Feb 13, 2012 - By Randy Tucker Staff WriterIn a preview of a possible regional tournament game, the Shoshoni Wranglers took every punch the Thermopolis Bobcats could throw and endured a brutal 50-37 win at home Saturday afternoon in the Wrangler's final home game of the season.
The two teams combined for 46 fouls, the Wranglers 24 and the 'Cats 22.
The foul fest was reflected at the line, with the teams combining for 57 free throws.
Tough defense by both teams was the primary factor in the lack of scoring consistency. Thermopolis opened in man-to-man or a 2-3 zone while Shoshoni played its familiar 1-3-1 trapping defense for nearly the entire contest.
The Wranglers scored just seconds into the game on a Kolbi Pickinpaugh post up, but scoring was non-existent for the next four minutes. At 3:52 Thermopolis scored its first basket to knot the game at two each.
Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin substituted five for five at his customary four-minute mark and the second five scored four quick baskets, paced by a pair from freshman Olivia Thompson. Kiyana Martin and Sarah Thompson scored as well, and the Wranglers led 10-4 at the end of one.
The Wranglers had trouble on the boards in the early going, but Sarah Thompson changed the stats quickly by grabbing nearly every defensive rebound.
The second quarter bogged down with whistle after whistle, as both teams closed in quickly on the double bonus. The slow pace was quick compared to what was to come in the second half.
An endless march to the free throw led to a game that lasted more than two hours.R00;Shoshoni made a run late in the second and early in the third that was really more of a walk to the charity stripe.
A 14-0 streak came featured two baskets from Olivia Thompson and 10-of-11 shooting from the line.
Thermopolis made a run of its own to close the game to four at the end of three.
In the final moments Shoshoni came to life on a Natalie Goff 3-pointer followed by a dish from Goff to Olivia Thompson. Thompson scored again on a wrap-around assist from Martin, and the Wranglers were up by 10.
Shoshoni has a single regular-season game remaining next Thursday at Wyoming Indian. The winner of the contest wins the Southwest 2-A conference title and earns one of the top seeds in the West 2-A Regional in two weeks.
SHOSHONIR00; R00;R00;R00;R00;R00;10 8 11 21 -- 50
THERMOPOLISR00; 4 7 14 12 -- 37
Shoshoni -- Kiyana Martin 1 2-2 4, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 1 2-2 4, Natalie Goff 1 6-8 4, Sarah Thompson 1 0-0 2, Hailey Pince 5-6 5, Coralee Spratt 2 8-10 12, Olivia Thompson 6 2-4 14; Totals 9 (1) 25-32 50
Thermopolis -- Fisher 2-8 2, Schmidt 4 2-3 6, Fisher 1 (1) 0-2 5, leyla 2-2 2, Bjochus 5 (1) 5-8 18, Schwalbe 0-2 0; Totals 10 (2) 11-25 37
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