Jan 10, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterPAVILLION --Conference wins are hard to come by in boys Southwest 2-A basketball, especially when opening against a traditional rival, but Wind River High School managed to rise to the challenge this week.
WRHS built a big lead early, then held on for a 50-47 win during its Thursday night home game against Shoshoni. The conference opener for both schools gives the Cougars an early edge while Shoshoni hits the road again Friday against top-ranked and unbeaten Wyoming Indian High School at Ethete.
Shoshoni took an opening lead Thursday on a close range shot from freshman Gary Medicine Cloud, but that was it for a long time for the Wranglers.Wind River had an 11-0 run fueled by transition baskets and drives by Delshai Roanhorse, Caleb C'Bearing and Brett Roanhorse.
Shoshoni finally broke the onslaught with a free throw by Nathanael Lutz with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
The Wranglers regained their composure to chip away at the lead in the second quarter.Shoshoni sophomore Triston Parrish opened scoring with his second trey of the game followed by a deft assist to Medicine Cloud, bringing the score closer at 18-15.Shoshoni eventually trailed by a single point when Parrish hit Mason Steffen on a layup with 2:11 left in the half.
Parrish let a long three-point attempt fly as the buzzer sounded, but he was thrown to the floor and given three free-throws. He made two of the three shots to end the half 24-22 in Wind River's favor.
Another Parrish-to-Steffen play tied the score at 24 to open the second half. The game was a battle for the final 15 minutes, with Shoshoni closing but never taking the lead from Wind River.
Shoshoni worked the perimeter to slow the Roanhorse brothers and C'Bearing, but in the process the Wranglers left their baseline wide open.The Cougar guards had WRHS sophomore forward Bryce Hankins cutting down the baseline for three straight baskets in the third quarter, followed by a pair of free throws when the Wranglers collapsed on him during another play.
The Cougars built a quick, six-point lead, but a third Parrish three-pointer closed the gap. Hankins hit his final two baskets of the period, and Wind River held a 40-33 lead at the final break.
Wind River maintained a six- to seven-point advantage for much of the final period, but back-to-back treys from Medicine Cloud and Parrish closed the margin to 48-46 with just 1:37 left to play.
The Cougars tried to run out the clock, but Shoshoni quickly fouled, and Wind River hit just one of three free throw attempts to keep Shoshoni's chances alive.
C'Bearing took advantage of Shoshoni's gambling defense on a wide open drive to the basket that sealed the win with 36 seconds left on the clock.
A pair of long range shots from Pingetzer glanced off the rim, and the Cougars picked up their first conference win.
WIND RIVER 17 7 16 10 - 50
SHOSHONI 10 12 11 13 -47
Wind River - 3 (1) 2-5 11, Brett Roanhorse 6 (2) 0-0 18, Clayton Reinick 2 2-3 6, Bryce Hankins 4 2-2 10, Delshai Roanhorse 1 (2) 0-0 8, Dakota Snyder 0-2 0; Totals 16 (4) 6-10 50
Shoshoni - Tristan Parrish (4) 4-6 16, Anthony Cousineau 1 0-2 2, Mason Steffen 2 0-0 4, Brace Pingetzer 4 2-5 10, Nathanael Lutz 1-2 1, Gary Medicine Cloud 5 (1)1-4 14; Totals 12 (5) 8-15 47
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