High school basketball teams from Wood River High School and Carey High School brought their pre-holiday schedules to a close last week with a series of games, including conference match-ups.
Carey clobbers Castleford
The Carey Panther girls summoned up a season-best 65 points in a 65-46 Northside Conference triumph at Castleford (4-3, 2-2 league) last Thursday.
Carey led 31-18 at halftime and added 34 points after half. The Panthers shot a season-high 17-of-29 from the free throw line and also got a season-high 19 points by senior Micaela Adamson (7-for-18 field goal shooting, 5 boards).
Other Carey contributors included Nicole Gomez with a season-best 14 points plus 2 assists; Jaide Parke 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists; Darby Northcott a season-high 12 points plus 6 boards and 2 assists; Morgan Parke 5 points and 5 rebounds; and McKayla Mecham 2 points.
Friday, the talented Dietrich Blue Devils barged into Carey and rumbled to a 63-22 Northside Conference victory behind 17 points by Moriah Dill and 16 more by Charley Bingham. Dietrich led 32-9 at halftime.
Dietrich snapped Carey's three-game win streak. Morgan Parke led Carey with 9 points.
Unbeaten Dietrich (8-0, 3-0 Northside), the reigning State 1A Division 2 champion, has now won 31 of its last 33 games over two seasons. The Blue Devils are averaging 60.7 ppg.
Carey (4-2, 1-1 Northside) resumes action Thursday, Jan. 5 at Dietrich.
Losses for WRHS girls
After a four-game winning streak, the Wood River High School girls (4-5, 2-2 league) tripped up and went into the holiday with 45-36 and 51-30 road losses to Minico of Rupert and the tough Rigby Trojans.
Thursday in a Great Basin Conference tussle, Wood River led 12-10 after one quarter over Minico. But pressure defense by Minico caused problems for the Wolverines and the Spartans (7-5, 2-2) vaulted into a 23-16 halftime lead that held up.
Leading Wood River were Haylee Thompson (15 points), Haillie Taylor (10 points, 2 steals, 1 block), Rory Cole (4 points, 6 rebounds), Cheyenne Swanson (5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block) and Cookie Benson (2 points). Assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said Taylor played perhaps her best game to date.
In Saturday's eastern Idaho matinee, Rigby (7-2) erased Wood River's 9-5 first-quarter lead with a 23-5 explosion in the second quarter en route to the non-conference win between two teams that competed in last February's State 4A tourney.
Thompson (19 points) enjoyed her ninth straight game in double figures. Others were Cole (4 points), Emmalie Dion (4) and Ciceley Peavey (3). Rigby drilled eight 3-pointers.
Wood River resumes Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Filer (6-5). As for other league teams at the break, Jerome is 9-0 (4-0 league), Twin Falls (7-3, 3-1), Burley 3-7 (1-3) and Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 3-7 (0-4).
WRHS boys falls to Twin
The Wood River High boys' varsity basketball team couldn't keep up with the Twin Falls Bruins on Friday night during a 66-24 Bruins' victory in Hailey that was the first Great Basin Conference game of the season for both teams.
Led by Eric Harr (19 points), Twin Falls outscored Wood River 26-3 in the third period to make sure of its win. The Bruins buried nine 3-pointers including three by Harr. Leading the Wolverines were Ben Williams 6 points, Quentin Dowdle 5 and Dylan Carey 5.
Wood River (1-5, 0-1 league) resumes Wednesday, Jan. 4 with non-conference games against the Community School at the Fish Tank in Sun Valley.
In other Great Basin openers Friday, Jerome (6-1, 1-0) defeated Minico (0-5, 0-1) by a 46-18 count and Burley (5-1, 1-0) edged Canyon Ridge (1-6, 0-1) of Twin Falls by a 39-28 score.