Things pretty much went according to plan Wednesday when the Northside Conference boys' basketball tournament debuted at Dietrich High School before taking a break for the state girls' cage tourney.
The top-ranked Carey School boys (19-2) made it 15 Northside victories in 15 tries with a 45-21 success over the #8-seeded Community School Cutthroats (13-7). Carey led 31-12 at halftime and put 11 players in the scoring column for the game.
Leading scorer Brett Adamson (15.9 ppg, 333 points season) tallied 13 points including three 3-pointers for his 20th double-digit game. Carey (117 3-pointers season) had five from the perimeter. The Panthers average nearly six per game.
Paul Davis (10 points) and Will Brokaw led the Fish.
With the victory, Carey advanced to play defending champion Richfield (7-14) Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Dietrich. With its senior star Michael Lezamiz (30 points) back in action, #5-seeded Richfield hammered #4 Camas County (7-12) by a 50-30 score.
Second-seeded Murtaugh (15-4) and #3-seeded Dietrich (14-6) will clash in Monday's 7:30 p.m. semi-final. The Community School and Camas County meet in a loser-out game Monday at 3 p.m. on the Dietrich floor.
Championship game is Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The second-place game is Thursday, also at 7:30 p.m. The top two teams automatically qualify for the State 1A Division 2 tournament March 4-6 at Caldwell High School. The third-place team faces a state play-in contest Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in Glenns Ferry.
WRHS boys in Great Basin
Senior Juan Martinez scored a season-high 11 points, but it wasn't enough for the #6-seeded Wood River High School boys' basketball team (2-17) in its 55-33 loss at #3-seeded Jerome (12-9) Tuesday night.
Action took place in the first round of the six-school Great Basin Conference boys' basketball tournament. Other Hailey scorers were Quentin Dowdle 10 points, Stone Sutton 4, Keven Abbott 4 and Alex Padilla 4. Wood River tried to stay alive against Canyon Ridge (4-16) at Twin Falls Thursday.