Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wildcats provide tough test for WRHS boys

Filer takes 50-20 win away from Hailey

Wood River sophomore guard Connor Hayes (right) faces off against Filer defender and game-high scorer Jed Oyler (left) during Friday’s Hailey game won by Filer. Photo by Willy Cook

They may have lost by 30 points to a tough Filer team, but Wood River High School boys’ basketball players showed discipline and hopeful signs of things to come during Friday’s home debut in Hailey.

Filer (2-0) outscored Wood River (1-1) by a 31-11 margin in the middle quarters and posted the 50-20 non-league win. Leading the Wildcats was 6-2 senior Jed Oyler (18 points including four 3-pointers, plus 5 steals).

First-year Hailey coach Andy Miles sent his young squad out against the pressure defense of the state tournament-tested Wildcats—and the Wolverines handled the press well, making only 16 turnovers.

Guided mostly by the ball-handling of freshman guard Alec Nordsieck and sophomore guard Connor Hayes, the Wolverines moved the ball well on offense. But Filer had too many weapons and too much experience on the hardwoods.

Last season, coach Allen Kelsey’s Filer team (19-6) won the 3A Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference and made its third state tourney trip in four years—losing to state runner-up Snake River in overtime, beating Kellogg 48-46 and losing to Bear Lake 67-64 in the consolation final.

Filer opened its 2012-13 season last Wednesday with a 44-43 victory at 4A Burley, with Oyler scoring 15. Helping out Oyler in Friday’s game at Hailey were junior Logan Beard (9 points), senior Austin Tews (6 points, 3 steals, 3 assists) and senior Cortland Bailey (8 points, 4 boards).

Wood River contributors were Jonathon Scott (5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals), Cody Carter (4 points, 2 assists), Max Mauldin (4 points), Nordsieck (2 points, 2 rebounds), Hayes (2 points, 2 boards, 2 assists), Nickolaus Brunker (2 points) and Eron Bates (1 point, 2 blocked shots).

The Wolverines hosted Gooding (0-2) Tuesday and travel to Buhl (0-2) on Thursday, Dec. 6. Buhl dropped its first two games 57-39 at home to Jerome and 61-52 at Minico.


Girls nip Buhl 32-27 for first win

Getting scoring from seven players and piling up a season-high point total, the Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball team posted its first win of the season 32-27 over the host Buhl Tribe (1-4) Saturday.

Coach Matt Newhouse’s Wolverines (1-5, 0-2 league) jumped out to an 11-5 first-quarter lead and held off the Tribe in the second half behind 12 points by Sydney Tidwell, 7 by Ciceley Peavey and 6 by Hannah Belloli.

Wood River also got 2 points apiece from Haylee Pettit, Samantha Sutton and Giselle Andrade and a free throw by Kenya Schott.

Thursday in Hailey, the Wolverine offense never got going and visiting Jerome (4-2, 1-0) won its first Great Basin Conference game 50-23. Peavey led the way with 8 points.

Wood River visits Twin Falls (2-3, 1-0) today, Wednesday and hosts coach Trudy Weaver’s Canyon Ridge Riverhawks (2-3, 0-1) Friday, Dec. 7.



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