Shoshoni boys’ basketball season ended Friday afternoon

It was a quick exit for the Shoshoni Wranglers at the Class 2-A State tournament in Casper on Thursday and Friday.

Shoshoni fell to Pine Bluffs in the opening round 63-46 sending the Wranglers to the consolation bracket where they dropped a close 60-56 game to 2-A West rival Big Piney on Friday afternoon, eliminating them from the tournament.

Guards Alex Mills and Trey Fike paced the Wranglers with 14 points each, and Nathon Cousineau scored 11.

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The Wyoming Ford Center floor is one of the worst venues in the state for long range shooting with backboards standing out against long open backgrounds and it was reflected in Shoshoni’s long range efforts. The Wranglers convert just five of 23 attempts from 3-point range with Fike, Mills, and Cousineau all hitting one each, and freshman Braxton Mills connecting on two long range bombs.

It was a great year for Shoshoni basketball with a return to the state tournament after a quarter-century absence.

The Wranglers lose just one senior in Cousineau and bring back a talented group for head coach Jonathan Wakelin next season.

Shoshoni finished the year with an overall record of 13-14.

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