Lady Chiefs on roll entering state tourneyFeb 28, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Wyoming Indian will open the Class 2-A event against Wright.
Aleta Moss enters Thursday's 10:30 a.m game against the Wright Panthers at Casper College for the 28th time as the head coach of the Wyoming Indian Lady Chiefs and boasts one of the strongest teams fielded during her legendary career.
The Chiefs have improved steadily throughout the year behind senior leaders Amryn Brown, Morning Gambler, Shoshonna Norris and Joely Trosper and the stellar low post play of 5-foot-11 sophomore Alex Trosper.
The Chiefs can go inside or out, paced by Brown's 17.3 points per game. Her cross-over step is the best in the division and she runs the show at point guard, averaging almost five assists per game.
Trosper is the master of the drop-step hook shot and averages 11 points per game behind a left-handed shot that is nearly impossible to defend.Gambler and Norris can hit from anywhere, but are constant threats from the 3-point line. Gambler hit 34 in the regular season to lead the team and averages 12 points per game, while Norris is the fourth-leading scorer at 7.2 and Joely Trosper is an all- around player who averages five per game.
The Chiefs' bench has developed throughout the season with Teanna Trosper, Jada Antelope, Alsee Her Many Horses and freshman Danaira Hiwalker all playing valuable minutes during the regional tournament.
The Chiefs enter Thursday's game with a 22-4 record.
Their Wright Panther opponents are best described as a Jekyll-and-Hyde-style team. At 14-8, the Panthers have played league-leading Big Horn to an overtime loss, but dropped a third-place game to Southeast last Saturday.
The two teams met earlier in the year at the Big Horn Basin Shootout and the Chiefs handled the Panthers, 44-25, in a low-scoring, defensive tilt.
Wright is a balanced team, paced by sophomore point guard Kindall Seamonds.They aren't a huge squad, but have a group of solid, athletic 5-foot-9 players.
Senior Heather Rubis leads the team in scoring.
A win by the Chiefs puts them in a rematch against one of two of the teams that edged them this year, in either Pine Bluffs or Greybull.
Greybull edged the Chiefs by two at Ethete and Pine Bluffs slipped by Wyoming Indian in overtime at the season opening Burns Tournament.