Lady Chiefs cruise to victory over WrightMar 2, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Morning Gambler led Wyoming Indian with 18 points in a 53-42 opening-round Class 2-A state tournament win against the Lady Panthers.
Wyoming Indian jumped to a huge 15-4 lead and cruised to a 53-42 win over fourth-seeded Wright from the eastern region. The Lady Chiefs advance to a 4:30 p.m. semifinal against defending state champion Pine Bluffs at the Casper Events Center on Friday.
Pine Bluffs edged the Chiefs in overtime at the Burns Tournament in season-opening action back in December.
Wyoming Indian looked in perfect form to open Thursday's contest with the Panthers.
Casper College has not always been kind to head coach Aleta Moss' teams over the years, but the Chiefs left little doubt in the opening minutes, scoring from all over the floor.
Senior Morning Gambler hit four threes on the game, hitting a pair in each half and fellow senior Amryn Brown tallied three from beyond the arc, as well, with the tandem scoring 18 and 20 points, respectively.
It was a pair of Gambler 3-pointers that regained a double-digit lead at 24-14 after a slow spell allowed the Panthers to cut the score to 18-12.
Wyoming Indian ended the half leading, 27-15.
The second half was a bit mundane after a 10-2 Wyoming Indian run to open the third.
Gambler hit back-to-back shots, with Brown and Alex Trosper scoring from the line and a pair of long 2-point shots from Teanna Trosper to build the Chiefs largest lead of the game at 42-19.
But, Wyoming Indian slowed down in the final 11 minutes of the game and played like they were on cruise control.
"We got lazy in the third and fourth quarters with the big lead and relaxed too soon," said Moss.
Wright outscored the Chiefs, 18-6, in the final minutes, but the closest they came was the final 11-point margin.
Gambler and Brown were the only Chiefs in double-figures, while Shelby Apodaca led the Panthers with 17 points.
Wyoming Indian 15 12 20 6 - 53
Wright 4 11 9 18 - 42
Wyoming Indian - Teanna Trosper 3 0-0 6, Shoshanna Norris 1 0-2 2, Joely Trosper 1 0-1 2, Alex Trosper 1 3-6 5, Amryn Brown 2 (3) 7-10 20, Morning Gambler 3 (4) 0-0 18. Totals 11 (7) 10-19 53
Wright - Riley Langston 1 0-0 2, Shelby Apodaca 7 3-3 17, Kindall Seamands 1 01 2, Heather Rubis 2 1-2 5, Jessica Benedict 3 0-2 6, Kodi Edwards 1 0-2 2, Brianna Quick 1 0-2 2, Brandi Fuller 3 0-2 6. Totals 19 4-14 42