Wednesday, January 4, 2012

GBC contenders Jerome, WRHS clash Thursday

WRHS girls eager to welcome Martinez back

Express Staff Writer

Wood River senior wing Haillie Taylor tries to bounce a pass around Kimberly senior post Allison Cornie during the 40-36 Wolverine home win over the Bulldogs Dec. 13. The Wolverines return to their home court for the first time since that Kimberly victory, on Thursday against the highly regarded Jerome Tigers. Photo by David N. Seelig

With half its season done, the Wood River High School girls' basketball team is hoping to welcome back senior point guard Kaitana Martinez sometime in the next week or so.

Interim head coach Kevin Stilling said Tuesday last season's Great Basin Conference "Player of the Year" Martinez has been "going full-bore" in holiday practices, pretty much on her timetable in returning from summer knee surgery.

He said the coaching staff is not sure when Martinez will be inserted into game action for the first time in the 2011-12 season. But looking at the demanding Wolverine schedule in the next week, even a little bit of Martinez would be helpful.

Wood River is playing the Filer Wildcats, Jerome Tigers, Rigby Trojans and Twin Falls Bruins in an eight-day span beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a visit to Filer (7-5). The 'Cats started the season with three losses to Burley, Jerome and Twin Falls and have won seven of their last nine starting with a 47-39 win in Hailey Nov. 17.

The Wolverines (4-5, 2-2), facing six GBC games in their final nine contests, host a powerful Jerome squad Thursday, Jan. 5 in what should be a "Pack the Gym" evening to generate fan interest in Hailey.

Jerome (10-1, 4-0 league) is the No. 2 ranked 4A team in Idaho, trailing only defending State 4A champ Middleton (12-0). Last Thursday, Jerome's nine-game winning streak ended with a 42-29 home loss to Middleton. Jerome bounced back Friday with a 55-33 home win over Mountain Home.

Another GBC contender, the Twin Falls Bruins (8-4, 3-1), lost by a single point 37-36 at home to Middleton Friday and also beat Mountain Home 42-40. Wood River visits Twin Falls Wednesday, Jan. 11, hoping to avenge a 34-30 home loss to the same Twin Falls squad Dec. 1.


Not only that, but one of eastern Idaho's best girls' teams—the Rigby Trojans (12-2)—visits Hailey Saturday, Jan. 7 for a 3:30 p.m. varsity matinee. Before Christmas, Wood River dropped road games at Minico 45-36 and to Rigby 51-30. Last winter, High Country Conference champion Rigby carried an unbeaten 22-0 into the State 4A tournament at Boise.

Other Great Basin teams still in the mix as the league season heats up are Minico (8-5, 2-2 league), Burley (4-7, 1-3) and Canyon Ridge (3-8, 0-4). Wood River hosts Canyon Ridge Jan. 13 and goes to Burley Jan. 17.

Carey girls to face Dietrich and Richfield

The top-ranked 1A Division 2 schools in girls' basketball all come from the Northside Conference, including last year's state championship game finalists Dietrich and Richfield. Dietrich (8-0, 3-0) is No. 1, Camas County (6-2, 3-2) No. 2 and Richfield (6-3, 3-1) No. 3.

Coach Lane Durtschi's Carey Panthers (4-2, 1-1) hope to spoil the party, and they'll have a chance in the next week.

The Panthers visit defending state champion Dietrich on Thursday, Jan. 5 and host Richfield on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Meanwhile, the Community School girls (0-4, 0-2) debuted the 2012 portion of their schedule for coach Erika Connelly Tuesday night with a home league game against Dietrich. The Cutthroats visit Camas County Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. and host Carey Jan. 12.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.