It was a rare Friday night sweep of road wins for boys’ varsity basketball teams from Hailey’s Wood River High School, Carey High School and the Community School.
Led by Cody Carter’s 18 points, the Wolverine boys (2-12, 1-4 league) shot a torrid 57% from the field and snapped a four-game losing skid with a 58-43 Great Basin Conference triumph over the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks (1-14, 0-5) in Twin Falls Friday.
The Carey Panthers (9-6, 5-0) stayed unbeaten in Northside Conference 1A Division 2 competition with a 54-35 road win over the Murtaugh Red Devils Thursday. Carey added a 53-38 non-conference road win over the Castleford Wolves Friday.
In Twin Falls Friday, the Community School Cutthroats (4-7, 2-4 league) held off the once-beaten Twin Falls Christian Academy Warriors by a 40-39 score and avenged a 15-point home loss to the same team back on Dec. 19.
Hot shooting for WRHS boys
Two days after losing by a single point in overtime at Jerome, coach Andy Miles’ Hailey boys came out firing and built their first halftime lead of the season with a 12-4 second quarter advantage at Canyon Ridge.
Wood River led 26-19 at halftime and won its first Great Basin league game with a 29-12 edge in the middle quarters. Leading scorer Carter (10.4 ppg) matched his season high with 18 points including 6-for-8 from 2-point range and 2-for-2 from the 3-point distance. Carter added four rebounds and two steals.
The Wolverines out-rebounded Canyon Ridge 23-18 and shot 23-for-40 (57%) from the field including 6-for-7 from 3-point range. The Hailey defense restricted Canyon Ridge to 33% field goal shooting in the first of two meetings between the Great Basin teams.
Assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said, “The boys played outstanding defense in the second and third quarters and demonstrated consistent scoring throughout the game. The game became a little physical in the fourth quarter, but no one back down and the team kept its composure throughout. It was nice to see them earn a great win after so many ‘close’ performances.”
Wood River has played in and dropped three overtime games, and also has lost by four points to Filer.
Other Wood River contributors at Canyon Ridge were Alec Nordsieck (12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals), Jon Scott (7 points, 2 boards, 2 assists), Parker Bingham (5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist), Connor Hayes (5 points), Arthur Brugger (4 points, 3 assists), Kevin Hernandez (5 points) and Eron Bates (2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists).
Monday, the Wolverines couldn’t maintain the pace against the hot outside shooting of unbeaten Buhl (14-0) and dropped a 62-38 road game. Hernandez (9 points), Bates (6 points, 9 rebounds) and Nordsieck (8 points) led the way.
Wood River entertains the Minico Spartans (4-9, 2-3 league) on Wednesday, Jan. 29 on the Hailey hardwoods in another match-up between Miles and his former high school coach, Minico’s Ty Shippen. Minico won the first meeting of the two teams 69-52 at Rupert Dec. 18.
Minico lost 68-48 at league-leading Twin Falls (11-3, 5-0) last Friday. Wood River then travels to Burley (11-3, 4-1) on Friday, Jan. 31. The Burley Bobcats prevailed 57-36 at Jerome (7-7, 3-2) last Friday and have a big one at Twin Falls Wednesday.
Winning streak for Carey
Coach Dick Simpson’s Carey Panthers made it a season-best four-game winning streak with their road wins over Murtaugh and Castleford on back-to-back nights last week. Carey continued to shoot well over 40% while keeping opponents under 30%.
Thursday, Joe Parke (7 rebounds, 4 blocked shots) scored 18 points and Matt Whitworth added 14 as Carey (46% field goal shooting) amassed a 36-17 halftime lead en route to its 19-point win over Murtaugh.
Other contributors included Luis Garcia (5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Nate Adamson (4 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists), Chris Peck (4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists). Carey out-rebounded Murtaugh 38-25.
Adamson (8 rebounds, 7 steals) had a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists in the 15-point victory at Castleford Friday. Parke (7 boards, 3 assists, 3 blocks) chipped in with 13 points and Matt Whitworth (9 points, 7 rebounds) also contributed. Carey (42% shooting) led 28-13 at halftime and had only 13 turnovers.
Carey’s varsity visited Bliss Tuesday, Jan. 28 and travels to Oakley (11-4) on Friday, Jan. 31. Oakley, a 2A school, has lost only to 2A schools this season—twice to Valley, and once to Wendell and Declo. Oakley won 57-40 at Carey Dec. 13.
Another bigger school that Carey has played twice this season—Butte County of Arco—made it 40 consecutive wins over two seasons with a 57-42 home win over the Hagerman Pirates Saturday. Reigning State 1A Division 1 champion Butte County (15-0) hosts Grace Tuesday.
Cutthroats earn 40-39 win
Garrett Rawlings scored a season-high 11 points and Taylor Adler added 10 points in Friday’s 40-39 Community School victory at Twin Falls Christian Academy (11-2).
Other contributors were Doug DuFur (9 points), Alex Feldman (4), Daniel Dufur (4) and Reed Roudabush (2). The Cutthroats led 36-25 after three periods before the Warriors mounted a strong rally with a 14-4 edge in the fourth.
Thursday night in Sun Valley, Lighthouse Christian Academy (11-5) boasted a 20-9 scoring advantage at the free throw line and held off the Cutthroats 64-57 behind 25 points from Colby Firth and 15 apiece from Jake Millenkamp and Erick Helman.
Daniel DuFur had another solid offensive performance with 18 points and Adler added 15 against Lighthouse. Other Cutthroats were Rawlings (8 points), Roudabush (6), Doug DuFur (6), Feldman (2) and Keegan Whitelaw (2).
Last Tuesday, Daniel DuFur drilled a season-best 19 points and Adler matched his season-high with 23 points in a 63-59 Cutthroat league loss at Castleford. In that game, the Cutthroats stormed back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and cut the Wolves lead to a single point with just 16 seconds left. Doug DuFur added 10 points in the loss.
Coach Mike Payne said about the recent games, “We made huge strides in coming together as a team and played some amazing basketball. It’s been exciting to be part of the experience. We only have three weeks of the regular season left, and it’s nice to see all the pieces of the puzzle starting to fall into place.”
The Cutthroats hosted Murtaugh on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in another Northside Conference league tussle. Then Payne’s squad travels to Richfield on Thursday, Jan. 30.