Feb 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTwo wins at the Class 3-A West regional boys basketball tournament by Lander Valley School puts the Tigers into the state tournament.
LVHS starts the postseason at 1:30 p.m. Thursday vs. Jackson in the opening round of the double-elimination regional tournament at Powell High School.
LVHS ended the regular season at 9-5 in conference play and 14-8 overall. The Tigers are the No. 4 seed for regionals. The top four teams qualify for the Class 3-A state tournament.
Jackson is the No. 5 seed for the regional tournament.
"I feel our defense is where it needs to be for us to compete," LVHS coach Terry Hopkin said. "Our offense needs to step it up a little for us to get to state."
Star Valley is the No. 1 seed. Powell clinched the No. 2 position, and Lyman sits at No. 3.
"We need to have a better shooting field goal percentage than we have had the last month," Hopkin said.
Jackson and LVHS split the regular season series Jackson won on its home floor in a 52-37 victory. The Tigers downed Jackson 43-36 at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"I really don't think that it matters that much who you play," Hopkin said. "You have to beat the best to get to state. It's one game at a time."
The winner of the Jackson-LHVS contest plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday in one of the semifinals against the winner of Star Valley-Pinedale.
The two losers of the opening round game play at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Cody (No. 6 seed) faces Lyman.
Powell plays at 8:30 p.m. vs Mountain View (No. 7 seed). The title game is 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Lander girls are the No. 6 seed for the regional tournament.
LVHS opens the postseason at 7 p.m. Thursday against the host Powell Panthers in the final game of the opening round. LVHS completed the conference season at 6-8 in conference play and 9-12 overall.
"I think that after Star Valley, everybody is pretty even," LVHS coach Spike Robinson said.
Powell is 2-0 on the season vs. the Tigers.
"Powell is not a bad matchup for us," Robinson said. "The two games that we played against them, we just didn't shoot the ball very well. Hopefully, we will be able to do that on Thursday."
The two losers play at noon Friday for the right to keep the season alive.
Star Valley has the No. 1 seed. The Lady Braves play at 9 a.m. vs. No. 8 Mountain View.
"Star Valley just has a lot of good kids," Robinson said. "It's not like they are unbeatable. They just kind of stand out. They just have more good players than the rest of the teams."
Jackson Hole (No. 4 seed) and Cody (No. 5) play at noon in the other opening round.
"We will play great for two games, then not very good for three games," Robinson said. "We are just so up-and-down."
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