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Lady Blue third, WIHS girls fourth
Feb 26, 2012 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
By Randy Tucker
Third-place games often are difficult ones to play in a regional tournament. Teams are tired and yet relieved to be in the game after battles earlier in the day that could have ended their seasons.
Those circumstances were evident Saturday afternoon at Central Wyoming College. as the Shoshoni and Wyoming Indian girls met for the third time this year. The Chiefs won the first meeting at Shoshoni in overtime, and the Wranglers took the second by two at Ethete.
Shoshoni won the bumper game Saturday in a much bigger way, 66-42.
The Wranglers took an early 5-0 on a Kolbi Pickinpaugh basket and three free throws before the Chiefs scored with 6:15 left in the first on a Kim Goggles jump shot.
Wyoming Indian knotted the game at seven on a Jasmine McGill layup and again 9-9 on an Anneshia Hill jumper, but they looked tired and sluggish in the effort.
The Chiefs didn't generate much energy in the opening minutes, and Shoshoni took advantage on a 10-2 run to end the opening period.
"We kept the legs fresh like we did all season in our rotation," Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin said. "Now we're on to our third season."
Celsey Martin hit a shot off the glass followed by a putback from Coralee Spratt with a following 3-pointer. Kiyana Martin ended the surge with an arching trey with six seconds left in the first.
The Chiefs played much better in the second period, with Hill opening the quarter with a trey. Wyoming Indian closed to seven on the shot but couldn't get any closer in the half.
Shoshoni began to dominate in the paint behind the play of Pickinpaugh, Sarah Thompson and Hailey Pince. A Kiyana Martin jump shot gave the Wranglers a 12-point lead with 1:12 left in the half, but the Chiefs came back quickly on a layup from Kelli Redcap and another basket by Hill.
Momentum swung back to Shoshoni in a huge way as the half ended. Pince took a lead pass and tossed a running, one-handed jump shot that left her fingers just as the buzzer sounded. The 25-foot heave hit nothing but net, and the Wranglers led 38-27 at the break.
The artillery barrage continued in the third. Natalie Goff and Tennell Parrish each hit opening treys to build a 17-point lead for Shoshoni.
Loveeda White answered with a trey and a short jumper for the Chiefs, and Wyoming Indian closed to 50-39 on a Brindi Lock follow shot that prompted a timeout by Martin with 7:09 left in the game.
Goff scored off the press breaker. and Spratt added a pair of free throws as the Wranglers began to pull away.
With two minutes to play and trailing by 20, Wyoming Indian head coach Aleta Moss emptied her bench and Martin soon followed.
Shoshoni faces either Tongue River or Pine Bluffs at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Casper College, while the Chiefs play one of the same teams at 9 a.m. Thursday, also at Casper College.
The Chiefs are a familiar team at the state tournament but Shoshoni makes its first appearance since taking the Class 1-A consolation title back in 2004.
SHOSHONI 19 19 10 18 - 66
WYOMING INDIAN 11 16 7 8 - 42
Shoshoni - Kiyana Martin 1 (1) 2-2 7, Tennell Parrish (1) 0-0 3, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 2 1-1 5, Natalie Goff 2 (1) 6-7 13, Sarah Thompson 3 0-4 6, Hailey Pince 2 (1) 0-2 7, Celsey Martin 1 0-0 2, Coralee Spratt 8 (1) 2-2 21, Olivia Thompson 2 0-0 4; Totals 20 (5) 11-18 66
Wyoming Indian - Anneshia Hill 2 (1) 5-10 12, Kanani Washakie 1 0-0 2, Brindi Lock 4-4 4, Loveeda White 2 (1) 1-2 8, Kim Goggles 2 0-0 4, Jasmine McGill 2 1-1 5, Kelli Redcap 3 0-0 2; Totals 12 (2) 11-17