WRHS boys shake
off the rust, 47-40
Hard-fought SCIC league win
Wood River, idle for three weeks, was a
little rusty. Gooding, losers by four points at 1A Shoshone two nights before,
was a little testy.
But there was no question about the
wire-to-wire intensity Wood River and Gooding brought to Saturday’s Sawtooth
Central Idaho Conference 3A clash on the Senator floor.
Brady Femling, another Wolverine junior guard, made four free throws down
the stretch to seal Saturday’s win at Gooding. Express photo by David N.
Coach Fred Trenkle’s Wolverines rallied
from a six-point halftime deficit to beat Gooding 47-40 as 6-7 senior Jason
Hofman scored 6 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in Hailey’s 19-9
"It was a struggle and it showed," said
Trenkle. "But we hit our free throws down the stretch and made defensive plays
and went to the boards to win the game. I thought everybody played hard. Had to
feel good about the game."
Hofman’s dunk with three-and-a-half
minutes left gave Wood River only its second lead of the game, 38-36. It sparked
an 11-4 game-clinching run. Hofman (11.0 ppg) had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Brady Femling, Wolverine junior point
guard, went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the final 26 seconds. Up until
that point, Wood River was shooting poorly (2-for-9 second half) at the stripe,
but Hailey went 6-for-6 down the homestretch.
Another star for Wood River was 6-2 senior
Scott Bohrer, who finished with a season-best 13 points plus 8 rebounds and 5
steals. Bohrer (5 points in the fourth) was in the right place at the right time
"Scott came on and gave us a good effort,"
Wood River (3-4, 2-1 SCIC) thus equalled
last season’s totals of wins and league victories (3-19, 2-8), in just seven
games. Gooding (2-7, 0-3 SCIC) suffered its fourth straight loss.
It was the first time in four seasons that
Wood River beat an SCIC team other than the Buhl Tribe. Early in the game,
however, it looked like a flurry of Wolverine turnovers and mistakes would give
Gooding a head of steam.
Trenkle said, "I don’t know what it was—we
hadn’t beaten Gooding in about five years and we didn’t beat them in the
jamboree. We weren’t ready to play the game. We’ve just got to bring our ‘A’
game every night to have a chance to win.
"But I thought Gooding played well, too.
We were seeing our first zone defense of the year, then Gooding started
switching defenses which made it tougher for us. We showed some poise down the
Gooding senior Eric Gushee (14 pounds, 6
boards) burned the strings for 12 points in a hot-shooting Senator first half.
Gooding, leading by as many as nine points, maintained a 25-19 cushion at
Wood River’s man-to-man defensive
intensity picked up a few notches in the second half. Kory Ott (2 points, 2
boards, 3 steals) gave Trenkle some solid minutes in the third. Hofman scored
two buckets. Then Bohrer gave Hailey its first lead, 26-25, with a steal and
All 11 players contributed for Trenkle. It
was junior Dylan Fullmer’s turn to quicken things and push the ball up the floor
early in the fourth. It helped Wood River get into its offense. Hofman made two
putbacks for a 34-34 tie.
Senior Matt Pruett (6 points, 5 rebounds,
2 steals) also played a big role. His steal at the midline, and flipped pass to
Bohrer produced a fast break basket and 36-36 tie with four minutes left. Then
Hofman made his dunk, converting a Pruett miss.
And Wood River was off to the races,
running its weave well and getting the benefit of a couple of traveling calls
that could easily have been called against Bohrer’s drives to the hole. Gooding
coach Joe Messick was livid.
With a minute remaining, Bohrer stole an
inbounds pass and fed Pruett, who scored for a 41-37 lead.
Gooding’s Angel Aguilar (10 points, 3
assists) drilled a 3-pointer for a 41-40 cliffhanger with 40 seconds left, at
which point Femling made four charities and Pruett two for the 47-40 final.
Scoring: Hofman 14 points, Bohrer
13, Pruett 6, Femling 6, Jeremy Selcho 4, Riley Neff 2, Ott 2.
Rebounds (32-18 edge over Gooding):
Hofman 11, Bohrer 8, Pruett 5. Steals (14): Bohrer 5, Ott 3, Pruett 2.
Blocked shots: Hofman 2.
For the season, Wood River is 80-160 (50%)
at the free throw line, while opponents are 56-91 (62%). Last year Wood River
was outshot 528-322 and outscored 329-166 at the stripe. The Wolverines have
only eight 3-pointers. Last year it was 63.
Here are current SCIC records and
Kimberly 5-3 (2-0); Declo 7-2 (3-0); Buhl
2-7 (1-2); Wood River 3-4 (2-1); Gooding 2-7 (0-3); and Filer 1-6 (0-2).
Third-ranked Declo, winners of five straight, travels to Kimberly next Tuesday
for a big league clash.
Wood River, ranked ninth in the
Idahosports.com poll of 3A schools, entertained #2-ranked 4A school Bonneville
Tuesday. The Wolverines travel to Filer Thursday and host #5-ranked 4A Hillcrest
Saturday, Jan. 17.
"The big one is Filer this week," said
Trenkle. "We’re working for that first-round bye in the tournament."