Cougars race to win over Chiefs at Ethete; Teams now even in season series

The Wind River Cougars built a 14-2 lead at the beginning of the game and never looked back in defeating their cross-county rival Wyoming Indian Chiefs 73-51 Friday Night at Ethete. Only last week the Chiefs topped the Cougars at the Big Horn Basin Classic Tournament 64-50, but Friday night it was all Wind River. Wyoming Indian's Buell Robinson led all scorers with 25 points, 13 of those in the first quarter. Three Cougars hit in double figures, Caleb C'Bearing had 21, Bryce Hankins added 15 and Cory Cress scored 12. Wind River's Taylor Tidzump had 14 rebounds in the game and teammate Jayin Trumble blocked six shots. The Cougars won the opening tip and hit four treys in the opening period and took a nine-point lead at the end of one, 24-15. At half-time the Chiefs were down by seven 39-32 and at the end of three they trailed Wind River by six 50-44. The Cougars blew the tight game wide open in the fourth quarter, outscoring Wyoming Indian 23-7. Wyoming Indian played without starter Joe Sazue who suffered a back injury and will sit out a couple weeks. The varsity girls game was over at the end of the first quarter. With Wind River missing two starters and playing with only one senior, three sophomores and a freshman, the Lady Chiefs rolled to a 37-1 first quarter lead. The final was 79-18. In the JV games, Wyoming Indian won the boys contest 77-56 and the girls game 57-25. Other local scores from Friday night: Boys: Lyman 76, Shoshoni 71 (2 OT) St. Stephens 85 Rock River 46 Meeteetse 69, Arapahoe Charter 35 Big Piney 52, Thermopolis 45 Girls: Lyman 64, Shoshoni 37 St. Stephens 71, Midwest 27 Meeteetse 61, Arapahoe Charter 26 Thermopolis 45, Big Piney 35 Saturday's games: Rocky Mountain at Wyoming Indian, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Lander Valley at Buffalo, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Burlington at St. Stephens, 5 p.m. and 6:30 Kemmerer at Shoshoni, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Jackson Hole at Riverton, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Meeteetse at Thermopolis, 12 and 3 p.m. Wind River JV at Dubois, 4 and 5:30 p.m. *Feature Photo: Wind River's Cory Cress (31) faced a stout zone defense from the Chiefs in the third quarter of the Cougars 73-51 win at Ethete.