Trista Merrival's 21 leads Red Cloud past Little Wound

Brooke Ghost Bear and Trista Merrivel enjoying homecoming earlier this year. The Red Cloud Crusaders marched into the LNI Championship game with a win over Little Wound.

By Rich Winter

I've been keeping an eye on this Red Cloud squad as they sorta have marched un-noticed through the bottom half of the bracket. 

I know Myriam Rama a little through track and I know Katy LaPointe a bit through living in Mission and I know of Brooke Ghost Bear a bit because someone suggested I do a feature on her prior to LNI.

I know nothing about Trista Merrival, but damn, girl can ball!

Merrival hit 7-12 shots, 3-4 from deep and made 5-7 free throws on her way to 21 points as the Red Cloud Crusaders beat a good Little Wound team, 67-55 to advance to the championship game of LNI where they will take on the Lady Falcons of Todd County. 

This Red Cloud squad is loaded with scorers and girls that play good team basketball. 

Katy LaPointe (13), Myriam Rama (13), Schaevon Brewer (12) all reached double-figures for the Crusaders. 

Cammi Bear Killer led Little Wound with 12 points. 

Red Cloud scoring summary: Katy LaPointe 13, Myriam Rama 13, Schaevon Brewer 12, Brooke Ghost Bear 5, Trista Merrival 22, Lennah Vitalis 2, 

Little Wound scoring summary: Janay Jumping Eagle 10, Chantee Ferguson 11, Morgan Mesteth 8, Cammi Bear Killer 12, Taylor Christensen 2, Chelsea Iron Crow 4, Tacie LeBeaux 8

Red Cloud turns up the heat with rout of CEB

Kobey O'Rourke led Red Cloud with 24 points last night as the Crusaders cruised into the LNI Championship with a big win over CEB.

By Rich Winter

After facing some not so stiff competition in the first two days of the Lakota Nation Invitational, the Red Cloud Crusaders ran into a CEB team many figured would give them fits in Friday night's semis. 

That drama didn't last long as the Red Cloud boys jumped out to a 51-36 halftime lead and just kept the bodies coming as they defeated the CEB Braves, 97-68. 

All told, 13 players from Red Cloud scored, (14 played) led by 24 from Kobey O'Rourke as the Crusaders, 4-0, marched into the championship game of Lakota Nation where they will meet 4-0 White River. 

Creighton Lebeau scored 21 for CEB who will play Little Wound for 3rd and 4th place today. 

Box score: 

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 36 32 68

Red Cloud 51 46 97  

CEB scoring: Wyatt Jewett 4, Grant Kohlus 13, Yazzie Jessup 2, Creighton Lebeau 21, Dayson Kohlus 6, Jalen Knife 4, Denton Shaving 2, Brexton Traversie 8, Brenden Walking Eagle 6, Sam Lebeau 2

Red Cloud scoring:

Marty Richards 9, Coby Hunter 14, Jake Danielson 8, Mato Hinton 2, Robert Looks Twice 14, Jack Fast Wolf 3, Randy Hughes 2, Terrell Pulliam 8, Will Garnier 5, Kobey O'Rourke 24, NuVassie Blacksmith 4, Mahpiya Briseno 2, Gabe Eagle Chief 2

Justin Prue's 36 lifts White River past Little Wound

Justin Prue was on fire last night in the Civic Center, scoring 36 points and helping his White River Tigers into the championship game with a win over Little Wound.

By Rich Winter

Big time players show up in the biggest moments and well, Justin Prue flat out showed up last night making 9-11 shots, 7-9 3-point shots and 11-11 free throws as his 36 points helped White River get by Little Wound 72-67. 

Thus far, Prue has been the outstanding player of the 2014 Lakota Nation Invitational, but he and the rest of his White River Tigers will face a stiff test tonight against the best defensive squad in the tournament, the Red Cloud Crusaders. 

Nate Brown Bull, the 7-foot center from Little Wound had another great game, finishing with 23 points, including going 11-11 from the free-thow line. 

White River 30 42 72

Little Wound 23 44 67  

White River jumped on the Mustangs early, sprinting to a 30-23 halftime lead. The Mustangs fought back in the second half but couldn't quite get over the hump that is the well-oiled machine that is Eldon Marshall basketball in White River. 

Justice Morrison reached double-figures with 11 points for White River. Jeremiah Hopkins (12) and Robert Shangreaux (10) reached double-figures for Little Wound. 

White River scoring: 

Justin Prue 36, Link Tucker 9, Lucas Iron Heart 3, Justice Morrison 11, Nicholas Young 4, Justin Folkers 9

Little Wound scoring: 

Eddie Jumping Eagle 6, Donte Shangreaux 8, Jeremiah Hopkins 12, Nate Brown Bull 23, Shilo Tallman 6, Teal Brave Bird 2, Robert Shangreaux 10

White River tangles with Red Cloud today for the LNI championship

Little Wound will play CEB for third place this morning....