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WRHS girls win one, lose one

Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

PAVILLION -- The Class 2-A Southwest girls basketball bracket is much clearer after a weekend split by Wind River against Big Piney and Kemmerer in Pavillion. The Cougar girls let Kemmerer build a huge 15-2 lead Saturday afternoon and eventually fell to the Rangers 57-46.

Wind River may have overlooked Big Piney on Friday but survived a late rally to edge the Punchers 51-48.

The split moves the Cougars to 4-3 overall with one huge game remaining next Saturday when they host Wyoming Indian.

The Cougars just weren't ready to play Saturday against Kemmerer. With all their players back from self-imposed hiatuses, it was difficult for Wind River to click offensively. The missed games at this late point in the season were a distinct disadvantage for Wind River. The offense was non-existent early in the game with an excess of dribbling and very few passes being made.

Kemmerer didn't have that problem and featured one of the best athletes in all of Class 2-A in Tia Tiller. Tiller is a tough, quick, three-sport star. She was deadly at the line hitting nine of 10 attempts.

Wind River sent the Rangers to the line often, and Kemmerer exploited the opportunity with 21-31 shooting from the stripe.

Tiller picked up her third foul late in the second period, and Wind River took advantage with a 6-0 run to close the game to 27-24.

Kemmerer maintained an eight- to 10-point lead for much of the third quarter, but Wind River rallied in the final period to tie the game twice. The first came on a wild, off-balance shot that rolled around the rim before dropping in to tie the game at 39. The second came on a Macayla Arrington follow shot with 6:03 left in the game.

The final six minutes featured the athleticism of Tiller, who dominated the game. The Rangers outscored Wind River 16-5 down the stretch.

It was tight from start to finish for much of the game Friday night, as Wind River couldn't shake the Punchers. The Cougars were back to full strength after playing short-handed for the last three weeks, and perhaps the timing was a bit rusty.

Big Piney's Sara Schafer had a solid performance in leading all scorers with 23 points. She tallied 10 of the Punchers' 20 in the final period.

Lexy Brown paced the Cougars with 18, and Macayla Arrington added 11.

Wind River led by eight after three periods but hit only six of 12 attempts from the free throw line in the final period, leaving the door open for Big Piney to make it close.

WIND RIVER 13 11 12 15 - 51

BIG PINEY 10 11 7 20 W22; 48

Wind River - Josee Vogel 3 1-3 7, Tory Thoman 1 3-5 5, Victoria Jorgenson (1) 0-2 3, Alexa Wagon 2 (1) 0-2 7, Lexy Brown 6 (1) 3-4 18, Macayla Arrington 1 9-12 11. Totals 13 (3) 16-28 51

Big Piney - Ryan Walton 1 0-0 2, Ali Applin 0-1 0, Emily Taylor 1 0-0 2, Megan Sims 3 (1) 3-9 12, Josie Bourney 3-4 3, Taylor Wright 3 0-1 6, Sara Shafer 7 (1) 6-6 23. Totals 15 (2) 12-21 48

WIND RIVER 8 16 13 9 -- 46

KEMMERER 18 9 12 18 W22; 57

Wind River - Vogel 3 4-6 10, Jordan Bell 0-2 0, Thoman 2 0-0 4, Jorgenson 1-2 1, Sunrhodes 2-1 2, Wagon 5 3-4 13, Brown 1 0- 2, Arrington 6 3-4 15. Totals 17 12-19 46

Kemmerer McClagen 1 2-3 4, Brunski 1 1-2 3, Julian 2 1-2 5, Vickery 4 4-5 13, Kelly 1 0-0 2, Tiller 7 9-10 23, Gilbert 1-4 1, McClaren 2 2-2 6. Totals 18 21-31 57

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