Dec 5, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School used a strong defensive effort to control Class 4-A Green River 46-35 Tuesday night in a non-conference boys basketball game in Sweetwater County.
The victory was the third straight for Class 3-A Lander after losing to Riverton High School in the season opener. The LVHS girls knocked off Green River 53-47 to make it a clean sweep for the Tigers.
"We really put a lot of pressure on the guards," LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said.
Green River plays in the Class 4-A West conference.
"It's kind of an odd thing to play on Tuesday," LVHS girls coach Spike Robinson said. "It's pretty strange. I don't know that if it's good or bad."
LVHS boys 46, Green River 35
The tone was set by the Tigers in the first half when the visiting team had a 16-13 lead at the break.
"That was a great job for us defensively," Hopkin said.
LVHS hit three 3-pointers in a row as Hunter Bregar had two and Jordan Crane one to pull away from Green River early in the third quarter.
"We have been waiting for these guys to hit one or two 3-pointers," Hopkin said. "We have some shooters. They just have to pull the trigger once in awhile."
Bregar led the way in scoring at 12 points on three 3-pointers. Casey Winger 11 chipped in with 11. Lucas Watkins added nine points.
"You have to have a balanced attack to compete," Hopkin said. "Green River was as big as we were inside. We really had to play some defense. I thought that our kids performed really well."
The Tigers will open the home season at 4:45 p.m. Saturday vs. Lyman in the Class 3-A West conference opener at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"Lyman has some horses back," Hopkin said. "We know that they are very good. We are expecting a tough basketball game."
Lander girls 53, Green River 47
The Tiger girls had an eight or 12-point lead for most of the game.
"We played pretty well up to about four minutes left," Robinson said. "We kind of them let them back into it a little bit."
LVHS didn't press them on the defensive side of the ball.
"We played solid half-court defense," Robinson said. "We ran the ball really well. We were getting a lot of easy shots."
Lander's Keesha Rowan dropped in 17 points. Shanda Post finished with 14 and Kayla Cox-Mantlo had 10 points.
Rowan hit a couple of 3-pointers on her way to the high-point total.
"Keesha is so quick that she can attack the basketball really well," Robinson said. "She created a lot of stuff for herself."
The Tigers host conference foe Lyman at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the home opener.
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