Wolverine girls open Great Basin slate
With three games under their belts, Wood River High School girls’ basketball players are debuting their Great Basin Conference schedule with two home league games this week.
Actually, it’s a busy stretch of three games in five days.
Coach Matt Newhouse’s Wolverines (0-3) hosted the Minico Spartans (1-3) Tuesday night—the Spartans owning only a 48-35 home win over Buhl to go with two lopsided losses to 5A Madison and a nine-point road loss at Preston.
Wood River hosts Jerome (2-2) Thursday, Nov. 29. The Tigers won 43-37 at Mountain Home last Tuesday and also beat Kimberly 56-34, to go with losses at Filer 50-45 and at State 4A champion Middleton 50-21.
Then, Wood River visits Buhl (1-2) Saturday, Dec. 1 for a 5 p.m. varsity game.
Wood River showed improvement last Tuesday with a 40-30 home loss to 3A Gooding (1-3) on the Hailey hardwoods. Assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said, “The girls displayed a lot of heart and had their fewest turnovers of the season, 19 compared to 22 for Gooding.”
Trailing by a dozen points at halftime, Wood River (23% field goal shooting to Gooding’s 38%) sliced its deficit to 36-28 in the fourth quarter. Eight different Wolverines ended up scoring, and sophomore Samantha Sutton was a defensive standout (6 steals, 4 assists, 4 points).
Hailey contributors: Sydney Tidwell (8 points, 7 rebounds); Ciceley Peavey (6 points, 4 steals, 2 assists, 2 rebounds); Kenya Schott (4 points); Hannah Belloli (2 points, 2 steals, 2 assists, 5 rebounds); Haylee Pettit (2 points, 4 boards); Giselle Andrade (2 points, 2 rebounds); and Kennedie Howard (2 points).
Tia Conrad scored 13 points for the Senators. Meanwhile, the Wood River freshmen won their game 33-31 over Gooding.
Blue Devils hold off upset-minded Carey
The two-time defending State 1A Division 2 champion Dietrich Blue Devils fell in a hole early, but reassembled and posted a 53-39 non-conference girls’ basketball victory over visiting Carey on Nov. 20.
Dietrich (4-0, 51-2 in two-plus seasons) got 21 points from senior guard Charley Bingham (four 3-pointers) as the Blue Devils stretched their unbeaten streak to 31 games since 2011. They made it 32 straight with a victory over Hansen Monday.
Still, Carey (1-2) played determined defense against an outstanding Blues Devils team that had opened its 2012-13 season with a 52-point victory over Castleford and 13-point triumph over 3A Gooding.
Morgan Parke (14 points) and Jaide Parke (12 points) paced Carey at Dietrich. Other scorers were Medin Cenarrusa 4 points, Daphne Kirkland 3, Ashley Durtschi 2, Lilly Rivera 2 and Angelica Zarate 2.
Carey has another non-conference varsity game against Camas County of Fairfield Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on the Panther floor.
The tall Hagerman Pirates (4-0) arrive in Carey Friday, Nov. 30 for a 6 p.m. varsity tussle. Hagerman opened with non-conference wins over Valley 31-28, over Wendell 51-23, over Glenns Ferry 61-31 and over Gooding 44-29.
Carey visits Shoshone (3-0) Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Hagerman hosted Shoshone Tuesday night in a big one.