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Chiefs hold off RHS sophs

Dec 28, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Wyoming Indian received a scare from the Riverton High School sophomores Thursday night, but the Chiefs pulled out a 52-44 victory in the Fremont County Shootout boys basketball tournament in Ethete.

The contest was the second game for both teams. The Chiefs and the Wolverines both rolled past St. Stephen's earlier in the day.

The win advanced the Wyoming Indian Chiefs into a Friday afternoon semifinal game with the Wind River Cougars.

Wind River downed Saratoga 79-45 and lost to Ten Sleep 78-68.

Ten Sleep pounded Saratoga 61-36 in the game before the Chiefs on Thursday night.

"Riverton is a pretty good sophomore team," WIHS coach Craig Ferris said. "They are really disciplined. They know what they need to do, and they get it done."

Ten Sleep and the Riverton sophomores battle each other in the other semifinals.

"We need to finish the easy shots," Ferris said. "We missed a lot of layups. We had a lot of wide open looks, and nothing would fall for us. We would follow people through screens. We let people have wide open looks. That is really what we are not use to doing."

The two winners play in the boys title game set for 8:30 p.m. Friday. Ten Sleep is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 1-A. The Chiefs are ranked No. 2 in Class 2-A. "I knew that Ten Sleep was pretty good," Ferris said. "Ten Sleep was on fire against Wind River. They didn't look to hot against that next game with Saratoga. They have some speed. They have some shooters. They play some pretty intense defense."

WIHS 52, RHS sophomores 44

In the first half, the Chiefs built a 17-point lead on the young Wolverines, but "we just came out flat in the third quarter," Ferris said.

RHS had the score down to seven points in the second half.

"We played good enough to keep the lead," Ferris said. "We didn't play as good as we usually do. I don't know if it was a long day or what. It's tough to wait around all day for the second game."

In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs never gave up their lead.

"We got the buckets out of some guys at the end," Ferris said. "We kept out lead. We had it built up to 13 points at the end."

Wyoming Indian's Alvin Spoonhunter and Trevor Williamson scored 12 points each. Joseph Howell added eight points.

Ferris said Anthony Condie and Brandon Fullerton played well for the Wolverines.

Ten Sleep boys 78, Wind River 68

TEN SLEEP 12 21 17 28 --78

WIND RIVER 15 15 21 17 -- 68

Wind River -- Caleb C' Bearing 6 (4) 2-2 26, Clayton Reinick 1 0-0 2, Zach Lindstadt 1 0-0 2, Ryan Weliever 4

0-0 8, Brodie Miller 11 2-4 24, Roger Wagon (1) 0-0 3. Totals 24 (5) 5-6 68.

Ten Sleep -- Miller 1 (1) 0-0 5, Huff 6 0-0 12, Lee 1 0-0 2, Erdahl 7 (1) 5-7 22, Burningham 7 (2) 12-14 31, Rusa 1 2-4 4. Totals 23 (4) 20-23 78.

Wyoming Indian 52, Riverton 44

WIHS 13 19 6 15 -- 52

RIVERTON 9 3 19 13 -- 44

Wyoming Indian -- Shane Willow (1) 1-2 12, Wilson Clifford 2 0-0 4, Noah Valdez 1 0-0 2, Joseph Howell 3 0-4 6, Alvin Spoonhunter 4 (1) 1-2 12, Trevor Williamson 3 (2) 0-0 12, Joey Aragon 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 (4) 2-8 52.

Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 3 (1) 2-6 11, Anthony Condie 3 2-4 8, Chris Quayle 2 (1) 0-0 7, Keeton Zancanella 0-4 0, Isaiah Valerio 0 0-1 0, Jordan Yowell 6 0-0 12, Caleb Richmond 3 0-0 6. Totals 17 (2) 4-15 44.