Carey gets to basket, buzzes Hornets 60-50
Carey School senior guard Jordan Dilworth missed his first 3-point attempt in Friday’s home non-conference game against the Oakley Hornets and took a quick look at coach Dick Simpson on the sideline.
Dilworth’s glance said something along the line of “my fault, taking 3-pointers is not what we talked about doing.” What Carey had talked about was penetrating on offense and looking for the driving lay-up or a dish-off for an easy hoop.
Just 24 hours before, visiting Carey had shot an ice-cold 3-for-21 from 3-point range in a 62-50 loss to State 2A tournament team Valley of Hazelton (4-0, 23-4 over two years). With Valley shooting nearly 50% with six 3-pointers and sharpshooter Justin Johnson scoring 38 points, it was an uphill fight.
Coach Simpson said, “If we had shot a decent percentage last night against Valley, we would have been in the game. So tonight against Oakley, we decided to go to the basket, take the mid-range jumper if it was there, and get into a rhythm so we could take those 3-pointers.”
And what a nice rhythm it became for Carey (2-2)! The Panthers put four players in double figures, committed only nine turnovers and beat Oakley 60-50 behind Dilworth (16 points, 2 steals, 7 assists) and sophomore Nate Adamson (16 points, 3 boards, 3 assists).
Dilworth, Adamson and Carey’s defense that held Oakley (2-2) scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter helped the Panthers build a 26-22 lead at halftime. Carey never trailed again with senior Sheldon Hansen (10 points, 5 rebounds) scoring all 10 of his points in the third.
“We’ve got to get better on defense, but we’re improving,” said Simpson.
Other Carey factors were 6-0 sophomore Matt Whitworth coming off the bench for 6 big points in the second quarter and 6-1 senior Poncho Gamino (10 points, 6 rebounds) dominating the boards in the fourth quarter as the Panthers maintained their 10-point cushion.
For Oakley, junior Trey Elquist (16 points), senior Gerrit Wybenga (12 points, 5 rebounds) and 6-4 senior Stensen Marchant (10 points, 11 rebounds) were the top scorers.
Carey’s top producers at Valley Thursday were Adamson (15 points), Dilworth (13) and Gamino (8). Valley got off to a 30-18 lead that stood up throughout the second half.
The Panthers met another State 2A tourney team when they traveled to Arco for a game against Butte County (3-1) on Tuesday, the Pirates coming off their 63-53 home win over Mackay’s Miners Saturday.
Carey finishes its pre-holiday slate with three home games against bigger schools—Friday against Castleford, next Tuesday with Shoshone and Friday, Dec. 21 with Valley.
Hailey girls drop tight game to Riverhawks
Leading scorer Sydney Tidwell (9.5 ppg) bounced back from an ankle injury to score a season-best 21 points with 12 rebounds in Wood River High School’s 50-42 home girls’ basketball loss to the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks on Friday.
Tidwell left Wednesday’s 62-21 loss at Twin Falls with an ankle injury in the first quarter. The Wolverines (1-7, 0-4 league) ended up shooting 16% from the field to 54% for Twin Falls (4-3, 3-0) in that game.
But on Friday night in Hailey, Tidwell’s recovery helped Wood River shoot 40% from the field and out-rebound Canyon Ridge 28-16. Assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said, “At times, the girls played some of their most sound offensive basketball of the season.”
Turnovers (25) continued to hamper the Wolverine effort and Canyon Ridge took advantage with an 18-8 edge in the second quarter for a 22-17 halftime lead. Wood River closed its gap to two points in the fourth quarter before 7-for-10 Riverhawks free throw shooting clinched their league win.
“Canyon Ridge’s pressure and picking up loose balls after shots caused the Wolverines problems in the second period,” said Nemecek. “Sammy Sutton (7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots) played a solid floor game.”
Other contributors included Ciceley Peavey (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Hannah Belloli (7 points, 3 boards, 2 assists, 1 block), Giselle Andrade (4 points, 2 rebounds) and Kenya Schott (3 assists). Top scorer for Canyon Ridge (3-5, 1-2) was Zoe Strauss with 17 points.
Tuesday night, Wood River traveled to Kimberly for a rematch of its season-opening 47-29 loss to the Bulldogs (3-3). On Thursday, Wood River visits a very tough Burley team (7-2, 3-0) for another league game.
Meanwhile, Wood River’s girls’ junior varsity team doesn’t have enough players.
So, due to recent injuries, JV and freshman teams have been consolidated to finish the remainder of the season as a freshman squad playing at 6 p.m. before Wolverine varsity games, athletic director John Rade said.
Hailey boys host Cutthroats tonight
The Wood River boys’ varsity basketball team (2-2) entertains the Community School Cutthroats (1-3) for non-conference basketball today, Wednesday on the Hailey hardwoods. The junior varsity teams play at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
Last Thursday, Wood River lost 44-28 at Buhl with the Tribe (2-2) out-scoring the Wolverines 18-1 at the free throw line. Hailey scorers were Eron Bates 8 points, Connor Hayes 7, Alec Nordsieck 4, Max Mauldin 4, Jose Hernandez 3 and Jonathon Scott 2.
Wood River travels to Burley (1-3, 0-0) for its Great Basin Conference league debut Friday, Dec. 14. Burley narrowly lost its first three to Filer, Pocatello and Preston before beating Century 56-47 at home Thursday.