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For the week of Jan. 12 through Jan. 18, 2000

OT is okay for Wood River girls

Wolverines capture two wins in extra time

In the past, Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball teams would commit 51 turnovers in two games and come away with a pair of lopsided losses.

Last week, they did just that and won twice, in overtime.

Wood River, staking its claim to Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference leadership, shocked league-leading Wendell 41-40 in OT last Tuesday on the Hailey hardwoods. Two days later the visiting Wolverines upset Kimberly 38-36, again in overtime.

Coach J.C. Nemecek’s Wolverines (9-5 overall, 4-2 league) made it four straight league wins and settled into second place in the SCIC behind Wendell (9-4 overall, 5-1) and ahead of four teams: Filer 3-3, Kimberly 3-3, Gooding 2-4 and Buhl 1-5.

Not only has Wood River won five of its last six games prior to Tuesday’s SCIC game at Gooding, the Wolverines are 4-0 at home with their final three league games at home—Buhl Saturday, Filer next Tuesday and Kimberly Jan. 27.

The big hurdle was Wendell last Tuesday, and Wood River rose to the occasion.

Led by freshman Kasey Monteith’s 12 rebounds, Wood River outrebounded Wendell 33-22 and made 15-of-27 free throws. Laurel Williams’ free throw with 38 seconds left in regulation tied the game 34-34.

The leader down the stretch was senior Rebecca Torresdal (19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 assists).

In the last 41 seconds of the four-minute OT, Torresdal pulled down two huge defensive rebounds and quickly made outlet passes that resulted in the decisive transition baskets by Monteith and Trudy Fochs.

Kimberly was a pretty ragged game, Nemecek said, that included 45 fouls, 49 turnovers and 31% free throw shooting between the teams. Monteith starred with team-high totals of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

In addition, Monteith’s 8 blocked shots at Kimberly lifted the 6-1 freshman into first place on Wood River’s all-time single-season blocks list with 57, passing Chelsy James’ six-year-old total of 51 rejections.

WOLVERINE NOTES—OT isn’t a familiar place, but it’s friendly terrain for Wood River.

Before last week’s two OT wins, the Wolverines last played OT beating Wendell 55-53 at the district tournament last Feb. 2. And the last OT before that was in coach Nemecek’s first season—Jan. 16, 1991, a 48-44 win over Carey. Wood River girls’ teams have only won 130 games in 25 seasons, but they’ve won their last eight OT games dating back to 1984.

Wood River is now 5-15 lifetime vs. Wendell, and 2-2 vs. Kimberly….Wood River has scored 559 points (39.9 ppg) and allowed 558 (39.9)….The school’s all-time record for single-season girls’ basketball wins is 11….Torresdal (497 points) has passed Lori Pascoe and settled into #5 on the all-time scoring list. Her 411 rebounds in four productive seasons put Torresdal close to Jill Brown’s second-place 425.


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