Slashing to the basket aggressively from the get-go, the Community School boys’ varsity basketball team (1-3) piled up a lopsided 31-6 cushion at halftime and breezed to its first triumph of the 2012-13 campaign Thursday by a 54-34 score over the Bliss Bears (1-2).
At the Fish Tank in Sun Valley, three Cutthroats scored in double figures and eight home players found their way into the scoring column to provide first-year head coach Mike Payne with his first victory.
Biggest addition from the team’s season-opening home loss to Murtaugh was the presence of versatile 6-0 junior Taylor Adler, who scored a game-high 19 points against Bliss after nursing an injury in the season debut. Adler shot 10-for-13 at the free throw line.
The Cutthroats capitalized on 10 Bliss turnovers in the first quarter to seize a 19-2 lead. Freshman guard Gunner Gibson (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists, 3 blocked shots) scored 7 in the first.
It was an all-around team effort for Sun Valley.
Other contributors were Reed Roudabush (8 points, 2 steals), Bobby Corker (10 points, two 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot), Doug DuFur (2 points, 4 boards, 4 steals), Nick Krekow (2 points, 3 rebounds), Ben Swift (2 points) and Ken Cheng (1 point, 2 boards).
On defense, the Cutthroats held high-scoring Bliss sharpshooter Dillon King scoreless in the first half. King (10 points, 4 steals) came alive after half, and senior point guard Danny Lopez (12 points) drilled three 3-pointers. Tough on the Bliss boards were John Carter (2 points, 6 rebounds) and Karl Danielson (4 points, 8 boards).
The Cutthroats traveled Friday to the four-team Jackpot (Nev.) Stateline Battle Tournament. Payne’s squad dropped a 64-37 decision to Jackpot Friday and lost 50-13 to Lighthouse Christian Saturday.
The Cutthroats hosted Twin Falls Christian Academy (0-3) Tuesday and take the short trip to Hailey today, Wednesday for non-conference games against Wood River High. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Cutthroats host Riverstone International of Boise at the Fish Tank, the boys playing at 6:30 p.m.
Cutthroat girls down Bliss 46-34
Coach Erika Connelly’s Cutthroat girls’ junior varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 Thursday with a 46-34 home win over Bliss. Leading scorer Ella Marks, a senior, canned 20 points including two 3-pointers.
Other Sun Valley point-getters were Taylor Figge 14 points, Hope Perkins 7, Erin Hennessy 2, Chloe Chrysikopoulos 2 and Tara Smith 1. Bliss sophomore Chloe Schoessler topped the Bears with 13 points.
At the Stateline Battle Tournament, the Cutthroats (2-2) lost to the Jackpot (Nev.) varsity 44-22 Friday night and dropped a 59-40 game to Sho-Ban from Fort Hall on Saturday. Hennessy made the All-Tournament team of the four-team meet and Tara Smith won the Sportsmanship Award.
Figge scored 14 points, Marks 6 and Smith 2 against Jackpot. In the Sho-Ban game, Marks poured in 22 points, Figge added 9, Perkins 6, Smith 2 and Hennessy 1. Lighthouse Christian Academy of Twin Falls won the tournament 62-53 over host Jackpot on Saturday.
After meeting Riverstone Friday at 5 p.m. in a home game, the Cutthroat girls entertain Lighthouse Christian Academy Monday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in a final pre-holiday test.