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Lady Chiefs wallop Wind River
Feb 20, 2012 - By Randy Tucker Sports Writer
PAVILLION -- One of the climatic scenes in the high school football movie "Remember the Titans" comes late in the state semifinals when assistant coach Yost looks to coach Boone and says "Leave no doubt."
There was no doubt Friday at Pavillion as the Lady Chiefs avenged a one-point loss at home to Wind River via a 76-45 rout of the Cougars on the final day of the regular season.
The Class 2-A Southwest tournament alignment was decided Thursday and Friday, with Shoshoni's two-point win over the Chiefs earning the Lady Blue the top seed with a 7-1 conference mark.
Wyoming Indian's blowout of Wind River sends the Chiefs to the second seed with a 6-2 mark, while the Cougars moved to 4-4 in league play and a third-place seed.
The game looked like anything except a rout in the opening minutes as Verna Capitan hit a layup just seconds after the opening tip and Kelsi Davidson draining a 3-pointer a few seconds later.
Wind River's 5-0 lead evaporated over the next two minutes, with Anneshia Hill hitting the first of five treys and Jasmine McGill converting steals to a pair of baskets. McGill's hoops came just 16 seconds apart and tied the game for the first time at 7-7.
The Chiefs rolled to a five-point lead late in the period, and a Brett Groesbeck follow shot closed the score to 17-14 with just seconds to play. Hill set on the wing and drained her second 3-pointer as the period ended giving the Chiefs a six-point lead.
Jocelyn Underwood and Hill scored early in the second to bump the Wyoming Indian lead to double digits.
The Cougars had the chance for a momentum change when Macayla Arrington took a charge from Hill with 5:13 left in the half, but it only seemed to refocus the Wyoming Indian effort over the last minutes of the period.
The Chiefs mounted a 15-4 run in the final 4:29 of the period behind a balanced offense. Five different players scored in the surge. The Chiefs led 40-21 at the break.
With Hill leading the way behind a pair of 3-pointers, the Chiefs left no doubt in the third quarter, blowing the Cougars off the floor with a 19-3 performance. Only a free throw by Vogel and a follow shot by Tristan Yellowplume prevented a shutout.
The Chiefs pushed the lead to 37 with 4:51 left in the game and cruised to the win.
Wyoming Indian opens regional tournament play Thursday against either Rocky Mountain or Thermopolis. The Bobcats and Grizzlies split during the regular season, with each winning on the road. A coin toss will determine the second and third seed. Wind River faces the winner of the coin flip on Thursday as well.
WIND RIVER 14 7 3 21 -- 45
WYOMING INDIAN 20 20 19 17 -- 76
Wind River -- Josee Vogel 2 1-6 5, Shaylee Lonedog 1 0-2 2, Tory Thoman 1 0-0 2, Kelsi Davidson 1 2-2 4, Brett Groesbeck 3 (1) 1-2 10, Amanda C'Bearing 1 3-5 5, Tristan Yellowplume 3 3-8 9, Verna Capitan 4 0-3 8. Totals 16 (1) 10-28 45
Wyoming Indian -- Sierra Pingree 1 0-0 2, Anneshia Hill (5) 11-14 25, Brindi Lock 1 2-4 4, Kanani Washakie 1 1-2 3, Loveeda White 7 1-4 15, Kim Goggles 1 1-3 3, Jocelyn Underwood 1 2-3 4, Jasmine McGill 6 0-1 12, Shaylee White 1 0-0 2, Kelli Redcap 1 3-4 5. Totals 20 (5) 11-21-34 76