Mar 1, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterCASPER -- It was a dark day for Fremont County basketball, with the St. Stephen's boys, Wyoming Indian boys, Lander boys, Lander girls and Riverton girls all losing Thursday games.
The county's last chance to advance in opening round tournament play ended as the previous games had, with Wind River dropping a girls 2-A quarterfinal game to Southeast Goshen 55-42.
Friday, it was old-home week of sorts as Wind River faced Rocky Mountain in loser out action at the Casper Events Center at 10:30 am. The Cougar girls fell to their longtime rivals 54-45 and were eliminated from the tournament.
The win sends the Cyclones into a 6 p.m. semifinal Friday against unbeaten Tongue River.
Wind River did not shoot the ball very well in spite of their shot selection coming at very close range. The Cougars hit just 14 of 46 attempts from the floor.
The game was close through the opening period ,with Wind River leading early on a basket and 3-pointer from Lexus Brown, but Southeast scored on baskets by Hailie Pragnell, Shelby Burroughs and Hallie Burkart to lead 10-9 after one.
Momentum stayed with the Cyclones on a 6-0 run to open the second period. Amanda C'Bearing hit a jump shot with 5:18 left in the half to end the run, but the Cougars continued to struggle offensively.
Wind River kept it close with solid half court defense. Macayla Arrington and C'Bearing doubled down on the Cyclone post players, forcing outside shots.The Cougars still trailed 27-16 at the break.
Southeast took control of the contest in the third, with Burroughs easily penetrating the Cougar defense with quick crossover moves ending in layups, or in short-range assists to the Cyclone post players.
One of her baskets Cyclones their largest lead of the game, 37-20 with 4:15 left in the third.
Wind River fought back to a single-digit deficit with 1:44 left in the game on a Brown step-through and free throw, but that was as close as it would get.
Rocky Mountain 54, Wind River 45
It was close from the opening tip, as you might imagine with foes as familiar as these two teams.
The Cougars led 10-9 as the first-period horn sounded, but Arrington was fouled as the quarter ended and stepped to the line all by herself. The Cougar junior hit both charity shots, and Wind River led 12-9 after one.
Rocky Mountain crept back into contention in a very slow second period to tie the game at 20 by the half.
Rocky broke the game open late in the third on a 7-2 run to take a 37-30 advantage into the final period.
Wind River wasn't quite finished and posted a 9-0 run of its own to reclaim the lead a final time at 39-37. Brett Groesbeck opened the run with a wild, off-balance shot and was fouled as she hit the basket. Her free throw closed the gap to four, and Amanda C'Bearing repeated the feat to close the game to one. C'Bearing then hit an NBA-range 3-pointer from just behind the 23-foot arc at the Events Center to give the Cougars their first lead of the second half.
Brown built the advantage to 41-37 with 5:45 left in the game, but the final minutes were all Grizzly. The girls from Rocky Mountain mauled the Cougars via an 18-5 surge.
A pair of back-to-back 3-pointers from Hannah Winland gave the Grizzles a 43-41 lead, and they never looked back.
Brown fouled out on with 3:42 left in the contest, and the Cougars couldn't generate an offense in the final minutes of the game.
Wind River graduates three seniors in Groesbeck, C'Bearing and Kalie Wagon.
WIND RIVER 9 7 13 13 - 42
SOUTHEAST GOSHEN 10 17 16 12 - 55
Wind River - Josee Vogel 2 0-0 4, Shaylee Lonedog 1 1-3 3, Tory Thoman 1-2 1, Brett Groesbeck 2 1-2 5, Amanda C'Bearing 4 4-5 12, Alexa Wagons 1 0-0 2, Lexus Brown 3 (1) 3-5 12, Macayla Arrington 3-4 3. Totals 13 (1) 13-21 42
Southeast Goshen - Hallie Burkhart 8 4-8 20, Shayla Stoddard 1 0-0 2, Shelby Burroughs 5 5-5 15, Madison Pragnell 1-2 1, Hailie Pragnell 3 5-6 11, Dani McManamen 3 0-0 6, Hannah Grosz 0-2 0. Totals 20 15-23 55
WIND RIVER 12 8 10 15 - 45
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 9 11 17 17 - 54
Wind River - Josee Vogel 1-3 1, Shaylee Lonedog 2-2 2, Brett Groesbeck 3 1-2 7, Amanda C'Bearing 2 (2) 1-1 11, Alexa Wagon 1-2 1, Lexus Brown 5 4-5 14, Macayla Arrington 2 3-5 7. Totals 13 (2) 13-20 45
Rocky Mountain - Mandee Leonhardt 2 (1) 0-2 7, Briana Hocker 4 5-10 13, Rachel Allred 1 3-5 5, Kalee Wilson 1 6-7 8, Hannah Winland (3) 0-0 9, Shauna Loman 5 1-2 11, Kelly Vezain 1-2 1. Totals 13 (4) 16-28 54
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