Feb 14, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSeveral tight games in the Class 2-A Southwest boys basketball conference haven't gone the right way for the Shoshoni Wranglers.
Shoshoni has been eliminated from postseason play.
The Wranglers lost to Kemmerer twice and Wind River once by 11 points. The backbreaker was a 60-58 loss to Kemmerer Saturday afternoon on the road.
"We have given ourselves a chance in every game we have played this year," SHS coach Brady Slack said. "With a new coach we panicked at the end of the games. That has cost us all the close ones."
Shoshoni is winless in the conference at 0-7 and 8-12 overall. Kemmerer has produced a 3-2 league mark.
"Both games we have played with Kemmerer were either tied or within a couple of points down the stretch," Slack said. "Kemmerer has two very good players. Offensively they are tough."
Big Piney is No. 1 in the five-team league after going 5-0 and 17-2 overall.
Big Piney defeated SHS 68-36 last Friday night.
"Big Piney is just tough," Slack said. "They are just so physical. They are so mentally strong."
Wyoming Indian stands with a 3-1 league mark losing to Big Piney on the road. The rematch between the two teams comes Saturday afternoon in Ethete. WIHS is up to 18-1 overall
SHS ends the regular season by hosting Wyoming Indian on Thursday night.
"We are excited to send the seniors out with a win on Senior Night," Slack said. "That is all that we have to play for and maybe show that we can play with a top, premier team."
In the lose to Kemmerer, SHS was up two points with a minute left on the clock.
"We did have a chance to win," Slack said. "We missed a couple of short jumpers to seal the deal."
With 10 seconds left in regulation, Slack called a timeout to draw up a play.
"Kemmerer did a nice job of putting pressure on us defensively," Slack said. "We never really got a good shot off."
Shoshoni's Gary Medicine Cloud had 19 points, but he injured his knee with three minutes left.
Medicine Cloud will miss the game vs. Wyoming Indian.
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