(Ethete, Wyo.) – Wyoming Indian almost led wire to wire against upper division Cody Broncs Saturday night in Ethete, but after the visitors came from behind to tie, and then take a lead by two, Chiefs magic happened.
In a bizzare turn of events, a technical foul was called on Cody when a Bronc player slammed the basketball to the floor and it sailed over the backboard after a foul on the Chiefs with less than a minute remaining. Wyoming Indian’s Lane Hill calmly sank two free throws to tie the game. The Chiefs got the ball out of bounds and ran the clock down to 12 seconds. Coach Craig Ferris called a time out and designed a play. When play resumed, Hill got the ball on top of the key, juked a Cody defender at the free throw lane, and fired a soft jumper from seven feet out that was nothing but net with six seconds left. The big crowd at Ethete erupted and a desperation shot by Cody bounced away at the buzzer.
The win, in a regional tournament-like atmosphere, was the Chiefs’ ninth against one loss and ninth in a row. Cody, the top ranked team in Class 3A, fell to six and two.
The Chiefs’ next game will also be against a Number One ranked team, Class 1A’s Burlington Huskies at the Big Horn Basin tournament Friday in Thermopolis.
Hill was the top Chiefs’ point producer Saturday night, with 15. Latrell Ferris added 14 and Bradford Brown had 12. For Cody, Elijah Leva was the game’s top scorer with 19, Zach Todd added 11 and Reece Andre has 10.
Earlier in the evening, the Lady Chiefs topped the Cody Fillies 46-40 for a WIHS sweep over the visitors.
Watch the Chief’s winning play at the link below: