Feb 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterShoshoni moved to 2-5 in legue play with a single conference game left.
Shoshoni came within a single point of sweeping into third place in the Class 2-A Southwest but instead picked up a split in conference play at home this weekend.
Friday the Wranglers dropped a 44-43 heartbreaker to Big Piney but rebounded on Saturday with a solid 53-34 pummeling of Kemmerer.
The Wranglers moved to 2-5 in league play with a single conference game remaining at Wyoming Indian in two weeks.
Saturday's contest was physical from the start. Nathaniel Lutz opened scoring with a strong move to the post, and Brace Pingetzer gave the Wranglers an early 4-0 advantage with flying putback. Pingetzer added a layup a few seconds later, then caped his one-man attack with a 3-pointer with 3:09 left in the first that prompted a Kemmerer timeout.
Kemmerer quickly answered with a pair of 3-pointers from Kyle Corbridge, but a four quick points from Jayden Haslam and a follow shot by Josh Thoren put Shoshoni ahead 15-8 after one.
Kemmerer closed to three with 2;14 left in the half, but the Wranglers picked up momentum with freshman Triston Parrish providing the spark.
Parrish shut down the Kemmerer guards and hit a towering 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the second quarter that kept the Wranglers on top 25-18.
A trey from Mason Steffen gave Shoshoni a 10-point lead to open the second half, but Kemmerer closed the gap to five.
Shoshoni regained control on another Pingetzer trey and on a blistering assist from Lawry Johnson to Pingetzer on a fast break.
The final period featured the best basketball Shoshoni has played this season. Steffen stepped through a Kemmerer triple team and hit a floating layup, followed by a lob to Thoren and a dazzling display of speed and agility by Parrish. The freshman tallied 10 of Shoshoni's 17 final period points on three baskets and perfect free-throw shooting.
Friday's game started about as slowly as a game could get, with the Punchers taking a 3-2 lead after one period.
The game remained close throughout, as Johnson drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third that gave Shoshoni 33-31 advantage.
Big Piney regained the lead in the final minutes, and a second trey from Johnson closed the game to 44-43, but the Wranglers were out of time outs. Big Piney was able to run out the clock for the win.
Shoshoni hosts Thermopolis in its final regular-season home game this Saturday.
SHOSHONI 2 13 18 10 43
BIG PINEY 3 15 13 13 - 44
Shoshoni Triston Parrish 2 (1) 0-0 7, Mason Steffen 3 0-0 6, Josh Thoren 5 1-1 11, Lawry Johnson 4 (2) 0-1 14, Jayden Haslam 2 1-2 5. Totals 16 (3) 2-4 43
Big Piney Jordan Sims 4 (1) 6-7 17, Jordan Banks (5) 2-2 17, Alma Stortenburg 2-3 2, Nolan Jones 3 2-2 8. Totals 7 (6) 12-14 44
SHOSHONI 15 10 11 17 - 53
KEMMERER 8 10 9 7 - 34
Shoshoni Parrish 4 (1) 6-7 17, Steffen 1 (1) 0-0 5, Thoren 3 3-4 9, Brace Pingetzer 4 (1) 0-1 14, Johnson 1 0-2 2, Nathaniel Lutz 1 0-0 2, Haslam 1 2-2 4. Totals 15 (2) 11-17 53
Kemmerer Kyle Corbridge (3) 0-0 9, Trever Simpson 4 1-2 9, Cody Kascoli 1 (1) 0-0 5, Tre Deeter 4 (1) 0-0 11. Totals 9 (5) 1-2 34
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