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Wind River girls down Lady Chiefs in Ethete; WIHS falls to Rocky Mountain as well

Jan 14, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

ETHETE -- Wind River remained unbeaten in the Southwest 2-A with a 61-54 win Friday night over the Wyoming Indian Lady Chiefs.

The victory avenges a four-point loss to Wyoming Indian just two weeks ago in the Fremont County shootout on the same floor.

Saturday, the Chiefs fell in non-conference action to Rocky Mountain in one of the lowest-scoring games for Wyoming Indian in recent history, 48-30.

Wind River utilized a balanced attack, with five players scoring between nine and 18 points to hold off a late Wyoming Indian rally.

The opening minutes featured back-and-forth, fast-paced basketball, with the Chiefs building a brief 12-6 advantage before the Cougars rolled on a 6-0 run to knot the game at a dozen apiece.

Wyoming Indian had a run of its own, rebuilding a six-point margin to 18-12, but that vanished quickly in the late second period. The Cougars held 33-25 lead at the break.

Wind River built the lead to double digits in the third behind stellar low-post play from Lexus Brown and Macayla Arrington. The duo limited the Chiefs to only one shot on most possessions defensively as well.

Three straight baskets in the low post led to Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss calling a timeout with 5:09 left in the third. The girls responded well to the strategy session and rallied on a 10-2 run to close the gap to 43-37. Brindi Lock, Kanani Washakie and Loveeda White all hit key baskets in the surge.

Wind River head coach Justin Walker took a timeout as well with 2:49 on the third period clock, and it led to an end to Wyoming Indian's rally with a towering trey from Tory Thoman. Thoman was a key factor in the final minutes of the game tallying seven points in the late third and during the fourth quarter.

The Cougars led by 11 at the end of three.

In the final period Wind River stepped up defensively in the half-court set, forcing the Chiefs to run through their offense instead of getting quick shots as the clock ticked away.

On the offensive end Wind River slowed the offense, looking for point-blank shots and ran a lot of clock off in the process. With 3:34 left on the clock, Alexa Wagon found Arrington open in the post, hit the 5-10 junior with a perfect bounce pass, and Arrington did the rest.

Wyoming Indian rallied late on a pair of 3-point shots from Jasmine McGill, but the Cougars kept their composure. Arrington was a force in the final three minutes of play pulling down four rebounds to hold off the Chiefs.

Both squads make the long trek to Kemmerer and Big Piney this weekend in further Class 2-A Southwest action.

WYOMING INDIAN 14 11 12 17 -- 54

WIND RIVER 14 19 15 13 -- 61

Wyoming Indian -- Sierra Pingree 2-2 2, Elsie Marquez 2-2 2, Chardale Brown 1 0-0 2, Brindi Lock 7 1-4 15, Kanani Washakie 1 0-0 2, Loveeda White 6 0-2 12, Rhiannon Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Jocelyn Underwood 3 1-2 7, Jasmine McGill 2 (2) 0-2 10. Totals 21 (2) 6-14 54

Wind River -- Josee Vogel 3 3-5 9, Tory Thoman 3 (1) 0-2 9, Alexa Wagon 1 0-0 2, Amanda C'Bearing 2 (2) 0-2 10, Kali Wagon 1 0-0 2, Lexus Brown 6 6-8 18, Macayla Arrington 4 3-4 11. Totals 20 (3) 12-21 61

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 10 20 7 11 -- 48

WYOMING INDIAN 9 7 8 6 -- 30

Rocky Mountain -- Leonhardt 3 (1) 0-0 9, Bocker 2-2 2, Parker 1 0-0 2, Allred 5-5 5, Wilson 8 4-8 20, Winland (2) 2-2 8, Wambeke 1 0-0 2, Tyack 1-2 1. Totals 13 (3) 13-19 48.

Wyoming Indian -- Kaylene Harding 1 0-0 2, Pingree 1-2 1, Marquez 0-2 0, Brown 1 0-0 2, Lock 2 7-9 11, Washakie 2-2 2, White 1 (2) 1-4 6, Mitchell 0-3 0, Underwood 0-2 0, Mcgill 1 0-2 2, Friday 4-8 4. Totals 6 (1) 15-21 30.

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