Hailey girls open
tourney with 49-45 win
tie win record
January hot streak alive, the Wood River High School girls’ varsity
basketball team defeated upset-minded Kimberly 49-45 Monday in the first
round of the 2002 Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tourney in Hailey.
Wood River got 19 points from senior Laurel Williams (4 rebounds, 3
assists) and 16 points from soph Natalie Green (9 rebounds, 3 blocks). But
Wood River needed big plays down the stretch to beat the hot-shooting ‘Dogs
having trailed by 8 points in the third quarter, battled back on 7-for-11
fourth-quarter free throw shooting and took a 40-39 lead with three
minutes left. Holley Denney (11 points) and Sara Plew (9) led by the
knew Kimberly would be fired up. They shot well," said Wood River
coach Brent Carnduff, whose team out-rebounded the Bulldogs 34-18.
when Wood River junior guard Kelly Haisley (3 points, 2 assists) found
soph Emily Smith (4 big fourth-quarter points) alone underneath the basket
on a pretty hook-up for a 41-40 Wolverine lead.
ice cold (0-for-6) from the perimeter in the first half, drained two huge
3-pointers on passes from Smith and Haisley in the final two minutes.
Jessica King (8 rebounds) tied up the ‘Dogs for two critical jump balls
that went Hailey’s way.
Tara Rushton (2 points, 5 boards) and Amanda Engel (4 boards) and soph Liz
Rippon (4 points) contributed to the winning effort.
Wolverines improved their January mark to 6-2 and finalized their home
record at 7-2. They’ve lost only to highly-regarded Valley (18-1) and
Declo (20-1) in 2002.
going to be very tough for the Wolverines to take the next step and
qualify for the SCIC tournament championship game Tuesday at Kimberly.
They’ve lost 6-1 senior post Kristine Hilt, dismissed last Thursday for
the way are reigning SCIC champ Declo and #2-seeded Buhl (14-7). Carnduff
said his team’s unity could be the winning edge.
SCIC tourney games Monday, top-seeded Declo trounced #6-seeded Gooding
(3-18) by a score of 53-24 and Buhl outscored #5-seeded Filer (3-18) by a
set up a rematch between Wood River and Buhl today, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at
Kimberly High School. In today’s other game, Kimberly faces the winner
of Tuesday’s Gooding-Filer contest in a loser-out affair at 7:30 p.m.
Wood River have split a pair of one-point games. The winner of their
rubber match will meet Declo Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The loser will
have to survive an elimination game Thursday at 6 p.m. in Kimberly.
The top two
teams in the six-team tournament qualify for the State 3A tournament Feb.
14 in Boise. Wood River is shooting for the first state berth in the 27
seasons the school has played girls’ hoops.
(14-6), winner of five of its last six, tied the school record of 14 wins
Monday. It’s certain the Wolverines will break the school scoring mark
of 989 points (41.2 ppg) set in their 14-10 season of 2000. Wood River has
970 (48.5 ppg).
Williams is all-time
Laurel Williams became Wood River’s all-time leading scorer Thursday
when the Wolverine girls wrapped up their 2001-02 regular season with a
42-34 win at Kimberly.
varsity player Williams scored a game-high 19 points and increased her
career total to 651 points. She cracked the school career standard of 639
points established by Tara Pyle in 1995.
is the third in which Williams has led Wood River in scoring. She has a
chance to become her school’s first athlete to earn three varsity
letters four straight years.
(12.1 ppg) finished the season with a shooting frenzy, hitting 14
3-pointers in the final four games. She broke her own single-season
3-point record, ending the regular year with 34 3s and 68 career.
Thursday, Natalie Green added 13 points, Tara Rushton 5, Kelly Haisley 2,
Liz Rippon 2 and Jessica King 1.