For three quarters, the 4A Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball team played evenly with the highly-regarded 3A Filer Wildcats in a non-conference Saturday mati-nee on the Hailey hardwoods.
Wood River, aiming to start its season 4-0, jumped to a 7-4 first-quarter lead over the cold-shooting Wildcats behind strong inside play of junior post Rory Cole. Then Wolver-ine shooters went cold in their patient offense for the next 11 minutes—and Filer warmed up in a decisive manner.
Filer, last season’s State 3A tournament runner-up, went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter for a 15-7 halftime lead and made it stand up for a 34-22 win that ended Wood River’s early-season unbeaten boast.
Junior Kenya Schott (8 points, 5 rebounds), Cole (4 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists) and freshman guard Blair Radford (4 points) led the Wolverines of coach Matt Ne-whouse. Wood River committed 21 turnovers but mostly han-dled the ball well against the Filer full-court press.
Not playing for the second straight game because of a head injury was Wolverine junior Ciceley Peavey, last season’s second-leading scorer.
Out-rebounded 8-2 in the first period, Filer (3-1) picked up the pace on the glass in the final three periods and ended up out-rebounding Wood River 23-22. The 12-point final spread might have been larger if Filer (6-for-20) had shot a better per-centage at the free throw line.
Filer, with six seniors com-pared to none for Wood River, was led by senior Katie Hughes (10 points, 5 boards, 4 steals), senior Jenna Jarolimek (6 points), 6-3 senior post Sarah Sharp (5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks), senior Anna Williams (5 points) and junior Haley Ackerman (6 points, 2 boards).
The Wildcats (21-5 last year), three-time defending district champion for coach Kody Ketterling, had opened their season with 37-27 and 57-47 road wins over 4A Jerome and Can-yon Ridge, along with a 52-23 home loss to 4A Twin Falls.
Other Wood River contribu-tors included Manuela Cortina-Otero (2 points, 6 rebounds), Haylee Pettit (2 points), Saman-tha Sutton (3 steals) and sophomore Sara Lichtenberg with her first varsity basket on a nice dish-off by Rory Cole.
Wood River hosts the Buhl Tribe (0-3) on Monday, Dec. 2 and then opens its Great Basin Conference schedule Thursday, Dec. 5 against the Minico Spar-tans (1-3) at Rupert.
The 3-0 Wood River start was the program’s best since the 2010-11 Hailey squad went 8-0 en route to a school-record 21-3 campaign and second place in the State 4A tournament. Last year’s No. 1 and No. 3 leading scorers Sydney Tidwell and Hannah Belloli, both now graduated, watched Saturday’s Wood River-Filer contest.