Wolverines add two pre-holiday wins

Weiser’s Wolverine Girls hosted the Fruitland Grizzlies on Monday, Dec. 19. 
 Coming into the game, Weiser was 6-1 for the season and 0-1 in conference play. Their one loss came at the hands of the Parma Panthers on Thursday, Dec. 15 where they lost by four points, 43-47.
 Fruitland was 5-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. They defeated McCall 48-36. 
 After the Weiser win on Monday night, both teams are 1-1 in Snake River Valley Conference play.
 Weiser jumped to a quick lead as they stunned the Fruitland team. The Grizzlies had to regroup to try to stop the explosive Wolverine squad. 
 With just over 2:30 off the clock it was Weiser 8, Fruitland 0.
 Weiser stalled out a bit allowing Fruitland the chance to put solid points on the board. 
 At the end of the first quarter, it was Weiser 18, Fruitland 13. 
 The Wolverines started the second quarter with some quick scoring. In transition from defense to offense, Weiser’s Tobie Noyer found fellow senior teammate Mattie Shirts breaking to the bucket. Shirts was fouled on her shot but was still able to make the bucket. She then sunk her shot at the line putting Weiser up 21-13. 
 Not to be outdone, Fruitland went on a scoring rally. With 1:15 off the clock it was a 3 point game. Weiser 23, Fruitland 20. 
 Shooting well for the Wolverines, Brady Reed drained a three-pointer to put a damper on the Grizzlies’ run. 
 With about three minutes to go in the half, Kailee Lerew found Reed at the top of the arc for another three points. 
 Going into the locker room, Weiser was up by six. Weiser 32, Fruitland 28. 
 Still hot, Reed started the third quarter with another three-pointer. 
 M. Shirts contributed another bucket from the block. Soon afterwards she was sidelined when she picked up her fourth foul with 4:25 left in the third. 
 Weiser was able to keep their lead throughout the game, but never seemed to be in complete control. Fruitland put up a hard fight, making Weiser work for their win. 
 The third quarter ended with Weiser up 51-42.
   The final quarter of the game was a battle for rebounds and a fight to make free throws as both teams were in the bonus.
 With about three minutes gone in the fourth, M. Shirts came back in the game. Her presence was noticeable as she quickly drained three buckets giving Weiser a 10 point lead. Weiser 59, Fruitland 49. 
 The Wolverines played solid the final two minutes, handing Fruitland their first conference loss. Weiser won by 11 points, 64-54. 
 Weiser’s M. Shirts was the high scorer for the Wolverines putting up 26 points. She was followed by Reed with a solid 15, Lerew with 11, Macy Maloney 7, Noyer 3, and Kendall Rynearson with 2. 
 Lerew shared the ball well getting six assists. Noyer had four assists and six steals. Ellie Shirts added five steals. 
Weiser 60, Vallivue 29
 The Vallivue Falcons came to Weiser on Tuesday, Dec. 20, to take on the Wolverine Girls basketball squad. They were met by a skilled and deep lineup. Weiser put another win in the books bringing their season record to 8-1.
 Vallivue, a 4A school, has been struggling this year and is sitting at 0-10 after the loss to Weiser. 
 The Weiser senior athletes have been a solid foundation for the Wolverines. In the first quarter on Tuesday night all 19 points were scored by six of the seven seniors. Reed started it out by draining a three-pointer. M. Shirts started the game out strong, scoring eight of her 20 points in the first.
   At the end of the first it was Weiser 19, Vallivue 2.
 The win against the Falcons was a team effort. Along with the work by the seniors, sophomore Lerew had assists and 3 points. Freshman E. Shirts, cousin to Mattie, had three assists and 7 points. 
 The Wolverines were able to maintain a sizable lead in the second quarter. Where Weiser scored 13 points and Vallivue put up 14 points.
 Teammates Reed and E. Shirts each contributed a three-pointer. M. Shirts worked hard from the post position adding two buckets of her own. 
   At half time it was Weiser up by 16 points. Weiser 32, Vallivue 16.
 The third quarter was marked by the Wolverines making six trips to the free throw line. Weiser made six of the 10 shots. 
 In contrast, the Falcons only went to the line once in the third quarter where they made one of their two free throws.
 At the end of three quarters of play Weiser had increased their lead to 23 points. Weiser 48, Vallivue 23. 
 Nearing the end of the game the Wolverines were up by 30 points, forcing a running clock for the remainder of the game. 
 At the end of regulation, it was Weiser 60, Vallivue 29. 
 M. Shirts has been a dynamic shooter, racking up 20 points as the high scorer for the Wolverines. Reed added 12 of her own. E. Shirts had 7, Noyer contributed 6, Jasi Yraguen had 5, Lerew and Maloney each scored 3, and Rynearson and Hannah Samson both had 2 points.   
 The well-rounded Wolverine scoring has been a pillar. With multiple players putting up solid buckets, it makes it difficult for the other team to choose how to defend against this explosive and diverse team. 
 Kailee Lerew continues to lead Weiser in assists, with six for the night. Noyer had four assists and six steals and E. Shirts added five steals. 
 Both M. Shirts and Reed went 100 percent from the free throw line. Reed was two for two and Shirts was four for four. 
 The Wolverines will have a short break until Wednesday, Dec. 28, where they will play in the Parma Holiday tournament. 


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