Feb 17, 2012 - By Randy Tucker Sports WriterETHETE -- Most players would be happy with statistics like this as season totals, but very few players can shoot the ball like John Soundingsides.
The Wyoming Indian High School senior made the most of his final home game at Ethete Thursday night with an incredible 65 points.
The sharpshooting guard shattered Wyoming Indian scoring records throughout the night. His 65-point total broke his own school scoring record of 54 tallied last year at Saratoga, which eclipsed the long-standing total of 51 scored three decades ago by Jerry Antelope and matched later by Dennis Shoulderblade.
The 65 points is believed to be the largest point total ever scored in a game by a Fremont County basketball player.
Soundingsides led the Chiefs to a 116-42 walloping of Southwest 2-A rival Shoshoni and set up the final game of the season Friday night in Pavillion against the conference-leading Wind River Cougars.
Soundingsides hit 17 3-pointers in the game, also a school record. His older sister, Diana Sondingsides, the WIHS girls records at 55 points and 14 3-pointers, set in 2004 against Big Piney.
It didn't look much like a game Thursday as the Chiefs did everything they wanted to the Wranglers. WIHS built a 25-0 lead with Soundingsides setting the tone early on back-to-back 3-pointers in the first 45 seconds of play. He added a third trey a minute later. Shoshoni extended the defense, only to see the fleet-footed senior take the ball inside on quick drives.
Grayson Medicine Cloud finally broke the ice for Shoshoni on a drive with 1:23 left in the period, then found Josh Thoren on a behind -the-back pass for the Wranglers second basket of the period.
Wyoming Indian led 28-4 after one, with Soundingsides accounting for 16 of those points. His fourth 3-pointer of the opening period ripped the net with just two seconds on the clock.
It sounds ridiculous to describe a 12-point performance in a single period as cooling off, but that's what Soundingsides did in the second quarter.
The Chiefs are a very young team this year with just Ron Mitchell and Soundingsides graduating at the end of the year. In the second quarter, the younger Wyoming Indian players combined for 17 points. Donald Clifford tallied six in the period and Shane Willow five, including a 3-pointer.
The Chiefs held a 40-point lead at the break 57-17.
Wyoming Indian threatened to hit the century mark in the third period as Soundingsides came to life from the perimeter, hitting six-of-seven 3-point attempts and leading the Chiefs to a 31-point period.
In the fourth, Wyoming Indian Head Coach Craig Ferris played his entire bench but left Soundingsides on the floor.
Soundingsides tallied 19 in the final period, including five more 3-pointers.
The Chiefs topped 100 points on a Wilson Clifford layup with 5:34 left in the game
The final two baskets of Soundingsides's home career came on 3-point shots from beyond NBA range with 55 and 45 seconds left in the game.
WIHS 28 29 31 28 - 116
SHOSHONI 4 13 12 13 - 42
Wyoming Indian -- Shane Willow 3 (1) 0-0 9, Tyler Penatac 1 0-0 2, Charlie O'Neal 1 0-0 2, Joey Aragon 3 0-0 6, Wilson Clifford 2 (1) 0-0 7, Joseph Howell 4 0-0 8, Ron Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Alvin Spoonhunter 1 (1) 0-0 5, John Soundingsides 5 (17) 4-4 65, Trevor Williamson 1 0-0 2, Donald Clifford 3 0-0 6. Totals 26 (20) 4-4 116.
Shoshoni -- Nick Wright 1 0-0 2, Jayden Haslam 2 0-0 4, Josh Thoren 5 5-6 15, Jordan Whitener 2 0-1 4, Casey Lagois 1-2 1, Micah Mills 1 0-0 2, Grayson Medicine Cloud 4 2-2 10, Nathaniel Lutz 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-11 42.
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