Lady Chiefs win regional titleFeb 26, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Wyoming Indian's girls beat Lovell and Rocky Mountain to claim the Class 2-A West crown.
Rocky Mountain edged Wyoming Indian in Cowley earlier in the season, but the Chiefs were missing senior leaders Amryn Brown and Morning Gambler.
The results were much different when the Lady Chiefs were full strength in Saturday's Class 2-A West regional championship game at Riverton High School.
The Chiefs used a balanced inside/outside attack, pressure defense and solid rebounding to take win yet another west championship in an entertaining 52-40 win over the Grizzlies.
Wyoming Indian opens state tournament play at 10:30 a.m. Thursday against Wright at Casper College.
The outside game came early for the Chiefs with a 3-pointer from Shoshonna Norris just three minutes into the game, followed by the inside game in the form of 5-foot-11 sophomore Alex Trosper.
The Chiefs led 9-6 in a very slow-moving opening period -- slow moving by Wyoming Indian standards, that is.
The second was just as slow and more to Rocky Mountain's preference and the Grizzlies were able to tie the game at 15-15 with 2:49 remaining and the half ended with Rocky Mountain within a single point at 18-17.
All that changed in a decisive third that witnessed the Chiefs blowing to a double-digit lead.
Trosper hit a post-up basket, Brown scored on a fast break and Gambler scored on an amazing fade-away, fast-break, off-the-glass with her left hand from 10 feet and the Chiefs were in the zone. She followed with a trey and the Chiefs were off and running.
Norris made another spectacular play with a fast break, trailing pass to Trosper for an easy layup and a 10-point lead at 29-19.
A Brown layup, a hook from Trosper and a Norris jump shot lifted Wyoming Indian to their largest lead of the game at 41-26 and Wyoming Indian never looked back.
Trosper was unstoppable in the post, leading all scorers with 19 points, while Brown tallied 12 and Gambler finished with 11.
Wyoming Indian 50, Lovell 34
For a while, it looked like a game of one-on-one between Wyoming Indian senior Brown and Lovell senior Shelby Wardell.
Brown scored the first five points of the game and Wardell promptly answered before the game settled into Wyoming Indian's favor and the Lady Chiefs pulled away for a 50-34 semifinal win over their longtime Bulldog rivals.
Brown was simply magnificent in the game, scoring in a variety of ways, to lead all scorers with 23 points. She set the tone early, hitting a 3-pointer and displaying a classic shooter's touch, as the ball rarely found the net, but softly caromed around the rim before falling through. Her 10 points in the opening period with another 3-pointer coming from Gambler put the Chiefs up 13-9 after one period.
It remained that style of game for the duration, as the Chiefs steadily pulled ahead in each period.
Lovell head coach Chris Edwards adjusted his defense in the second half to slow Brown's drives and limit Gambler's outside opportunities, but Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss is always ready to adjust to changes.
With the perimeter attack slowed, the Chiefs went inside to sophomore post Trosper, who set up on the left block and eviscerated the Bulldogs defense with a hook shot that is nearly impossible to defend.
Trosper hit back-to-back hooks with for four straight points that lifted the Chiefs into a 41-27 lead and ultimately sent them to Casper for the state championships next week.
Wardell led Lovell with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while Brown's 23 and Trosper's 12 paced Wyoming Indian.
But, it was Wyoming Indian's bench scoring that proved to be the difference with nine girls scoring.
Alsee Her Many Horses and Jada Antelope gave the Chiefs valuable minutes off the bench and both continue to add to the Wyoming Indian effort.
Wyoming Indian 9 9 23 11 - 52
Rocky Mountain 6 11 9 14 - 40
Wyoming Indian - Teanna Trosper 1-2 1, Shoshonna Norris 2 (1) 0-0 7, Joely Trosper 1 0-1 2, Amryn Brown 5 2-5 12, Alex Trosper 8 3-6 19, Morning Gambler 4 (1) 0-0 11. Totals 20 (6) 15-21 52
Rocky Mountain - Johnson 0-4 0, Townsend (1) 0-2 3, Arnold 6 4-5 16, Hocker 1 (1) 0-0 5, Steed 1 0-0 2, Timmons 2 4-8 8, Christensen 1 0-0 2, Davison 1 0-0 2, Lewis 2-4 2. Totals 12 (2) 10-23 40
Wyoming Indian 13 11 12 14 - 50
Lovell 9 9 9 7 - 34
Wyoming Indian - Halie Robinson 0-2 0, Alsee Her Many Horses 1-2 1, Shoshonna Norris 1 0-0 2. Joely Trosper 1-2 1, Alex Trosper 5 2-4 12, Amryn Brown 5 (1) 10-12 23, Morning Gambler 1 (2) 0-0 8, Mary Harris 1-2 1, Jada Antelope 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 (3) 15-24 50
Lovell - Bischoff 1 0-0 2, Wardell (4) 4-4 16, McIntosh 2 1-3 5, Flood 0-1 0, Mickelson 1 0-0 2, Snell 1 3-8 5, Baxendale2 0-4 4, Bryson 0-2 0. Totals 7 (4) 8-22 34