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Lady Blue wrangles Cougars, 38-26

Feb 5, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Shoshoni rebounded from a loss to Rocky Mountain with a victory over Wind River.

While it was a rivalry game, it was far from a classic. A shorthanded Wind River Lady Cougars squad met a very tired Shoshoni team in the second and final regular-season game between the longtime opponents and the Wranglers outlasted the Cougars, 38-26.

The win gave Shoshoni a split on the weekend, albeit one head coach Max Mills would like to switch after the Wranglers fell, 31-28, to Rocky Mountain on Friday night in Class Northwest 2-A conference action.

"We used lot of energy last night at Rocky Mountain and the long bus ride didn't help," said Mills.

The game started at a glacial pace with both teams unable to find the range.

Wind River led 4-2 for their only lead of the contest with less than a minute remaining in the opening period, but Jalene Hanway hit back-to-back shots in the final second to lift the Wranglers to a 7-4 lead at the break.

Wind River's offense ground to a complete halt in the second period.

Tanisha Clair suffered a badly sprained ankle on Thursday in a win over Burlington and Madi David sat out her second game also with a leg injury.

Without the two guards, the Cougars were unable to generate anything in the half court and in spite of forcing Shoshoni turnovers, they couldn't score in transition, either.

The Wranglers had no problem in the second, rolling on a 19-4 run in the late first and through the second to dominate the game by the half.

In a series indicative of the Cougars' shooting woes, a late rally cut Shoshoni's lead to 10 points and Jessie Becker stole an errant Lady Blue pass, but in spite of four shots from three feet by three different players, the Cougars could not score.

Rachel Goff paced Shoshoni with nine points, while Vonnie Capitan was the only player on either team in double-figures.

Rocky Mountain 31, Shoshoni 28

On Friday, the Wranglers had their chances, but a dismal six of 21 attempts from the line was the difference in the game.

Rocky Mountain didn't shoot much better from the stripe hitting just 10 of 21, but that was enough for the conference win.

Brianna Thompson paced Shoshoni with 11 points while Hanway tallied 10.

Rocky Mountain 9 5 11 6 - 31

Shoshoni 8 8 7 5 - 28

Shoshoni - Whispe Pingetzer 1-2 1, Tammy Maddock 2 2-4 6, Brianna Thompson 4 3-9 11, Gheneice Medicine Cloud 0-1 0, Jalene Hanway 5 0-5 10. Totals 11 6-21 28

Rocky Mountain - Johnson 1 1-5 3, Arnold 4 (1) 2-4 13, Hocker 2 0-0 4, Steed 1-2 1, Timmons 1 1-4 3, Christensen 1 3-4 5, Lewis 2-2 2. Totals 9 (1) 10-21 31

Wind River 4 8 3 11 - 26

Shoshoni 7 14 7 10 - 38

Wind River - Lue Herbert 1-4 1, Vonnie Capitan 4 2-6 10, Kodi Anesi 0-2 0, Savannah Arneach 1 4-5 6, Natasha Lookingbill 0-2 0, Jaylynn Fightingbear 2 0-0 4, Josie Oldman 1 1-2 3. Totals 8 10-20 26

Shoshoni - Whispe Pingetzer 1 3-4 5, Wirthe Pingetzer 1-2 1, Rachel Goff 1 (1) 4-8 9, Tammy Maddock 3 2-2 8, Brianna Thompson 3-6 3, Jalene Hanway 5 3-6 13. Totals 10 (1) 15-28 38

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