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Chiefs lock up 2-A Southwest with powerful sweep
Wyoming Indian's Alvin Spoonhunter flew in for two more points over Big Piney's Michael Howard Friday at Ethete. Photo by Randy Tucker

Chiefs lock up 2-A Southwest with powerful weekend sweep

Feb 10, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

ETHETE -- Wyoming Indian won the Class 2-A Southwest conference with a weekend sweep of Big Piney and Kemmerer. The Chiefs beat the Punchers 73-47 Friday night, then routed Kemmerer Saturday afternoon 74-57

While the Chiefs have two conference games remaining, hosting Shoshoni on Thursday and traveling to Pavillion to play Wind River on Friday, they have sewn up the league crown via a sweep of second place Big Piney.

Wyoming Indian easily handled Big Piney Friday at Ethete, but the Chiefs looked far from crisp in doing it.

They pressured the ball well, drove well and played their usual style of up-tempo basketball, but the team looked a bit tired.

The usual dazzling passes weren't there and th eusual exemplary long-range shooting didn't find the mark with most shots glancing short off the rim.

It is good to have the luxury of not playing your best and still beating the league runner-up by almost 20 points.

The Chiefs have handled every Southwest opponent this season with ease, but the same can't be said of their play against Northwest teams.

Wyoming Indian dropped a pair of close games to Lovell this season and survived a 10-point deficit late in the final period before edging Greybull by two on the Buffs' home floor just a week ago. They edged Rocky Mountain by three at Cowley back in January and destroyed Riverside in their only meeting this season.

The Chiefs didn't play Thermopolis in the regular season.

Wyoming Indian's defense was solid through the weekend.

Big Piney's Nolan Jones put up 38 points in a game earlier this year, but the Chiefs held him to only 11.

Chief senior Trevor Williamson has spent a lot of time working in the post with head coach Craig Ferris this season, and the work is showing benefits.

Williamson had a great weekend, hitting seven shots against Kemmerer and a season-high 11 against Big Piney.

His dominance in the low post gives the Chiefs a balance that is rare in the high-speed, run-and-gun style Wyoming Indian is noted for.

WIHS 16 17 20 21 - 74

KHS 12 13 10 22 -- 57

Wyoming Indian - Tyler Penetac 3 (1) 2-2 11, Noah Valdez 2 0-0 4, Jared Mosqueda (1) 0-0 3, Joey Aragon 2 (1) 0-0 7, Wilson Clifford 7 (1) 2-3 19, Joseph Howell 4 0-1 8, Trevor Williamson 11 0-0 22. Totals 29 (4) 4-6 74

Kemmerer - Kyle Corbridge 3 3-4 9, Trevor Simpson 4 (1) 0-0 11, Austin King 2 1-2 5, Cody Kaskoli 5 3-4 13, Tre Deeter 3 (2) 0-0 12, Braydon Somson 3 0-0 6 20 (3) 8-12 57

WYOMING INDIAN14 15 18 26 -- 73

BIG PINEY 8 14 8 17 -- 47

Wyoming Indian - Valdez 1 0-0 2, Mosqueda (3) 0-0 9, Tristan Gardner 1 0-0 2, Aragon 2 0-0 4, Clifford 5 (1) 2-4 15, Howell 2 0-0 4, Alvin Spoonhunter 6 (2) 1-2 19, Williamson 7 0-0 14. Totals 26 (6) 3-7 73

Big Piney - Howard 1-4 1, Sims 9 1-2 19, Banks 2 (1) 0-0 7, Whitman 1 0-0 2, Stoutenberg 1 0-0 2, Jones 5 1-2 11, Shafer 1 0-2 2. Totals 19 (2) 6-10 47

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