Shoshoni's season ends in loss to Lovell

Feb 26, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

Shoshoni came up just short in a 42-40 loss to the Bulldogs.

It wasn't the finish the Shoshoni Wranglers were looking for in a much-anticipated season, but it came to an end in overtime against conference rival Lovell, 42-40, late Saturday morning at Wolverine Gym in Riverton.

The Wranglers were routed by the Bulldogs at home and blown out with the varsity sitting in Lovell just a week ago, but Shoshoni came to play in the qualifying game on Saturday.

Shoshoni went toe-to-toe with Lovell for the full 36 minutes of the game, but missed golden opportunities at the line where they hit only five of 13 attempts.The Bulldogs weren't any better, hitting six of 14.

Saturday qualifying games are always the most brutal of tournament play and the game boiled down to the flash and style of senior guard Gary Medicine Cloud dribbling around, through and over the Bulldog defense and Lovell's 6-foot-6 post Trace Murphey powering inside with the strength of a snowplow against Shoshoni's smaller line up.

Shoshoni senior Zach Pickinpaugh tallied three blocks in the opening half against the taller Bulldogs.

Fellow senior Jason Thoren moved to guard for the game and at 6-foot-5, did a solid job handling Lovell's pressure.

The score was tied at 10-10 after one and Lovell went on a brief 7-0 run before the Wranglers recovered in the second, but it remained close throughout the half.

The Wranglers rolled in the third behind a pair of 3-pointers from Wade Cornell and took a 24-22 lead with 3:17 remaining in the quarter on the second three.

Ties at 24, 26, and 36 highlighted the final 10 minutes of the game.

Medicine Cloud was extraordinary on both ends of the floor. After picking up his fourth foul late in the third, he sat briefly, but came back with 7:13 left in the game and stayed on the floor for the duration.

Lovell took a 36-32 lead on a Brandon Teter jump shot, but Medicine Cloud penetrated and dished to Anthony Cousineau seconds later.

Lovell tried to run out the clock, but Medicine Cloud made a diving tip that Cousineau saved.

Medicine Cloud sent the game into overtime on a follow shot with 14 seconds remaining.

In the overtime, Pickinpaugh tied the game at 40-40 on a putback with 27 seconds remaining, but Lovell's Kyle Wolvington hit the game-winner on a drive with 12 seconds on the clock.

Shoshoni graduates a host of seniors in Medicine Cloud, Thoren, Cousineau, Pickinpaugh, J.J. Pingetzer and Simon Lutz.

Lovell 10 8 8 10 6 -42

Shoshoni 10 4 12 10 4 - 40

Lovell - Abraham 3 0-0 6, Snyder 3 0-2 6, Teter 3 1-2 7, Mayes 3-4 3, Wolvington 1 (2) 1-2 9, May 1 0-0 2, Murphey 4 1-4 9. Totals 15 (2) 6-14 42

Shoshoni - Wade Cornell (3) 0-0 9, Anthony Cousineau 2 0-2 4, Zac Pickinpaugh 3 2-6 8, Jason Thoren 2 2-4 6, Gary Medicine Cloud 6 1-1 13. Totals 13 (3) 5-13 40

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