Carey looks to
make inroads in Northside
is chasing the Dietrich Blue Devils in the Northside Conference girls’
basketball wars this season—and that includes the 2002-03 Carey School
state champ Dietrich (40-15 two seasons) won the state consolation
championship in 2000 and 2001, then went all the way to the 1A title
game before falling to Kendrick 56-54 last February.
Shaw’s Blue Devils return four starters including all-everything Raysa
Parker, a 5-9 senior.
Carey coach Greg Carlson said, "Dietrich is powerful. Their girls
play so well together. They are physical and athletic and they’re good
shooters. They run that pressure defense in the corners. It’s tough to
get out of it."
and Shoshone (48-6 two seasons) have dominated the Northside since 1988,
but Carlson hopes Carey is ready to take a serious run at the Northside’s
two automatic berths to the State 1A meet.
think we can do it. We can play with Shoshone. I think we’re going to
be right there, and we’re certainly aiming for the top three in the
conference," he said.
(6-16 last season) said the Carey girls were disappointed with last
year. In fact Carey has endured two losing girls’ seasons since the
Panthers went 18-7 and made the school’s third state tournament
appearance in 2000.
group seems to be playing together a lot better," Carlson said.
"We’re a little bigger this year with Sarah Lynn Shaffer. We’ve
got girls like Ginger and Cheyanne Bingham who are fairly athletic and
quick on their feet."
doesn’t have a true outside shooter, so the Panthers will have to play
in the paint and work hard on their rebounding to get second shots,
Bingham (a team-leading 7.0 ppg last season) is one of seven seniors on
Carlson’s 10-player varsity. Junior varsity coach is Amy Bovey.
a 5-9 forward/post. Jesse Molyneux (6.1 ppg) plays the same positions,
and junior Sarah Lynn Shaffer (5.0 ppg) is a 6-0 post.
seniors are Lindsay Fiscus, Laren Peterson, Pamela Reay, Joanna Alvarez
and Nicki McAfee. The other two juniors are Cheyanne Bingham and Katrina
Carlson expects Cheyanne Bingham, Laren Peterson and Joanna Alvarez to
do the ballhandling.
varsity season debuts Dec. 3 against The Community School in Sun Valley,
then Richfield comes to Carey for the home opener Dec. 5.