Lady Chiefs fall in opening round

    Like dominoes, the girls’ teams from the West 2-A region fell in succession all day Thursday at Casper College. Top seeded Rocky Mountain was handled surprisingly easily by fourth-seeded Burns 45-30 and that set the tone for the rest of the opening day action.

    Shoshoni and Kemmerer fell to Lingle-Ft. Laramie and Sundance, leaving the Lady Chiefs as the best hope for a West breakthrough, it didn’t happen.

    Maggie Smith stepped by a defender – {h/t Randy Tucker}

    Third-seeded Tongue River handed the Chiefs a 72-70 opening round loss behind second, third, and fourth shots in a dominating display of rebounding. Tongue River finished the game with a  42-27 advantage in rebounding.


    “We didn’t block out, and they just killed us on the boards,” Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss said.

    Taya Dixey looked for an open teammate – {h/t Randy Tucker}

    Despite the disparity on the glass, the lead changed six times and there were an equal number of ties in the first half and early third period.

    The Lady Eagles broke open the game two minutes into the second half on a 12-5 flurry that gave Tongue River their largest lead of the game 44-31.

    Michaela HIwalker brought up the ball – {h/t Randy Tucker}

    As all fans of the Lady Chiefs know, as long as there is time on the clock, there is hope and the girls responded with a rally of their own to close the gap, but rebounding remained an issue.

    Elianna Duran was fouled – {h/t Randy Tucker}

    A final surge behind outstanding play by Shye Killsontop and Taya Dixey brought Wyoming Indian close, but it wasn’t enough to retake the lead.

    Dionne Ferris put up a shot in traffic – {h/t Randy Tucker}

    Killsontop was impressive all over the floor offensive, but especially so from beyond the arc where she hit five 3-point shots. She finished with a game high 27 points. Dixey had the other three Wyoming Indian treys and tallied 16.

    The Lady Chiefs have a familiar consolation semi-final opponent in the Lady Blue of Shoshoni.

    Layla C’Bearing was surrounded by defenders – {h/t Randy Tucker}

    They play each other one final time this season at 10:30 am at the Ford Wyoming Center in an elimination game.

    Wyoming Indian 14 12 20 24 – 70

    Tongue River       16 16 22 18 – 72


    Wyoming Indian – Roberta Whiteplume 1 0-0 2, Layla C’Bearing 1 3-6 5, Deja Felter 1 0-0 2, Taya Dixey 2 (3) 3-5 16, Elianna Duran 2 2-4 6, Maggie Smith 3 2-2 8, Shye Killsontop 3 (5) 6-8 27, Camillia Brown 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 (8) 16-27 70

    Tongue River – Madison Burnett 1 (1) 2-2 7, Jazlyn Ryan 4 (1) 0-2 11, Tyla Pittman 2 2-3 6, Chaney Reish 3 (1) 5-6 14, McKinlee Scammon 2 (2) 5-8 15, Autumn White 2 (1) 4-4 11, Paxton Aksamit 1 4-4 6, Faith Whiteheat 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 (6) 22-29 72

    Rebounding TR 42 -27


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