Mar 8, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCASPERR00;-- Douglas remains perfect in Class 3-A girls basketball.
The Lady Bearcats grabbed an early 19-3 lead after the first period on Thursday night and rolled past Lander Valley High School 56-28 in the opening round of the state tournament at the Casper Events Center.
Douglas moved to 27-0 on the season. LVHS fell to 12-15 on the season.
Douglas is a No. 1 seed from the 3-A East.
The Tigers had a No. 4 seed for the double-elimination tournament. The previous trip to state for the Tiger girls came in the 2009 season.
LVHS beat Lyman 68-59 Friday morning in a consolation game. The Tigers will play at 9 a.m. Saturday for the consolation championship vs. Buffalo.
Douglas advanced to a Friday afternoon game vs. Newcastle .
Newcastle edged Lyman 38-35 Thursday night.
Star Valley and Rawlins played in the other semifinal game.
Douglas 56, Lander 28
Douglas raced out of the blocks for a 10-0 lead, forcing LVHS coach Spike 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.
Shanda Post scored her first field goal of the game at 15-3.
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.
Robinson took another timeout. It didn't help.
The Lady Bearcats had its largest lead of the first half at 34-5.
Douglas held a 34-8 commanding lead at halftime.
LVHS outscored Douglas 16-14 in the third quarter, but the game was far out of reach.
Scott paced Douglas with 19 points.
Molly Kreycik scored 10 points.
Keesha Rowan recorded game-high efforts at 13 points. Post put in 10 points for LVHS. She was 5-17 from the field.
Douglas 56, Lander 28
DOUGLAS 19 15 14 8 -- 56
LANDER 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 Cecil Edelman 2 0-0 4. Douglas 24 (1) 3-6 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.
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