On a cold shooting night, Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball coach Matt Newhouse kept hammering home the idea that togetherness and team effort would eventually win Monday’s home game against Gooding.
He was right.
Wood River, scoring only two points in the first half and 10 points after three periods, pieced together its biggest quarter of the young season in the fourth, 15 points, to overcome Gooding 25-18 in a low-scoring non-conference game.
Eight different Wolverine players scored points in the second half and 9-for-14 free throw shooting in the final period sent Newhouse’s club to its fourth win in five starts.
Wood River (4-1 against 3A opponents) heads to Rupert Thursday, Dec. 5 for its Great Basin Conference debut against the Minico Spartans (1-4). Minico most recently lost 59-36 at Madison Nov. 26, after beating Preston 45-32 at home.
It was a strange game Monday. Gooding (0-6) piled up 30 turnovers against the Wood River full-court defensive pressure—but the Wolverines (16 turnovers) played passively on the boards, out-rebounded 30-19 by the shorter Senators.
The Wolverines didn’t score for nearly 12 minutes until freshman guard Michelle Mason (5 points) broke the drought with a driving lay-up midway through the second period. Gooding led 5-2 at half.
A penetration lay-up by junior Manuela Cortina-Otero (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) cut Gooding’s lead to 8-6 late in the third, then fleet guard Mason came up big again making a fast-break basket and 3-point play for an 11-10 Senator lead after three periods.
The tide had finally turned, but Wood River didn’t pull ahead until a sequence started by junior guard Ciceley Peavey, sidelined for the last two games by a head injury.
Peavey (4 points, 4 steals) tied it 13-13 with a free throw on a one-on-one, but she missed the second charity. Samantha Sutton (2 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 block) grabbed the rebound, and Peavey swished a 16-foot fade-away baseline jumper giving Wood River its first lead at 15-13 with 6:25 left.
Wood River never trailed again as freshman Blair Radford (6 points, 2 boards, 3 steals, 1 blocked shot) and Sutton both added field goals—Radford’s coming on a left-handed drive from Kenya Schott (3 points, 2 steals), and Sutton’s coming on a steal off the defensive pressure.
Another big factor was junior Rory Cole (2 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 blocked shots). Giselle Andrade (2 rebounds) added a free throw, and Hayley Pettit chipped in with a rebound and steal. Leading Gooding were Rachel Youren (4 points) and Brittney Russell (2 points, 9 rebounds).
Lady Panthers earn first win
A well-balanced attack led the Carey High School Panthers to their first girls’ basketball victory of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Carey outscored host Shoshone 46-26 led by 11 points apiece by senior Lilly Rivera and junior Paige Koudelka, plus 9 points by sophomore Medin Cenarrusa, 8 from junior Kylie Castle and 7 from 5-10 junior post Natalie Villanueva.
The Panthers (1-2) resume action Friday, Dec. 6 at home against the Hagerman Pirates starting at 6 p.m.