Feb 20, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer"If you take out Lovell and Wyoming Indian, you can throw a blanket over the rest of Class 2-A and anyone of them could take third place at the state tournament."
That statement is shared by most boys head coaches in Class 2-A this season.
Wyoming Indian has just two losses, both close decisions to Lovell. The Bulldogs are unbeaten against Class 2-A competition and have played close games with Greybull and Rocky Mountain in addition to their pair of wins over the Chiefs.
The rest of the 2-A West tournament is anyone's game, and the coaches at Lovell and Wyoming Indian are not nearly as certain of their superiority as everyone else seems to be.
Fremont County sends Wyoming Indian and Wind River to the tournament. The Cougars advanced via a convincing 59-45 win over Shoshoni on the road Monday night and earned the right to open regional tournament play with Lovell.
Wyoming Indian faces Greybull, a winner over Big Horn County rival Riverside in the other Monday pigtail game.
Greybull gave the Chiefs a scare back in January, leading Wyoming Indian by 10 points late in the final period before Wyoming Indian roared back to take a two-point win on the Buffs home floor.
Wyoming Indian plays the late afternoon game at 3:30 p.m.in Wolverine Gym, while the Cougars play at 7 p.m. on the same floor.
The other two opening-round games could be interesting. Big Piney and Thermopolis open play at Central Wyoming College at 7 p.m.
The Bobcats edged the Punchers in overtime at home in their only meeting this season.
The other game features second-seeded and vastly improved Rocky Mountain out of the north against Kemmerer at 3:30 at CWC.
Kemmerer edged Rocky by two points in the opening game of the season for both teams back in late November.
Qualifying for the state tournament is the ultimate goal of the 2-A West regional, and any of the eight teams playing in Riverton could qualify for next week's finals in Casper.
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