Jan 13, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterIt wasn't exactly what the experts predicted it would be Friday night in Ethete. Shoshoni came to Wyoming Indian High School to play the undefeated Chiefs, and most fans anticipated a blowout. But Wranglers didn't get the message, giving Wyoming Indian its toughest test of the season.
WIHS pulled away in the final period to take an 82-62 win over Shoshoni. In the process the Chiefs remain unbeaten and took the early lead in the Southwest 2-A with a 1-0 mark. The Wranglers fell to 0-2 in conference play with the loss.
The Chiefs doubled up Riverside 88-44 Saturday on the road in Big Horn County.
The Wranglers are very young this season, with a roster full of freshman and sophomores. Youth is often inconsistent, and perhaps that explains an inconsistent showing Thursday in Pavillion in a 50-47 loss to Wind River but a stellar effort Friday against the top team in all of Class 2-A basketball.
Friday's game featured a duel between two of the best freshmen in Wyoming regardless of division. Wyoming Indian's Buell Robinson and Shoshoni's Gary Medicine Cloud each led his respective team in scoring, with Robinson tallying 32, including seven 3-pointers, and Medicine Cloud scoring 21 with a trio of treys.
The opening period featured a pair of ties and three lead changes before the Chiefs took a late 13-12 advantage. Long-range shooting by both teams kept the crowd guessing when somebody would cool off from the perimeter.
Robinson hit a pair of treys in the first, while Wilson Clifford drove through the Wrangler defense for two layups. Clifford had an impressive floor game, scoring 21 points.
Shoshoni countered with two 3-pointers, the first from Brace Pingetzer and the second by Triston Parrish. Walker Reynolds hit the opening shot of the game on a 12-foot set shot, and Mason Steffen added a layup in the tight contest.
In the second quarter, the Chiefs picked up a little breathing room behind five 3-pointers. Robinson hit three, with Clifford and Tristan Gardner also scoring from beyond the arc.
Shoshoni answered the same way, with four players scoring from the Promised Land. Parrish, Steffen, Pingetzer and Medicine Cloud all hit from various spots on the floor.
Fatigue began to play a factor in the third, with most of Shoshoni's scoring coming from one-on-one moves by Medicine Cloud. Only Pingetzer added additional points in the quarter.
Wyoming Indian went inside to Trevor Williamson and Joseph Howell, with Clifford posting up as well. Shoshoni didn't match up well in the paint, and the Chiefs kept a six- to eight-point advantage through the period.
The Chiefs finally pulled away on back-to-back treys from Robinson. His long-range shooting extended the Wrangler defense, and the Chiefs were able to go inside to Williamson, Clifford and Howell. They scored seven of Wyoming Indian's final eight baskets.
The Wranglers now are home for six straight, beginning with conference games against Kemmerer and Big Piney next weekend.
The Chiefs host Wind River and Rocky Mountain this Friday and Saturday.
WYOMING INDIAN 13 26 16 27 - 82
SHOSHONI 12 20 17 18 - 62
Wyoming Indian - Noah Valdez 1-3 1, Jared Mosqueda 1 2-2 4, Wilson Clifford 8 (1) 2-6 21, Joseph Howell 3 2-2 8, Tristan Gardner 1 (1) 1-2 6, Buell Robinson 3 (7) 5-8 32, Trevor Williamson 4 2-4 10. Totals 20 (9) 15-25 82
Shoshoni - Triston Parrish (3) 0- 09, Walker Reynolds 1 1-2 3, Mason Steffen 2 (1) 4-4 11, Brace Pingetzer 2 (3) 3-6 16, Jason Thoren 1 0-0 2, Gary Medicine Cloud 4 (3) 4-7 21. Totals 10 (10) 12-19 62
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