All coaches want their teams to be playing their best basketball at the end of the season, which is why Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball coach Matt Newhouse is proud of his Wolverine girls today.
No. 6-seeded Wood River (4-17) dropped from contention with a 44-34 loss to the No. 4-seeded Jerome Tigers on Saturday night in a loser-out game of the six-team Great Basin Conference double elimination tournament, at Jerome.
But after losing to Jerome by 27 and 24 points in two regular season meetings, the Wolverines outplayed Jerome (13-10) in most facets of the game. Indeed, Wood River won two of its final four games and averaged 39.5 ppg on offense in those four games, compared to the Wolverine 29.4 ppg season average.
On Saturday, Wood River shot 39% from the field, compared to Jerome’s 28%. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Tigers 29-21 and amassed 7 blocked shots with their dominant inside game. The Hailey girls basically lost the game on the free throw line—where Jerome was 17-for-31 and Wood River 7-of-14.
Assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said, “The Wolverines came out playing tough defense Saturday night, surprising the Jerome Tigers. At halftime the Tigers led 17-12 and went ahead 33-24 after three.
“But Wood River came back with its characteristic tenacity in the fourth, closing the margin to 34-30 with 4:23 remaining. Both teams played strong pressure defense, but the loss of two starters to fouls and Jerome's accuracy at the free-throw line left the final score Jerome 44 and Wood River 34.”
Leading the way for Wood River as she has all season was senior and top scorer Sydney Tidwell (10.8 ppg). She scored 16 points with 3 rebounds and 3 blocks. Sophomore Rory Cole didn’t score but she dominated in the paint with 11 rebounds, 3 blocked shots plus 2 assists.
Other Wolverines were Hannah Belloli (5.4 ppg) with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist; Ciceley Peavey (6.0 ppg) with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal; Kenya Schott with 3 points and 1 assist; Brittney Bradley with 2 points; Samantha Sutton with 1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block; and Haylee Pettit with 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Jerome’s season ended with a 51-38 road loss to No. 3-seeded Minico (10-13) Monday, so Minico traveled to No. 2-seeded Twin Falls (15-7) Tuesday for another loser-out contest. The top-seeded Burley Bobcats earned a trip to the State 4A tournament with a 40-25 home win over Twin Falls Saturday.
The top two teams in the six-day tournament advance to the eight-team 2013 State 4A Girls’ Real Dairy Shoot Out tournament Feb. 14-16 at Mountain View High School in Meridian.
Thursday night, Wood River rallied for a dramatic 37-35 road triumph over the No. 5-seeded Canyon Ridge Riverhawks (3-19) in Twin Falls. Action took place in a loser-out game of the six-team Great Basin Conference tournament.
Leading the way for Wood River were Tidwell (11 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocked shots) and Cole (9
points, 12 boards, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots).
Here are season-ending Wood River girls’ statistics:
Overall record: WR 4-17 (1-8 home, 3-9 away, 1-9 league). Offense: 618 points (29.4 ppg, 39.5 ppg in last 4 games). Defense: 934 points (44.5 ppg). Individual scoring: Sydney Tidwell 226 points (10.8 ppg, 11 double figures); Ciceley Peavey 125 (6.0 ppg); Hannah Belloli 113 (5.4 ppg); and Rory Cole 39 (3.6 ppg). Also, Kenya Schott 33 points, Samantha Sutton 24, Haylee Pettit 23, Giselle Andrade 21, Kennedie Howard 6, Brittney Bradley 6, Bailey Rierden 2. 3-pointers (27): Belloli 18, Peavey 5, Schott 4. Free throws: WR 138-296, 47%. Opponents 184-329, 56%.