Wranglers suffer long weekend

Feb 5, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Shoshoni followed up a last-minute loss to Rocky Mountain with a blowout defeat against Wind River.

It was a long weekend for the Shoshoni Wranglers.

On Friday, a last-second shot at Cowley lifted Rocky Mountain to a 54-52 win and on Saturday, Wind River rolled over the visiting Wranglers, 71-39, in non-league action.

Shoshoni was hampered this week with the loss of 6-foot-4 senior Anthony Cousineau for the remainder of the season with a medical issue.

Friday's annual home-and-away series between the Wranglers and Cougars has produced some classic games over the years, but this season, it was all Wind River and most of that came in the form of 6-foot-5 senior Taylor Tidzump, who ripped the Wranglers for a season-high 27 points.

Tidzump has been in a slump as of late, but emerged at home Saturday with nearly unstoppable moves around the basket.

Many of those close range shots were set up by 6-foot-4 junior Jayin Trumble, who changed from a high-scoring forward to an assist machine in this game.

Trumble found Tidzump and 6-foot-3 junior Ben Hoopengarner wide open near the basket seven times after drawing the Wrangler defense onto him on either the low block or the middle of the key.

Shoshoni didn't have an answer offensively and aside from solid shooting from Zach Pickinpaugh and six 3-pointers combined as a team, the Wranglers were unable to penetrate Wind River's half-court defense.

Xavior Oats softened the Wranglers with a pair of opening period 3-pointers and Tidzump began to work inside.

A Jarrick Trumble step-through lifted Wind River to a 15-4 lead that was slowed only briefly by a Gary Medicine Cloud 3-pointer and a second one from Pickinpaugh.

The Cougars threatened to blow the game wide open as the period drew to a close, with Tidzump scoring 10 in the period and Oats racing for a wide-open transition basket. A second 3-pointer by Pickinpaugh barely beat the buzzer, but Shoshoni was down by a dozen.

Inexplicably, all the offensive power in the first period dissipated in the second.

Wind River scored just seven points and Shoshoni eight in a seven-minute stretch that featured good shots by both teams, but with very few finding the mark.

The Cougars came out in their familiar blitzkrieg style to open the second half.

Tidzump hit a post move and Thoren was whistled for goaltending on an Oats layup.

Daylon Shoyo hit a trey and Dalton Finley another, as Wind River made the Wranglers play honest defense. When they did the Cougars went to a game of two-on-two with Trumble and Tidzump via the high-low post exchange and the duo poured in points steadily.

Tidzump was unstoppable in the low block and Finley hit another 3-pointer to double the score at 55-28.

Tidzump's 27 led all scorers while Oats tallied 11.

Shoshoni was paced by Pickinpaugh with 15 and Thoren with 10.

Rocky Mountain 54, Shoshoni 52

On Friday, the Wranglers faced Rocky Mountain for the first time this season and fought back from a late deficit to tie the game at 52-52.

With just seconds remaining, Pickinpaugh challenged 6-foot-3 Grizzly forward Cole Simmons on a jump shot in the paint and forced him to alter his shot into a high-arching attempt, but it found the mark as the buzzer sounded and Rocky escaped with a 54-52 decision.

Medicine Cloud led Shoshoni with 20 points, while Pickinpaugh and Thoren scored 13 each.

Wind River 25 7 23 16 - 71

Shoshoni - 13 8 7 11 - 39

Wind River - Daylon Shoyo 1 (1) 0-0 5, Jayin Trumble 3 3-3 9, Dalton Finley (2) 1-1 7, Xavior Oats 2 (2) 1-1 11, Ryan Jordan 1 0-0 2, Jaren Guina 1 0-0 2, Ben Hoopengarner 1 0-0 2, Jackson Clair 1 0-2 2, Taylor Tidzump 13 1-2 27, Jarrick Trumble 2 0-1 4. Totals 25 (5) 6-11 71

Shoshoni - Wade Cornell (1) 0-0 3, Gary Medicine Cloud 2 (1) 2-5 9, Zac Pickinpaugh 4 (2) 1-2 15, Jason Thoren 2 (2) 0-2 10, Simon Lutz 2-4 2. Totals 8 (6) 5-13 39

Rocky Mountain 11 16 14 13 - 54

Shoshoni - 11 10 13 18 - 52

Shoshoni - Wade Cornell 1 0-0 2, Gary Medicine Cloud 7 (2) 0-2 20, Zac Pickinpaugh 5 (1) 0-4 13, Jason Thoren 4 5-9 13, J.J. Pingetzer 0-2 0. Totals 17 (4) 6-18 52

Rocky Mountain - Price 2 (3) 3-3 16, Simmons 4 4-6 12, Jewell 1 0-0 2, May 2 (3) 2-2 15, Davison (1) 0-0 3, Allred 3 0-0 6. Totals 12 (7) 9-11 54

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