10) made 13 of 25 field goals (52 percent) in the first half to take a 29 21 lead. The Tigers were even more on target in the second half as they made 12 of 19 shots to pull away for the win.
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As a result, the Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the Wyoming State High School Basketball Championships with a 57 34 victory against Douglas on Thursday.
The Tigers definitely found their shooting touch in the spacious venue.
"Our shots weren't going early," Passey said, "so we started going inside out and getting some good looks. After that we got our defense going and we were able to control the tempo."
Lander found its shooting touch in an unlikely place.
11 shooting. "We know that if we can shoot it we can play with anybody."
DALTON PASSEY, Star Valley: The senior guard had game highs with 16 points and seven rebounds in the Braves' 56 31 quarterfinal victory against Wheatland.
Cody (13 14) made 4 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, but that was enough to lift Nike Air Force Black And Gold the Broncs into the semifinals for the first time since they finished third in 1996 in Class 4A.
from the outside, it forced Douglas to come out and start defending us on the perimeter."
In the late semifinals, Cody held on to beat Rawlins 49 46 and Powell made it a West Conference sweep with a 50 34 victory against Newcastle.
Senior Jordan Crane got things going early for Lander with three 3 pointers that made life easier for the Tigers' post players.
The Tigers get a familiar foe in the semifinals as West Conference rival Star Valley also advanced with a 56 31 victory against Wheatland.
"We've had issues with our shooting all year," said Crane, who finished with 17 points on 7 of Nike Air Force White Tumblr
The inside outside combo, combined with the Tigers' stingy defense, proved to be too much for Douglas (16 11) to overcome. And it could be what Lander needs to reach the championship game for the first time since winning it all in 2008.
LUCAS WATKINS, Lander: The 6 foot 7 senior was 6 of 7 from the field and finished with a double double (12 points and 10 rebounds).
JORDAN CRANE, Lander: The senior had three 3 pointers in the first half and finished with 17 points in the Tigers' dominating victory against Douglas.
The Broncs outscored Rawlins 23 15 in the third quarter to take a 39 31 lead into the fourth. The Outlaws (18 8) pulled within 46 44 with 30 seconds to play, but Dan Dunn got loose for a layup to make it 48 44. Following Jalen Krening's layup for Rawlins, Ryan Nieters made 1 of 2 free throws and the Outlaws failed to get a shot off before the buzzer.
Lander finds shooting touch in win
"You never know how you're going to shoot on [the Casper Events Center] floor," Lander coach Terry Hopkin said.
"We've struggled down the stretch all year," Cody coach Dean Olenik said. "But we made just enough free throws and made just enough plays to get the win."
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Star Valley is seeking to go 3 0 against Lander this season. The Braves beat the Tigers 54 39 on Jan. 4 and 40 32 on Feb. 8.
The Braves outscored Wheatland (16 10) 29 9 in the second and third quarters combined, including a span of 8 minutes, 4 seconds when the Bulldogs failed to score.
Star Valley (20 5) actually trailed 10 2 late in the first quarter, but Dalton Passey sparked an 11 2 run to give the Braves the lead for good against Wheatland also on Thursday.
"Both games were knock down, drag out affairs," Saras said. "I expect this next one will be the same. It's going to come down to which team can make outside shots."
"We won this game with our defense," Star Valley coach Tony Saras said.
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486 Seconds between field goals for Wheatland in its loss to Star Valley spanning the second and third quarters. The Bulldogs trailed 19 16 with 2 minutes to play in the first half, but didn't score again until 1:54 remained in the third quarter.
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