Lady Chiefs defeat Wranglers, 55-30Feb 24, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
It was an all too familiar performance for the Shoshoni girls in a 55-30 loss to Class 2-A Southwest champions Wyoming Indian in the opening round of the West regional Thursday at Riverton.
Aside from a pair of 3-point shots by freshman Gheniece Medicine Cloud, Shoshoni shot the ball outside ineffectively, missing every shot not taken on the low block or in the paint.
Shoshoni advanced to a state qualifying game on Saturday against the loser of the Rocky Mountain/ Greybull game later on Friday after defeating Wind River, 47-29.
The Wranglers' post trio of Jalene Hanway, Ashley Steffen and Tammy Maddock tallied 24 of Shoshoni's 30 points in the contest, paced by 19 from Maddock.
Wyoming Indian didn't have that problem with all five starters scoring from six to 15 points.
The Chiefs hit Shoshoni hard with a full-court press, a defense that rattled them in the past, but Shoshoni handled it well this time.
Holding a decided height advantage when Maddock, Steffen and Hanway were on the floor at the same time, the Chiefs weren't able to penetrate, except on transition baskets until the second half.
Tight defenses are Wyoming Indian senior Morning Gambler's specialty and the long-range shooter opened up with a pair of 3-pointers and a following layup to build a 13-5 lead at the end of the first.
All-around star Amryn Brown hit a three in the second and the Chiefs pulled to a double-digit lead.
The Chiefs slowed from the perimeter in the second half with just a pair of 3-pointers, with one each coming from Shoshonna Norris and Gambler.
With the long-range shot limited, sophomore post Alex Trosper went to work from the left side of the low block and scored 10 second-half points.,
Gambler paced Wyoming Indian with 15 points, Brown had 12, Alex Trosper 10, Norris eight and Joely Trosper six.
The Chiefs face long time rival Lovell at 6 p.m. at Wolverine Gym.