Feb 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorETHETE -- Shoshoni High School played a suffocating defense against Wyoming Indian Thursday night in a Class 2-A conference girls basketball game at Ethete.
The Wrangler girls never let Wyoming Indian get on track, pulling out a 35-31 victory to end the regular season on a high note.
Wyoming Indian beat Shoshoni 51-45 in the first meeting of the season.
"Any time that you can hold Wyoming Indian to that few points, it's a big deal," Shoshoni girls coach Max Mills said. "We were closing out on shooters as quick as we could. We did a great job of doubling the posts inside. Everybody was running at full speed."
WIHS plays at Wind River Friday night for its final game before the postseason starts.
"It's great for us to have a little confidence going into the regional tournament," Mills said. "We potential have a real tough matchup with Lovell in the first round."
Shoshoni finished fourth in its conference. The Wranglers beat Big Piney twice during the regular season, and won't have to play a "pigtail" game to get into the regional tournament.
Lovell is the No. 2 ranked team in Class 2-A.
"Lovell is a good basketball team," Mills said. "Hopefully, we can come out of regionals and go to Casper. It's tough to win three games in a row against somebody."
Official parings for the regional tournament will be announced Monday. The tournament starts Thursday in Riverton.
The top four teams advance to the state tournament.
"We just need to continue to play together as a team," Mills said. "We get scoring from anybody on any given night. We get defense from everybody, which is a big thing. We are going to have to beat some good teams to get to state. We are up for the challenge. We are ready to go."
Shoshoni 35, Wyoming Indian 31
"Everybody from top to bottom helped in the win," Mills said. "We had different people at different times make shots."
Shoshoni's guard Celsey Martin finished the game with game-high honors at 13 points.
Martin had a pair of pivotal 3-pointers in the four-point win.
Wyoming Indian's young gun Brindi Lock managed nine points in the loss.
Lock was 2-11 from the free throw line. Lock fouled out early in the fourth quarter, and teammate Kanani Washakie fouled out in the final period.
"Any time you have quality players not on the floor, that helps the cause," Mills said. "Those two are high-caliber players. I'm not looking forward to playing Brindi the next two years. They are extremely good basketball players."
Shoshoni was also in a little foul trouble. Center Sarah Thompson was whistled for her fourth foul in the third period.
Thompson started the fourth quarter before fouling out with two minutes left in regulation.
"It's one of those that as a coaching staff we all talked that we needed the ones on the floor out there," Mills said.
In the six-minute span, Thompson grabbed several rebounds to keep it a low scoring affair.
"Her teammates really stepped in and helped her out," Mills said. "We just took care of each other out there."
Shoshoni 5 9 6 15 -- 35
WIHS 4 9 8 10 -- 31
Shoshoni -- Shaide Pingetzer 0 2-2 2, Kolbi Pickinpaugh 3 2-3 7, Natalee Goff 0 2-6 2, Sarah Thompson 1 0-2 2, Celsey Martin 3 (2) 1-2 13, Olivia Thompson 3 2-14 7. Totals 10 (2) 9-29 35.
Wyoming Indian -- Brindi Lock 3 2-11 9, Loveeda White 5 0-1 10, Jocelyn Underwood 1 0-3 2, Jasmine McGill 1 0-0 2, Dalynn Friday 1 4-6 6, Kanani Washakie 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 6-21 31.
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