Jan 20, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterETHETE -- It was just another day at the office Friday night for Wyoming Indian at home against county rival Wind River. The unbeaten and top-ranked Chiefs took care of the Cougars 74-43 in a methodical effort to take a 2-0 lead in the Class 2-A Southwest conference.
The Chiefs remained unbeaten Saturday with a 78-53 over Rocky Mountain out of the 2-A Northwest.
The Chiefs face perhaps their only challenge of the conference schedule when they play Big Piney on the road Friday night. Saturday they continue on to face Kemmerer.
The Chiefs tallied a dozen unanswered points to begin Friday's game. Noah Valdez scored the first basket two minutes into the game, followed by four more from Tristan Gardner and six from Trevor Williamson before Bryce Hankins hit a free throw for Wind River with 3:11 left in the opening period.
The Chiefs continued to pull away through second period, with Buell Robinson hitting a trey, Joseph Howell dominating in the paint, and Wilson Clifford covering the ground between.
With the chance to put the game away early in the third, the Chiefs backed off a bit and both sides played amiable basketball over the remainder of the game.
The players from both schools are very familiar with each other. Many were in the same classrooms in elementary and middle school. The familiarity made for an entertaining if now-challenging contest as the Chiefs continued to roll on with their outstanding season.
Robinson tallied a quiet 15 points to lead the Chiefs, with Howell scoring 14, Clifford 13 and Williamson 11.
Caleb C'Bearing was the only Cougar in double figures with 13.
The Cougars are 1-1 in 2-A Southwest play, and with Shoshoni dropping all four conference games so far, Wind River is in control of its own postseason destiny with the same road trip as the Chiefs this weekend.
The Cougars play the Rangers Friday in Kemmerer, then travel to Big Piney on Saturday.
WYOMING INDIAN 19 18 17 20 - 74
WIND RIVER 8 11 14 10 W22; 43
Wyoming Indian - Cory Lame Bear 2-2 2, Noah Valdez 1 0-0 2, Jared Mosqueda 1 0-0 2, Charlie O'Neal 1 1-2 3, Wilson Clifford 6 1-2 13, Joseph Howell 7 0-1 14, Tristan Gardner 3 0-0 6, Keegan Her Many Horses 2 0-1 4, Buell Robinson 3 (2) 3-3 15, Robert Aragon 2-4 4, Trevor Williamson 5 1-2 11. Totals 29 (2) 10-17 74
Wind River -- Caleb C'Bearing 3 (1) 4-4 13, Brett Roanhorse 4 0-0 8, Clayton Reinick 1 0-0 2, Bryce Hankins 1-2 1, Delshai Roanhorse 3 0-2 6, Dakota Snyder (1) 0-0 3, Cory Cress 1 (1) 1-2 6, Luke Tidzump 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 (3) 6-10 43
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