Wood River girls
pound Buhl 66-27
Earn berth in SCIC title game
They’ve got a lot more they want
to accomplish, but Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball
players had to get sound footing on their first post-season step—and
they did it Tuesday night against their toughest rival Buhl.
Wood River (14-6), getting 20
points from all-time scoring leader Natalie Green and a career-high 16
points from Tiffany Wheeler, pounded Buhl 66-27 in the opening game of
the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tournament in Hailey.
Tiffany Wheeler follows through on two of her 16 points. Express
photo by David N. Seelig
For the game Wood River
out-rebounded Buhl 32-20, came up with 14 steals and moved the ball well
on offense with 16 assists. Emily Smith added 12 points and 5 rebounds,
Jessica King 9 points and 7 boards.
There wasn’t a tear shed in Hailey
because of the 39-point margin, since throughout Wood River’s 29 years
of playing girls’ basketball Buhl has always pounded the Wolverines.
Before this season, Wood River was 11-77 against Buhl. This season
Coach Brent Carnduff’s top-seeded
Wolverines, on a mission to earn the school’s first-ever state
tournament berth, wanted to win convincingly against #6-seeded Buhl
(7-11)—a program that has built a long record of representing the SCIC
at February’s state tourney.
Wheeler said, "We know what we
want to accomplish, and we knew it was our job tonight to set a big
example that all the other teams can see. We were focused all day, and
the whole team was united in that goal."
The season-best offensive total of
66 points could have been higher if Wood River hadn’t missed about six
easy shots in the first quarter. Green (16.2 ppg) scored 7 points in the
first period, many coming on the press break, and Hailey built a 16-10
Six different Wolverines tallied
points in the 21-9 second quarter as the home team raced out to a 37-19
half-time lead, their biggest of the season. Wheeler, Green and King
each scored 5 points in the third, and floor leader Smith had 5 in the
With the win, Wood River earned a
berth in the league championship game for the first time in 24 years.
The Wolverines will play for an automatic State 3A tourney berth Monday,
Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. on the Hailey hardwoods against the winner of
Thursday’s semi-final between Declo and Gooding.
In Tuesday’s other first-round
games, #2-seeded Declo (12-7) outscored #5 Kimberly 49-22 and #3 Gooding
(14-7) edged #4-seeded Filer 48-41. The top two teams in the SCIC
advance to the State 3A tourney Feb. 19-21 at Bishop Kelly High School,
Boise. Stats from Tuesday:
WR 66-27 over Buhl—Natalie
Green 20, Tiffany Wheeler 16, Emily Smith 12, Jessica King 9, Syringa
Stark 6, Liz Rippon 2, Nikki Calzacorta 1. Rebounds—(32)—King
7, Stark 7, Smith 5, Green 5, Calzacorta 3, Wheeler 2, Dawn Bird 2.
Assists—Green 4, Wheeler 3, Rippon 3, Smith 2, King 2, Stark 2.
Blocked shots—Green 1. 3-pointers—Wheeler 2, Smith
1. FT—11-19. Buhl FT—5-13.