BURNS – Shoshoni’s final push was the difference in a game of runs against Burns.
The Lady Blue used a 10-2 outburst to take control in a 43-36 victory Friday afternoon at Burns Elementary.
Shoshoni outscored the Lady Broncs 17-9 in the fourth quarter. It got several of those buckets by throwing passes over the top of the press for transition baskets.
“We weren’t aggressive enough with our trapping,” Burns coach Barry Ward said. “We’re so small we have to be really, really aggressive with the trap and make it hard for the other team to make any kind of pass over the top.
“We didn’t do that, and that’s what got us beat.”
Pressing full-court helped Burns overcome an eight-point deficit with a 9-0 run over the final 3 minutes, 53 seconds of the third quarter. The Broncs took a 27-26 advantage into the final frame.
“We went into the third quarter with a lot of energy because we got a pretty good talking-to in the locker room at halftime,” junior Cassidy Weibel said. “Energy is so important in this game. If you play with a lot of energy, you’re probably going to be winning.
“The ball follows the energy.”
Cheyenne Thompson made a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to give Shoshoni a 29-27 lead. Burns sophomore Jaden Gipfert knotted the score when she jumped over a crowd of players to grab an inbounds pass, immediately jumped back up and converted a jump shot in traffic.
Thompson scored on back-to-back possessions to put the Lady Blue up for good.
“We needed to convert more of those turnovers we got with our press into points,” Ward said. “There were a lot of times the ball was rolling on the floor and we should have just picked it up and gone. Instead, we hesitated and then had to dive on it for a jump ball.
“The joy of the press is that when you get it going, you should just roll. We had it going pretty good for a 3-minute stretch in the third quarter, but we didn’t have much to show for it.”
Thompson led all scorers with 19 points, while senior Maleah Parrish added nine for Shoshoni.
Junior Kate Bach paced Burns with 10 points, while Gipfert added eight.
SHOSHONI 43, BURNS 36
Shoshoni…...............… 9 13 4 17 – 43
Burns….....................… 9 6 12 9 – 36
Shoshoni: Parrish 9, Enos 0, LaJaunesse 0, Steffen 6, Jordan 5, Thompson 19, Ramsey 2, Parazov 2.
Burns: E. Griess 0, Mal. O’Neal 5, Thompson 4, Bach 10, Gipfert 8, Weibel 7, Kaur 0, R. Ward 2, Me. Mosley 0, Gallegos 0.
Wyoming Indian 66, Burns 24
CHEYENNE – An explosive first quarter from Wyoming Indian put Burns in a hole it was never able to dig out of in a 66-24 loss Friday at the Burns Winter Classic.
Senior Malli O’Neal scored a team-high nine points for the Lady Broncs (1-2).
“The press just ate us alive,” Burns coach Barry Ward said. “It’s hard to play from behind. We’re just not ready to play at that speed yet.”
Burns takes on Snake River at 4 p.m. today at Burns High School.
WYOMING INDIAN 66, BURNS 24
Wyoming Indian...... 17 15 19 15 – 66
Burns………….......… 0 12 6 6 – 24
Wyoming Indian: Clair 2, Ferris 2, Friday 4, Astorga 6, Robinson 8, S. Astorga 18, Moss 9, Washakie 2, Trofper 13, Hiwalker 2.
Burns: Griess 0, O’Neal 9, Thompson 2, Bach 2, Gipfert 6, Ward 4, Mosley 1.
Jeremiah Johnke is the WyoSports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-633-3137. Follow him on Twitter at @jjohnke.