Feb 18, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterPAVILLION -- Statistics often don't tell the whole story of a high school basketball game.
When the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs pulled down 18 offensive rebounds in the first half Friday night compared to just one for the home standing Wind River Cougars, a good guess would be that the Chiefs used a dominating inside effort with a decent outside attack to cruise to 76-44 Class 2-A Southwest win.
But the stats didn't tell the whole story. Despite the overwhelming advantage early on for the Chiefs on the boards, the Cougars managed to keep it close.
With four minutes left in the second quarter, Ryan Weliever, playing on his senior night, sank one of two free throws to pull Wind River within two at 22-20.
It was the Chiefs' outside game, especially Alvin Spoonhunter's three 3-point shots in the half, that gave WIHS life. They also had a little help from their coach, Craig Ferris, who was whistled for a technical foul mid-way through the second quarter that may have had its desired effect. From then on, the Chiefs amped up their pressure, finished more shots inside, and began to pull away from Wind River.
"We're playing in a little funk, and sometimes we play down to the other teams. We'll get that taken care of by Thursday," Ferris said.
WIHS's Trevor Williamson led both teams in scoring with 16. Robert Aragon added 15, and Tyler Penatac finished with 10 for Wyoming Indian, which will now battle the winner of the Riverside-Greybull "pigtail" game in first-round play at the Class 2-A regional tournament that starts Thursday at Riverton High School.
Delshai Roanhorse scored 13, and Weliever added 10 to lead Wind River, which now must win a pigtail game Monday at Shoshoni in order to advance to the regional tournament.
Wyoming Indian will be looking to get some revenge against Lovell, the state's top-ranked Class 2-A team. The Bulldogs have beaten Wyoming Indian twice this year. Lovell has one of the the top centers in Class 2-A in Cody Savage, who averages more than 20 points per game. The two teams could meet in the tournament final.
"We'll need to shoot better, and I'm not talking about 3-point shots. Our guards need to hit the 15-footers. That will also open up things for us more inside," Ferris said, adding "I'll be glad to see Savage graduate. He's been four years of hell for us."
WIHS 19 12 22 23 -- 76
WRHS 12 12 10 10 -- 44
WIHS (76) -- Tyler Penatac 4 2-2 10, Noah Valdez 0 0-0 (1) 3, Keegan Her Many Horses 2 1-2 5, Jared Mosqueda 1 0-0 2, Tristan Gardner 2 1-2 5, Joey Aragon 2 0-0 4, Wilson Clifford 2 1-2 5, Joseph Howell 1 2-3 4, Alvin Spoonhunter 0 0-0 (3) 9, Trevor Williamson 7 2-4 16, Robert Aragon 4 1-3 (2) 15. Totals 27 10-18 (4) 76.
Wind River (44) -- Caleb C'Bearing 1 3-6 (1) 8, Brett Roanhorse 1 0-2 2, Dylean Lookingbill 0 0-0 0, Ryan Weliever 3 4-8 10, Bryce Hankins 1 0-0 2, Delshai Roanhorse 3 2-4 (1) 13. Cory Cress 1 2-4 4, Jaxon Sorensen 1 0-1 2, Jonah Dwyer 0 0-0 (1) 3. Totals 11 11-25 (3) 44.
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