It was third place for the second week in a row for the Carey girls basketball team.
Playing in the Murtaugh Holiday Tournament, Dec. 9-10, Carey dropped its opening game to Valley, 53-36, but came back to blast Murtaugh 73-27, claiming the consolation title.
"It was just like we did at our own tournament. We had a lapse and then came back and killed the next team we played," coach Hollis Pincock remarked.
"Our girls don't like to lose."
Then the Lady Panthers could not have felt too great after falling to the Valley Vikings 53-36. Carey committed 24 turnovers and shot just 34 percent from the field.
"It was a matter of playing well," Pincock noted. "Valley played very physically and we did not respond.
"A lot of our stats were comparable, but we just did not score. They are a good team and we should have given them a much better game."
The Vikings led 17-11 after one quarter and 26-16 at the half.
Jessica Royal (6 rebounds) posted the most points for the Panthers with 10. Brenna Silva added 8 points, Amanda Hill 6, Lacey Peterson 5, Allison Shaffer (8 rebounds) 4, Cassie Weaver 2, and Whitney Peck 1.
Any frustration the Panthers might have been feeling over Friday's game was banished by halftime of Saturday's clash against Murtaugh, which featured a 26-point second quarter, the second-highest scoring stanza the Panthers have put together in 28 games.
Carey hoisted an amazing 85 shots from the field, converting almost 44 percent of the time, and was better than 55 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers forced Murtaugh's hand by making 19 steals and capitalizing on 28 turnovers.
Four Panthers recorded double-doubles led by Brenna Silva's (5 steals) 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jessica Royal scored 14 points and served up 11 assists. Allison Shaffer had 13 points and 12 boards. Whitney Peck posted 10 points and 10 boards. Lacey Peterson scored 10 points and Amanda Hill had 2.
Pinock remarked, "We have six or seven girls capable of scoring in double figures. You can't shut just one down."
The coach said Carey is game for the goal of winning its next four games and attaining a 10-2 mark before the holiday break.
"The girls are up for it," he said.
Carey (6-2) entertained Richfield last night and is home to Camas County on Thursday, Dec. 15 and at The Community School on Friday, Dec. 16. Varsity tip-off is 6 p.m.