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From left, Jacy Thomas, Bella Parke, Rebecca Atienza, Emmi Nilsen, Piper Green, Lila Hess, Kacie Flolo and Taylor Heitzman celebrate as the Wood River girls’ basketball team won their first game since Dec. 20, 2019. The Wolverines defeated Caldwell, 29-27.

Life has not been easy for members of the Wood River girls’ basketball team.

“I knew there would be a lot of coaching to be done and no matter how much work we put it some nights were going to be rough,” first-year head coach Kevin Stilling said. “Positivity was going to be huge. There were times last year that the girls were just flat out embarrassed to walk out of the gym.

“One of the biggest things we’ve talked about since Day 1 was being able to walk out of the gym with your chin up knowing you did your best. It’s John Wooden stuff—knowing you did your personal best.”

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Junior guard and co-captain Bella Parke drives to the basket against Jerome’s McCall Clegg during a Jan. 20 game, won by the Tigers.

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Wood River senior point guard and co-captain Kacie Flolo dribbles up the court during a recent game.

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