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Wranglers get back to action in games vs. two cross-county rivals

Jan 8, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A pair of Fremont County basketball opponents are on the schedule for the Shoshoni High School Wrangler basketball programs as the season resumes after Christmas break.

SHS makes the short drive Thursday night to Pavillion to face Wind River. The girls-boys doubleheader is slated to start at 5:45 p.m.

SHS plays at Wyoming Indian in doubleheader Friday night in Ethete.

"Both Wind River and Wyoming Indian are great basketball teams," SHS girls coach Max Mills said. "Both teams have good full-court presses, quality guards who can shoot the 3-pointers or drive to the basket."

The SHS girls are sitting with a 5-5 overall mark.

"I was pleased with the way we played in the first month of the basketball season," Mills said. "We faced tough competition, a large variety of offenses and defenses. The girls are becoming more comfortable with our system."

Shoshoni's Olivia Thompson is No. 1 in the conference in scoring at 19.6 points per game.

Teammate Annika Dechert is putting in 9.9 points.

"Over the Christmas break, we focused on handling a full-court press, attacking the basket on offense, and continuing to play tougher defense," Mills said. "We had intense practices over the break."

Lovell is the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2-A girls basketball.

Mills said Thermopolis, Rocky Mountain and Greybull all have teams that will be improved by the time postseason arrives in a couple of months.

"Kemmerer has a great team this year," Mills said.

Wrangler boys

The Shoshoni boys are standing with a 6-4 record after the first 10 games of the season under new coach Brady Slack.

The Wranglers are scoring 50 points per game. Wind River is putting in 59.5 points, while the high-powered WIHS Chiefs are connecting for 82.7 points per game.

Gary Medicine Cloud is scoring a team-high 13.4 points per game for Shoshoni. Jayden Haslam has scored 6.8 points per game.

Class 2-A boys basketball standings with conference mark listed first

Northeast

Moorcroft 0-0, 6-1

Big Horn 0-0, 3-6

Sundance 0-0, 2-5

Tongue River 0-0, 2-7

Wright 0-0, 1-10

Southeast

Burns 1-0, 5-3

Pine Bluffs 1-0, 5-3

Lusk 0-0, 7-1

Saratoga 0-1, 8-3

Southeast 0-1, 3-4

Northwest

Greybull 1-0, 8-1

Rocky Mountain 0-0, 7-2

Lovell 0-0, 3-5

Riverside 0-0, 1-7

Thermopolis 0-1, 6-5

Southwest

Wyoming Indian 0-0, 10-0

Big Piney 0-0, 6-2

SHoshoni, 0-0, 6-4

Wind River 0-0, 4-8

Kemmerer 0-0, 2-8

Girls

Northeast

Tongue River 0-0, 6-2

Sundance 0-0, 4-3

Big Horn 0-0, 3-6

Wright 0-0, 3-7

Moorcroft 0-0, 1-6

Southeast

Pine Bluffs 1-0, 6-2

Burns 0-0, 5-2

Southeast 0-0, 4-2

Lusk 0-0, 5-3

Saratoga 0-1, 4-7

Northwest

Lovell 0-0, 6-2

Greybull 0-0, 4-3

Thermopolis 0-0, 4-5

Rocky Mountain 0-0, 3-6

Riverside 0-0, 0-7

Southwest

Wind River 0-0, 9-3

Kemmerer 0-0, 6-3

Wyoming Indian 0-0, 5-4

Shoshoni 0-0, 5-5

Big Piney 0-0, 3-5