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Wrangler girls surprise Wind River

Wrangler girls surprise Wind River

Feb 3, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

The win lifts the Wranglers to 2-3 in conference play,while the Cougars dropped to 3-22 with the loss.

SHOSHONI -- The Shoshoni girls threw the proverbial monkey wrench into the Class 2-A Southwest standings with a 51-26 win over a shor-thanded Wind River team Friday night at home.

The win lifts the Wranglers to 2-3 in conference play, while the Cougars dropped to 3-2 with the loss.

The game ends the regular-season series between the two longtime rivals with a win each.

Wind River coach Justin Walker played Friday's contest without three starters, who missed the game for a variety of reasons.

Wind River traded baskets with Shoshoni in the early going, but the pace was set by the Wranglers from the start. It was a more frenetic pace than the Cougars could handle.

Trailing 9-7 with 5:41 remaining in the opening period, the Wranglers blew the game open on a determined 11-0 run that didn't stop until Wind River's Whisper Sunrhodes hit a layup with 3:15 left in the half.

The game's tempo was established by Shoshoni junior Olivia Thompson, whose quickness and distance runner's endurance left the Cougars panting in her wake for much of the contest.

Thompson drained a variety of off balance, twisting shots during the Wrangler run.

Leading 24-14 entering the third, Shoshoni quickly ended any hopes of a Wind River rally.

Thompson cooled off from the floor, and the pace slowed a bit, but Shoshoni had another weapon in sophomore Raine Pingetzer ,who was deadly with short jump shots from the high post.

Thompson tallied 16 and Pingetzer 14 to lead Shoshoni, but five other girls tallied points. Junior Annika Dechert narrowly missed double figures with nine, including a solid five of six from the free-throw line.

On the night, the Wranglers were 21 of 35 from the line, while the Cougars suffered in that category as well, hitting only four of 18 attempts from the stripe.

The foul count was indicative of Wind River's tired legs, with most of the infractions coming after Shoshoni had penetrated to point-blank range on the low block.

A telling sequence came with 2:43 left in the third, when Thompson raced through the middle of the Cougar defense in transition and found guard Tarisha Parrish wide open via a full-speed bounce pass. Parrish's bucket doubled the score at 36-18. Shoshoni never looked back.

The Wranglers hit the road for the long trek to Kemmerer and Big Piney next weekend.

Wind River entertains Class 1-A Dubois on Friday, then travels to Riverside Saturday.

SHOSHONI 15 9 15 12 -- 51

WIND RIVER 9 5 4 8 -- 26

Shoshoni - Annika Dechert 2 5-6 9, Tarisha Parrish 2 0-0 4, Raine Pingetzer 5 4-9 14, Katelyn Jennings 2 1-2 5, Audrya Tarango 3-4 3, Raimee Dempster 0-2 0, Olivia Thompson 4 8-12 16; Totals 15 21-35 51

Wind River - Josee Vogel 2 2-6 6, Tory Thoman 1 1-6 3, Whisper Sunrhodes 1 0-0 2, Macayla Arrington 5 0-1 10, Chola Bell 2 1-3 5, Michaun Yellowplume; Totals 11 4-18 26

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