Feb 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterThe Wyoming Indian Lady Chiefs let one slip away Saturday afternoon at home against top-ranked Lovell.
The Chiefs held a 12-point lead late in the third period, only to see it vanish behind a 25-point outburst by the visiting Bulldogs.Lovell built a five-point lead and held on to take a 60-57 win.
The loss was the second of the season for the Chiefs against the Bulldogs.
"Turnovers just killed us," Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss said.
Wyoming Indian now will test the waters of the Northwest conference once again, with games against Riverside on Friday and Greybull the next day. Both games are at Ethete.
It was back and forth for the entire first period and early in the second as both teams took the ball inside.
The Chiefs jumped ahead in the second on a Taylor Harris 3-pointer and seven points from Shaylee Lonedog, including five-of-six shooting from the free-throw line.
Wyoming Indian held a six-point lead at the half.
Lovell fell apart in the third against full-court pressure by the Chiefs. Amyrn Brown was a dynamo, sprinting across the floor and picking up errant Bulldog passes as the Chiefs build a 39-27 lead with 5:47 left in the third.
A 10-second call in the backcourt was indicative of how difficult it was for Lovell to break the Chiefs' full court defense.
The Bulldogs shook off the offensive lethargy behind a 3-pointer by Lauren Hinckley and a short jumper from Kassi Renner to close to five, but Brown hit back-to-back, full-court layups, and the Chiefs held precariously to a nine-point advantage.
Lovell tied the game for the first time since the opening period on a pair of Chayli McArthur free throws at 46, but the Chiefs jumped ahead again on a fast break by Brown and cherry-picking layup from Jasmine McGill with 5:11 left to play.
"I wanted to slow them down and run some offense, but they just didn't respond," Moss said.
Mykelle Nichols gave the visitors the lead for good on a short jump shot at 4:03.
Lovell built a six-point margin over the next two minutes, but Lonedog scored on an old-fashioned 3-point play to cut the lead to a single possession at 60-57.
That was as close as the Chiefs would get, as Lovell shot five of six from the line down the stretch to preserve the win.
WYOMING INDIAN 11 20 14 12 -- 57
LOVELL 12 13 15 25 -- 60
Wyoming Indian - Kenzie Calf Boss Ribs 2 0-0 4, Loveeda White 2 (1) 0-0 7, Rhiannon Mitchell 2 1-2 5, Amryn Brown 6 1-2 13, Jasmine McGill 1 5 0-0 10, Taylor Harris 1 (1) 2-2 7, Shaylee Lonedog 2 7-9 11. Totals 20 (2) 11-15 57
Lovell --Mykelle Nichols 2 2-4 6, Kassi Renner 5 4-6 14, Savanna Savage 2 1-4 5, Lauren Hinckley 2 (3) 2-2 15, Chayli McArthur 5 9-12 19, Charri McArthur 2-2 2, Kim Shumway 2 1-3 5. Totals 18 (3) 13-22 65
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