Friday, January 30, 2009

Basket case

Wolverine offense shakes a leg

Wood River boys

Judging by the stat sheets, the offense for the Wood River boys' basketball team is waking up. In the last three games, Hailey has scored 13 points more than its season-average of 40.4 per game (compiled on Jan. 21).

The Wolverines (1-11, 0-3 league) tied their second highest mark of 55 points in a 20-point loss to Jerome on Wednesday. The Tigers prevailed 75-55, springboarding off a 27-point first quarter. Wood River trailed by eight points after one and 11 at halftime, but it was a closer contest than two weeks ago when the Tigers rolled to a 32-point victory. In fact, the Wolverines' 35 points in the first half was three points higher than they scored in the whole game on Jan. 13, when the final tally was 64-32.

"We are playing better offensively," coach John Radford said. "It's fun to see the ball go through the hoop."

On Wednesday, the Wolverines nailed nine three-point shots to keep the Tigers on their toes, with five treys by Michale Brunker (15 points). Brian Tidwell scored 16 points, followed by Greg Wakefield with 10, Juan Martinez 7, Ryan Dean 3, Keven Abbot 2 and Clive Hope 2. Jerome's high scorers were Kevin Williams with 23 and Kameron Pearce 22.

The Wolverines tackle another league opponent when Minico comes to town, tonight, Jan. 30.

Wood River girls

The Wolverine girls rounded out the regular season at home against Kimberly on Thursday. On Tuesday, Wood River traveled to Pocatello for a Great Basin matchup against the Indians. Hometown Pocatello came up with a 36-25 victory.

Posting in the point column were K.T. Martinez 5, Grace Lagodich 4, Monica Garceau 4, Cheyenne Swanson 4, Maddie Gove 2, Taylor Hayes 2, Samantha Engel 2 and Angela Coleman 2.

Wood River (4-13 overall, 0-6 league) will meet No. 1 seeded Burley (15-4 overall, 5-1 league) on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the first round of the District IV 4A Great Basin West basketball playoffs. Tip off is 7 p.m.

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