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For the week of January 31 through February 6, 2001

A Super Saturday for Cutthroat girls

Best season (11-6), 
tournament title

Community School freshman Jenny Rutherford is short, quiet and easy to overlook in a crowd on the basketball court.

But the red-haired 5-4 firebrand conducted herself like a post player and led the Cutthroats to an improbable triumph Saturday in the Northside A-4 JV tournament championship at Gooding.

Rutherford (4 steals) pulled down an amazing 14 rebounds and scored three clutch baskets on putbacks in the overtime periods sparking The Community School to a 45-42 double OT victory over top-seeded Carey.

The other hero in OT was top scorer Pauli Ochi (9.7 ppg).

Playing with four personals, she calmly made 5-of-6 free throws in the second OT, 10-for-16 overall, to finish with a season-best 16 points and clinch the upset comeback win.

Ochi scored 14 of her 16 points after intermission. Jamie Terry (7.0 ppg) was a huge factor with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. And Kristin Hickey (8.1 ppg) had 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks before fouling out at the end of regulation.

Right before fouling out, captain Katie Matteson (5 assists, 3 steals) scored her only points of the game with a timely 16-footer that tied it 32-32 with 1:23 left in regulation.

Those five Cutthroats were the main contributors, but the second JV championship in school history (1996, a 10-9 record) was truly a team effort that also featured 5 big rebounds by Morgan LaPeter.

Not only did coach Ryan Waterfield’s Cutthroats (11-6) finish by winning seven of their final nine, they became the winningest team in 16 years of Community School hoops—and the school’s best-ever defensive team (29.1 ppg).

They did it on the glass.

Out-rebounding Carey 19-6 in the first half, The Community School built a 18-8 cushion at intermission and seemed to determined to avenge a pair of one-point losses to Carey during the JV regular season.

Coach Greg Carlson’s Panthers fought back. Ginger Bingham tallied 8 of her game-high 18 points in the third as Carey cut its deficit to 25-22.

Bingham gave Carey its first lead, 26-25, with a baseliner at the 5:30 point of the fourth quarter and the Panthers finished a 10-0 run to build a 30-25 lead with just 4:43 to play. Another Bingham bucket made it 32-26 with three minutes left.

Then, Matteson made a fine lob pass to Terry, who scored near the basket, and Ochi sank two important charities for a 32-30 game. Matteson’s 16-footer tied it 32-32.

In the first four-minute OT, Bingham blocked Ochi’s drive, but Rutherford got the rebound and put it in for a 34-32 Cutthroat lead. Bingham responded with a 17-footer, Jesse Molyneux (16 points) converted an inbounds play and Pamela Reay made an 18-footer for a 38-34 Carey lead with just 1:14 on the clock.

Once again, Rutherford was in the right place at the right time, grabbing a missed shot in the paint and banking it home amidst a forest of Panther arms and hands. Carey still led 38-36 with only 50 seconds left.

But two Panther turnovers, the second caused by some excellent Abby Minford defense, gave the Cutthroats one more chance with nine seconds. Bingham fouled out on Ochi’s drive to the hoop—and Ochi somehow made both free throws.

Another OT—and more heroics by Ochi (5-for-6 at the stripe) and Rutherford (4 rebounds in the second OT and yet another putback). Carey’s final hope was dashed when Terry blocked a shot with 17 seconds left.

Rutherford (2.2 ppg) matched her season-high with 8 points while, for Carey, Laren Peterson had 4 points and Lindsay Fiscus 2.

The Cutthroats won the single elimination tournament by beating the top two teams. They earned a spot in the championship game with a hard-fought 30-27 victory over #2-seeded Dietrich Thursday at ISDB.

Fueling the victory was an 18-point third quarter during which the Cutthroats did just about everything right—running the offense effectively, shooting very well and clamping down on defense.

At half-time Waterfield decided to use a different offense and, for the first time, a 1-3-1 zone defense.

The Cutthroats went to their Western Offense featuring one post player instead of two and a roving baseline player to free up the inside.

It worked wonders because the Cutthroats were patient on offense and passed well.

Trailing 14-11 at half-time, the Cutthroats startled the Devils with a 10-0 run and kept Dietrich from scoring for nearly five-and-a-half minutes. The zone defense kept the Devils from the getting the ball down low and drawing fouls.

Ochi (13 points) and Terry (12 points) each scored 8 points in the third. The Cutthroats piled up an amazing 8 assists in eight minutes by finding the open player.

Not surprisingly Dietrich made one final run in the fourth quarter and cut the double-digit lead to 29-27 with 2:40 left. But the Cutthroats maintained their great team defense and kept their cool.

Matteson’s free throw with 14 seconds left was the only Cutthroat point of the final quarter, but an important one. It assured the win.

Although she scored only 4 points including the final Cutthroat field goal with two seconds left in the third period, Hickey played great defense with 13 rebounds and 6 steals.

Terry added 9 rebounds. Rutherford was a big contributor with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Matteson added 3 rebounds and 2 assists, Ochi 3 rebounds and 2 steals, Maddy Weisz 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Dietrich’s Ayleen Sorensen rang up a team-high 13 points. Nikki Towne and Mandi Miller added 6 apiece for Dietrich.

In the JV tournament opener Wednesday, Carey built a 28-11 halftime cushion and breezed 50-37 over #4-seeded Shoshone.

Ginger Bingham scored 18 points, Jesse Molyneux 14, Sarah Shaffer 6, Laren Peterson 4, Pamela Reay 4, Niki McAfee 2 and Cheyanne Bingham 2. For Shoshone, Sarah Hubsmith led the way with 17 points and Courtney Sorensen added 12.


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