Lady Chiefs fall in third-place gameMar 6, 2016 By Randy Tucker Staff Writer
Wyoming Indian lost to Lyman after a controversial defeat to Southeast in a semifinal.
Third-place games are never the place you dream of playing at the state tournament, but the Wyoming Indian girls gave it a solid effort in their fourth and final meeting with the Class 3-A-bound Lyman Eagles late Saturday morning at the Casper Events Center.
The Eagles defeated the Chiefs 69-64 to complete a season sweep.
On Thursday, the Chiefs suffered a 50-45 loss to defending state champion Southeast via a seemingly endless series of free throws by the Cyclones, with nearly all the fouls called by one official from the southeast area of the state.
In last week's championship game at Riverton, the Lady Chiefs built a huge lead only to see it disappear in the second half.
In a similar situation, Wyoming Indian built an 11-2 lead on an opening pair of 3-pointers from Amryn Brown and follow shots from Alex Trosper and Rhiannon Mitchell.
The Chiefs passed the ball well, finding open girls across the floor but that solid play turned to a series of bad passes and missed opportunities as Lyman rolled on a 14-1 run to take their first lead at 23-21 with 3:57 remaining in the opening half.
Wyoming Indian battled back on shots by Brown and a fast break from Teanna Trosper, but Lyman answered the challenge each time and a trey from McKinely Bradshaw with 24 seconds remaining in the third gave the Eagles the lead at 32-31.
Lyman gradually pulled away to a 49-38 advantage before the Chiefs rallied to make it very interesting at 63-60 on an old fashioned 3-point play by Teanna Trosper with 2:38 to play.
Foul trouble began to drain Wyoming Indian's starters with Alex Trosper, St. Clair, Mitchell and Joelly Trosper all exiting the game in the final minutes.
Southeast 50, Wyoming Indian 45
Southeast scored their final 10 points of the game via a steady march to the free throw line that capped an 82 percent shooting performance from the charity stripe in a five-point win over Wyoming Indian and completed an incredible 31-of-38 shooting performance from the line.
The Chiefs, in contrast, hit just 8-of-13 attempts on the game.
Wyoming Indian outscored Southeast 37-19 on the floor and hit five treys compared to just one for the Cyclones, but it's hard to beat a team that shoots free throws every few seconds throughout an entire game.
Southeast's Emily Buchanan hit 15-of-16 from the line and Dani McManemen connected on 13-of-16 to do most of the damage.
Amryn Brown tallied 23 for the Chiefs and was clearly the best player on the floor and hit 6-of-8 from the line herself.
In spite of the lopsided advantage of shooting repeatedly from 15 feet with no defense, the Chiefs still had a chance to win the game and led by 11 points with three minutes remaining in the third period.
Wyoming Indian's defense was solid throughout the contest, limiting the defending state champions to just eight two-point shots and a single trey on the game.
Shoshanna Norris hit a pair of treys for Wyoming Indian and Alex Trosper was automatic from the low block in the first half, but foul totals began to climb early and they collected primarily on post defenders for the Chiefs.
Shauntae St. Clair picked up her fourth in the first half and eventually fouled out along with Rhiannon Mitchell and Trosper.
Trosper exited the game with 3:00 left to play and Southeast leading 41-40.
As she set her left foot out of bounds she pulled the left side of her jersey out of her shorts and was immediately hit with a technical foul by a game official that closely watched her from the time she picked up her fifth foul until she walked to the bench.
Buchanan stepped to the line, hit four straight free throws and essentially won the game for the Cyclones standing all alone on the south end of the Events Center Floor.
WYOMING INDIAN - 9 18 9 9 - 45
SOUTHEAST GOSHEN 10 10 10 20 - 50
Wyoming Indian - Joely Trosper 1 0-0 2, Rhiannon Mitchell 1 1-1 3, Amryn Brown 4 (3) 6-8 23, Morning Gambler 1 0-0 2, Shauntae St. Clair 1 1-2 3, Shoshanna Norris (2) 0-0 6, Alex Trosper 3 0-1 6. Totals 11 (5) 8-13 45
Southeast Goshen - Noelle Chapman 2-2 2, Emily Buchanan 3 15-16 21, Dani McManemen 1 13-16 15, Hailey Anderson 3 (1) 0-0 9, Ellie Schmitt 1 1-1 3. Totals 8 (1) 31-38 50
WYOMING INDIAN 19 12 10 23 - 64
LYMAN 9 23 21 16 - 69
Wyoming Indian - Joelly Trosper 1 0-0 2, Rhiannon Mitchell 2 3-4 7, Amryn Brown 5 (2) 6-13 22, Morning Gambler 1 (2) 2-2 9, Shauntae St. Clair 1 3-4 5, Teanna Trosper 2 2-4 6, Shoshanna Norris -1-2 1, Alex Trosper 6 0-0 12. Totals 18 (4) 16-29 64
Lyman - Trigger Jaggi 2 (1) 0-3 7, Peyton Limoges 3 1-7 13, McCaslynn Bradshaw 5 0-0 10, Brianna Turner 2-4 2, Lyndee Walker 1 2-4 4, McKailey Bradshaw 6 2-7 14, McKinley Bradshaw 6 (1) 3-6 18, Kyleigh Rogers 1-2 1. Totals 23 (2) 17-36 64