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Rangers win two in a row

Posted: Friday, Jan 18th, 2013

The Rangers #24, Tre Deeter, rebounds the basketball on Saturday, Jan. 12, against Pinedale. The Rangers won the game 58-49. GAZETTE PHOTO/Rikki Rogers

KEMMERER — The Rangers hosted the Shoshoni Wranglers on Friday, Jan. 11, in a showdown that did not disappoint. The Rangers beat the Wranglers in overtime, 53-50. This win evened the Rangers out to 1-1 record in conference play.

“I felt we had some opportunities late in the game to put Shoshoni away and avoid overtime,” said coach Phillip Thatcher. “I am proud of our boys for coming out and playing hard in overtime to get the win.”

Kemmerer was even more aggressive on Saturday, Jan. 12, against the Pinedale Wranglers. The Rangers only let Pinedale have the lead once in the game and that was at the start of the game with a three-pointer scored in the first two minutes. After that, once Kemmerer came out on top, they kept it that way.

“Our boys actually came out more aggressive offensively than on Friday,” said Thatcher. “That aggressiveness caused us to commit a few more turnovers than I would have liked but we were getting to the basket a lot better. We continue to do a good job rebounding and we held Pinedale to six offensive boards.

Kemmerer beat Pinedale, no overtime needed, with a score of 58-49.

This weekend Kemmerer will again host two teams.

Kemmerer will need to bring that aggressiveness to the court again when the Wyoming Indians arrive on Friday, Jan. 18. The Indians bring with them the record of being number two in the state for 2A.

“They have really good guards and for the first time since I have seen them in five years, they have really good size — a couple of 6’3” kids,” said Thatcher. “So we really have to focus on rebounding. Our passing in the offense has to be crisper as well. We need to make strong passes and go to every pass and rip it out of the air or else they will steal it. We need to have our heads up on ball handling and recognize traps and rotations.”

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Rangers will be hosting Wind River.

“Wind River will be another tight game like Big Piney and Shoshoni if we play well,” said Thatcher. “We match up with them well, I feel, size and speed wise. If we can keep them off the free-throw line and work our offense we could pick up another huge conference win.”

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