Dec 30, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThree more lopsided victories were collected Friday and Saturday by the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs at the Fremont County Shootout boys basketball tournament.
The top-ranked Class 2-A Chiefs pounded the Riverton sub-varsity team 73-43 in the semifinals on Saturday night and in the title game 95-35 vs. Saratoga.
Saratoga defeated Wind River 82-65 in the other semifinal game.
The title game was played late Saturday. Wyoming Indian dominated Ten Sleep 85-25 Friday night in the final game of pool play.
"I'm trying to stress the intensity with these guys to play at our pace and at our level," Wyoming Indian coach Craig Ferris said. "I can't say enough about how much they have been doing that. Our offense comes from our defense. It's really showing."
Riverton's sub-varsity unit edged St. Stephen's 75-73 and lost to Wind River 64-63 to set up the contest with Wyoming Indian.
Wyoming Indian started the two-day tournament by taking care of Saratoga 89-52.
In the fifth-place game, St. Stephen's won a 71-48 decision over Ten Sleep.
County teams open conference play in a couple of weeks.
Riverton frosh-sophs 43
"We played really good in the first half," Ferris said. "We got out on Riverton. They are a very disciplined team. They know not to do certain things at certain times. It was good for us to see something like that."
The pressure defense put on by the Chiefs was the difference in the game.
The game had a running clock in the second half because of the 40-point mercy rule.
"We played the bench the whole fourth quarter," Ferris said.
For the Chiefs, Buell Robinson put in 15 points.
Tristan Gardner delivered 14 points.
"We are getting balanced scoring," Ferris said. "That is what I want to see. When you have one kid scoring 20 to 30 points a game, the defense can center on stopping them."
Wilson Clifford finished with 12 points. Trevor Williamson scored nine.
Easton Paxton scored a team-high 14 points for the young Wolverines.
Kole Lonebear added 10 points.
Saratoga 82, Wind River 65
The Cougars were primed to battle Saratoga on Saturday afternoon in the first two periods of the game.
WRHS had the first lead of the contest at 13-9.
Saratoga knotted the score at 14-14 and pulled ahead 25-16 in the second quarter.
Saratoga continued to stay out in front in the first half before Wind River made it a game in the third quarter after outscoring Saratoga 13-4 at one point.
Wind River had it down to four points before Saratoga pulled away at the end.
Caleb C'Bearing dropped in 19 points for the Cougars.
John Brennan scored 26 points for Saratoga in the winning effort.
Fremont County Shootout boys tournament schedule
Wind River 87, St. Stephen's 65
Wyoming indian 89, St. Stephen's 65
Wyoming Indian 89, Saratoga 52
Riverton 75, St. Stephen's 73
Wyoming Indian 85, Ten Sleep 25
Wind River 64, Riverton 63
St. Stephen's 71, Ten Sleep 48
Saratoga 82, Wind River 65
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.