Dec 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorETHETE -- In a battle of two Fremont County boys basketball teams searching for a much-needed victory, the Wind River Cougars delivered Friday morning in an 87-65 victory over the St. Stephen's Eagles at Wyoming Indian High School.
The contest started the Fremont County Shootout in Ethete. The win lifted the Cougars to 3-6 on the season. St. Stephen's fell to 1-5 on the year.
"The game was pretty early," Wind River coach Scott Groenke said. "It was tough to kind of get a roll going.
"I thought that we finished better than what we started. It was tough for Wind River to play early in the morning. It was tough for St. Stephen's."
Wind River and the St. Stephen's Eagles played the Riverton sophomores Friday night to continue the tournament.
"Any win is a big win for us," Groenke said. "We have a lot of young guys. It's just learning how to win. St. Stephen's made a nice push in the third quarter.
"They started to come back on us. We kind of kept that under control."
The semifinal games will be played Saturday afternoon with the championship game Saturday night.
The title game for the boys is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. The girls play at 7 p.m.
"The biggest thing for us is to play defense and rebound,," Groenke said.
WRHS 87, St. Stephen's 65
The Eagles didn't let the early wake-up call Friday morning bother them in the opening minutes.
Behind the early shooting of Johnnie Whiteman, St. Stephen's was only down 15-13 in the first quarter, Whiteman had two 3-pointers in the period.
Wind River settled down in the second by going inside the paint against the smaller Eagles and building a 38-26 lead.
In the third quarter, the Eagles trimmed the lead to 52-46 on a field goal from Lakota Oldman with less then four minutes left in the period, but Wind River quickly built the lead back up to 54-46 and made it a 56-46 cushion on a field goal from Caleb C'Bearing.
Wind River kept the momentum, taking a 62-48 cushion into the final period of play.
The tempo didn't slow down for the Cougars in the final eight minutes. WRHS was up 66-48 with seven minutes left on the clock.
St. Stephen's took a timeout at the 6:41 mark when the scoreboard read 68-49. Whiteman hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game for a quick highlight for the Eagles, but Wind River was in command at 72-52.
In the final minutes of play, both the coaches had the opportunity to play their reserves in the varsity game.
Wind River 87
St. Stephen's 65
WRHS 21 17 24 25 -- 87
SSHS 18 15 15 17 -- 65
Wind River -- Celeb C' Bearing 6 (2) 0-0 18, Bryce Hankins 3 2-3 7, Delshai Roanhorse 5 0-0 10, Dakota Snyder 1 (2) 0-0 8, Cory Cress 0 5-7 5, Taylor Tidzump 2 2-2 6, LukeTidzump 7 0-0 14.
St. Stephen's -- Johnny Whiteman (4) 0-0 12, Fighting bear 2 (1) 0-0 7, Derek Arthur 5 0-0 10
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