Dec 7, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterIt remains one of the best rivalries in all of high school sports. The Lovell Bulldogs edged the Wyoming Indian Chiefs in come-from-behind fashion 57-51 Thursday night in Big Horn County to take the annual season opener between the two basketball powers.
The Bulldogs played in a tournament last week in Fremont County, but this was the opening game of the year for Wyoming Indian.
The Chiefs led early but, Lovell came back in the second quarter to hold a two-point advantage as the opening half drew to a close.
Wyoming Indian regained the lead at the buzzer, with Tyler Penatac draining a 3-pointer as time expired to put the Chiefs up 31-30 at intermission.
Wyoming Indian held the lead through a balanced third period, but foul trouble loomed for the Chiefs.
Senior Alvin Spoonhunter picked up his fifth foul in the third to the surprise of the Wyoming Indian staff.
"We didn't realize he had four fouls," Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris said.
Lovell took its first lead of the second half just seconds into the final period and held a tenuous one- to three-point advantage until the closing seconds.
Wilson Clifford fouled out for Wyoming Indian on a charging call with 3:13 left in the game, and Lovell's 6-foot-7 Cody Savage put the Bulldogs up by five points seconds later off a drive.
Point guard Dylan Hultgren added another basket on a follow shot to give the Bulldogs their largest lead of the period at 52-45
Wyoming Indian post Trevor Williamson had a solid night was perfect at the free throw line hitting all six attempts.
His pair of free throws and a shot from Joseph Howell closed the game to three points with 30 seconds remaining, but Lovell hit three of four from the line in the waning seconds to preserve the win.
"We're in practice shape right now, not game shape," Ferris said.
The Chiefs play Brockton, Mont., Friday at 8:30 p.m. then face either Lame Deer or Frazier, Mont., on Saturday in the Metra at Billings.
WYOMING INDIAN 18 13 11 9 -- 51
LOVELL 15 15 11 16 -- 57
Wyoming Indian -- Tyler Penatac 2 (1) 1-2 8, Donald 1 0-0 2, Noah Valdez (1) 1-4 4, Wilson Clifford 2 (1) 0-0 7, Joseph Howell 4 1-4 9, Alvin Spoonhunter 1 (2) 1-2 9, Trevor Williamson 2 6-6 10. Totals 13 (5) 10-18
Lovell -- Jacob Adley 0-1 0, Chase Tippits 1 (1) 0-0 5, Brandon Wolvington 2 1-3 5, Dylan Hultgren 5 0-0 10, Austin Ellis 1 0-1 2, Ryan Clark 4 2-4 10, Cody Savage 10 5-7 25. Totals 23 (1) 8-16 57.
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