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Southwest conference split for Shoshoni girls

Feb 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

The Wranglers stand 2-5 in league play with a single conference game remaining.

The Shoshoni girls picked up a split in Class 2-A Southwest conference action this weekend at home. The Lady Wranglers blew out Big Piney 55-22 on Friday but lost a narrow decision Friday to conference co-leader Kemmerer, 32-30.

The split leaves the Wranglers at 2-5 in league play with a single conference game remaining in two weeks at Wyoming Indian. The Wranglers could finish in third or fourth in the 2-A Southwest but will avoid a possible pigtail game because they swept Big Piney.

The two teams should have been wearing shoulder pads Saturday afternoon. Players pounded each other repeatedly to the floor, and neither team shot or passed very well in the slugfest.

Shoshoni took the early lead on the first of three 3-pointers by sophomore Kiyana Martin just seconds into the game. The Wranglers went cold for the next seven minutes as Kemmerer methodically built a 13-3 lead. Tia Tiller hit a trey for the Rangers and added a jump shot, while junior forward Madison Vickery hit long 2-point shot. Alexis Julian scored on a fast break.

Shoshoni's Sarah Thompson ended the Wranglers scoring drought with a pair of free throws with two seconds left in the first. On the game, Thompson was perfect at the line on six attempts.

Shoshoni came to life in the second on a Martin jumper, followed by a layup from Celsey Martin and a nice wraparound pass from Olivia Thompson to sister Sarah Thompson on the opposite low block for a shot that cut the lead to 14-11.

The final five minutes of the half was marked by especially physical play, with Tiller hitting a pair of shots that gave the Rangers a five point lead at intermission.

The scoring slowed dramatically as the physical play became even more intense in the third quarter.

Kiyana Martin opened the final period with another 3-pointer, and Olivia Thompson's follow shot tied the game for the first time at 26 with 3:54 left.

Kemmerer regained a four-point lead, but a pair of free throws from Sarah Thompson with 20 seconds left in the game cut the score to 31-30. Shoshoni was forced to foul, and Tiller missed both attempts. The Wranglers called time out to set up a play, but Kiyana Martin lost her balance trying to throw the ball in and had to toss it out onto an open spot on the floor where Kemmerer grabbed it.

Shoshoni fouled quickly, and Kennadi Gilbert hit one of two attempts with five seconds left in the game.

Kiyana Martin let a desperation shot fly from half-court as the buzzer sounded. The ball glanced off the glass and rattled back and forth twice off the front of the rim before falling away wide. Shoshoni entertains Thermopolis Saturday in their final home game of the season.

SHOSHONI 5 10 6 9 30

KEMMERER 13 7 5 7 32

Shoshoni Kiyana Martin 2 (3) 1-1 14, Natalee Goff 2-3 2, Sarah Thompson 2 6-6 10, Celsey Martin 1 0-0 2, Olivia Thompson 1 0-0 2. Totals 5 (3) 9-10 30

Kemmerer Marie McClaren 1 0-3 2, Kennadi Gilbert 1 1-2 3, Alexis Julian 1 0-0 2, Madison Vickery 4 3-8 11, Tia Tiller 4 (1) 3-5 14. Totals 11 (1) 7-18 32

SHOSHONI 9 15 20 11 55

BIG PINEY 8 3 2 9 22

Shoshoni Annika Dechert 2 0-2 4, K. Martin (3) 0-0 9, Shaide Pingetzer 1 0-0 2, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 3 1-3 7, Natalee Goff 3 (1) 1-2 9, S. Thompson 2 1-2 5, C. Martin (1) 0-0 3, O. Thompson 8 0-0 16. Totals 19 (5) 2-8 55

Big Piney Ali Applin 3 1-2 7, Megan Sims 1 0-0 2, Josie Barney 0-2 0, Courtney Meisner (1) 1-2 4, Bailey Copeland 1 1-3 3, Brandi Suraze 1 2-7 3, Sarah Shafer 2-4 2. Totals 6 (1) 7-2 22

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