Bulldogs put WR
boys on the brink
Kimberly survives scare 52-45
Under coach Fred Trenkle, the Wood
River High School boys’ varsity basketball team has become known as a
streaky team this season, capable of closing deficits in the blink of an
eye and staying in the game until the end.
But #3-seeded Wood River pushed
its luck Monday night during the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference
tournament semi-final game against the #2 Kimberly Bulldogs at the
College of Southern Idaho gym in Twin Falls.
Jeremy Selcho (10 points, 10 rebounds) runs the floor chased by
Andy McGrew of Kimberly Monday night during SCIC tourney play at CSI,
Twin Falls. Express photo by David N. Seelig
The Wolverines dug themselves into
a couple of holes and battled back but ultimately fell 52-45 to
Kimberly. Leading Wolverine scorer Jason Hofman, back to nearly full
strength from an ankle injury, led Wood River with 12 points.
Kimberly’s smooth junior Darin
Musser paced the Bulldogs (13-7) with 15 points, 6 boards, 4 steals and
4 assists. Ricky Zodrow added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals, and
J.J. Shawver 12 points and 3 steals. The Bulldogs blocked 6 Wolverine
Wood River held forth well on the
boards, out-rebounding Kimberly 29-22 led by Jeremy Selcho (10 points,
10 reobunds). But the Bulldogs owned the boards in the pivotal third
quarter, extending their 22-21 half-time lead to 40-31 with a 9-4 edge
on the glass.
It was an uphill battle all the
way for the underdog Wolverines.
Wood River (9-12) fell behind by
nine points in the second quarter and trailed 40-31 entering the final
period. Trenkle’s never-say-die squad cut Kimberly’s lead to 46-45 with
three minutes left on Scott Bohrer’s 17-footer, but Wood River then grew
tentative on offense with the game on the line.
The key basket was Shawver’s
11-footer giving Kimberly a 48-45 lead with 1:37 left.
Kimberly’s victory snapped Wood
River’s three-game winning streak that included last Tuesday’s 52-38
triumph over #4-seeded Filer in the opening round of the six-team SCIC
tourney. Wood River had maintained half-time leads in all three of those
It sent Wood River into Tuesday
night’s loser-out game against Filer (7-13). Filer eliminated Buhl
(5-16) by a 44-42 score in Monday’s other game.
Kimberly moved on to challenge
top-seeded Declo (16-3) in Tuesday’s SCIC championship game. Kimberly
and Declo divided two games during the regular season, each team winning
on the road.
Wood River, with a victory over
Filer Tuesday, would have earned one more chance to gain one of two SCIC
berths to the State 3A tournament March 4 at Meridian. That second-place
game, against the Kimberly-Declo loser, is scheduled for tonight,
Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the CSI hardwoods.
Results from Monday’s WR-Kimberly
Kimberly 52-45 over WR:
Jason Hofman 12 points, Jeremy Selcho 10, Joe Paisley 7, Scott Bohrer 7,
Kory Ott 4, Brady Femling 3, Riley Neff 2. Rebounds (29)—Selcho
10, Neff 5, Ott 4, Bohrer 4. Steals—Hofman 2, Femling 2, Selcho
2, Paisley 2. Blocked shots—Ott 2, Bohrer 1. Assists—Neff
4, Femling 2. 3-pointers—Femling 1, Bohrer 1. FT—13-17.
WR season statistics (21
games): Offense—48.1 ppg. Defense—51.8 ppg. Free throws—WR
222-405 (55%). Opposition—177-295 (60%). Top individual scorers—Jason
Hofman 11.5 ppg, Jeremy Selcho 7.7, Kory Ott 6.9, Brady Femling 6.1,
Scott Bohrer 5.3.