Feb 10, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterShoshoni's girls played a tough defensive battle Saturday with Thermopolis in the only regular season meeting of the two schools. The visiting Bobcats came from behind in a strange way, hitting free throws down the stretch after an outburst by Thermopolis head coach Brett Hoover earned him a technical foul with 3:52 left in the game.
Trailing 28-27, sophomore Annika Dechert hit both technical shots for SHS. and Kolbi Pickinpaugh hit both of her free throws to lift the Wranglers to a brief 31-28 lead. Thermopolis systematically crept back into the line at the charity stripe to take the contest 41-36. The Cats shot 16 straight free throws in the final two minutes, hitting 14 to take the non-conference win.
Four ties or lead changes in an extremely slow opening period saw the Bobcats take a scant 7-6 lead at the end of one as Jordan Leyba hit a buzzer-beating trey. The opening half looked more like a game of keepaway than basketball as each team ran the offense just long enough to throw the ball away four or five passes into their half-court set.
Shoshoni held a one-point lead in an extremely low scoring opening half, 12-11.
The Wranglers trailed throughout the second half, taking just the brief lead after the technical foul shot.
Shoshoni concludes the regular season at Wyoming Indian on Thursday.
Thermopolis boys 76, Shoshoni 31
It was a train wreck from the start for the Shoshoni Wrangler boys in their final home game of the season. The Wranglers did very little right, and the Thermopolis Bobcats did very little wrong in a 76-31 blowout Saturday afternoon in Shoshoni.
The Bobcats were blistering from the perimeter and hit 10 3-pointers on the night. Shoshoni played well early, but panic set in on a team-wide scale that multiple timeouts and even a half-time strategy session were unable to quell.
Thermopolis always runs an effective 1-2-2 full-court press, but Saturday it bordered on the miraculous as Shoshoni simply threw the ball to a different-colored jersey many, many times. In a statistic that no coach ever wants to see, the Wranglers threw the ball away four straight possessions three different times and never were able to get into their half-court offense.
Thermopolis hit the magic 40point lead mark on the last shot of the third period, so the fourth was accelerated with a running clock.
The win moves Thermopolis to 11-10 overall with two games'remaining against Riverside and Lovell.
Shoshoni concludes the regular season at conference-leading, second-ranked Wyoming Indian this Thursday, then most likely hosts Wind River in an elimination "pigtail" game a week from Monday.
SHOSHONI 12 7 7 5 - 31
THERMOPOLIS 18 19 29 10 -- 76
Thermopolis 41, Shoshoni 36
SHOSHONI 6 6 11 13 - 36
THERMOPOLIS 7 4 14 16 -- 41
Shoshoni - Annika Dechert 2-2 2, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 2 4-4 8, Natalee Goff 1-4 1, Sarah Thompson 3 5-9 11, Celsey Martin (1) 0-0 3, Olivia Thompson 3 (1) 2-6 11. Totals 8 (2) 14-20.
Thermopolis - Bailey Fisher 1 (1) 2-2 7, Sierra Schmidt 2-3 2, Haylee Hoffman 3 1-2 7, Jordan Leyba 4 3-6 11, Dana Bjorhus 1 2-2 4, Desi Rangle 1 5-6 7. Totals 10 (2) 15-21.
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