Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:59 am
BASKETBALL
Big third quarter propels Wood River past Blue Hill

WOOD RIVER — The shots that weren't falling for the Wood River boys basketball team in the first half did in the third quarter.

After scoring only 21 points in the first half Thursday against Blue Hill, the Eagles put up 22 points in the third period.

That helped Wood River start to pull away towards a 60-47 victory.

"Basically we just kind of settled down," Eagles coach Dave Bahe said. "We were cold and didn't shoot very well. We got some inside shots with our posts and got into a rhythm (after halftime).

"I think our intensity picked up a little better too. We played with a little more urgency."

Wood River (3-2) shot 30.4 percent from the floor in the first half and entered halftime tied at 21.

The third quarter was a different story.

The Eagles hit 7 of 9 shots, including going 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line. Matt Rennau also converted two traditional 3-point plays to help Wood River go up 43-38 in a game that had been tied eight times.

An 8-0 run starting with 3:00 left allowed the Eagles to push the lead into double digits.

Blue Hill's Mitchell Ruybalid, who scored 18 points, was held to two in the final period.

"We were running some 1-3-1 (zone) and then we went back to man," Bahe said. "But (Ruybalid) is a good ballplayer. We really didn't help much. We put the guy defending him on an island. We're trying to teach everybody to protect the house.

"We didn't do that very well, and that gave him a lot of different opportunities. But he's a good ballplayer and very quick."

Luke Faimon added 11 points for the Bobcats (1-4).

Rennau recorded a double-double for the Eagles with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jaime Rojas added 14 points and went 3-for-5 on 3-pointers.

"We're finding ways to win, and that's good," Bahe said. "I'll take them."

Wood River 60, Blue Hill 47

BLUE HILL (1-4): Ruybalid 8-20 2-2 18, Faimon 5-11 1-3 11, Poe 0-4 1-2 1, Hamel 3-5 2-4 8, Drury 1-2 1-3 3, Mans 1-1 0-0 2, Toepfer 1-1 0-2 2, Strasburg 0-1 0-0 2, Van Boening 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 19-46 9-18 47.

WOOD RIVER (3-2): Bahe 1-4 0-0 3, Rojas 4-9 3-4 14, Mayfield 4-8 1-3 9, Rennau 8-14 8-9 24, Boshart 0-1 4-4 4, Martinez 0-2 0-0 0, Gideon 0-0 0-0 0, Skeen 2-2 0-0 6, Loy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-40 16-19 60.

Blue Hill ........................... 12 9 17 9—47
Wood River ..................... 6 15 22 17—60

3-point field goals—BH 0-8 (Ruybalid 0-6, Poe 0-1, Hamel 0-1), WR 6-14 (Bahe 1-4, Rojas 3-5, Martinez 0-1, Skeen 2-2, Rennau 0-2). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—BH 27 (Faimon, Poe, Drury 5), WR 31 (Rennau 12). Assists—BH 7 (Ruybalid, Poe 2), WR 15 (Bahe 5). Turnovers—BH 11, WR 13. Total fouls—BH 17, WR 19, Technicals—none.

GIRLS

Blue Hill started a 12-1 run late in the first quarter to pull away from Wood River for an eventual 58-29 win.

The Bobcats (4-1) were tied with the Eagles (0-4) at 6 entering the final minute of the first period but shot 55.9 percent (19-for-34) from the floor the rest of the way.

"Early on, we just weren't executing well offensively," Blue Hill coach Tim Streff said. "Once we got to executing, we got the shots we wanted."

Wood River coach Darren Parlin knew his team had its work cut out for it.

"We knew they were going to be a tough match-up," he said. "They've got a real nice veteran team. They've got size, they've got shooters, they've got experience, they're physical."

Mackenzie Willicott topped Blue Hill with 18 points. Adrienne Lipker added 14.

Streff felt the Bobcats played a good all-around game.

"I thought we ran the floor well when we had the chance," he said. "We ran our offense better than we had in previous games, and defensively we worked well as a unit."

Freshman Sam Luehr led Wood River with 14 points.

The Eagles only shot 8-for-41 (19.5) percent and didn't score more than two unanswered points until the fourth quarter.

"We're still not hitting our shots, but the girls competed," Parlin said. "They hung together, and that's what it will take to get out of this funk we're in."

Blue Hill 58, Wood River 29

BLUE HILL (4-1): Kohmetscher 1-3 3-5 5, Coffey 1-2 4-6 6, Willicott 7-11 3-3 18, Reiman 2-6 1-4 5, Lipker 6-9 2-5 14, Hubl 1-2 0-0 2, Hernandez-Piel 0-1 1-2 1, Hafer 1-1 0-0 2, Golter 0-0 1-2 1, Burchow 0-0 0-0 0, Kort 0-0 0-0 0, Ockinga 1-3 0-0 2, Strasburg 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-41 15-27 58.

WOOD RIVER (0-4): Bahe 2-8 4-6 9, Burghardt 0-9 0-0 0, Rojas 0-0 0-1 0, M. Luehr 1-6 2-3 4, S. Luehr 4-10 6-12 14, Woitaszewski 0-0 0-1 0, DeVore 0-1 0-0 0, Loy 0-2 0-2 0, Rauert 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Huxtable 0-0 0-0 0, Tiarks 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 8-41 12-25 29.

Blue Hill ..................... 10 14 21 13—58
Wood River .............. 6 5 4 14—29

3-point field goals—BH 1-2 (Willicott 0-2), WR 1-14 (Bahe 1-5, Burghardt 0-7, M. Luehr 0-2). Fouled out—DeVore. Rebounds—BH 39 (Coffey 10), WR 28 (S. Luehr 6). Assists—BH 11 (Ockinga 4), WR 2. Turnovers—BH 26, WR 26. Total fouls—BH 19, WR 21. Technicals—none.

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