Mar 12, 2017 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterFour Chiefs, two Cougars and a Wrangler gained all-state basketball status after outstanding seasons.
It's fitting that the one-two punch of Wyoming Indian seniors Morning Gambler and Amryn Brown find themselves on the class 2-A girls all-state team.
Brown is a three-time selection, dating back to the 2015 season, while Gambler made the squad for the first time this year.
Brown was the all-around player for head coach Aleta Moss and her state runner-up Lady Chiefs and often led Wyoming Indian in scoring, assists and steals with double-doubles a common occurrence for the talented 5-foot-7 guard.
Brown was best known for her cross-over dribble drive to the basket and her innate ability to knock the ball out of opposing dribblers' hands.
Gambler has been the long-ball threat for Wyoming Indian since her freshman year and hit five or more 3-pointers many times during her career.
Gambler could also drive and shot the ball well in the paint, usually off the glass.
Brown was the Class 2-A Southwest player of the year.
Joining the Wyoming Indian girls on the elite all-state team are first time selections Ryan Tiger and Buell Robinson.
The talented seniors led the Chiefs through a difficult start to second place at the state tournament in 2017.
At 6-foot-3, Tiger was a mobile launching platform beyond the arc. When teams dropped into tight zones to slow Robinson's penetration, it was Tiger who rose from the perimeter and knocked down 3-point shots that were so accurate they rarely moved the net.
Tiger could take it inside as well, usually after showing a 3-point shot, then putting the ball on the floor for a power drive to the basket.
Robinson was difficult to describe.
His floating jump shot seemed to defy gravity and at 5-foot-8, he routinely took the ball inside against opponents nearly a foot taller with ease.
Robinson seemed to float in the air, but his secret was moving side to side to free up and an excellent jump shot that rarely missed off the dribble within 12 feet of the basket.
Robinson could also hit the long ball and scored 45 points against Wind River at home during the regular season.
Wind River's all-state duo of Jayin Trumbull and Taylor Tidzump was the most potent combination of big men in the entire state, regardless of division.
Both players had excellent size at 6-foot-4, but that's where the similarities ended.
Trumbull, an all-state selection in 2016 as well, handled the ball like a point guard, shot with incredible accuracy within 15 feet and had outstanding body control, setting himself squarely to the basket in a variety of difficult situation.
Perhaps his best asset was getting the ball to Tidzump in the classic high/low combination that good duos of big men have used over the years.
Tidzump was power all the way, with his drop-step power move to the basket nearly impossible to defend.Over the last year, Tidzump added a baby hook, a reverse layup and a three-step power drive straight to the basket to his repertoire, along with being a strong rebounder and a great post defender, as well. While Trumbull was the offensive rebounding threat, it was Tidzump who controlled the defensive glass at crunch time.
Between them, the Cougars were nearly impossible to defend in the paint and the duo was a big factor in Wind River's second state championship in three years.
Tidzump was the Class 2-A Southwest player of the year.
Gary Medicine Cloud was a basketball player amidst a group of tall, talented athletes, with his leadership skills at point guard instrumental in Shoshoni's offensive and defensive schemes. While the Wrangler lineup of 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-5 forwards and posts were interchangeable and provided each other with necessary breaks, there was no one to replace Medicine Cloud. He routinely played the full 32 minutes of games and if it went overtime, he never left then, either.
Medicine Cloud was capable of scoring in a variety of ways, with a solid 3-point shot, was excellent at the free throw line and shot well off the dribble, but perhaps his best move came via the shuffle step, high crossover move that took defenders off guard and opened lanes to the basket where he would either score or hit a wide-open post player.
Medicine Cloud was the Class 2-A Northwest player of the year.
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