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Cougar girls take three straight to open season

Dec 2, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

You couldn't ask for a better start to the basketball season for the Wind River girls.

The Lady Cougars rolled through the competition in the Big Horn Basin Tournament to finish 3-0 on the weekend.

Friday afternoon they blew out perennial Class 1-A power Burlington 65-41 on the Huskies' home court, then made a quick bus trip across Big Horn County to Greybull and beat Rocky Mountain 53-40.

On Saturday the Cougars rode an 8-0 run in the third period to break open a tight game against the host Greybull Buffs and pulled away for an easy 63-48 win.

Wind River jumped ahead of Burlington 17-5 after one quarter behind a devastating full-court press. They continued to roll in the second, but Burlington fought back largely at the free-throw line in the second.

"We jumped on them early, but we pressed more than I wanted to," Wind River head coach Justin Walker said. "We got a little leggy in the second and let them get on a run. They shot 13 free throws in the second quarter."

Junior Josee Vogel paced the Cougars with 21 points, with nine other girls scoring in a balanced attack.

With just a couple of hours and more 30 miles between games the Cougars didn't come out in their press to open the game against Rocky Mountain.

Man-to-man quickly evolved into full-court pressure for the Cougars, and they build a decisive 21-7 lead on the Grizzlies after one.

"Our posts did a fantastic job," Walker said. "Alexis (Brown), Macayla (Arrington) and Brett (Groesbeck) played great.

The trio finished with 13, 11 and 12 to lead Wind River.

Wind River played Saturday without Arrington and Tori Thoman, so the rotation was a bit tighter than usual.

Greybull held a narrow lead at the half and held it through much of the third, but an 8-0 run in the final two minutes of the period was the difference. The Cougars continued to pull away in the fourth and won easily.

"We wiped them out in the fourth," Walker said. "Some kids stepped up and filled some gaps"

Walker had special praise for Taylor Gordon's defensive effort.

Shaylee Lonedog and Brown each tallied 17 points to lead the Cougar scoring.

Wind River travels to Dubois Thursday evening, then hosts Rocky Mountain on Saturday afternoon.

WIND RIVER 17 18 15 15 -- 65

BURLINGTON 5 16 11 9 -- 41

Wind River -- Josee Vogel 10 1-2 21, Taylor Gordon 2 0-0 4, Tori Thoman 1 2-2 4, Victoria Jorgenson 1-2 1, Bret Groesbeck 3 (1) 0-0 9, Amanda C'Bearing 2 2-2 6, Shaylee Lonedog 3 1-2 7, Lydia Johnson 1 0-0 2, Alexis Brown 2 0-0 4, Macayla Arrington 3 0-1 6. Totals 28 (1) 6-9

Burlington -- Camila Jenson 2-2 2, Ashley Wardell 2 0-0 4, Leslie George 2 4-5 8, Shelby Nickelson 8 7-14 23, Lisa Winters 2-2 2, Taylor Wilds 1-3 1, Diana Davidson 3 0-3 6. Totals 12 17-26 41

WIND RIVER 21 8 14 10 -- 53

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 7 13 10 10 -- 40

Wind River -- Vogel 3 2-5 8, Groesbeck 6 0-0 12, C'Bearing 2-2 2, Lonedog 4 1-1 9, Brown 4 5-6 13, Arrington 5 1-2 11. Totals 21 11-16

Rocky Mountain -- Leonhardt 2 0-0 4, Hawker 3 1-4 7, Parker 1-3 1, Allred 2 2-2 6, Wilson 4 3-4 11, Winland 2 2-2 6, Mowman 1 2-2 3. Totals 14 12-17 40

WIND RIVER 17 9 15 22 -- 63

GREYBULL 17 10 10 11 -- 48

Wind River -- Vogel 3 3-5 9, Taylor Gordon 2 1-2 5, Groesbeck 4 0-0 8, C'Bearing (1) 1-2 4, Lonedog 4 (1) 6-10 17, Brown 7 3-5 17, Hanna Blackburn 1 1-4 5. Totals 21 (2) 15-30 63

Greybull -- Kinningston 5 6-8 16, Carlson 3 4-4 10, Brown 1 0-0 2, Gallegos 1 2-2 4, Stevens 3 1-1 7, McIntosh 2 2-2 6, Powers 1 0-0 2, Bachman 1-2 2. Totals 16 16-18 48

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