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Cougar girls top county rival Dubois
Feb 11, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
PAVILLION -- It was another long night for Dubois head coach Juleen Leseberg and her six Lady Rams on the basketball court Friday at Pavillion. Wind River head coach Justin Walker played his entire bench frequently throughout the game, but the Cougars still prevailed 65-23.
Dubois played its closest game of the season on Saturday, losing to Ten Sleep 28-23.
Dubois is still in search of its first win this season, while Wind River returns to full strength next weekend for its most important games of the season. The final three contests against Big Piney, Kemmerer and Wyoming Indian could give the Cougars seeding from first to third in the upcoming Class 2-A West regional.
The Cougars jumped ahead to a double-figure lead with a sparing use of their full court press. All five starters scored in the opening period
Dubois has improved as the season progresses and showed clear signs of developing as a team. The Rams were 7-9 from the free-throw line, an area that plagued them early in the season.
For Wind River, the familiar faces of Tory Thoman, Macayla Arrington and Josee Vogel dominated the game, and freshman Victoria Jorgenson had a breakout game, finishing with 17 points.
Jorgenson tallied all her points in the final three periods and showed offensive variety with a couple of layups, two short jumpers and three long-range shots from beyond the arc.
The Cougars hit five 3-pointers, with Whisper Sunrhodes hitting one and freshman Shandi Nakota tallying the first of her career late in the game.
Wind River steadily pulled away from Dubois in the second half behind a 37-point outburst in the final two periods
The new "mercy rule" invoked when one team takes a 40-point lead over the other came into play with 4:18 left in the final period after Chola Bell hit a follow shot to give the Cougars a 59-19 advantage. The clock ran continuously for the rest of the game.
Dubois traveled to Ten Sleep on Saturday, then hosts its final two games of the regular season the following Saturdays against Burlington and Meeteetse.
WIND RIVER 18 10 17 20 -- 65
DUBOIS 8 5 6 4 - 23
Wind River - Josee Vogel 4 4-6 12, Tory Thoman 6 0-2 12, Whisper Sunrhodes 1 (1) 0-1 5, Shandi Nakota (1) 0-0 3, Macayla Arrington 5 0-1 10, Chola Bell 3 0-1 6, Victoria Jorgenson 4 (3) 0-0 17. Totals 23 (5) 4-12 65
Dubois -- Jaycie Wells 1 2-2 4, Shelby Horn 2 2-3 6, Katelyn Suda 2 2-2 6, Emily Smith 3 1-2 7. Totals 8 7-9 23