Friday, December 17, 2010

Sharp shooting sends WRHS girls past ’Dogs 52-43

Hillcrest is next for Wolverines

It was a good shooting night, 49% from the field, for the Wood River High School girls' basketball team in Tuesday's 52-43 nonconference road win that swept the season series from the Kimberly Bulldogs.

Coach Mendy Benson's Wolverines (8-0, 3-0 league) used a 17-7 second-quarter advantage to open up a 29-18 halftime lead that carried Hailey through. Wood River also shot a season-best 11-for-14 (79%) from the free-throw line at Kimberly.

Leading scorer Kaitana Martinez (22.2 ppg) tallied a game-high 22 points on 9-for-16 field goal shooting including 2-for-3 from 3-point range. Martinez (5 rebounds, 3 steals) improved to 661 points and moved within 38 points of Laurel Williams for second place on the all-time WR scoring list.

Junior Haylee Thompson (12.5 ppg) had her eighth straight game in double figures with 11 points and eight boards. She was 5-for-5 with charities.

Other Hailey contributors were Cheyenne Swanson (7 points, 4 rebounds), Taylor Hayes (7 points) and Ashley Hesteness (5 points, 4 steals). The Hailey defense held Kimberly to 30% from the field, although the 'Dogs shot 6-for-11 from 3-point range behind 19 points by Nellie Makings.

The Wolverines put their unbeaten boast on the line at Jerome Thursday night. The Tigers (6-3, 1-1) and their tough senior point guard Carrie Thibault beat Century of Pocatello 45-40 at home Tuesday. Last year, three of Wood River's seven losses came to eventual State 4A third-place Jerome including 22-point and 29-point thumpings in the Tiger den.

Wood River finishes its pre-holiday schedule and the first half of its 20-game season Saturday, Dec. 18 for a 3:30 p.m. matinee against Hillcrest at Idaho Falls. The Wolverines were 18-point home winners over the Knights Nov. 20, but Hillcrest (3-5) is bouncing back including Tuesday's 64-53 win over the Shelley Russets behind Kim Weller's 25 points.

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