Dec 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorETHETE -- Emotions were kept in check by the players and the coaching staff of Wyoming Indian to earn a 61-57 victory Friday night over Wind River in the girls title game of the Fremont County Shootout.
Before the championship game at Wyoming Indian High School, the Lady Chiefs retired the No. 14 jersey worn by former all-state basketball player Diana Soundingsides in a ceremony. Soundingsides was killed in a car wreck last summer.
"Diana was one of my players on championship teams," Wyoming Indian coach Aleta Moss said. "She did a lot for our basketball program. I thought that the girls played their hearts out for her."
In the third-place game, the Riverton High School sophomores beat Saratoga 46-29. The Wyoming Indian junior varsity girls edged St. Stephen's 54-48 for fifth.
WIHS girls 61,
Wind River 57
For the first two and a half quarters, the Lady Chiefs were able to control Wind River by breaking a full-court press and forcing some turnovers. The tide started to turn at the end of the third quarter when the visiting team went on a 7-0 run to make it a 39-34 game.
"It got a little bit tense at the end," Moss said. "With our starters in foul trouble. We had to go to our bench. We have a very young and inexperienced bench. They just kept chipping at our lead.
"We had four starters on the bench. Our younger girls had to step up. The clock was taking too long. We just got a little bit hectic at the end."
In the fourth quarter, Wind River outscored WIHS 27-22, but the Lady Chiefs took the game by four points.
"We just started to force things and rush things," Moss said. "That gave us some turnovers. We should have run our offense. "
Wyoming Indian's Brindi Lock tossed in 21 points. She was 9-13 from the free-throw line. The Lady Cougars fouled at the end of the game to extend the contest, but could never take the advantage. Wind River's Josee Vogel had 11 points. Wind River and WIHS are in the same conference, but the Shootout game didn't count in the league standings.
WIHS girls 61, Wind River 57
WYOMING INDIAN 13 11 15 22 -- 61
WRHS 13 6 15 27 -- 57
Wyoming Indian -- Chardale Brown 0 0-2 0, Brindi Lock 6 9-13 21, Kanani Washakie 2 2-2 6, Loveeda White 2 (1) 0-2 7, Jacinta Goggles 0 0-2 0, Rhiannon Mitchell 1 2-2 4, Jocelyn Underwood 4 2-4 10, Jasmine McGill 0 3-4 3, Dailyn Friday 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 (1) 18-31 61
Wind River -- Josee Vogel 4 3-6 11, Taylor Gordon 0 0-1 0, Tory Thoman 1 0-0 2, Alexa Wagon 1 2-2 4, Amanda C' Bearing (1) 5-8 8, Lydia Johnson (1) 0-0 3, Lexus Brown 2 2-4 6, Macayla Arrington 2 3-5 7. Totals 14 (2) 23-38 57.
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