Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Carey girls (13-10) finish promising season

High school sports summary

Express Staff Writer

They won a game and got to play the eventual State 1A champions from Genesee. All in all, the second half of Carey School's girls' prep basketball season showed what hard work and teamwork accomplishes.

Plus, coach Lane Durtschi's Carey Panthers (13-10) were one of the younger teams during last week's 16-team State 1A girls' prep basketball tournament at Nampa and Columbia high schools in Nampa. They had one senior, six juniors and five sophomores.

From Jan. 5 on, Carey played 12 games and won eight of them. Three of the losses came to the Genesee and Raft River of Malta, Saturday's State 1A championship game finalists, and last year's State 1A champion and this year's fourth-place Richfield.

The Panthers, compared to last winter's 11-10 season, improved on their shooting and their toughness. They made nearly 100 more trips to the free throw line and scored 65 points, improving their free throw percentage from 40% to 48%.

Although their field goal shooting took a nosedive in their final two state games, the tough Panther defense kept Carey in the ball games.

Carey opened the four-day state meet with a 52-43 victory over the taller Kootenai Warriors Wednesday at Nampa. This was Carey's fourth trip to the state girls' tourney and it was the first time the Panthers (4-7 state) won in the first round.

In winning the 1996 state consolation trophy at Jerome, Carey (19-7) lost in the first round 43-38 to eventual state champ Troy, then beat Cambridge 48-29 and Nampa Christian 57-31. Troy handled Dietrioch 45-28 in the title game.

But this year's tournament didn't go as well at the end.

Thursday, the Genesee Bulldogs shot twice as well (35% to 18%) from the field and pulled away for a 47-23 triumph. The Bulldogs had a huge 25-4 advantage in second-chance points and outscored the Panthers 29-8 in the middle periods.

Carey contributors included Kelsey Green (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Shelby Hansen (6 points), Jennifer Cenarrusa (4 points, 5 rebounds), Kayla Bailey (2 points, 7 boards, 2 steals) and Amy Ellsworth (1 point, 5 rebounds).

Friday, Carey and Rockland went down to the wire before the Bulldogs prevailed 41-39. There were 10 lead changes and four ties in the back-and-forth game. The largest lead was seven. Again, Carey shot poorly (23%) but had a 50-37 rebounding edge and 17 steals to stay close to Rockland (5-for-9 in 3-pointers).

Cenarrusa (13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals) finished in style. Others were Green (12 points, 8 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals), Bailey (5 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals), Jessica Parke (4 points, 3 boards), Hansen (4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Ellsworth (1 point, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals) and Emilee Butcher (3 rebounds).

In fourth place at state last February, Genesee (18-9) won its first state title since 1987 by a 55-41 score over Raft River (19-8) Saturday at The Idaho Center, Nampa. Richfield (23-4) beat Rockland 61-28 for fourth place while Fourth District champion Hagerman (22-5) lost the consolation finale 63-42 to Lapwai (23-4).

4A Middleton (23-4) won its first-ever state title 46-38 over Bishop Kelly of Boise; 5A Coeur d'Alene (22-3) won its first state championship since 2000 and sixth overall 61-47 over Vallivue; 3A Shelley (22-7) took its second title in three years 53-44 over Bear Lake; and 2A Grangeville (23-2) won its third title in five years 51-33 over Soda Springs.

Carey's final statistics:

Overall record: 13-10 (6-3 home, 7-7 away). Offense: 974 points (42.4 ppg). Defense: 958 points (41.7 ppg). Free throws: 200-420, 48%, opponents 196-423, 46%.

Individual scoring: Jessica Parke 219 points (9.5 ppg, 7 3-pointers); Jennifer Cenarrusa 183 points (8.0 ppg, 29 points at state, 10 3-pointers); Kelsey Green 153 (6.7 ppg, 29 points at state, 10 3-pointers); Amy Ellsworth 152 (6.6 ppg); Shelby Hansen 102 (4.4 ppg); Kayla Bailey 97 (4.2 ppg); Emilee Butcher 42.

Richfield dominates All-Northside team

Northside Conference champion Richfield dominated the All-Northside girls' basketball team announced Tuesday after completion of the State 1A girls' tournament in Nampa.

Coach of the Year was Richfield's Steve Kent.

