High school basketball players from Hailey’s Wood River High School and Carey School closed out their pre-Christmas schedule of games last Thursday and Friday.
Carey starts fast, holds on 72-70 over Shoshone
In a pre-Christmas run-and-gun display of offense, the Carey and Shoshone boys’ varsity basketball teams piled up 142 points including 31 successful free throws and 51 field goals Thursday in a non-conference tussle on the Carey floor.
Coach Dick Simpson’s Carey Panthers (3-3) led 19-7 after the first quarter and held on for a welcome 72-70 victory. It snapped a three-game Panther losing skid that came against two 2A schools and the reigning 1A Division 1 king from Butte County.
Scoring season-highs and leading the Panthers with double-doubles were junior Nate Adamson (22 points, 10 rebounds) and sophomore Joe Parke (22 points, 16 boards).
Carey junior Matt Whitworth added 10. Sophomore Collin Whitby and junior Chris Peck contributed season-bests 9 and 4 points, respectively, and Panther freshman Toby Whitworth tossed in his first varsity points with one of Carey’s four 3-pointers.
Shoshone’s high-scoring Edward Anguiano showed his talent with a game-high 31 points. The Indians finished 2013 with a 4-3 mark.
Carey visits Valley Saturday, Jan. 4, hoping to avenge a 48-43 home overtime loss to the Vikings Dec. 12. Accustomed to close games, Valley (4-2) followed that overtime victory with 42-38 and 56-54 losses at Kimberly and home to Glenns Ferry.
Hailey boys fall at Sugar-Salem
Wood River High School’s boys’ varsity basketball team made the long trip to Sugar City in eastern Idaho on a snowy Friday night and dropped a 60-36 non-conference game to the Sugar-Salem Diggers.
The Diggers (5-2), coming off a 55-46 win at North Fremont the previous night, heated up with a 35-15 surge in the middle quarters behind the scoring of Tim Fuller (14 points) and Payton Anderson (10). Sugar-Salem shot 50% from the field and drilled five 3-pointers.
Wood River’s Alec Nordsieck (12 points, two 3s, 2 assists) led the visitors. Others were Cody Carter (8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block), Connor Hayes (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Kevin Hernandez (4 points, 2 boards, 1 block), Jon Scott (3 points), Parker Bingham (3-pointer) and Nic Tidwell (2 points, 1 assist).
The Wolverines (0-6, 0-1), having lost their first Great Basin Conference game 69-52 at Minico last Wednesday, resume play at home against the Burley Bobcats (5-1, 0-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Jerome girls tip WRHS 34-26
Wood River High’s girls had another cold shooting night (21% field goal percentage, 16% from the line) in a 34-26 Great Basin Conference loss at Jerome last Thursday.
The Wolverines (4-6, 0-4 league) did knock down a season-best five 3-pointers led by two apiece by junior Ciceley Peavey (8 points, 4 rebounds) and freshman guard Blair Radford (season-best 8 points).
Other contributors were Rory Cole (4 points, 6 rebounds), Michelle Mason (3-pointer), Giselle Andrade (2 points), Samantha Sutton (1 point, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block) and Kenya Schott (3 steals).
Jerome (8-2, 3-1 league) stayed in the hunt for the league title before the holiday, right behind Twin Falls (8-2, 4-0) and Burley (8-3, 3-1). In the middle of the pack is Minico (3-7, 2-2), a 55-35 loser at Burley Thursday. Wood River visits Canyon Ridge (0-9, 0-4) Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Carey girls hold off Shoshone 36-32
Carey High’s girls’ varsity basketball team finished up 2013 with two strong efforts including Thursday’s 36-32 home win over Shoshone (2-9) that snapped a four-game skid for the Panthers (2-7).
Making a season-best four 3-pointers, Carey built an 18-9 lead at half and finished with seven players scoring. Point-getters were Medin Cenarrusa 9, Natalie Villanueva 7, Kylie Castle 7, Paige Koudelka 5, Clarissa Kirkland 5, Daphne Kirkland 2 and Lilly Rivera 1.
In a high-scoring game at Castleford Friday, Carey tallied a season-high 49 points but fell to the host Wolves 60-49. Three Panthers made double figures—Villanueva with a season-high 13, Cenarrusa 11 and Castle 10. Others were Koudelka 6, Rivera 5 and Clarissa Kirkland 4. Carey shot 14-of-22 from the line.
Carey kicks off its Northside Conference 1A Division 2 league schedule Jan. 7 at Dietrich (7-2). The Blue Devils, last season’s district runner-up to Carey, came up on the short end of a 45-34 score in a Northside game at league-leading Richfield (8-0, 1-0) last Friday.