Friday, February 13, 2009

Carey (16-3) stretches winning streak to 12

But Richfield (14-3) awaits on Wednesday

Express Staff Writer

Carey’s Trevor Peck, coming off a state championship football season as the Panther quarterback, got off to a slow start in basketball. He’s been on fire lately, scoring in double digits in 12 of 13 games and averaging 15.5 ppg in that span. Here, Peck shoots Tuesday in the 67-31 win over Bliss.

Getting points from eight or nine players each game, the deep and talented Carey School boys' varsity basketball team has been methodically piling up victories this season.

Coach Dick Simpson's Panthers (16-3, 11-2 league) added another on Tuesday night, their 12th consecutive win, in a 67-31 home Northside Conference decision over the outmatched Bliss Bears (5-11, 5-8).

The Panthers, shooting 38% from the field and 33% from 3-point territory on the season, ended up with six 3-pointers on the game and shot over 50% after intermission. Carey outscored Bliss 32-7 after the half.

Junior Trevor Peck (13.7 ppg) finished with 14 points and Wacey Barg (6.4 ppg) added 10. Senior Heith Adamson (8.3 ppg) had 9 points and 12 rebounds. Other Carey scorers were Brett Adamson 9 points, Tyler Willis 9, Tyler Chavez 7, Todd Peck 4, Gonzalo Zarate 3 and Dillon Simpson 2. Topping Bliss was Thomas Palmer (10).

The outcome made Carey's home record 10-0. That number could be a big factor now that the Panther season has been boiled down to a possible seven more games, and four of those seven could be played at home on the friendly Carey court.

Next for Carey is the regular-season finale Wednesday, Feb. 18 at home against #2-ranked Richfield (14-3, 11-0). The eight-team Northside tournament is Feb. 24-28 at Carey.

Carey, seeking its 13th state tournament berth in 17 years, and Richfield are likely to battle for the Northside championship. The two teams have been in the title game five straight years—Carey winning in even-numbered years and Richfield in the odd-numbered years.

Richfield beat visiting Carey 52-50 Dec. 12, but the thing that sticks in the Panther craw is that the Tigers are the only team to beat Carey in the last 29 Panther home games—48-40 last winter and 37-28 in 2007. Richfield, swept on the season by #3-ranked 2A Glenns Ferry (14-5) Wednesday by a 55-50 score, is tuning up with home league games against Camas County (3-15, 3-9) and Bliss.

Here are Carey leaders:

Scoring: Brett Adamson 14.2 ppg, Trevor Peck 13.7, Heith Adamson 8.3, Wacey Barg 6.4. Rebounds: Wacey Barg 157, Heith Adamson 107, Jacy Baird 87, Dillon Simpson 83, Trevor Peck 79.

Assists: Dillon Simpson 76, Brett Adamson 42. Steals: Dillon Simpson 53, Brett Adamson 33, Trevor Peck 32. Blocked shots: Dillon Simpson 27, Wacey Barg 12. 3-pointers: Brett Adamson 32-for-90, 36%, and Trevor Peck 34-for-94, 36%. Free throw shooting: Trevor Peck 48-for-61, 79%.

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