Friday, February 3, 2012

Hailey boys push ’Hawks to the limit

Boys hoops


Rock-solid zone defense in the second half by the Wood River High School boys' varsity basketball team kept the score close during Wednesday's Great Basin Conference home game against the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks from Twin Falls.

Wood River coach Rick Bradshaw said his Wolverines put together one of their best efforts of the 2011-12 season in their 53-46 loss to the Riverhawks. Trailing the entire game, the Wolverines trimmed their deficit to just three points with only 29 seconds left.

Senior guard Braxton Parish (12 points, two 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 6 assists) and senior co-captain Austin Hafer (12 points, 3 boards, 4 assists) led the Wolverines. Others contributing to the outstanding team effort were Ben Williams (6 points, 8 rebounds) and co-captain Jake Vegwert (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 3-pointer).

Bradshaw said, "The kids are doing much better in their rotation of our 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone defenses. And we got our shots on offense, although they didn't always go down. I thought Braxton Parish had an excellent game overall."

Colton Larkin (5 points, 3-pointer, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) and Quentin Dowdle (4 points, 3 boards) also chipped in.

Losers of eight straight prior to Wednesday's home game, the Wolverines may have gotten some of their energy from the Twisted Sister "We're Not Going To Take It" song played during pre-game warm-ups.

Trailing 5-0 early, the Hailey boys went on a 15-10 streak for their only tie at 15-15. Six players scored points in the run. Turnovers started to take their toll and the 'Hawks crept ahead 24-18 at half. The lead stretched to 11 points after three periods before Wood River cut it to 49-46 with 29 seconds left—Parish and Vegwert both nailing 3-pointers.

Wood River (2-14, 0-8 league) visits Minico (3-14, 1-7) today, Friday and then hosts the Burley Bobcats (10-6, 5-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 8 on the Hailey hardwoods. Burley is Wood River's probable first-round opponent in the GBC tournament starting Feb. 14.

The state's top-ranked 4A team, Twin Falls (16-1, 8-0), visits Burley today while Jerome (15-2, 7-1) hosts Canyon Ridge (5-13, 3-5).




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