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For the week of January 17 through January 23, 2001

Stingy defense fuels Wolverine win

Wood River girls trim Gooding 37-27

One quarter of outstanding defense propelled the Wood River High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a 37-27 Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference win over Gooding last Tuesday in Hailey.

Wood River’s mid-season success story of five wins in six games has been built around excellent team defense. That’s what the Wolverines used to blank Gooding 10-0 in the second and lead 17-8 at the half.

Junior 6-1 post Kristine Hilt (8.5 ppg) played the intimidator with 5 blocked shots in the first half alone. Hilt finished the night with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals. The Wolverines used their height advantage to pile up 35 boards.

Until Wood River’s defense clamped down, the match-up looked like a toss-up, much like Gooding’s 33-31 victory over Wood River Dec. 14. The Senators led 8-7 at the first break and the Wolverines were missing a lot of makeable shots.

That all changed when leading Wood River scorer Laurel Williams (10.1 ppg) drilled a 3-pointer in the first minute of the second quarter and took a Jamie King pass to score under the basket for a 12-8 lead. And the Wolverines never looked back.

Williams (12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) scored 7 points in the third and Hilt added 5 as coach Brent Carnduff’s Wood River girls extended their lead to as many as 13.

Three second-half 3-pointers by Gooding’s Carin Patterson made the score respectable, but Wood River dominated inside. The Senators fell to 2-15 on the season, 1-7 in SCIC play.

Natalie Green contributed 8 rebounds, Tara Rushton (9 points) added 6 boards, Jamie King had 3 rebounds, Jessica King 2 and Aspen Wenglikowski 2. Jamie King and Jessica King each had 2 assists.

Wood River (8-7 overall, 3-4 league) won its season-best third consecutive game and knuckled down last week to practice for a big showdown with the Filer Wildcats (3-13, 3-4 league) on Tuesday night.

At stake in Tuesday’s game at Filer and in Thursday’s SCIC tussle at Buhl (11-5, 6-1 league) are seedings for the league tournament starting Monday, Jan. 29. Declo (14-3, 7-0) is leading the SCIC and Kimberly (3-14, 2-6) is right above Gooding in the standings.

Wood River’s final regular-season home game is Saturday, Jan. 20 against Middleton.







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