18-01-26 senior night

Wood River senior girls’ bas-ketball player Emma Flolo was honored Tuesday during the Wolverine “Senior Night” ceremony at the Hailey gym. Joining Emma (second from right) are her father Jack Flolo (left), sister Kacie Flolo and mother Julie Flolo (right).

The Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball team hopes to bring its best brand of basketball to the Great Basin Conference 4A tournament when the six-team meet opens Tuesday, Jan. 30 at two sites.

    No. 5-seeded Wood River (5-13, 2-8 league) travels to No. 4 Jerome (6-13, 3-7) Tuesday, with No. 3 defending tournament champion Twin Falls (11-9, 7-3) meeting No. 6 Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls (4-15, 1-9) for an-other first-round game.

    Waiting for the Wood River-Jerome winner in a second-rounder on Thursday is No. 1-seeded Minico (14-6, 9-1), last year’s State 4A tournament consolation champs from Rupert. No. 2-seeded Burley (14-6, 8-2) meets the Twin Falls-Canyon Ridge winner Thurs-day.

    Burley, using its balanced scoring attack and 19-4 scoring edge at the free throw line, came to Wood River’s “Senior Night” on Tuesday and carried away a 50-32 victory with a 16-4 third-quarter advantage.

    Luci Cuellar (5 rebounds, 1 steal) and Haley Bjorkman (7 rebounds, steal) led Hailey with 8 points apiece. Wood River out-rebounded Burley 38-18.

    Other Hailey contributors were senior Emma Flolo (4 points, 3 rebounds), Patrea Topp (4 points, 3 rebounds), Payson Bennett (4 points, 3 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals), Au-dra Mary (4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist), Sariah Nilsen (4 boards), Grace Parke (4 re-bounds) and Torie King (2 re-bounds, 2 assists).

    Wood River’s girls traveled to 3A Buhl (13-6) Thursday and stay on the road today, Friday at 3A Gooding (13-4) for the regular-season wrap-up.

WRHS boys to host Jerome

    The Twin Falls Bruins (8-8, 5-1) led from the outset and breezed to a 54-33 Great Basin home win over Wood River (4-12, 0-6) Wednesday.

    Leading Wood River was Johnny Radford (17 points, 11 in the first half, 5-for-7 free throws) with support from Colten Weatherly (6 points, 4 rebounds) and Christian Both-well (5 points, 3 boards).

    Others were Brayden Olson (3 points), Diogo Varejao (2 points) and Canyon Macdonald (3 rebounds). Wood River shot 3-for-10 from 3-point range and 9-for-31 from 2-point distance.

    Mitchell Brizee tallied 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Twin Falls, with Faust Ystueta going 7-for-7 at the charity stripe. Twin Falls shot 20-for-24 from the line and nearly 50% from 2-point range.

    Tonight, Friday, the Wolver-ine boys host the Jerome Tigers (6-11, 2-4) for another GBC tus-sle that also serves as a “Coaches vs. Cancer” fundrais-ing night at the Hailey gym.

    Staged for 25 years, Coaches vs. Cancer sponsored by American Cancer Society and National Association of Bas-ketball Coaches (NABC) enlists teams and communities in the fight against cancer.

    People can donate at the Friday’s “Sport Coats and Sneakers Night” and Coaches vs. Cancer 50/50.

    Wood River next plays at home Wednesday, Jan. 31 against Canyon Ridge (6-10, 1-5), a 77-61 loser Wednesday at league-leading Burley (12-3, 7-0). Also, Minico (11-6, 4-3) won 54-41 at Jerome Wednesday.

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