Dec 13, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterIt might be the worst beating the Lovell Bulldogs ever took at the hands of Wyoming Indian. It was definitely the most lopsided score Lovell has taken from a Class 2-A team in its home-court history.
Wyoming Indian had its way in every aspect of the game Thursday in a 71-39 blowout of the Bulldogs.
Lovell never found a rhythm, and the Chiefs showed flashes of early brilliance. Head coach Craig Ferris playing his entire roster in the game.
"I was worried about how we would start the game, but we jumped on them and played well," Ferris said.
The Chiefs jumped ahead 10-2 behind the front court play of freshman Buell Robinson and sophomore Noah Valdez, along with stellar play in the paint by 6-4 senior Joseph Howell and 6-6 senior Trevor Williamson. WIHS also got solid play from Tristan Gardner and Wilson Clifford.
Wyoming Indian doubled the first period score at 16-8 then roared on a 7-0 run behind four points from Howell and three from Robinson to prompt a Lovell time-out with 4:58 left in the first half. Wyoming Indian led by 20 at the half.
With the lead doubled at 40-20 early in the third period, Robinson stepped up and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key over the outstretched Bulldog defense. He added another trey but 35 seconds later, and Valdez tallied a third three-point play in the old fashioned sense with a layup and following free throw to fuel a 9-2 run that prompted another Bulldog timeout with 3:04 remaining in the third.
The Chiefs built a 30-point lead early in the final period and traded baskets as Ferris emptied his bench and gave his younger players substantial minutes.
Robinson paced the Chiefs with 20, with Williamson and Gardner adding a dozen each.
The Chiefs continue on to a weekend tournament in Billings.
WYOMING INDIAN 16 16 21 18 --71
LOVELL 8 4 20 7-- 39
Wyoming Indian -- Cory Lamebear 1 0-0 2, Noah Valdez 3 1-1 7, Jared Mosqueda 1 0-0 2, Wilson Clifford 1-4 1, Joseph Howell 4 0-0 8, Tristan Gardner 6 0-1 12, Her Many Horses 2 0-0 4, Buell Robinson 4 (2) 6-11 20, Robert Aragon 1 1-2 3, Trevor Williamson 6 0-0 12. Totals 28 (2) 9-19 71
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