS was only up 29-22 at the break, but the game quickly turned in favor of the home squad in third quarter.
Ali Ragan, Shanda Post and Kristi Ragan all came up with 3-pointers to make the scoreboard read 42-39.
Post scored another field goal at the 2:24 mark for a comfortable 44-29 lead.
Keesha Rowan came off the bench, and the freshman quickly made an impact with four easy points.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Ali Ragan hit her second 3-pointer of the game for a commanding 53-33 lead.
LVHS ended with a balanced attack in the 23-point win. Kristi Ragan and Post each finished at 18 points apiece. Rowan scored 15 points and Swenson finished with eight.
LVHS 70, Lyman 47
LVHS 15 14 21 20 -- 70
LYMAN 12 10 9 16 -- 47
Lander -- Ali Ragan 3 0-0 6, Shanda Post 4 (2) 4-6 18, Mallory Swenson 3 2-3 8, Kristi Ragan 2 (3) 5-8 18, Kaylnn Cox-Mantlo 1 0-0, Ashlyn Schamber 1 0-0 2, Keesha Rowan 7 1-2 15, Freddi Armajo 0 1-2 1. totals 21 13-20 70.
Lyman -- Linagg 3 (2) 1-2 13, Smith 6 1-2 13, Vellian 1 0-0 2, Hellon 3 0-1 6, Dennis 4 1-2 9, Harr 1 0-2 2. Totals 18 (3-11 47.
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