Burlington girls slow it down to beat Shoshoni

Feb 1, 2012 By Randy Tucker Sports Writer

Burlington set the pace of the game Tuesday night at home and handed the Shoshoni girls just their third loss of the year in an ugly, low-scoring affair, 29-25.

The non-conference win by the Huskies avenges a 20-point loss to the Wranglers two weeks ago in Shoshoni.

Burlington head coach Jerry Patrick's game plan was to slow down the tempo.

The strategy worked, with neither team playing well offensively.

Shoshoni led throughout the opening half and held an 11-9 advantage at the intermission.

The Wranglers have relied on their depth for much of the season so far but couldn't get anyone to score consistently against Burlington's defense.

"Mama said there would be days like this," Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin said.

The Wranglers whipped the ball around the perimeter well but couldn't find an open shooter on most possessions in spite of passing up to a dozen times in each half court series.

Unforced errors, particularly traveling calls, limited Shoshoni's usually effective dribble-drive scoring as well.

The third period continued the slow pace, but Shoshoni built a small 13-9 lead with 3:10 left in the period on an Olivia Thompson layup.

Burlington quickly answered. with Sadie Neves tying the game at 13 with a quick drive just a minute later.

Coralee Spratt regained the lead for Shoshoni at the free-throw line, but the Wranglers couldn't get any consistency.

Jessica Stansworth gave the Huskies their first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer, and they built a five-point lead with four minutes left in the contest.

Spratt cut the margin to two on a 3-pointer, and Thompson cut the gap to one on a free throw, but that was as close as the Wranglers would get. Dismal free-throw shooting by both teams characterized the last two minutes of play.

With 45 seconds left the Wranglers had a glimmer of hope when Thompson hit a follow shot and got an additional free throw. She missed the charity but Sarah Thompson snagged the rebound and put the ball in to cut the score to 25-23.

The Wranglers set up a full-court press, but Stansworth broke open deep, missed the open layup but grabbed her own miss and put the ball back in on a follow shot.

Free throws in the last 10 seconds set the final score at 29-25.

Shoshoni entertains Southwest 2-A opponents Big Piney and Kemmerer on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

SHOSHONI 3 6 5 11 -- 25

BURLINGTON 4 3 6 16 -- 29

Shoshoni -- Tennell Parrish 2-2 2, Sarah Thompson 2 0-2 4, Hailey Pince 1 0-0 2, Coralee Spratt (1) 5-9 8, Olivia thompson 4 1-4 9. Totals 7 (1) 8-17 25.

Burlington -- Julie Davidson 1 0-0 2, Sadie Neves 2 7-13 11, Ashely Wardell 1-8 1, Shelby Nicholson 2 0-0 4, Jessica Stansworth 1 (1) 2-3 7, Janet Davidson 1 2-4 4. Totals 7 (1) 12-28 29.

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