Friday, December 9, 2011

Stingy Wolverines crank out first GBC win 36-32

Canyon Ridge falls, Burley arrives today

Freshman guard Ciceley Peavey has gone through baptism-under-fire while guiding the offense of the State 4A runner-up Wolverines. Photo by David N. Seelig

Tight defense has been important to a Wood River High School girls' varsity basketball team that has been playing in the early stages of the 2011-12 prep season without All-State point guard Kaitana Martinez.

Its offense still maturing with inexperienced ball handlers, Wood River's defense turned the tide Wednesday and was mainly responsible for a 36-32 win over Canyon Ridge's Riverhawks in Twin Falls.

Defending league champion Wood River (2-3, 1-1 league) posted its second straight road victory and first Great Basin Conference success of the season. Canyon Ridge (2-5, 0-2) managed a determined fourth-quarter rally but fell short for first-year coach Trudy Weaver, a Wood River graduate.

Once again, 6-1 post Haylee Thompson (17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocked shots) topped the Wolverines in scoring. Trailing 16-14 at half, Wood River put the defensive hammer down with a 10-1 third quarter edge as Riverhawks' 6-1 post Breyana Burk was sidelined with three personal fouls.

Wood River assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said, "The game was close most of the way, although the girls held the determining and controlling hand the entire second half."

Also playing major roles at Canyon Ridge were two other Wolverine seniors who are returning starters from Hailey's State 4A runner-up squad last February. They were post Cheyenne Swanson (7 points, 4 steals, 3 blocks) and guard/wing Haillie Taylor (7 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block).

Other WRHS contributors were freshman guard Ciceley Peavey (4 points, 1 steal, 1 assist) and junior guard Hannah Belloli (1 point, 2 assists).

Wood River will try for its first home victory of the season today, Friday when the Burley Bobcats invade Hailey for another Great Basin contest. Opening tipoff for the varsity game is about 7:30 p.m.

Burley (2-5, 1-1) opened its conference campaign with a convincing 65-46 victory at Canyon Ridge Dec. 1, but the Bobcats faltered down the stretch and fell 57-56 to visiting Jerome on Wednesday night.

Still, coach Roger Caresia's Bobcats have improved a great deal over last season, when the 21-3 Wolverines handled them by 21 points and 18 points.

Wood River entertains Kimberly's Bulldogs (2-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Kimberly lost 40-36 at Declo Wednesday night, but the 'Dogs still own a 29-27 victory over Wood River in the season opening game Nov. 14.

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