Feb 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterWyoming Indian advanced to a 3 p.m. Friday semifinal matchup with the Kemmerer Rangers after cruising to a 67-44 win over Thermopolis in opening round Class 2-A girls action at Central Wyoming College early Thursday afternoon.
The Chiefs rolled to a 16-1 lead in the first five minutes of play and never looked back against the Bobcats.
Shaylee Lonedog scored just eight seconds into the game by a layup, and after a 3-pointer from Amyrn Brown and Thermopolis was in trouble.
The Bobcats couldn't find an opening against Wyoming Indian's swarming half-court defense and spent most possessions ineffectively dribbling around the perimeter before turning the ball over.
A five-second call on an inbound play with 4:24 left in the first was indicative of the Chief's defensive efforts. Just seconds after causing the turnover Loveeda White hit a pull-up jump shot, and the remaining tempo of the game was set.
Lonedog dazzled the capacity crowd with a fadeaway turnaround, followed by a step-through move completed with a sweeping one-handed scoop to move the score to 25-11.
Amyrn Brown played well in the open court and executed a textbook 3-on-2 fast break with a look-off, step-through, transition basket a full speed.
With 10 players scoring in the contest, head coach Aleta Moss had ample opportunity to rest her girls for the challenge of two more days of tournament competition.
Dailyn Friday and Elsie Marquez entered the game and made immediate contributions in the low post. Friday powered in for a basket against a Bobcat triple team but powered the shot through and hit the ensuing free throw.
Marquez battled, with 6-0 Thermopolis junior Haley Hoffman in the paint on another pair of shots.
The Chiefs held a dominating 36-17 lead at the half.
Thermopolis played better in the third, with Delanie Price hitting from the perimeter to open up the inside game for Hoffman. The Chiefs stayed fresh with heavy substitution and steadily pulled away to advance.
Thermopolis had chances at the free-throw line but shot a dismal 12 of 31 attempts. The Chiefs didn't fare that well hitting only 25 percent from the line with 3-of-12 shooting.
White paced the Chiefs with 17, Brown scored 11 and Lonedog 10.
Price led the Bobcats with 14.
Thermopolis faced Rocky Mountain in loser out competition Friday morning at Wolverine Gym.
WYOMING INDIAN 21 15 14 17 - 67
THERMOPOLIS 10 7 15 12 -- 44
Wyoming Indian - Elsie Marquez 2 0-3 4, Kenzie Calf Boss Ribs 1 0-0 2, Loveeda White 7 (1) 0-0 17, Rhiannon Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Amyrn Brown 4 (1) 0-1 11, Jasmine McGill 3 (1) 0-2 9, Taylor Harris 1 (1) 1-2 6, Shaylee Lonedog 5 0-0 10, Shaunte St. Clair 1 0-0 2, Dailyn Friday 1 2-4 4. Totals 26 (4) 3-12 67
Thermopolis -- Delanie Price 4 (1) 3-6 14, Bailey Fisher 3 1-2 7, Sierra Schmidt 2 2-6 6, Dakota Jeffs 1 0-1 2, Julia Blakesley 2-4 2, Haley Hoffman (2) 3-12 9, Kira Oliver 1 0-0 2, Ward 1 0-0 1. Totals 12 (3) 11-31 44
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