Friday, December 2, 2011

Kimberly jumps out early, holds off WRHS 55-47

Boys host Filer tonight in Hailey

Always a sound boys' basketball program, the Kimberly Bulldogs showed they were ready to play Wednesday night in the 2011-12 season opener against the visiting Wood River Wolverines on the 'Dogs floor.

Kimberly (1-0), the reigning 3A Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference champion, scored 25 points in the first quarter alone and worked up a 39-20 halftime lead before cruising to the 55-47 non-conference win.

Wood River coach Rick Bradshaw said, "Kimberly did a great job with the interior pass in the first half and shot 70% in the paint. We got down 19 points in the first half and battled back to make it a game, but fell just short."

Senior Stone Sutton (6-for-8 free throws) led the way for visiting Wood River (0-1) with a game-high 21 points including three 3-pointers. Junior Ben Williams (9 points) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the charity stripe.

Wood River got scoring from eight players including Dylan Carey (4 points, 3-pointer), James Petzke (3 points, 3-pointer), Colton Larkin (3 points), Austin Hafer (2 free throws), Jake Vegwert (3 points and Connor Braatz (2 points. The Wolverines shot 13-of-20 from the free throw line.

Coached by Marvin Mumm, Kimberly sent out a solid senior crew left over from last winter's 17-7 State 3A tournament squad. Leading the way were 6-4 Zack Funk (15 points, two 3-pointers) and 6-3 Jade Wadsworth (12 points). Seniors Conner Molyneux (7) and Seth Champlin (5) chipped in.

Wood River is looking ahead to its home opener today, Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Hailey hardwoods against the always tough 3A Filer Wildcats. On Tuesday, the Wolverines travel to eastern Idaho to battle a new opponent, 4A Rigby.

Filer (0-1) opened its season Wednesday night with a 57-48 home loss to the 4A Burley Bobcats. It was a game of 3-pointers, Burley netting nine of them and Filer five.

The Wildcats qualified for the State 3A tournament in 2010 and are now playing for 27-year Magic Valley coaching veteran Allen Kelsey. Last winter, Filer beat Kimberly by 18 points in the first game of the SCIC tournament, but it was Mumm's deep Kimberly team that ended up qualifying for the State 3A tournament last March.

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