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Chief girls move up league ladder in sweeping both Big Piney and Kemmerer

Feb 17, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Wyoming Indian's girls roared back into contention this weekend with a sweep of Class 2-A Southwest opponents that included the first class 2-A loss of the season for conference-leading Kemmerer.

Wyoming Indian held on Friday against a late Ranger comeback to win 59-54. The Chiefs dominated start to finish in a 54-40 win over Big Piney on Saturday.

The Chiefs can't catch Kemmerer, but they control their own destiny with two games remaining this week. They travel to Shoshoni on Thursday, then finish the regular season at Wind River on Friday.

"We learned how to finish a game," Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss said. "We worked for good shots."

Moss came out with a combination defense against talented Tia Tiller of Kemmerer, and the box-and-one strategy worked well, limiting the high-scoring forward to just eight points including just one 2-point and a single 3-point basket.

Kemmerer led early, but the Chiefs regrouped in the second period to take a single-point lead into the half.

Loveeda White had a stellar night to lead all scorers with 21 point, including a trio of treys. She had help inside from Shaylee Lonedog and Elsie Marquez, with Jasmine McGill and Taylor Harris taking care of the perimeter game.

Wyoming Indian led by 14 points late in the game, but Kemmerer chipped away to trail by just four with a minute remaining.

The Chiefs showed excellent poise and held on for the win.

Saturday, Wyoming Indian's defensive pressure took its toll on Big Piney early. The Punchers managed just 10 points in the opening half against solid full-court pressure by the Chiefs.

Lonedog led Wyoming Indian with 17, including five-of-six shooting from the line. White added 14.

While Wyoming Indian can't win the conference, it can earn the second seed and avoid Kemmerer until a potential championship game.

WYOMING INDIAN 8 16 15 20 - 59

KEMMERER 13 10 9 22 -- 54

Wyoming Indian - Elsie Marquez 3 2-5 8, Loveeda White 6 (3) 0-0 21, Jasmine McGill 3 3-7 9, Taylor Harris 2 (1) 0-0 7, Shaylee Lonedog 2 5-14 9, Dailyn Friday 3-4 3, Shaunte St. Clair 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 (4) 13-26 59

Kemmerer - McClaren (3) 2-2 11, Gilbert (1) 0-0 3, Brunski 1 0-0 2, Julian 1 4-4 6, Vickery 2 6-7 10, McClaren 2 0-1 4, Pinter 5 0-0 10, Tiller 1 (1) 3-4 8. Totals 12 (5) 15-18 54

WYOMING INDIAN 15 15 14 10 - 54

BIG PINEY 4 6 17 13 - 40

Wyoming Indian - Marquez 3 1-3 7, White 5 (1) 1-2 14, Rhiannon Mitchell 1 0-3 2, McGill 1 (1) 0-0 5, Harris 1 1-1 3, Lonedog 6 5-6 17, St. Clair 1 2-4 4, Friday 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 (2) 10-19 54

Big Piney - Applin 6 (2) 1-2 19, Simms 3 0-0 6, Forrester 2 0-0 4, Shafer 1 6-8 8. Totals 12 (2) 10-11 40

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