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Late surge by Chief girls leads to win in Shoshoni
Jan 6, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
WIHS took a 17-point victory Saturday over Riverside.
SHOSHONI -- The Wyoming Indian girls rode an 11-2 run in the final three minutes of the second period Saturday to a 51-45 Southwest 2-A win over the home standing Shoshoni Wranglers for their first conference win of the season.
Wyoming Indian pulled away from Riverside in the final period Friday night 66-49 behind 27 points from sophomore Brindi Lock in non-conference action in Big Horn County.
In Saturday's cross-county contest, Shoshoni rallied in the second half to close to a single point, but the Lady Chiefs held on for the win.
Shoshoni looked on the verge of a blowout in the opening minutes taking a 6-0 lead and easily passing the ball through the Wyoming Indian full-court press but that all changed as the game moved on.
A 3-pointer from Loveeda White cut the lead in half, but Shoshoni regained its six point advantage on baskets by Kolbi Pickinpaugh and Sarah Thompson. The first of Wyoming Indian's opening-half runs saw the Chiefs roll up seven unanswered points to take their first lead at 11-10.
Shoshoni briefly regained the lead at 12-11 on a pair of Sarah Thompson free throws, but Wyoming Indian pulled ahead for good on a spinning turnaround shot by Lock.
Lock had a stellar game in the low post, using her quick moves and even quicker release to score over the taller Wranglers in the paint.
With just three points dividing the two teams and 2:52 left to play in the half, Wyoming Indian pulled to a double-digit lead on a Dailyn Friday post move, a Jocelyn Underwood layup and trey from Sierra Pingree. Shoshoni's only answer to the onslaught was a follow shot by Pickinpaugh.
A Natalee Goff jumper along with three free throws and a pair of coast-to-coast drives by Olivia Thompson closed the game to a single point at 42-41 with 5:11 remaining.
Thompson took a charge on the ensuing series and it looked like momentum had swung firmly into Shoshoni's corner but the Chiefs showed great poise, with White hitting the second of her three 3-pointers and Lock converting a pair of free throws to rebuild the lead to 47-41.
The high point of the final period came with just 41 ticks remaining on the clock, when White split the Shoshoni defense and hit Lock with a wrap-around pass for an easy layup.
A full-court drive by Annika Dechert closed the game to just four points, but Shoshoni fell apart with a bad pass and an over and back call to end the game.
On the night, the Wranglers had a terrible time breaking Wyoming Indian's press after the opening minutes. Repeated errant passes and defensive tipped balls by the Chiefs hampered Shoshoni throughout the game, limiting the offense.
White paced the Chiefs with 17 to lead all scorers. Lock added a dozen.
Olivia Thompson paced Shoshoni with 16.
SHOSHONI 13 10 12 10 -- 45
WYOMING INDIAN 14 21 7 8 -- 51
Shoshoni -- Annika Dechert 1 0-0 2, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 3 2-3 8, Natalee Goff 2 5-7 9, Sarah Thompson 2 3-6 7, Celsey Martin 1 1-5 3, Olivia Thompson 8 0-1 16. Totals 17 11-22 45.
Wyoming Indian -- Sierra Pingree (1) 0-0 3, Brindi Lock 5 2-3 12, Loveeda White 3 (3) 2-4 17, Rhiannon Mitchell (1) 0-0 3, Jocelyn Underwood 1 1-5 3, Jasmine McGill 3 0-1 6, Dailyn Friday 1 1-3 3. Totals 15 (5) 6-15 51.
WYOMING INDIAN 19 19 10 18 -- 66
RIVERSIDE 17 18 9 5 -- 49
Wyoming Indian -- Brindi Lock 10 7-10 27, Kanani Washakie 3 (1) 0-0 9, Loveeda White 8 0-0 16, Rhiannon Mitchell (1) 0-0 3, Jocelyn Underwood 2 0-2 4, Jasmine McGill 3 0-2 6, Dailyn Friday 1-2 1. Totals 26 (2) 8-14 66
Riverside -- Cyndie Clark 8 4-9 20, Brittany Vigil 4 1-5 9, Mandy Willert 4 (3) 0-0 17, Staci Dellos 0-3 0, Gabby Alcaraz 1 1-3 3. Totals 17 (3) 6-20 49