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Wrangler girls among Class 2-A league hoop favorites
Shoshoni senior Sarah Thompson worked the ball as her sister, Olivia, closed on defense in a drill at practice. Photo by Randy Tucker

Wrangler girls among Class 2-A league hoop favorites

Nov 29, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Senior leadership will be a key this season, and Shoshoni has a talented group to draw from.

SHOSHONI -- Hopes are high this season for the Shoshoni girls basketball team.

The Lady Wranglers narrowly missed a trophy last season on a controversial call in the consolation championship game and lost three starters but return a bevy of talented girls.

Max Mills switches roles form boys to girls head coach, and the transition has gone smoothly. Mills was a longtime girls assistant for the Torrington Trailblazers and brings an up-tempo style that fits his team's excellent speed.

Mills is assisted this season by wife Christina Mills and by former Wrangler standout Sabrina Thoren.

Senior leadership will be a key this season, and Shoshoni has a talented group to draw from in Sarah Thompson, Kolbi Pickinpaugh, Celsey Martin, Shaide Pingetzer and Natalee Goff. Sophomores Olivia Thompson and Kiyana Martin will see substantial playing time as well.

With 19 girls on the roster, the Wranglers are still very young; 10 freshmen are on the roster.

Shoshoni won't have to travel too far to find the best competition in the west region, with conference rival Wind River loaded with talent, perennial power Wyoming Indian poised to make another run, and Northwest 2-A favorite Thermopolis on the schedule.

Shoshoni opens play this weekend at the Big Horn Basin tournament.

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