Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wolverines stay hot, beating Hillcrest 51-33

Hailey girls start 3-0 before holiday

Wood River senior Hunter Thompson, guarded here by Kimberly’s Shyanne Hatch, scored a free throw and pulled down seven rebounds in Saturday’s 51-33 Wolverine home triumph over Hillcrest of Idaho Falls. Photo by David N. Seelig

Junior guard K.T. Martinez had the hot shooting hand as the Wood River High School girls' varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 last week with 61-38 and 51-33 non-conference wins over Filer and Hillcrest.

Martinez (23 points, 4-4 free throws, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists) knocked down three 3-pointers and shot 8-for-17 overall from the field. She enjoyed a solid all-around game in Saturday's 18-point home matinee triumph over 4A Hillcrest.

Wood River (13 steals, 29 rebounds) shot 41% from the field compared to Hillcrest's 18%, but the Wolverines couldn't put Hillcrest away until the fourth and quarter.

Coach Mendy Benson said, "The game was much closer than score reflected. We went on a 21-4 run to end the game. It was 30-29 at the end of the third quarter and we finally woke up and put some shots in."

Martinez was consistent across the board, scoring 6 in the first quarter, 7 in the second, 5 in the third and 5 more in the fourth and final period.

Other contributors were Haylee Thompson (6 of her 12 points in the final period, 9 rebounds, 2 steals), Cheyenne Swanson (5 points, 4 boards, 3-4 free throws), Taylor Hayes (5 points, 3-4 free throws, 2 steals), Allie Hesteness (3 points), Haillie Taylor (2 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds) and Hunter Thompson (1 point, 7 rebounds).

Thursday night, Martinez (four 3-pointers) had a season-best 26 points and Haylee Thompson added 17 in the 23-point victory at Filer. Swanson added 10 points, Hayes 6 and Hesteness 2. Wood River led 21-8 after one and 38-15 at the half.

Tuesday's blizzard canceled Wood River's scheduled game at Mountain Home. The Wolverines host the same Tigers Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the Hailey gym to open a three-game homestand. And the first Great Basin Conference league game is Thursday, Dec. 2 at home against Canyon Ridge.

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