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Cougar girls win cross-county war vs. Shoshoni

Cougar girls win cross- county war vs. Shoshoni; SHS downs Riverside

Jan 27, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

SHOSHONI -- Shoshoni's and Wind River's girls met for the second time this season Friday night, and the results were nearly identical to the first meeting three weeks ago in Pavillion. Wind River remained tied for first place in the Class 2-A Southwest conference after taking a brutal 63-46 win over the Lady Wranglers in Shoshoni. Shoshoni easily handled Riverside 43-20 in non-conference action Thursday in Basin.

The Cougars opened in their familiar full-court pressure defense, and it gave the Wranglers fits from the opening possession. The first period featured more turnovers than points on both ends of the floor, plus and fouls that set the tone of the game.

Shoshoni led 4-0 early on back-to-back steals, followed by coast-to-coast drives by sophomore Olivia Thompson. Thompson's speed is hard to contain and the fleet -footed forward tallied 17 points Friday night to lead the Wranglers. A day earlier at Basin she poured in 27 points, a career high and more than half of the points scored by the Wranglers.

Wind River's offense was more traditional, with extremely good balance inside and out. Amanda C'Bearing and Tori Thoman provided the outside game, and the Cougar front line of Lexi Brown, Macayla Arrington and Brett Groesbeck provided the inside attack.

Cougar junior Shaylee Lonedog never had the chance to score inside or out as she was fouled each time she touched the ball. Lonedog made double figures anyway, hitting eight of 11 from the free-throw line in addition to field goal. Shoshoni trailed by 10 points at the first break but that evaporated quickly as the Wranglers rolled on a 9-0 run to open the second period and closed the gap to a single point.

Thompson hit a jumper followed by a pair of power drives by Natalee Goff and three free throws.

Josee Vogel picked up her third foul with 5:48 left in the opening half after picking up a pair of fouls attempting to slow Goff's hard drives to the basket.

Wind River's pressure continued to hamper Shoshoni's offense, and a 10 second backcourt violation added to the Wranglers' frustration in getting the ball into the forecourt. The half ended with Wind River holding a 26-21 advantage.

Thoman hit a layup and C'Bearing hit the first of two treys, but the Cougars couldn't break away. Goff and Thompson continued to drive hard to the basket. Shoshoni was unable to get into an organized half-court offense, but drives and foul shots kept it close.

Freshman Alexa Wagon drained a 3-pointer with 2:54 left in the third to give the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the second half at 43-33.

Perhaps the best play of the game came just a few seconds later when Lonedog drove hard down the right side, then drilled a perfect bounce pass through the Wrangler defense to a wide-open Arrington for the final points of the third period.

Shoshoni rallied one final time on drives by Thompson and Goff, but Wind River had a rally of its own fueled by Brown.

The game ended on a 14-3 run by Wind River in the final three minutes, and the Cougars moved to a 4-1 conference record. Shoshoni dropped to 1-4 with the loss and has a must-win game against Big Piney this weekend to avoid a pigtail game.

Wind River entertains Northwest conference leading Lovell on Thursday.

RIVERSIDE 2 9 5 4 -- 20

SHS 12 9 14 12 - 43

Riverside - Staci Dellos 2 2-3 6, Gabby Alcarez 0-1 0, Brittany Vigil 3 1-4 7, Cyndie Clark 3 1-5 7. Totals 8 4-13 20.

Shoshoni - Annika Dechert 1 0-0 2, Kiyana Martin 2 (1) 1-2 8, Natalee Goff 1 0-2 2, Taylor Robinett 0-1 0, Sarah Thompson 2 2-4 6, Celsey Martin 2-2 2, Olivia Thompson 13 1-4 27. Totals 19 (1) 6-13 43.

SHS 9 12 12 13 -- 46

WRHS 19 7 19 18 -- 63

Shoshoni - K. Martin 1 3-5 5, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 1 1-2 3, Goff 5 6-16 16, S. Thompson 2 1-7 5, O. Thompson 8 1-3 17. Totals 17 12-33 46.

Wind River - Josee Vogel 2 3-4 7, Shaylee Lonedog 1 8-11 20, Tori Thoman 2 0-0 4, Amanda C'Bearing 2 (2) 1-3 13, Brett Groesbeck 4 0-0 8, Alexa Wagon (1) 0-0 3, Lydia Johnson 1 0-0 2, Lexi Brown 3 6-10 12, Macayla Arrington 3 0-1 6. Totals 18 (3) 18-29 63.

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