Jan 27, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterThe last time the Shoshoni boys defeated Fremont County rival Wind River on the hardwood, the seniors on this year's team were in kindergarten. The Cougars had dominated the Wranglers for 25 straight games dating back to the 2001 season, but that all came to an end Friday night in Shoshoni with a 61-53 Class 2-A Southwest win.
The win avenges a four-point loss three weeks ago at Pavillion and guarantees the two schools at least a pigtail big against each other in the upcoming regional tournament.
On Thursday the Wranglers fell to Riverside 52-47 in Basin.
It was a bad week for basketball at Pavillion as injury, ineligibility and expulsion severely diminished the Cougar lineup. Wind River posts Ryan Weliever and Brodie Miller missed the game and are doubtful for the remainder of the season with an ankle and knee injury, respectively.
Senior scoring leader Roger Wagon was dismissed from the team after a second major infraction.
With those challenges in place ,the Cougars started four players who are still waiting for a chance to get their driver's licenses. Freshmen Caleb C'Bearing, Cory Cress, Bryce Hankins and Delshai Roanhorse all drew the starting nod along with junior Brett Roanhorse.
The young Cougars gave the Shoshoni Wranglers, everything they wanted in the contest and hit eight 3-pointers in the process of playing a very challenging game.
Scoring opened with Cress hitting the first of his three first period 3-pointers. C'Bearing added another, and Delshai Roanhorse upped the ante to five from beyond the arc in the opening period.
Shoshoni couldn't generate any consistent half-court offense in spite of huge height advantage with 6-4 senior Josh Thoren and 6-3 junior Brace Pingetzer. Quick drives from C'Bearing and a putback by Brett Roanhorse gave the Cougars a surprising 21-12 lead at the first break.
In the second period the Wranglers finally found Thoren in the low block, and the senior scored four straight baskets to cut the score to 23-20. Pingetzer scored on a follow shot, and the game closed to a single point.
Wind River rallied on a three from Dakota Snyder and follow shots by Brett Roanhorse and C'Bearing to lead by six at the intermission.
Cress and C'Bearing hit scored on back-to-back, full-court drives to build the lead to double-digits again, but the Wrangler offense finally started to click. Lawry Johnson hit a pull-up jumper and Thoren went hard to the basket twice.
A trey from Wrangler freshman Tristan Parrish closed the game to 36-34, but C'Bearing dazzled the crowd on the next possession with a jab-step, fadeaway trey from 26 feet out.
Thoren and Pingetzer scored quickly, and Shoshoni took its first lead of the half on an up-and-under move by Johnson at 40-39. The Wranglers never trailed again.
Shoshoni went to the low block repeatedly to Thoren, Pingetzer and Nathaniel Lutz, and the smaller Cougars could only foul to slow the point-blank baskets.
A final trey from C'Bearing closed the game to six points but the Wranglers were able to hold on for their first conference win.
Riverside beats SHS
A generation ago there was a restaurant in Basin called the "Big B," and it was renowned for home cooking. It looked like a bit of that legendary cuisine found its way into the Riverside gym Thursday night.
In a very frustrating game, the Rebels edged the Wranglers by five points in spite of Shoshoni outscoring them 44-24 from the floor. Riverside hit 28 of 39 from the line while the Wranglers tallied just three of six from the stripe.
Shoshoni is not a pressing team, so the foul disparity was unique in this game.
Riverside hit six straight free throws, including four from a pair of technical fouls, late in the game to overcome a one point Wrangler lead.
Shoshoni hosts Big Piney on Friday and Kemmerer on Saturday in key Southwest contests.
SHOSHONI 12 14 18 17 -- 61
WIND RIVER 21 11 9 12 -- 53
Shoshoni -- Tristan Parrish 1 (1) 0-0 5, Mason Steffen 1 0-0 2, Josh Thoren 9 4-10 22, Brace Pingetzer 6 1-1 13, Lawry Johnson 2 3-4 7, Nathaniel Lutz 2 4-4 6, Jayden Haslam 2 2-2 6. Totals 23 (1) 12-19 61.
Wind River -- Caleb C'Bearing 5 (3) 3-4 22, Brett Roanhorse 4 0-0 8, Bryce Hankins 1 0-0 2, Delshai Roanhorse 2 (1) 0-2 7, Cory Cress 1 (3) 0-0 11, Dakota Snyder (1) 0-1 3. Totals 13 (8) 3-7 53.
RIVERSIDE 14 11 2 25 -- 52
SHOSHONI 10 13 5 19 -- 47
Riverside -- Getzfreid 2 (2) 12-16 22, McKim 1 4-6 6, Mercer 2 4-6 8, Vigil 1 1-3 3, Schwede 2 5-8 9, Deniz 1 2-3 4. Totals 9 (2) 28-39 52.
Shoshoni -- Parrish (1) 0-0 3, Thoren 6 (2) 2-2 20, Pingetzer 1 (1) 0-0 5, Johnson 4 1-3 9, Lutz 2 0-0 4, Haslam 3 0-1 6. Totals 16 (4) 3-6 47.
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