Wrangler girls down Bobcats for second straight win

Jan 22, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Olivia Thompson had 24 points for Shoshoni to lead all scorers Tuesday.

SHOSHONI -- Two consecutive victories from the Shoshoni High School Wranglers girls basketball team have brought new momentum to the team.

The Wranglers held on Tuesday night to register a 50-43 win against Thermopolis in the middle of a six-game home stand.

SHS is now 7-8 overall.

"Anytime you get a win against a 2-A school, especially on the west side is a big deal," SHS girls coach Max Mills said.

The Wranglers defeated conference foe Big Piney 34-24 on Saturday afternoon.

"After coming out of Christmas break, we knew that we were going to have to play hard," Mills said. "The kids have really focused that in on practice. It has been full speed every day."

Kemmerer downed Shoshoni 39-26 on Friday night.

"Our practices have been extremely intense the last couple of weeks," Mills said. "The kids that you don't see in a varsity game are making a huge contribution to this team."

SHS plays Burlington this Saturday in a non-conference game, also at home.

"We will fight hard to get a couple of more conference wins if we can," Mills said. "We will just try to get into regionals and try to scare some people."

SHS 50, Thermopolis 43

Shoshoni's Olivia Thompson entered the game as the No. 1 scoring option.

Thompson reached double figures by halftime with 15 points, and the Wranglers were ahead 37-28.

"Anytime you start down, it's tough to climb back out," Mills said.

"When you get a lead on somebody, they have to fight to use a lot of energy to get back into it."

Midway through the third quarter, Thermopolis closed the score to 40-34.

Thompson hit two important free throws to make the scoreboard read 42-34.

"Our kids did a really good job of finding the open people," Mills said. "They were taken quality shots."

In the final two minutes, Shoshoni's Annika Dechert hit one of two free throws.

"Just making the first of a one-on-one or a double bonus helps your team," Mills said.

Dechert missed the second free throw, but Thompson managed to split the Thermopolis defense to pull in the rebound and score two points to clinch the victory.

"Olivia plays hard," Mills said. "Her motor never stops. The great part is that she trusts in her teammates. We do a really good job of getting her the ball when she is open. She does a great job of getting her teammates the ball when she is not. It has really turned into a group of girls that are on the same page."

Dechert runs the team from the point guard slot.

"Annika is one that we want on the free-throw line at the end of the game," Mills said.

Thompson paced SHS with 24 points. Teammate Raine Pingetzer had 12.

Shoshoni 50, Thermopolis 43

Shoshoni -- Annika Dechert 3 2-3 8, Raine Pingetzer 5 2-6 12, Katelyn Jennings2 0-0 4, Rachel Goff 1 2-2 4, Olivia Thompson 8 8-9 24. Totals 1912 -20 50.

Thermopolis -- Delanie Price 5 0-0 10, Bailey Fisher 1 5-8 7, Jannel Harvey 4 1-2 9, Dakota Jeffs (2) 0-0 6, Julia Blakesley 0 1-2 1, JuliesWard 2 2-4 6. Totals 13 (2) 11-16 43

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