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Three straight wins for WR girls, at home, two by huge margins

Dec 22, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

It was a sweeps week of sorts for the Wind girls this weekend. They blew through Class 2-A Northwest competition at home Friday and Saturday. The Lady Cougars handed Tongue River only their second loss in two seasons with a 53-43 win on Friday.

That game proved to be the only close one of the tournament for the Cougars, who followed with back-to-back blowouts of Big Horn and Wright.

Saturday morning the Cougars upended Big Horn 73-41, then built a huge early lead and handled Wright 61-39. The games closed the pre-Christmas portion of the Wind River season.

In the Tongue River game the trio of Lexi Brown, Macayla Arrington and Alexa Wagon took care of the Eagles with inside, outside and in-between play.

Arrington took care of things in the paint with 13 points. Wagon kept the defenses honest with the same total, but with three from beyond the 3-point arc. Brown handled everything else, tallying 25 points and marching to the free throw line 17 times.

The Cougars stunned Tongue River behind a 21-4 opening period run, then played even for much of the remainder of the contest to pick up their best win of the season.

Wind River built a 44-20 lead at the half Saturday morning and cruised to the 30-point victory. Wagon paced Wind River with 18, while Josee Vogel poured in a dozen.

In the final game of the day, the Cougars built an 8-0 lead before Wright scored. Wind River held a 12-2 lead late in the opening period, with just a pair of free throws to the Panthers' credit.

After building the big lead the game was never in doubt and Wind River pulled steadily away for the remainder of the first half.

Wright made a little run in the third quarter that prompted a timeout from Wind River head coach Justin Walker, but it only briefly cut into the Cougar's margin.

While the game was primarily a defensive, tilt both teams shot exceedingly well from the line. Wind River connected on 13 of 15 attempts from the stripe, and Wright hit 12 of 15.

WIND RIVER 21 10 13 9 - 53

TONGUE RIVER 4 16 12 11 -- 43

Wind River - Josee Vogel 1 0-0 2, Tory Thoman 1 0-0 2, Alexa Wagon 2 (3) 0-0 13, Lexi Brown 6 (1) 10-17 25, Macayla Arrington 5 1-3 13

Tongue River - Amana Buller 2 3-4 7, Cheyah Blucret 2 0-0 4, Tara Stimpson 5 (1) 1-1 14, Allison Reed 1 2-2 4, Kortni Sharp 1-2 1, Eryn Aksamit 2 0-2 4, Kylee Knobloch 3 1-2 7

WIND RIVER 25 19 14 14 - 73

BIG HORN 15 5 11 10 -= 41

Wind River - Vogel 5 2-3 12, Thoman 3 1-1 7, Wagon 7 (1) 1-1 18, D'ietta Durgin 3 0-0 6, Brown 6 4-7 16, Arrington 2 2-2 6, Michaun Whiteplume 3 2-2 8. Totals 29 (1) 12-16 73

Big Horn - Lauren Passinu 1-5 1, Amelia Ponce 1 0- 22, Hannah Puckett 6 4-4 16, Morgan Nance 2-2 2, Bailey Bard 1 2-7 4, Ashton Kottiska 2-4 2, Sage Pollard 3 0-0 6, Kayla Crouse 3 1-2 7.Totals 14 13-28 41

WIND RIVER 18 18 12 13 -- 61

WRIGHT 6 9 17 7 -- 39

Wind River - Vogel 5 3-5 13, Thoman 1 0-0 2, Victoria Jorgenson 2-2 2, Wagon 7 0-0 14, Durgin 2 4-4 6, Brown 2 4-4 8, Arrington 8 0-0 16.; Totals 24 13-15 61

Wright -- Kylee Tresch 3 3-4 9, Cheyenne Fauber 2-2 2, Emi Jones 6 (1) 2-2 15, Alli Wetz 1-2 1, Jordan Benedict 1-2 1, Ahsza Kucera 3 3-3 9.Totals 12 (1) 12- 15 39

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