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For the week of Dec 31, 2002 - Jan 7, 2003


A mile high feeling for Wolverine girls

Capture McCall Christmas tourney

The Wolverine bus kept rolling along last weekend.

Wood River High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team extended its winning streak to six games by winning the McCall Mile High Basketball Classic Friday and Saturday.

Coach Brent Carnduff’s Wolverines (9-3) throttled Caldwell 57-29 on Friday, behind 28 points by junior Natalie Green. Wood River then beat host McCall-Donnelly 68-51 for the tournament championship Saturday.

Green (18.1 ppg) and Hailey junior Emily Smith (9.8), who scored 12 and 8 points despite being sick, were named to the All-Tournament team.

Quick starts fueled by an aggressive pressing defense were instrumental in each win, Carnduff said.

The coach said, "Both Caldwell and McCall really struggled against the press and we got a lot of points off our transition game. We were running the floor well, moving the ball and looking for the open man."

Against Caldwell, Green (7-9-3-9 points by quarter) sparked Wood River to a 13-5 lead after one and Smith added 10 of her 12 points in the second half. It was the fourth time in 12 games Green (17 3-pointers) has scored 28 or more points.

Carnduff praised junior Jessica King, who poured in a season-high 17 points against McCall and sparked Wood River’s effort in rebounding. He said, "Jessica was incredible. She was posting up well and running the floor."

Wood River jumped to a 19-6 first-quarter lead over the Vandals and stayed ahead 57-34 after three. And all 10 Wolverines scored in the championship game against McCall.

Carnduff said, "The girls are playing with a lot of confidence. Their team chemistry is wonderful."

Wood River (58.6 offense, 50.1 defense) resumes Jan. 7 at Declo.

Caldwell game: Points—Green 28, Smith 12, Syringa Stark 5, Kelly Haisley 4, King 4, Liz Rippon 2, Martina Clauss 2.

McCall-Donnelly game: Points—King 17, Green 16, Smith 8, Haisley 6, Dawn Bird 5, Tiffany Wheeler 4, Clauss 4, Rippon 3, Alexa Alberdi 3, Stark 2.


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