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Wind River takes girls crown at Shootout
Dec 30, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Wind River Lady Cougars ended a busy two days on the basketball court, celebrating a 62-50 victory over Wyoming Indian High School on Saturday night in the title game of the Fremont County Shootout.
The game completed the weekend tournament played at Ethete.
Games were held at the Wyoming Indian middle school and at the high school gyms.
In the championship game, Alexa Wagon scored 26 points for the Lady Cougars.
Wyoming Indian destroyed St. Stephen's 84-40, and Wind River knocked off Saratoga 68-48 in the semifinal games on Saturday morning.
"Our younger kids are learning what it takes to play varsity," Wind River girls coach Justin Walker said. "Sometimes it's tough to play a lot of games. Our seniors are doing a great job of leadership on the court.
Wind River played this weekend without regular starters Josee Vogel and Tory Tolman.
"We still have to progress where we have five girls playing help-side defense at all times," Walker said. "We still have to look at our shot selection and our offensive rotation."
Conference play starts next month for the Fremont County teams.
"We have a lot of offensive threats, but we have to be able to distribute that basketball around to make sure that all those threats are being used," Walker said.
In the first semifinal played Saturday, the Lady Chiefs were all over St. Stephen's from the start.
WIHS made the scoreboard read 27-15 after the first quarter.
In the second period, the Lady Chiefs broke the game wide open with an incredible 27-0 run against the Eagles for a commanding lead in the second period.
The second half was played with a running because of the 40-point mercy rule.
Wyoming Indian's Loveeda White registered 19 points, and Jasmine McGill scored 13 points. Wyoming Indian starters saw limited time in the second half with the Eagles.
With a title spot on the line, the Lady Cougars were in a tight game 13-11.
There was breathing room at 27-16, WRHS was in front with a 31-15 cushion.
In the second half, Wind River's Alexa Wagon nailed three 3-pointers to seize control of the game for the Fremont County team.
"Alexa is doing a great job with the basketball," Walker said.
Wind River's Lexy Brown tailed 21 points.
Brown and Macayla Arrington lead the Cougars in the rebounding department.
"Those guys are stellar rebounding the basketball," Walker said.
In early games Friday in pool play, Wind River defeated the Riverton freshmen 57-13 and St. Stephen's 73-49
"Up until the St. Stephen's game, I thought that we were on a roll," Walker said.
"I think because of how well we are playing, kids took some time off in that game."
Fremont County Shootout
Wind River 57, Riverton freshmen 13
Wyoming Indian 66, Saratoga 44
Wind River 73, St. Stephen's 49
St. Stephen's 59, Riverton freshmen 23
Wyoming Indian 84, St. Stephen's 40
Wind River 68, Saratoga 46