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Chief boys favored in local tournament, but girls side is wide open

Dec 18, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Most likely there won't be any surprises on the boys side of this weekend's East-West Classic at Pavillion and Ethete. Wyoming Indian, Wind River and Big Piney represent the West, while Tongue River, Big Horn and Wright travel over the Big Horns from the East.

Wyoming Indian is the class of the boys side with a 3-0 record featuring three straight blowout wins, including a 32-point route of defending state-champion Lovell in Big Horn County.

The girls bracket will be much more interesting. Wyoming Indian holds a 2-1 mark, with the only loss a close contest at Lovell. Wind River is back at full strength. After starting 0-3, the Cougar girls have won their last two games, including reversing an opening week loss to Rocky Mountain.

Big Piney hasn't fielded a competitive girls team in a long time, but this year the Punchers are 2-3 with wins over Burlington and Rocky Mountain.

From the East, Tongue River sports a 4-1 record. Head coach Diane Moser had her 32-game unbeaten streak snapped just last week in a blowout loss to Lovell.

Big Horn is struggling this year, with just one win over Class 1-A Kaycee and losses to Burns, Pine Bluffs, Lusk and Southeast.

Wright enters the tournament with a 3-4 record, with a pair of wins over 1-A schools and a quality win over Greybull. The Panthers fell to Glenrock, Thermopolis, Cokeville and Southeast.

Tongue River's three games with the west will reveal a lot about the level of girls 2-A competition in the state this season.

Big Piney has been building this boys team for three years and enters the tournament with a 3-2 record. Wins have come over Lovell, Rocky Mountain and Cokeville, with losses to Greybull and 1-A powerhouse Burlington.

The Punchers are the pre-season favorite to finish behind Wyoming Indian in the Southwest and return to the state tournament in March.

Wind River is young and erratic, with the potential to upset heavily favored teams but also the ability to fall to teams with less talent. The Cougars' play in the tournament is the most difficult to predict, as they could finish 0-3 or 3-0 on the weekend.

Friday

At Ethete

Wyoming Indian Girls vs. Big Horn Girls 4:30 p.m.

Wyoming Indian Boys -vs. Big Horn Boys 6 p.m.

At Pavillion

Wind River Girls vs. Tongue River Girls 4:30 p.m.

Wind River Boys vs. Tongue River boys 6 p.m.

Saturday

At Ethete

Wyoming Indian Girls vs. Wright Boys - 9:00 a.m.

Wyoming Indian Boys vs. Wright Boys -- 10:30 a.m.

Big Piney Girls vs. Tongue River Girls: 12:00 p.m.

Big Piney Boys vs. Big Horn Boys - 1:30 p.m.

Wyoming Indian Girls vs. Tongue River Boys - 3:00 p.m.

Wyoming Indian Boys. Vs. Tongue River Boys - 4:30 p.m.

At Pavillion

Big Horn Girls vs. Big Piney Girls 9:00 a.m.

Big Horn Boys vs. Big Piney Boys 10:30 a.m.

Wind River Girls vs. Big Horn Girls 12:00 p.m.

Wind River Boys vs. Big Horn Boys 1:30 p.m.

Wind River Girls vs. Wright Girls 3:00 p.m.

Wind River Boys. vs. Wright Boys 4:30 p.m.