Friday, November 21, 2008

Girls take the court for first cage games

WRHS, Carey drop openers

The prep girls' basketball season opened Tuesday night on the road for the 4A Wood River High School and 1A Carey High School teams.

Scores were reasonably close, but Wood River (0-1) fell 47-39 to 5A Skyline at Idaho Falls and Carey (0-1) lost 49-44 at the Mackay Miners in a foul-filled, non-conference game.

At Idaho Falls, Wood River led 6-2 after one quarter but Skyline (1-2) applied defensive pressure and outscored the Wolverines 15-2 in the second led by Laci Widerburg (20 points, three 3-pointers, 7-7 line). Skyline out-pointed Wood River 11-4 at the free throw line for the game.

Wood River played Skyline evenly in the second half. Leading the way was freshman Kaitana Martinez (11 points, three 3-pointers). Other Hailey scorers were Monica Garceau 10, Grace Lagodich 8, Sam Engel 6 and Cheyenne Swanson 4.

At Mackay, it was an ugly opener. Seven players ended up fouling out and there were 67 free throws attempted—and only 30 made. Four Carey players fouled out and the Panthers had to play with only four players as the game wound down.

Aubrey Nelson (16 points) led Mackay. The Miners out-pointed Carey 23-7 at the stripe. Carey scorers included Jessica Parke 15 points, Amy Ellsworth 11, Kelsey Green 5, Taylor Whitby 4, Chelsey Hunt 3, Kayla Bailey 3 and Shelby Hansen 2.

Coach Mendy Benson's Wolverines hosted the Filer Wildcats Thursday in Hailey, then travel to Mountain Home Saturday, Nov. 22 and Kimberly Tuesday, Nov. 25. Coach Lane Durtschi's Carey Panthers host Bliss Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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