Three Blaine County boys’ high school basketball teams picked up league wins last week as the 2015-16 prep hoops season reached into January.
Here’s a summary of local varsity basketball games:
Wolverine boys edge Jerome
Senior Alec Nordsieck scored a season-best 11 points and junior Travis Swanson added a season-high 9 as the Wood River boys (3-8, 1-1 league) snapped a four-game losing skid with their first Great Basin Conference win, 40-36 at Jerome Friday night.
The Wolverines shrugged off a fast Jerome start and outscored the Tigers 22-10 in the middle quarters. Junior Owen Gifford drilled two 3-pointers, Nic Tidwell tallied 7 points and senior Nelson Cantrell 5.
Wood River coach Matt Newhouse said, “The boys stuck together and ground out the win. A few things that helped were a decided advantage on the backboard, and 14-for-30 shooting from two-point range. It was a total team effort with particularly strong efforts from Alec and Travis.”
The Wolverines have a busy week starting Tuesday night with a league road game at Canyon Ridge (0-9, 0-2). Wood River entertains league-leading Minico (8-1, 2-0) on Thursday, Jan. 14, the Spartans taking an eight-game win streak into their Tuesday home game against Twin Falls (3-6, 2-0).
Wood River has a rematch with Filer (6-4) on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. in Hailey, the Wildcats dropping four of their last six after a 4-0 season start.
Cutthroats down Bliss 62-37
The Community School Cutthroats (4-2, 1-1) notched their first Northside Conference 1A Division 2 league win 62-38 over Bliss last Thursday at the Fish Tank in Sun Valley.
Alex Feldman tallied a season-high 18 points and Daniel DuFur (three 3-pointers) added 15 in the win. Garrett Rawlings added 10 points, Henry Pollock 7, Keegan Whitelaw 6 and Will Lichtenstein 6. Tyler Brown topped Bliss with 11 points.
The Cutthroats visited Castleford (0-8, 0-2) Tuesday and entertain unbeaten Lighthouse Christian Academy (10-0, 2-0) on Thursday, Jan. 14 in another league game. The Sun Valley boys visit Twin Falls Christian Academy Friday in a rematch of the exciting 50-49 Cutthroat home win Dec. 11.
Carey levels record at 4-4
Carey High School’s Panther boys (4-4, 2-0 Northside Conference) saw their three-game winning streak ended by the Butte County Pirates 54-37 Saturday night in Arco.
Joe Parke topped Carey with 14 points, Kaden Koudelka added 6, Derrick Baird 5, Toby Whitworth 5 and Dallin Dilworth 4. Landen Gammet put up 15 points as Butte (4-4) led from the outset with a 15-6 first-quarter lead.
Carey won at home 52-16 over Castleford Thursday. Joe Parke (12 points, 8 boards) and Dilworth (11 points) led Carey.
The Panthers hosted Camas County of Fairfield Tuesday, then go to Murtaugh Thursday and Bliss Friday. They continue their road swing Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Shoshone (4-5).
WRHS, Carey girls update
Senior Medin Cenarrusa rang up a season-best 23 points while junior Jaicee Parke and freshman Kodi Green added 8 points each, but it wasn’t enough for Carey in its 53-46 home overtime loss to Castleford (11-3, 2-0) last Thursday.
On Saturday, host Butte County (7-4) downed the Carey girls (0-10, 0-1 league) in Arco by a score of 66-31. The Panthers entertained Camas County on Tuesday and visit Oakley on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The Wood River girls (3-11, 0-5 Great Basin) dropped a 50-15 home non-conference game to the undefeated Kimberly Bulldogs (14-0) on Saturday afternoon in Hailey. Blair Radford (7 points) and Petra Topp (4 points) led Wood River.
Other contributors were Lucy Cuellar (2 points, 3 rebounds), Harlee Manning (2 points, 4 boards), Audra Mary (6 rebounds, 2 steals), Tess Hollister (3 boards) and Haley Bjorkman (2 rebounds).
Wood River visits Twin Falls (7-7, 3-2) today, Wednesday and then has two more Great Basin games, at home with Jerome (6-7, 2-3) on Friday, Jan. 15 and home against Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls (9-5, 2-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 19.