Action in Northside Conference girls' basketball wound down this week with the 1A Sub-District six-team tournament opening Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Shoshone's gym.
Meanwhile, the Wood River High School girls' varsity led by senior star Lauren Morgenthaler drew the short straw this week with games against the top-ranked 4A girls in Idaho—Bonneville and Jerome.
Morgenthaler moves into #2
Wood River senior post Lauren Morgenthaler (12.3 ppg) moved over the 700-point career mark Saturday night with a game-high 19-point performance in a closely contested home loss to Minico of Rupert.
Morgenthaler improved her Wolverine career scoring total to 706 points, surpassing Laurel Williams (699) for second place behind career leader Natalie Green (1,115). Morgenthaler started the 2007-08 season #8 on the all-time Hailey list and has jumped over six players.
Her scoring helped host Wood River (2-12, 0-5 league) give Great Basin Conference West league opponent Minico (6-8, 2-3) a run for its money before the Spartans pulled away in the fourth for a 46-36 victory Saturday. Minico outscored Wood River 19-6 at the line. For the season the Wolverines have been outscored 146-95 at the free throw line.
Other Wood River scorers were Sam Engel 6 points, Taylor Hayes 3, Allie Freund 2, Hannah Ward 2, Tasha Karst 2 and Monica Garceau 2. Friday night, Morgenthaler had 12 points in a 38-19 loss at Burley.
Wood River hosted #2-ranked Jerome (15-1, 4-0) Tuesday night and travels to top-ranked Bonneville of Idaho Falls (16-0) Thursday, Jan. 17. Defending State 4A volleyball champ Bonneville is awesome in the post with Mailie Garner and Bryndy Anderson. The Bees prevailed 51-21 in Hailey back on Nov. 14.
Carey wins third straight
Getting ready for the Northside tournament, the Carey Panther girls (8-6, 5-3 league) made it three home wins in a row Friday by a hard fought 41-36 score over visiting Shoshone, in overtime on Carey's floor.
Jessica Parke (14 points), Amy Ellsworth (10) and Jenn Cenarrusa (6) led a Carey squad that led by 10 points at halftime and withstood a strong Shoshone comeback. Leading the rally were Lacey Kniep (three 3-pointers) and Shoshone senior Shaynee Gulliford (18 points).
Thursday, Carey outscored The Community School 36-14 in the middle quarters and captured a 57-26 Northside victory. The Panthers out-rebounded the Cutthroats 40-15 including 22-4 on the offensive glass.
Leading the way for Carey were Ellsworth (16 points, 19 rebounds, 5 steals), Cenarrusa (15 points), Parke (11 points, 4 steals), Kelsey Green (7 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals) and Kayla Bailey (5 points, 5 rebounds).
The Cutthroats (2-9, 1-7 league) dropped a 66-26 home decision to league-leading Richfield (15-2, 9-0) Saturday night at The Fish Tank in Sun Valley. Emily Eshman (12 points), Ricki Eshman (6) and Jessie Curran (6) led the Fish.
Carey hosted Dietrich for its "Senior Night,' Tuesday, hoping to avenge a 32-point loss at Dietrich Jan. 3. Carey visits Camas County Friday, Jan. 18 to finish the regular season. The Cutthroats entertained Camas Tuesday for "Senior Night" and go to Dietrich Saturday, Jan. 19,