Jan 20, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterIt was tough road trip for the Shoshoni Wranglers this weekend, dropping a pair of games to Rocky Mountain and Burlington.
On Friday the Wranglers fell hard to Rocky Mountain at Cowley 64-31. On Saturday, their third meeting with the 1-A Burlington Huskies ended the same as the first two outings, with Burlington taking a lopsided 65-24 win. The Class 2-A Wranglers were hampered without senior post Josh Thoren, who missed the game due to illness. Thoren is Shoshoni's leading scorer and rebounder, and his absence was notable.
Shoshoni played well in the opening period, trailing by just two points at the first break, but the game slipped away quickly in the second as Rocky Mountain rolled on a 20-0 run. In the period, the Grizzlies outscoredthe Wranglers 24-2. The outburst was the difference in the contest, and the Wranglers never recovered.
"The flood gates opened ,and we couldn't close them fast enough," Shoshoni head coach Dan Martin said.
Rocky Mountain connected on seven treys, but Shoshoni's 1-3-1 defense limited close shots.
"They worked hard. I was sure proud of them," Martin said. "We have things to work on, but that's why you play the regular season to get ready for the second season. "
Burlington rolled to a 9-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game Saturday. Martin called two timeouts but it had little effect. Mason Steffen broke the drought for the Wranglers, hitting the second of two free throws with 2:58 on the clock.
Burlington built the lead to 14-1, but Shoshoni had a brief spark when freshman Tristan Parrish hit a pair of free throws and the Wranglers only basket of the period. He added a 3-pointer in the third. Parrish scored eight of Shoshoni's 13 opening-half points. Burlington took a 63-22 lead with 2:09 left in the game and the mandatory running clock kicked in. Martin called a quick timeout to get his younger players into the game, and the final two minutes were played without stopping the clock.
Shoshoni hosts Wind River this Friday in another 2-A Southwest matchup.
SHOSHONI 8 2 15 6 W22; 31
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 10 24 11 19 W22; 64
Shoshoni - Tristan Parrish 3 (1) 0-2 9, Brace Pingetzer 3 1-2 7, Micah 1 2-4 4, Nathaniel Lutz 1 0-0 2, Jayden Haslam 3 3-4 9. Totals 10 (1) 8-12 31
Rocky Mountain - Mangus 2-2 2, Jewell 3 0-2 6, Bernheisel 1 0-0 4, Wociciki 3 (2) 2-2 14, Horrocks 2-2 2, Despain 2 (5) 1-2 20, Winland 1 2-4 4, Ward 5 0-0 10, Simmons 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 (7) 9-14 64
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