Jan 22, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSHOSHONI -- The Shoshoni Wranglers were starving for a victory and came up huge Tuesday night in a 65-61 victory over Thermopolis.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak at Wrangler Gym. Shoshoni is in the Class 2-A Southwest conference this year. Thermopolis plays in the 2-A Northwest.
Thermopolis shooting guard Trey Davis was a big reason the game became deadlocked at 56-56 in the fourth quarter.
He bombed away for six 3-pointers to produce 31 points. He hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter but none after that.
"We got a better hand on Davis and slowed him down a little bit," Shoshoni coach Brady Slack said. "We got him out of rhythm, which allowed us to rebound and get easy buckets. "
SHS had lost to Kemmerer 64-58 on Friday night and Big Piney 60-43 on the home floor.
SHS is 0-4 in league play. The Wranglers are 7-8 overall.
"The win was monster for us," Slack said. "Throughout the conference season we have gotten swept. We are at the midseason point. If we keep losing, the momentum is done, and we will start dropping our heads. To get a win like that shows that we can still fight, and we still have some chance to cause some havoc."
SHS hosts Burlington on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game. The Wranglers then play two straight home games, Thursday, Jan. 30, vs. Riverside, and Friday, Jan. 31, against Wind River.
"We better come infighting because we are coming down to the wire," Slack said. "We have to win against Kemmerer and Wind River to at least have a chance at a play-in game. Our conference is still wide open."
SHS 65, Thermopolis 61
Shoshoni put Gary Medicine Cloud at the point guard position and shifted Tristan Parrish to shooting guard.
"The start was huge for us," Slack said. "We made some adjustments. We felt that was their natural area. Tristan comes off the screens and hits shots really good. Gary is just a general on the floor. He is really good at running the floor."
The two guards helped SHS race out to a 31-26 halftime lead over Thermopolis.
"Gary did a good job of slowing down when we needed to and pushing the pace when we needed to go," Slack said.
The third quarter belonged to Davis from the outside. He drilled key 3-pointer after 3-pointer in the period. Thermopolis was hot as well, sinking five 3-pointers in the frame.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Shoshoni was up 45-43.
In the final period, Medicine Cloud, Walker Reynolds and Parrish each swished a free throw when the game was on the line.
SHS was 11-20 from the free throw line for the game.
"For the first time, we made our big free throws," Slack said. "That has killed us in the past. We have been shooting 35 percent on free throws. We have been in close games all year. We have lost games because of layups and free throws. This game, we won on free throws."
Medicine Cloud had 18 points for the home team. Brace Pingetzer and Mason Steffen finished with 13 points apiece.
Parrish scored 11 points in the balanced effort.
SHS 65, Thermopolis 61
SHOSHONI -- 14 17 14 20 -- 65
THERMOPOLIS -- 4 22 17 18 -- 61
Shoshoni -- Triston Parrish 2 (2) 1-1 11, Walker Reynolds 2 4-6 8, Masson Steffen 5 (1) 0-0 13, Brace Pingetzer 6 1-4 13, Gary Medicine Cloud 5 5-9 18. Totals 21 (4) 11-20 65.
Thermopolis -- Trey Davis 6 (6) 1-1 31, Jackson Rolling 1 (1) 1-3 6, Dylan Shaffer 2 0-2 4, Dominic Jensen 1 3-8 5, Jake Makeshine 1 (1) 4-8 9, Austin Rush 2 2-2 6, Totals 13 (8) 11-24 61.
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