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Cougars pummel pair of opponents

Feb 12, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Wind River made quick work of Kemmerer and Big Piney on the road.

The Wind River Cougars made the wintry trek over recently opened South Pass to Lincoln County on Friday and blew out the Kemmerer Rangers 78-37.

Combined with a 71-47 win over Big Piney on Saturday, Wind River has secured the top seed from the Class 2-A Southwest with a single game remaining at home against Wyoming Indian next Saturday afternoon.

The Kemmerer game was rough, very rough with two Ranger starters fouling out early in the second half.

The team free-throw statistic showed the propensity of Kemmerer to pound away, with Wind River hitting 21 of 36 attempts from the line.

Wind River coach Justin Walker anticipated a lopsided contest and added an extra line in his scorebook just to make room for all the players suited for this game.

The Cougars bench responded with 13 players scoring in the contest.

Senior Taylor Tidzump paced the Cougars with 23 points in just two quarters of play and DaylonShoyo continued his long-range shooting displays with 18, including three 3-pointers and a perfect 7 of 7 from the line, also in limited play.

Perhaps the biggest excitement in the game came late in the final period when senior Jack Woodis took the floor and scored his first basket of the season.

Wind River's leading scorer, Jayin Trumble, played just a minute of the opening period and didn't score in the contest.

Jarrick Trumble also saw very limited time.

On Saturday, the Cougars led by 15 through much of the second half, but repeated foul calls on Wind River kept the game interesting until the final six minutes of the game when the Cougars came untracked and blew the game open.

Tidzump had an outstanding effort in the paint and worked well with Ben Hoopengarner with the absence of Jayin Trumble for the entire first half due to illness.

Dalton Finley and Xavior Oats scored 13 and 12, respectively and hit a combined three 3-pointers on a night when the usual hot- perimeter shooting Cougars couldn't find the range.

The effort was a solid team success for the Cougars and they handled Big Piney, a team that plays very well at home, when the game was still in balance.

Wind River's sweep guarantees them the top seed in the Class 2-A West regionals in two weeks at Riverton.

The Cougars face Wyoming Indian for the third time this season in their final home game of the year at Pavillion.

Kemmerer 17 7 5 5 - 37

Wind River 29 16 18 11 - 78

Wind River - Morgan Miller 2-2 2, Daylon Shoyo 1 (3) 7-7 18, Dalton Finley 3-4 3, Xavior Oats 3 0-2 6, Ryan Jordan 1 2-4 4, Jaren Guina 1 1-4 3, Ben Hoopengarner 4 0-0 8, Jackson Clair 1 1-2 3, Taylor Tidzump 11 1-3 23, Jarrick Trumble 2-2 2, Kage Vogel 2-4, Clay Gordon 1 0-0 2, Jack Woodis 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 (3) 21-36 78

Kemmerer - Ty Hyskell 1 1-3 4, Corbin Ourada 2 0- 0 4, TC Coles (1) 0-0 3, Paden Grosulak 3 0-0 6, Josh Thatcher 2 0-2 4, Cole Meeks 1 (1) 0-0 5, Tanner Plowman 1 8-9 10, Colter Brunski (1) 0-0 3, Jeydon Boyd 0-3 0. Totals 10 (3) 8-18 37

Big Piney 14 7 10 16 - 47

Wind River 15 15 14 27 - 71

Big Piney - Walton 24, Whiterock 13, Pape 4, Adams 3, Plued 2, Hughes 1. Totals 6 (7) 14-20 47

Wind River - Tidzump 25, Finley 14, Oats 12, Jayin Trumble 8, Jarrick Trumble 8, Shoyo 2, Hoopengarner 2 Totals 19 (3) 14-21 71

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