Lady Tigers suffer lost first weekendDec 10, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Three losses in as many games wasn't exactly what Lander Lady Tigers head coach Jeremy Francom had in mind when he and his squad headed north to Buffalo for their season-opening tournament on Friday and Saturday.
But, despite the disappointment of defeats to Douglas (67-49), Rawlins (55-33) and Buffalo (54-34), there were things to build on for the Lander boss and his club, he said.
"We're certainly disappointed to go 0-3," said Francom. "But, we did some good things. We were kind of thrown into the fire."
Against the Lady Bearcats in the opener, Rhoni Ferris led Lander with 14 points, while Avery Cox added 12 in the losing effort.
The Lady Tigers found themselves trailing at the end of one, 22-10 and 35-17 at the half before both sides cut loose a bit more offensively in the second half.
Rawlins 55, Lander 33
In Friday's second contest, Lander was outpointed by the Lady Outlaws of Rawlins by a 55-33 scoreline.
Conner LeBeau, Abby Hamilton and Cox all scored seven points for the Lady Tigers.
Buffalo 54, Lander 33
On Saturday, Lander closed out the weekend against the host Lady Bison and came away with a 54-33 defeat.
Jade Ware led the Lady Tigers with 14 points.
At one point in the proceedings, Lander found themselves with a nine-point lead, but couldn't close the deal, which is something his squad must figure out how to do, said Francom.
"We have to try and learn to be able to play with a lead," he said. "The effort's there -- it's a matter of putting an entire game together."
For Francom, he knows his charges must get over the mental block of success, he said.
"We need to get to the point where we step on the court knowing we can win instead of just hoping," said Francom. "We need to be confident enough to know we can win."
Lander (0-3) will return home to host its annual home tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday.
Lander 10 7 16 16 -- 49
Douglas 22 13 12 13 -- 67
Lander - Cox 12, Ware 6, Ferris 14, Hamilton 6, LeBeau 4, Smith 3, St. Clair 4.
Douglas - Townsend 5, Rhoades 8, Hoopman 9, Bae 0, Shuldies 5, Igo 5, Seeds 3, Curtis 20, Fertig 12.
Lander 8 12 9 4 -- 33
Rawlins 10 7 20 18 -- 55
Lander - Stoinski 4, Cox 7, Ware 0, Ferris 2, Rowan 2, Hamilton 7, LeBeau 7, St. Clair 4.
Rawlins - Forney 5, Pacheco 6, Jerome 2, Arnold 9, Wagner 12, Hernandez 0, Skiagel 2, Earl 12, Schoel 7.
Buffalo 54, Lander 33
Lander - Stoinski 1, Strongheart 0, Cox 5, Ware 14, Ferris 2, Hamilton 2, LeBeau 4, St. Clair 6.