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.