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Chiefs wallop Thermop 78-34 to open regional

Feb 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

After trailing early, WIHS allowed the Bobcats just 12 points in the second half.

Tournament jitters are a common theme, even for teams as familiar with postseason play as the Wyoming Indian Chiefs.

The Chiefs had an uneven opening period Thursday against fourth-seeded Thermopolis at Riverton High School but regrouped and eventually put the mercy rule in play in a 78-34 blowout of the Bobcats.

The win moves Wyoming Indian just one game away from a state-tournament berth with a 4:30 p.m. semifinal game against Rocky Mountain.

Thermopolis came out firing from the perimeter, hitting a pair of firs- period treys on shots by Skyler Thomas and Tyler Cornwell. The short-range shooting was on as well, with Austin Rus hitting three and giving the Bobcats an improbable 16-15 lead over the top-ranked Chiefs after one quarter.

That all changed dramatically over the next three periods. Thermopolis hit just six points a quarter over the next three periods, while the Chiefs accelerated like a runaway snowball down a winter mountainside.

The Chiefs held a 33-22 lead at the half and the put game away in the third.

Ten Wyoming Indian players scored in the second half, and spectacular plays became routine in the third period.

Joseph Howell tallied three quick baskets on spinning post moves and added a pair of assists to fellow post Trevor Williamson when Thermopolis defenders collapsed on him.

Buell Robinson had perhaps the best entry pass of the game when he stepped around a defender and hooked a pass to a wide-open Wilson

Clifford on the low block with 2:10 left in the third

Williamson returned the favor with the 6-6 quarterback taking a defensive rebound and throwing an arching pass the length of the floor to a streaking Jared Mosqueda for a layup that doubled the score at 53-26.

Williamson led a balanced scoring attack with 17. Wilson Clifford scored 15, and Robinson added 13.

Cornwell paced Thermopolis with 14.

The Bobcats faced Wind River in loser out competition late Friday morning.

WYOMING INDIAN15 18 20 25 -- 78

THERMOPOLIS 16 6 6 6 - 34

Wyoming Indian - Noah Valdez 2 -0 4, Jared Mosqueda 4 1-1 9, Ryan Tiger (1) 0-0 3, Wilson Clifford 6 3-4 15, Keegan Her Many Horses 1-2 1, Tristan Gardner 2 0-0 4, Buell Robinson 4 (1) 2-4 13, Robert Aragon 2 0-0 4, Trevor Williamson 8 1-2 17. Totals 32 (2) 8-12 78

Thermopolis - Skyler Thomas (1) 0-0 3, Jackson Rolling 2 0-0 4, Dillon Shaffer 1 0-0 2, Kayden Hawn 2 0-0 4, Tyler Cornwell 5 (1) 1-2 14, Austin Ross 3 0-0 6. Totals 13 (2) 2-4 34

BIG PINEY 13 14 22 8 - 57

LOVELL 6 8 12 17 -- 43

Big Piney - Eric Salmeron 1 0-0 2, Michael Howard 1 0-0 3, J.D. Fear 1 (2) 7-8 15, Jordan Banks 6 (1) 11-11 26, Alma Stoutenburg 1 0-0 2, Nolan Jones 3 2-4 8, William Shafer 2-4 2. Totals 13 (3) 22-27 57

Lovell - Dylan See 2-2 2, Chase Tippets 2-4 2, Calin McArthur 1 0-0 2, Brandon Wolvington 2 2-3 6,Mysen McArthur 2 0-0 4, Cade Bischoff 1-4 1, Beau Green 2 (2) 1-3 11, Nick Haskell 3 0-0 6, C.J. Murphey 4 1-2 9. Totals 14 (2) 9-18 43

GREYBULL 8 24 17 16 -- 65

KEMMERER 4 17 8 21 -- 50

Greybull -- Kason Clutter 4 (1) 8-10 19, Ryan Sylvester 2 2-2 4, Paul Stewart 2 3-4 7, Bryce Wright 1 4-4 6, Logan Jensen 7 (1) 3-4 20. Totals 16 (2) 20- 24 65

Kemmerer -- Kyle Corbridge 2 (2) 0-0 11, Tre Deeter 9 (1) 1-1 22, Dylan McCould 1 0-0 2, Darin Hazel 1 (1) 1-2 6. Totals 13 (4) 2-3 50.

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