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WIHS girls have big freshman contingent for hoops season
Nov 23, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
The gym is a bit crowded at Ethete this season. With 40 players out for girls basketball, head coach Aleta Moss has a lot of players to choose from.
Moss enters her 23rd season leading the Wyoming Indian girls. This year's roster is full of young players, with an unprecedented 20 freshmen out for the team.
Wyoming Indian has 80 boys and girls in the freshman class this year, the largest enrollment in school history, and many of them are on the hardwood.
The Lady Chiefs return a talented core of experienced players in Jocelyn Underwood, Loveeda White, Brindi Lock, Jasmine McGill and Kelli Redcap, with ample challenges for starting positions coming from the freshman class. The Chiefs have only seven juniors and seniors on the roster this season combined.
"We've got good competition with the freshman," Moss said.
Moss is assisted by former Wyoming Indian standout Jo Bell again this year.
You don't have to travel very far to find the toughest competition in the Class 2-A West. Moss lists Fremont County rivals Shoshoni and Wind River as favorites in the Southwest 2-A, while citing Thermopolis out of the 2-A Northwest as the team to beat in the other western conference.
Statewide, Big Horn, Tongue River and Pine Bluffs are perennial powers and should be in the mix again this season.
The Chiefs open the season at Lovell on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The remainder of the pre-Christmas schedule will be in tournament play in Montana in the annual East / West Tournament alternating between Wind River and Wyoming Indian and Tongue River and Big Horn.