Dec 28, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterETHETE -- Wyoming Indian's pressure was too much for the Saratoga girls Friday morning as the Lady Chiefs cruised to an easy 52-20 win and advanced to the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday against Wind River.
Coach Aleta Moss put her familiar pressure defense on the floor, and it produced dividends early and often. On many first-half possessions the Panthers were unable to even get the ball past the half-court line.
The Lady Chiefs are very young this season, but youth wasn't evident as they dominated nearly every aspect of the contest.
Sophomore post Brindi Lock continues to emerge as one of the best low-post players in all of Class 2-A.
Saratoga never found an answer for Lock when Wyoming Indian's guards passed the ball deep into the post.
A high point in the contest came with 6:11 left in the third, when Lock took the ball at the free-throw line, faced up on the Panther defender, and executed a textbook dribble drive to the basket. She added another basket on the next possession with a step-through move that left her all alone at the basket.
Wyoming Indian's defense limited the Panthers to just 11 points in the opening half and held them scoreless until 2:02 remained in the third.
The Lady Chiefs broke the 40-point "Mercy Rule" margin with 2:31 left in the third on a basket by Jasmine McGill off a steal form Kaylene Harding that lifted the score to 51-11.
With the clock running constantly, the final 10 minutes of the game rolled quickly.
Moss substituted heavily after the 40-point rule went into effect. Moss put her younger players into an extended 1-3-1 zone to finish the final period but the Panthers were still unable to penetrate effectively and shot only sparingly in the final eight minutes of play.
The lone high point for Saratoga came in the play of Taylor Smith who hit a baseline jumper, followed by a 3-pointer from the opposite side of the floor, then added a pair of free throws to account for all of the Panther's seven fourth quarter points.
The Chiefs' reserves did not score in the final period, but WIHS still won by 32.
Lock paced Wyoming Indian with 18 while Smith's 13 led the Panthers.
WYOMING INDIAN 15 24 13 0 -- 52
SARATOGA 8 3 2 7 -- 20
Wyoming Indian -- Kayleen Harding 1 1-2 3, Brindi Lock 8 2-3 18, Kanani Washakie 3 1-4 7, Loveeda White 2 (2) 0-0 10, Jacinta Goggles 1 1-1 3, Rhiannon Mitchell 2-2 2, Jocelyn Underwood 2 0-0 4, Jasmine McGill 1 3-4 5. Totals 18 (2) 10-16
Saratoga -- McGuire 1 0-1 2, Love 1-5 1, Fourman 1 0-0 2, Smith 4 (1) 2-4 13, 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 (1) 3-10 20
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