Dec 27, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterETHETE -- Wind River jumped all over Saratoga in a battle of big cats Thursday morning at Ethete. The Cougars clawed the Panthers 79-45 to make in four straight wins on the season.
Wind River's pressure gave the Panthers fits, but it was the Cougar's outside shooting that blew open the game early.
The arc was no barrier for Wind River's shooters, who poured in five 3-pointers in the opening period. Three came from senior sharpshooter Roger Wagon. Dakota Snyder and Caleb C'Bearing also hit treys as Wind River roared to a 29-7 advantage after one.
The onslaught continued in the second, with seven Cougars scoring in the period and a trio of treys coming from Zac Lindstadt, Wagon and C'Bearing.
Wind River tallied 51 by the half, the most points the Cougs have put up by intermission so far this season.
Wind River threatened to hit the 40-point margin and start the running clock on the mercy rule, but Cougar head coach Scott Groenke pulled his starters in the second period and put a lineup filled with freshmen on the floor. His starting unit played only sparingly in the second half giving them a final opportunity with 4:29 left in the fourth.
Saratoga took advantage of Wind River's inexperience, scoring nearly half of its 45 points in the period behind a 20-point outburst.
During the varsity hiatus the Panthers were able to cut a 35-point deficit to just 22 points.
The Cougar doldrums ended on a baseline trey from freshman C'Bearing with 3:51 on the clock and another 3-pointer from Wagon 19 seconds later.
Saratoga spread their defense to defend the perimeter, leaving Brodie Miller wide open in the high post. Miller had good looks in the low post to Ryan Weliever, but with the huge lead Wind River elected to work the ball and run out the game.
Wagon's 20 points led all scorers. All six of his 3-point attempts rained in from well outside the arc. Miller tallied 18. For Saratoga, Ben Gates led with a dozen.
Wind River was scheduled to play Ten Sleep at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with Saratoga also playing Ten Sleep at 7 p.m.
WIND RIVER 29 22 12 16 -- 79
SARATOGA 7 9 20 9 -- 45
Wind River -- Bryce Hankins 1 2-3 4, Caleb C'Bearing (3) 0-0 9, Zach Lindstadt (1) 5-6 8, Ryan Weliever 3 2-4 8, Delshai Roanhorse 3 0-0 6, Brodie Miller 6 6-11 18, Roger Wagon 1 (6) 0-0 20, Cory Cress 2-2 2, Dakota Snyder (1) 1-3 4. Totals 14 (11) 18-31 79
Saratoga -- Collamer 3 1-2 7, Kerbs 1 (1) 2-2 7, Fourman 5 3-7 13, Malone (1) 0-0 3, Falk 1 0-0 2, Gates 4 4-5 12. Totals 14 (2) 11-15 45
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