Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Pre-holiday slate wraps up for WRHS cagers

Hailey boys, girls endure losses

Wood River High School boys' and girls' varsity basketball teams closed out their pre-holiday game schedules last Thursday night with losses to Century and Jerome.

Century takes boys 67-52

High-scoring basketball games where defense takes a breather typically happen just before the Christmas holiday in Idaho boys' prep action.

The highly regarded Century Diamondbacks from Pocatello came up to Hailey Thursday and posted a 67-52 Great Basin Conference win over the Wolverine boys.

Ranked second behind unbeaten reigning state champion Burley in Idaho 4A polls, Century (7-1) built a 29-20 halftime lead, put three players in double figures and breezed to the 15-point victory that gave the D'backs a season sweep.

Cody Witt (16 points), Storm Shelley (16) and Tyson Guthrie (14) led Century, which added a 55-40 home win over #4-ranked Bonneville of Idaho Falls (4-4) Friday night in Pocatello.

Senior post Erik Jacobson scored a career-best 22 points for Wood River and went over the 400-point mark in career scoring for the Wolverines. Jacobson (10.8 ppg this season) has 401 points in 49 Wood River games (8.2 ppg) over three seasons on the Hailey hardwoods.

Michale Brunker added 10 points and helped Wood River to its second-best scoring output of the 2007-08 season.

Burley (8-0) finished its pre-holiday slate with a 64-53 win at Pocatello (2-6) Friday night.

The Wood River boys resumed practices Tuesday and will travel to Jerome Thursday, Jan. 3. Jerome's boys (5-3, 0-1 league) dropped a close 51-45 league game to the Minico Spartans Dec. 19 in Rupert.

Jerome coasts past Hailey girls

The Wood River girls' varsity squad had a tough assignment Thursday night when it played the Idaho 4A #2-ranked Jerome Tigers in a Great Basin Conference West road game.

Jerome (11-1, 52.3 ppg) used defensive pressure to spark a 20-0 first-quarter advantage and salted away a 59-15 league victory—Jerome's fourth straight win after its only loss, 40-33 to Bishop Kelly in Boise Dec. 8.

Scoring for Wood River (1-10, 0-3 league) were Lauren Morgenthaler (8), Allie Freund (5) and Samantha Engel (2). Jerome (3-0 league) outscored Hailey 16-1 at the charity line.

Wood River resumes Friday, Jan. 4 at home against the Minico Spartans from Rupert.

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