May 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe senior post player finished last season averaging eight points and pulling in 6.7 rebounds and was the No. 2 rebounder in the Southwest conference behind Shoshoni's Hailey Pince.
PAVILLION -- Tristan Yellow-plume is a leader on and off the basketball court.
The Wind River senior signed a national letter of intent Thursday to continue her career at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington playing at the junior college level.
Yellowplume will be playing for Eastern coach Tom Andersen. Eastern Wyoming went 8-23 last year. The team plays in Region IX.
"I'm excited to play at Eastern," Yellowplume said. "I was nervous because it was getting down to the end. I didn't know what college I was going to go to. The coach just offered me on Monday, May 21."
Yellowplume is listed at 5-foot-11.
"My part of the post is kind of hard," Yellowplume said. "I have to rebound a lot and box out a lot of girls."
Yellowplume finished last season averaging eight points and pulling in 6.7 rebounds. She was the No. 2 rebounder in the Southwest conference behind Shoshoni's Hailey Pince (6.8). Wind River finished the regular season with a 12-13 record.
"The junior college level will be more competitive than the high school level because you have to work harder to be in position like that," Yellowplume said.
Yellowplume has made plans to study criminal justice at Eastern.
"I need to work on my speed at college, and shooting more easy baskets," Yellowplume said.
"When I came in I asked all of my sophomores who are now seniors this year to spend a lot of time in the offseason and work really hard," Wind River girls basketball coach Justin Walker said. "Tristan took hold of that and ran really hard."
Walker said Yellowplume never missed one of Wind River basketball camps in the summer.
"She was always in the gym playing," Walker said. "All of that hard work and dedication helped her become a leader and got her in the college ranks."
Yellowplume did most of her damage inside the paint.
"She was a great inside basketball player," Walker said. "She moved very well in zone offenses. She found the gap inside of zone offense.
She could still catch and turn and shoot."
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