Feb 21, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterSHOSHONI -- Thursday night at Shoshoni featured a final regular season contest between two teams on very different trajectories.
The Shoshoni Wranglers' season came to an end in the midst of a blistering offensive assault by the visiting Wyoming Indian Chiefs. Wyoming Indian blew out the Wranglers 108-38 to move one step away from a Southwest 2-A conference championship.
The 108 points is believed to be the most ever scored against the Wranglers and the most lopsided loss since Greybull routed Shoshoni nearly 20 years ago behind the play of future NFL star Brett Keisel.
Shoshoni played a competitive game at Wyoming Indian a month ago in an 82-62 loss, but the Wranglers lost freshman point guard Gary Medicine Cloud to injury last week at Kemmerer and were hampered badly by Wyoming Indian's pressure defense in his absence.
It didn't take long for the Chiefs to set the stage for their largest offensive production of the season. Noah Valdez hit a layup 90 seconds into the game that was answered by Shoshoni's Walker Reynolds, but that was it for a long time on the Shoshoni side of the scoreboard.
Buell Robinson and Valdez hit back to back 3-pointers, then both scored on driving layups. Senior Joseph Howell executed an entertaining Kevin McHale-style up and under, reverse step-through, and the Chiefs led 14-2. A pair of timeouts called by Shoshoni head coach Brady Slack did little to slow the run.
Wrangler sophomore Triston Parrish hit a layup to end the drought, but it was just a catalyst for more Wyoming Indian scoring. Robinson hit a second trey, followed by another from Tristan Gardner and a Trevor Williamson follow shot as the Chiefs rolled on another 10-0 run.
Parrish once again broke the run, this time on a 3-pointer with 2:30 left in the opening period.
The visiting side of the Wrangler scoreboard resembled a runaway pinball machine in the second period, as the Chiefs posted 34 points in highlight-reel fashion.
Wyoming Indian rained in five 3-pointers in the period by four different players. Jared Mosqueda hit a pair, with Valdez, Howell and Tristan Gardner all scoring beyond the arc as well.
Wyoming instituted a mercy rule this season that sets a running clock if a team takes a 40-point lead, but that is only invoked in the second half. Wyoming Indian broke a 40-point advantage with 4:10 left in the second after Valdez hit a layup to give the Chiefs a 52-12 lead.
The final two periods were played quickly, with only timeouts or injuries allowed to stop the clock. The Chiefs still managed 47 second half points with turnstile substitutions from Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris keeping a constantly changing lineup on the floor.
The only mystery left was who would break the century mark. That shot came with 2:11 remaining on a 3-pointer from Wyoming Indian freshman Ryan Tiger that lifted the score to 101-36.
In a unique ending, the head coaches agreed to let Shoshoni senior Brace Pingetzer try a few uncontested dunks as the game drew to a close.
After a final timeout with 1:31 left the Wyoming Indian defenders spread the floor and stood still as Pingetzer dribbled in from the left wing for a two-handed slam. Pingetzer took two more attempts but missed both and ended up on his back after the second attempt.
The Wranglers finish the season winless at 0-8 in the Southwest 2-A and will not get to play in a "pigtail" opportunity due to conference rules.
Wyoming Indian plays Wind River at Pavillion on Friday night.
SHOSHONI 8 10 10 10 --38
WYOMING INDIAN 27 34 23 24 -- 108
Shoshoni - Triston Parrish 3 (1) 1-3 10, Walker Reynolds 4 2-3 10, Anthony Cousineau 1 0-0 2, Mason Steffen 2 2-6 6, Brace Pingetzer 4 1-3 9, Jason Thoren 1-2 1, Nathanael Lutz 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 (1) 7-17-38
Wyoming Indian - Cory Lame Bear 1 (1) 0-0 5, Noah Valdez 5 (2) 0-0 16, Jared Mosqueda (2) 2-2 8, Ryan Tiger (1) 0-0 3, Wilson Clifford 5 0-0 10, Derek Aragon 1 (2) 0-0 8, Joseph Howell 4 (1) 0-2 11, Tristan Gardner 1 (2) 0-0 8, Buell Robinson 4 (3) 1-2 18, Robert Aragon 2 (1) 1-2 8, Trevor Williamson 6 1-3 13. Totals 29 (15) 5-11 108
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