Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Richfield stops Carey's long streak

Panthers bounce back against Oakley

The Richfield Tigers snapped Carey's long Northside Conference winning streak Friday night, but Carey's Panthers bounced back Saturday with a 16-point win at Oakley.

Richfield (10-2, 5-0 Northside) got 26 points and 10 rebounds from senior star Victor Vasquez in Friday's 69-51 home victory over Carey (8-4, 4-1 league). Three players scored in double figures for Richfield (nine 3-pointers), ranked third in the poll of Idaho 1A Division 2 schools.

Carey coach Dick Simpson said, "Richfield is a good ball club. They're a physical team, the most physical we've played, and the officials let 'em play."

The win by Richfield (60% field goal shooting) snapped Carey's three-season, 32-game Northside Conference win streak. Tadd Green tallied 19 points, Tyler Cook 11 and Cody Baird a season-best 9 for the Panthers (32% field goal shooting), who trailed at halftime for only the second time this year.

Richfield's victory in a rematch of last winter's Northside tournament finalist teams also stopped Carey's seven-game winning streak this year.

Simpson added, "We had 21 turnovers, 15 in the first half. When we get a good start, we usually end up well, but that didn't happen at Richfield. I think there was a lot of pressure on the kids for Richfield."

On Saturday night, Carey avenged its season-opening 60-44 home loss to Oakley with a 76-60 non-conference triumph on the Hornets homecourt. The Panthers (43% field goal) got off to a very strong start, building a 44-34 half-time lead.

Green (18.7 ppg) finished with 20 points, Cook 18, Allen Peck 14, Brad Hunt 13, James Carlson 6 and Baird 5 for Carey (6-1 away from home).

The Panthers were very hot from behind the arc, shooting a season-best 11-for-22 there. Cook (13.2 ppg) was 5-for-13 and Peck 4-for-5. Green (9.3 rebounds a game) had 6 boards and Hunt 4. Baird added 5 steals and Hunt had 6 assists.

Carey has a three-game week, starting Tuesday night at home against Bliss. The Panthers entertain Shoshone (0-11) Friday, Jan. 14 then go to Hansen Saturday in a rematch of the Carey Holiday Tournament consolation game won by Hansen 52-50 Dec. 4 in Carey.

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