College of Idaho-bound Johnny Radford of the Wood River High boys’ varsity basketball team staged a record-setting scoring exhibition Wednesday at Kimberly.
Radford set a new Wood River single-game scoring record of 47 points in Wood River’s season-opening 70-59 overtime non-conference loss to the Kimberly Bulldogs.
He drilled six 3-pointers (6-for-11, 55% behind the circle) and made 11-of-12 free throws. Radford also hit 9-for-18 from 2-point range, so he finished shooting 52% from the field.
The 6-0 guard from Hailey who has committed to the Caldwell college hoops program broke the 31-year-old school record of 42 points set by all-time scoring leader Brad Jaques during a 72-59 district tournament victory over Jerome on Feb. 27, 1988.
All told, Radford scored 80% of Wood River’s points against a state tournament team and single-handedly lifted the Wolverines into overtime by scoring 18 points (9-for-10 free throws) out of Wood River’s 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Wood River had trailed 35-23 at half and 47-36 after three.
By quarters, Radford scored 5-13-7-18 for 43 points at the end of regulation, and he added all four in overtime. So, playing in his 48th Wolverine varsity game, he tallied 47.
Radford’s previous single-game high was 34 points in a 51-48 home loss to Canyon Ridge last December.
He boosted his 48-game career total to 843 points (17.6 ppg), within striking distance of Dale Karst’s career 872 points which is No. 3 on the all-time Hailey list.
Wood River (37% overall shooting including 12-for-16 charities) finished with nine 3-pointers. Walter Kriesien (6 points) had two of them, and Davis Ros one. Kade Heitzman added three points for Hailey.
The Kimberly hoops program (42-10 over 3 seasons) placed second to Fruitland in the 2018 State 3A tournament and finished 21-4 last season in taking third place at the State 3A meet after losing narrowly to eventual champion Sugar-Salem in the semi-finals.
Bulldog seniors led the way Wednesday—outscoring Wood River 15-4 in overtime. Dawson Cummins tallied 17 points (three 3-pointers) including five in overtime and Brant Etherington had 17 points including six in the fourth period and the overtime.
Other top scorers were Peyton Bair (9 points), Ethan Arrington (8 points) and Trevor Hammond (7 points). The Bulldogs didn’t shoot particularly well—8-for-24 (33%) in 3s, 17-47 (36%) in 2-pointers, 12-for-30 (40%) free throws, which helped Wood River stay close.
Wood River (0-1) visits Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls today, Friday for its Great Basin Conference opener. Burley defeated host Canyon Ridge 76-58 Wednesday. The Wolverines visit Buhl on Wednesday before coming home Thursday, Dec. 12 against Jerome.
Buhl (1-0) won 51-44 at home over Jerome (0-2) Wednesday.
Here is Wood River’s 2019-20 boys’ basketball roster:
Head coach: John Radford (8th year).
Assistant coach: Juan Martinez.
Seniors (9): Johnny Radford (6-0 point guard); Walter Kriesien (6-2 forward); Brogan Ros (6-1 forward); Isaac Esparza (5-11 forward); Edgar Salamanca (5-8 forward); Davis Ros (6-2 forward); Peter De La Cruz (5-8 guard); Isai Mendoza (5-10 guard); Kade Heitzman (6-9 center).
Juniors (1): Tyler Petersen (6-4 forward).
Cheerleaders: Jaci Huckaby, Thanachcha Aroonpong, Elizabeth Baledge, Rosie Barriga, Emma Bejot, Daniela Carrillo, Erika Carrillo, Evelyn Corona, Eduardo Escalera, Priscilla Rodriquez, Madison Flannigan, Alondra Herrera, Shelby Karlovich, Sara Mendiolaza, Deliz Munoz, Yarelis Murillo, Quinton Norton, Amelya Obland, Ava Smith, Jocelyn Vargas, Cecilia Velasco.
JUNIOR VARSITY (13)
Head coach: Jordan Moeller.
Juniors (2): Elias Svennungsen, Alonzo Salinas.
Sophomores (6): Oscar Perry, Mike Fehr, Parker Edwards, McCade Parke, Andres Salamanca, Luke Marlow.
Freshmen (5): Korbin Heitzman, Owen Stouffer, Eric Chavez, Dane Malko, Mosi Slotten.
C TEAM (10)
Head coach: Chet Olson.
Assistant coach: Brock Olson.
Sophomores (3): Michael Ruhter, Hunter Thompson, Luke Mauldin.
Freshmen (7): Hunter McLaren, Christian Hernandez, Isaac Villa, Zackery Dilworth, Gabe Nilsen, John Tumolo, Eric Parris.