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Chief boys destroy rival Lovell 86-42
Feb 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
The rivalry between Wyoming Indian and Lovell is considered the best in all of Class 2-A boys basketball by fans across the western region of the state. In the storied history of the rivalry, neither team has dominated the other in a fashion such as the Chiefs did Saturday afternoon at Ethete. Wyoming Indian destroyed the Bulldogs 86-42 behind a wilting full-court press.
The loss is the worst ever suffered by Lovell in Class 2-A boys basketball, and the first time the Bulldogs ever were on the receiving end of the 40-point "mercy rule."
Lovell is usually the biggest team in Class 2-A, and this year was no exception. The Bulldog rosteris dotted with six players over 6-4.
But height doesn't do much if you can't get the ball past half-court, and Wyoming Indian's pressure defense left the Bulldogs racing backward more often than setting up in their offense.
Wyoming Indian jumped to a 12-2 lead just two minutes into the game, and it only got worse for Lovell.
Buell Robinson hit a 3-pointe,r and Noah Valdez drained another one seconds later, followed by drives from Jared Mosqueda and Wilson Clifford off Wyoming Indian steals, as the Chiefs tallied 10 points in just 55 seconds.
The onslaught continued, with Clifford draining another 3-pointer and Trevor Wilson taking his 6-5 frame inside against the larger Bulldogs as well.
The period ended with Wyoming Indian scoring 36 points, its highest output of the season.
The Chiefs led 36-10 after one quarter, and the outcome of the game was purely academic.
Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris was not able to coach the game. He has to sit out two contests after receiving a pair of technical fouls at Big Piney last weekend.
His younger brother, Mike Highwalker, took the helm, and the Chiefs simply destroyed the Bulldogs.
The onslaught continued in similar fashion in the second period with the Chiefs tallying 24 more points to lead 60-29 at the half.
In the final period Highwalker emptied his bench and substituted players extensively.
Wyoming Indian hosts a struggling Riverside team on Friday, then entertains 2-A Northwest-leading Greybull. The Buffaloes are unbeaten against Class 2-A opponents this season and have just a pair of losses to 1-A powerhouse Burlington.
Saturday's game could be a preview of the West Regional 2-A championship game in four weeks.
WYOMING INDIAN 36 24 21 5 -- 86
LOVELL 10 19 8 5 -- 42
Wyoming Indian -- Cory Lame Bear 1 0-0 2, Noah Valdez (5) 3-4 18, Jared Mosqueda 5 (1) 0-0 13, Wilson Clifford 7 (1) 0-0 17, Joseph Howell 2 0-0 4, Keegan Her Many Horses 1 0-0 2, Buell Robinson 4 (2) 0-0 14, Ryan Tiger (1) 0-0 3, Trevor Williamson 6 1-1 13. Totals 26 (10) 4-5 86
Lovell - Wolvington 4 0-0 8, McArthur 2 0-0 4, May 2 1-4 5, Green 2 0-0 4, Haskell 5 1-2 11, Murphy 5 0-0 10. Totals 20 2-6 42