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Slow start in Cowley dooms Cougar girls

Dec 26, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Rocky Mountain's girls rolled to a huge first-quarter lead Friday and held off Wind River 43-32 in non-conference Class 2-A basketball.

The game in Cowley was a costly one for the Cougars when they lost guard Madi David to a recurring back injury.

Down 19-6 after the first period, Wind River rallied in the second period to close the gap to just seven points at the half, but an ice-cold third quarter, with just a single free throw coming from Savannah Arneach, ended any hopes of a comeback.

Arneach paced the Cougars with 14 points, while Jaylynn Fightingbear scored a dozen.

Pepper Lewis had the hottest hand for the Grizzlies, scoring 14.Gabie Christensen tallied 11, including both of Rocky Mountain's 3-pointers. Maddy Hocker finished with 10.

Both the Cougars and Grizzlies return to the floor the weekend after New Year's in the Big Horn Basin Tournament hosted jointly by Lovell and Cowley this season.

The tournament features Class 2-A and 3-A teams from the Big Horn Basin along with Wind River, Wyoming Indian, Lander and Shoshoni from Fremont County.

Wind River 6 14 1 11 - 32

Rocky Mountain 19 8 8 8 - 43

Wind River - Tanisha Clair 0-2 0, Lue Herbert 1-2 1, Josie Oldman 1 0-3 2, Savannah Arneach 7 3-10 14, Jaylynn Fightingbear 3 (1) 3-4 12. Totals 11 (1) 7-21 32

Rocky Mountain - Aubrianne Crosby 1-2 1, Maddy Hocker 5 0-0 10, Tori Steed 1 3-5 5, Brenda Timmons 1 0-4 2, Gabie Christensen 1 (2) 3-4 11, Jade Minchow 0-2 0,Melynda Davison 2 0-0 4, Pepper Lewis 6 2-3 14. Totals 16 (2) 5-16 43

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Wind River's Layne Sanderson worked for a shot against Rocky Mountain. The Cougar girls fell 43-32 on the road.

Wind River's Layne Sanderson worked for a shot against Rocky Mountain. The Cougar girls fell 43-32 on the road.


Wind River's Layne Sanderson worked for a shot against Rocky Mountain. The Cougar girls fell 43-32 on the road.

Wind River's Layne Sanderson worked for a shot against Rocky Mountain. The Cougar girls fell 43-32 on the road.

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