Friday, January 27, 2012

Lions rally past SV boys 46-38 at Fish Tank

Northside hoops

Playing its second game in as many nights, the Community School boys' varsity basketball team ran out of gas during Tuesday's second half of its home game against the Lighthouse Christian Academy Lions.

The Lions (7-8, 2-2 league) from Twin Falls outscored the Cutthroats 31-17 in the second half and carried away a 46-38 Northside Conference win from The Fish Tank in Sun Valley.

Coach Erik Olson's Cutthroats (31 turnovers) saw their 21-15 halftime lead slip away under the onslaught of outside scoring by Lions sophomore Erick Helman. He finished as the game-high scorer with 16 points, all coming in the second half including four 3-pointers.

The biggest Cutthroat lead was eight points in the second quarter. With Helman scoring 8 of his 16 points, Lighthouse surged into the lead with a 12-1 run in three and a half minutes spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth.

Senior post Henry Rickbeil (15 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocked shots) was a Sun Valley force in the paint. Leading scorer Will Brokaw (10 points, 7 boards) didn't find many open shots faced with the defense of Lions senior Gabe Heath.

Other Cutthroats contributors: Taylor Adler (9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Doug DuFur (4 points, 3 boards), Nick Krekow (3 rebounds) and Colton Sholtis (4 boards). The Cutthroats out-rebounded the Lions by a 36-24 margin, but Lighthouse made 15 steals.

The outcome snapped a two-game winning streak for the Cutthroats (6-7, 2-2 league).

The Northside road games at Castleford, postponed by bad weather last Jan. 19, have been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 30—the varsity girls at 4:30 p.m., JV boys at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.

In Tuesday's other game, the Cutthroat girls (0-11, 0-6) put together a solid team effort but dropped a 38-24 league decision to Lighthouse. Coach Erika Connelly's SV girls tallied 8 points in the third period and cut their deficit to 20-16 before the Lions pulled away.

On her "Senior Night," Morgan Jones made her first basket. Sophomore Tara Smith also played well and scored 4 points. Others were Chloe Chrysikopoulos 6, Ella Marks 4, Taylor Figge 4, Erin Hennessy 2 and Hannah Dies 2. The defense of Dies created many opportunities for the Cutthroats.

Lighthouse top scorers were Brooklyn Vander Stelt 13 points and Jackie van Vliet 8.

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