Friday, January 12, 2007

Wood River girls snap losing streak

Wolverines defeat Buhl 41-32 on the road

The Wood River High School girls' varsity basketball team put on a strong performance Tuesday in Buhl to defeat the Indians 41-32 and end a seven game losing skid.

"We felt pretty good about it," said Wolverine coach Brent Carnduff. "Since the Christmas break we've played better as a team and the girls are starting to understand their roles a little better. We're starting to find our rhythm—it's always good to win."

It was a timely win for the 4-10 Wolverines, who were 3-3 for the season before a disastrous seven-game losing streak started last month.

Tuesday's victory saw improvements in rebounding, free throw shooting and spreading the points around.

Junior standout Lauren Morgenthaler led the Wolverines with 14 points, followed by Hannah Ward with a season high 11. Alex Lindbloom contributed six points and Kristen Miniard and Samantha Engel added five apiece.

"We were looking for some of the other players to step up and score for us, and we're pleased that they did last night," Carnduff said Wednesday.

Solid free throw shooting contributed to the Wolverine victory, as the girls hit 10-of-13 from the charity stripe. Morgenthaler hit 6-of-7, Ward 3-of-4 and Engel 1-of-2.

At the boards, Morgenthaler pulled down 14 rebounds and Casey Vegwert grabbed 12. Ward had four rebounds and five assists.

The Wolverines face a tough schedule over the next week, hosting Great Basin West powerhouse Burley at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tuesday the Wolverines travel to Jerome from a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the feisty Jerome Tigers.

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