First-teamers in order of votes were Richfield junior Michelle Kent, Dietrich junior Jesse Dill, Shoshone senior Shaynee Gulliford, Richfield senior Moe Hubsmith and Richfield soph Teenie Kent.

On the second team were Carey senior Jennifer Cenarrusa, Community School senior Jessie Curran, Dietrich soph Nakia Norman, Carey soph Jessica Parke and Dietrich senior Tammy Anderson.

Honorable mention selections were: Amy Ellsworth and Kayla Bailey of Carey; Caroline Fairchild of The Community School; Kimberly Twitchell and Lea Piper of Richfield; Taylor Astle and Jenny Perron of Shoshone; Paige Davies of Camas County; and Shasta Towne of Dietrich.

Carey battles Murtaugh Thursday

The match-ups are finalized for Thursday's Fourth District 1A Northside/Southside state seeding games at Murtaugh.

Northside Conference champion Carey (20-3) brings its six-game win streak into the 8 p.m. marquee game against the Murtaugh Red Devils (16-6) in the district championship game. It's a rematch of last winter's third-place district game won by Carey 59-56 over Murtaugh, at Shoshone.

Second-seeded in the Southside tournament, Murtaugh like Carey played a great defensive game in beating top-seeded Hagerman 53-43 in the Feb. 11 title game, at Murtaugh, while Carey downed Richfield 59-51 Feb. 12 at Shoshone.

Richfield (22-1), last year's district winner 53-37 over Hagerman, regrouped and beat Shoshone (13-12) by a 42-30 score Monday night in the Northside second-place game. Richfield earned a state tournament berth and will play Oakley Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Murtaugh in a seeding game.

Shoshone and Hagerman will battle it out for the fifth and final State 1A berth from the Fourth District at 5 p.m.

The 16-team State 1A tournament is Feb. 27-March 1 in Caldwell. It is the final 16-team small-school state tournament since the 1A splits into Division 1 and Division 2 next year.

If Carey beats Murtaugh Thursday, coach Simpson's squad will draw the third-place team from the Second District (Lapwai, Prairie, Genesee, Kendrick, Troy) for a first-round state game Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1:15 p.m. at Caldwell High School. If Carey loses to Murtaugh, the Panthers will draw the fourth-place Boise-area finisher for an 8 p.m. game Feb. 27 at Vallivue High.

Burley, Jerome end WRHS cage season

Wood River High School's boys' basketball season came to a close Thursday during the Great Basin Conference West tournament at Jerome.

The #3-seeded Jerome Tigers defeated Wood River 72-51 in a loser bracket game of the four-school tournament. The Wolverines (5-16) ended their season with six straight losses and Jerome (14-9) also went home with a 70-61 loss to Minico Saturday at Rupert.

Wood River also lost 70-38 to top-seeded defending State 4A champion Burley (23-0) last Tuesday. Burley has won 42 consecutive games over two years including Monday's 66-39 Great Basin title game victory over #2-seeded Minico (16-8).

It was Burley's fourth straight Great Basin West tournament title, but its first over a team other than Jerome. Burley beat Jerome 63-44 in 2007, nipped the Tigers 61-60 OT in 2006 and also defeated Jerome 53-49 back in 2005.

Top Wood River scorer Matt Staskiewicz scored 16 points and Greg Wakefield added 13 in Thursday's loss at Jerome. Staskiewicz had 12 points and Ross Parsons 8 in last Tuesday's 32-point loss at Burley.

Wood River had a particularly hard time in the tough Great Basin league this season, losing all eight of its games by an average score of 67-42.

Final Wood River statistics:

Overall record: 5-16 (2-7 home, 3-9 away, 0-6 league). Offense: 921 points (43.9 ppg). Defense: 1,242 points (59.1 ppg). Free throws: 179-287, 62%, opponents 326-477, 68%.

Individual scoring: Matt Staskiewicz 252 points (12.0 ppg, 14 3-pointers); Greg Wakefield 142 (6.8 ppg, 12 3-pointers); Erik Jacobson 84 (6.7 ppg); Bryan Tidwell 117 (5.6 ppg, 3 3-pointers); Ross Parsons 90 (4.3 ppg, 4 3-pointers); Michale Brunker 82 (5.5 ppg, 11 3-pointers); Alberto Vazquez 67 (3.4 ppg, 7 3-pointers); Pat Patterson 56 (2.7 ppg, 9 3-pointers); and Keven Abbott 34 (1.6 ppg).

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