Wranglers lose to Rocky Mountain, face play-inFeb 19, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Shoshoni also dropped a game against Lovell, which leaves a contest against Riverside on Monday.
It's a gamble you take when you put all your eggs into one basket.
The Shoshoni boys did just that this weekend, with head coach Brady Slack not taking his five starters to Lovell on Friday night to rest for a game on Saturday that would determine seeding for Rocky Mountain and the home- standing Wranglers from second to fourth.
"We were sick and had a player just return with medical issues," said Slack. "Lovell coach Craig Lundberg was great.I told him the situation and said we'd bring our full team if he had something he needed to work on, but he said no, just take care of your team."
Shoshoni's younger players were demolished 65-16 by a talented Lovell team on Friday and the Wranglers fell hard to a hot-shooting Rocky Mountain squad on Saturday, 78-59.
The losses send Shoshoni to a Monday afternoon play-in game against winless Riverside at Shoshoni.
The Wranglers swept the Rebels this season, but still have to play for the right to face top-seeded Wind River out of the Class 2-A Southwest in a 4 p.m. game on Thursday at Wolverine gym in West regional tournament play.
While Shoshoni's starting five watched Riverton defeat Cody Friday the younger Wranglers got a taste of varsity basketball and it didn't go well with Shoshoni scoring just two points in the first and fourth quarters.
If Shoshoni had won on Saturday, they would tie with Greybull for second place and a coin flip would determine seeding. It was easier for Rocky Mountain, win and play Big Piney in the opening round, lose and face once-beaten and second-ranked Wind River.
Rocky didn't waste any time building a quick 5-0 lead and never looked back.The Grizzlies were positively molten from the perimeter, paced by 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Ethan Price, who drained six of eight 3-point attempts on the night. His first four shots didn't move the net as they dropped perfectly through the twine.
Shoshoni relied on the heroic play of senior guard Gary Medicine Cloud, who played a full 32 minutes of the game at breakneck pace and either scored himself or generated through assists all of the Wranglers offense.
Anthony Cousineau was give a medical release to play earlier in the week and the 6-foot-4 senior made the best of it, scoring 17 points in his final regular-season game.
Rocky was hot from outside and when Shoshoni extended their defense, the Grizzlies only senior, Cole Simmons penetrated down the lane and dished off to waiting post players or took the ball to the baskets.
Simmons is the son of Rocky head coach Mike Simmons who missed the game with the onset of kidney stones late Friday. Assistant coach Pat Winland took the helm and led the Grizzlies to the surprisingly easy victory.
"When you shoot like that you can beat anybody," said Slack. "I've never seen a team that hot before."
Medicine Cloud paced the Wranglers with 22 points while Price's 19 led the Grizzlies.
The Shoshoni boys play in the middle of a three-game play-in series following the Dubois/Ten Sleep boys and before the Shoshoni girls.
Shoshoni 2 6 6 2 - 16
Lovell - 15 19 18 13 - 65
Shoshoni - Dylan Konija 1 0-0 2, Kaden Sanderson (1) 0-0 3, Wade Cornell 1-2 1,Andrew Jennings 1 0-0 2, Justin LaJeunesse (1) 0-1 3, Mikeal Bessler 1 0-0 2, Simon Lutz (1) 0-0 3. Totals 3 (3) 1-2 16
Lovell - Abraham 2 0-1 4, Cornia 2 0-0 4, Snyder 2 0-0 4, Teter 4 (2) 0-0 14, Mayes 5 0-0 10, Wolvington 1-2 1, Schneider 3 0- 6, Lundberg 2 (1) 0-0 7, Savage 1 0-0 2, Murphy 7 1-1 15. Totals 27 (3) 2-4 65
Shoshoni - 12 14 21 12 - 59
Rocky Mountain 22 20 14 22 - 78
Shoshoni - Kaden Sanderson 2 (1) 0-1 7, Anthony Cousineau 6 5-7 17, Zach Pickinpaugh 2 (1) 1-2 8, Jason Thoren 1 1-5 3, J.J. Pingetzer 1 00- 2, Gary Medicine Cloud 8 (1) 3-6 22, Totals 20 (3) 10-21 59
Rocky Mountain - Price 1 (6) 1-1 21, Simmons 4 4-4 12, Jewell 1 2-2 4, May 5 (2) 1-1 17, Davison 4 (1) 5-6 16, Allred 3 2-2 8. Totals 18 (9) 15-16 78