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Late 3-pointer gives Shoshoni girls league title over Lady Chiefs
Shoshoni's Kolbi Pickinpaugh drove inside for a left-handed layup Thursday against Wyoming Indian at Ethete. Photo by Randy Tucker

Late 3-pointer gives Shoshoni girls league title

Feb 17, 2012 - By Randy Tucker Sports Writer

It was the biggest shot of her brief varsity career.

Shoshoni freshman Kiyana Martin set up just beyond the 3-point arc at the elbow with 10 seconds left in the game Thursday night at Ethete and hit an arching 3-pointer that barely moved the net.

The trey lifted the Shoshoni Lady Wranglers over home-standing Wyoming Indian 50-48 and secured the Class 2-A Southwest conference championship in the process.

Martin's shot ended a seesaw battle between the two conference co-leaders that lasted from the opening tip.

Wyoming Indian edged the Wranglers at Shoshoni earlier in the season in overtime. But a one-point loss to Wind River at home had the two teams tied with identical 6-1 conference records entering the game.

Thursday's trip to Ethete was the first in a long time for Shoshoni. The Wranglers moved to the Southwest 2-A this season and renewed a series that was one of the best in Class 2-A more than a decade ago and looks to return to that status.

Coralee Spratt hit a pair of free throws just 35 seconds into the game to give Shoshoni an early lead.

Shoshoni senior Tennell Parrish is known for her defensive skills but the diminutive point guard brought a little extra magic to Ethete Thursday. Parrish hit a 3-pointer early in the first and added another in the second, her first pair of treys in one game this season.

Long-range shooting was key for both teams as defensive adjustments by both coaches shut down the usually effective post play of each team.

The score was tied at two and eight after Shoshoni held brief leads before Anneshia Hill drained a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in the first that gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game.

Hill hit a driving layup a few seconds later but then picked her third foul and went to the bench.

The second period was an offensive struggle, with defense taking the leading role in the game. Kanani Washakie hit a trey, and Parrish hit her second 3-pointer on a long, flat shot from the top of the key.

Shoshoni never led in the second but tied the game three times. Wyoming Indian's biggest lead came with 2:43 left in the half on a Jocelyn Underwood jumper from just inside the arc.

The third opened with Hailey Pince tying the game on a short jumper, but the Chiefs rolled to their biggest lead of the game on a 6-0 run fueled by a pair of drives from Hill and another by Jasmine McGill.

SHS coach Dan Martin quickly called time out with 4:43 left in the period and Wyoming Indian leading 29-23.

Spratt scored on a drive off a set play drawn up in the timeout, and Martin hit the first of her trio of treys to close the margin to one point.

Kiyana Martin's second trey of the period lifted the Wranglers to a 33-31 advantage and Kolbi Pickinpaugh's free throw gave Shoshoni a three-point lead.

That quickly evaporated when Martin fouled Jasmine McGill on a 3-point attempt.

McGill hit all three free throws to tie the game at 34.

Shoshoni put on a flurry in the last 30 seconds of the third on a putback by Pickinpaugh and Spratt drive to lead by four at the final break.

Kim Goggles and Hill scored quickly to knot the game again at 38, but Shoshoni jumped ahead by five on a layup and trey from Spratt.

A McGill drive, a pair of free throws from Brindi Lock and a step-through spin by Goggles regained the lead for Wyoming Indian, but it only lasted 15 seconds as Pickinpaugh hit a pair of free throws on the other end of the floor.

Goggles hit the final basket of the game for Wyoming Indian giving the Chiefs a 48-47 lead with 2:27 remaining.

Shoshoni turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Moss put her team in a delay.

Shoshoni was forced to foul, and McGill stepped to the line with 21 seconds.

She missed the front end of the bonus, setting up the final sequence with Martin's trey giving the Wranglers the top seed from the Southwest in next weekend's West 2-A regional in Riverton.

WIHS 13 10 11 14 -- 48

SHOSHONI 10 11 17 12 - 50

Wyoming Indian -- Anneshia Hill 6 (1) 2-2 17, Brindi Lock 3-6 3, Kanani Washakie 3 (1) 2-4 11, Kim Goggles 4 0-0 8, Jocelyn Underwood 1 0-0 2, Jasmine McGill 2 3-3 7. Totals 16 (2) 10-15 48

Shoshoni -- Kiyana Martin (3) 0-0 9, Tennell Parrish (2) 0-1 6, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 1 4-6 6, Sarah Thompson 2 0-0 4, Natalie Goff 1-2 1, Hailey Pince 3 1-2 7, Coralee Spratt 2 (1) 6-6 13, Olivia Thompson 2 0-0 4. Totals 10 (6) 12-17 50.

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