Feb 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorETHETE -- After running away from Shoshoni High School 69-38 Thursday night, Wyoming Indian boys basketball coach Craig Ferris wants the fans to get behind the Chiefs for the upcoming postseason run.
The 31-point victory was played before a quiet crowd in Ethete. The game closed out the home schedule for the Chiefs.
WIHS is the defending Class 2-A state champion. The Chiefs are ranked No. 2 in the state behind the No. 1 Lovell Bulldogs.
Wyoming Indian is 20-2 on the season. Both losses are to the Bulldogs.
"It seems like our fans expect us to win," Ferris said.
"We don't get the 'defense' chant anymore. We hardly hear the 'Chiefs' chant. Our fans is what we feed off of. They are our sixth man.
Once our fans are into it, it fires up the guys. We need your support. We need your voices. We need your strength."
Wyoming Indian has the No. 1 seed locked up for the Class 2-A West regional tournament Thursday through Saturday in Riverton.
"February is the longest month of the season," Ferris said. "You are that close to regionals. You have played a lot of games. You are in the second half of the conference.
"Everybody knows where you are ending up."
WIHS plays at Wind River Friday night to end the regular season.
The Chiefs are 2-0 against the young WRHS team.
"It's that time of the year where you have to win three games at regionals and three games at state," Ferris said.
"That is where our focus is."
Greybull and Riverside will play in the "pigtail" game for the right to play WIHS Thursday in the opening round.
Shoshoni and Wind River play at 6 p.m. Monday in another "pigtail" game.
The game will be played in Shoshoni unless the Cougars pull off the upset vs. WIHS.
If the Cougars win on Friday, the "pigtail" game would be played in Pavillion.
Wyoming Indian 69, Shoshoni 38
"It was a tale of two halves," Ferris said. "In the first half, we were just dead in the water. We had no energy. We had no drive."
SHS played a slow-down style of play vs. the Chiefs.
The plan worked for the first quarter, as WIHS was up just 9-5.
The tempo picked up in the second period, with the Chiefs taking a 15-11 lead.
"In the first half, our guards didn't didn't do a good job of hitting the open shots," Ferris said.
Wyoming Indian center Trevor Williamson took over in the third quarter, scoring nine points in helping the home team outscore SHS 24-10.
Williamson finished the game putting in 24 points.
"In the second half, the guards started to hit the open shots to open it up for the big guys," Ferris said.
"The bigs have to learn how to play getting triple- or doubled-teamed. They are not used to that."
WIHS connected on nine 3-pointers. Noah Valdez sank three 3-pointers, and Tyler Penatac had two.
Triston Parish led SHS with 16 points.
Wyoming Indian 69, Shoshoni 38
WIHS 9 15 24 21 -- 69
SHS 6 11 10 11 -- 38
Wyoming Indian -- Tyler Penatac 2 (2) 0-2 10, Noah Valdez 0 (3) 0-0 9, Jared Mosqueda 0 (1) 0-0 3, Joey Aragon 2 (1) 0-0 7, Alvin Spoonhunter 0 3-3 3, Joseph Howell 2 0-0 4, Trevor Williamson 7 (1) 7-8 24, Robert Aragon 1 0-0 2, Shane Willow 1 (1) 0-0 5, Levi Redman 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 (9) 10-12 69.
Shoshoni -- Triston Parish 3 (2) 4-4 16, Josh Thoren 3 0-2 6, Brace Pingetzer 1 0-3 2, Lawry Johnson 2 (1) 2-2 9, Jayden Haslam 0 1-2 1, Nathaniel Lutz 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 (3) 7-13 38.
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