Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Boys open district hoops play

WRHS, Carey, TCS in action

Carey High School seniors (kneeling) pose with their proud parents during Friday’s “Senior Night” activities at the Richfield game. The seniors, from left, are Joey Laidlaw, Blair Peck, Brandon Dilworth, Shane Bingham, Caleb Cenarrusa and Jacy Baird. Courtesy photo

Boys' basketball teams representing Hailey's Wood River High School, Carey School and Community School of Sun Valley have started state-qualifying district meets.

Top-seeded Carey (18-2, 8-0 league) carried an 11-game winning streak into Tuesday's eight-team Northside Conference 1A Division 2 boys' tournament at Murtaugh.

Coach Dick Simpson's Panthers drew coach Erik Olson's Community School Cutthroats (1-13) for their first game.

Other Tuesday first-round games were Castleford (15-1) vs. Richfield (6-11), Dietrich (12-6) vs. Lighthouse Christian (6-14) and Murtaugh (9-6) vs. Camas County (6-14).

Carey shot 55% from the field (6-for-9 3-pointers) and completed an unbeaten 10-0 home season Friday with a 54-15 "Senior Night" win over Richfield. Leading scorer Blair Peck (14.3 ppg) had 20 points and four steals as eight Panthers scored points.

Games continue Monday, Feb. 21 after the state girls' basketball tournament, with the championship game Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. on the Red Devils court. At stake are two automatic berths in the State 1A Division 2 tourney March 3 in Caldwell.

Coach John Radford's #6-seeded Wood River Wolverines (0-19, 0-10 league) visited #3-seeded Twin Falls (15-5, 7-3) Tuesday in an opening round GBC game. Twin Falls is the reigning league and State 4A champ.

The winner of Twin Falls-Wood River visits #2-seeded Jerome (14-7, 7-3) Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.—the same time and date that the loser of Twin Falls-Wood River plays the loser of Tuesday's game between #4-seeded Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls (7-13, 3-7) and #5 Burley (4-15, 3-7).

Waiting to open tournament play Thursday is #1 Minico (19-1, 10-0).

Senior Alex Padilla (20 points in 2 games) led Wood River in its 53-27 and 48-35 road losses to Twin Falls and Mountain Home (7-12) last week. Senior Kevin Jensen tallied a season-best 10 at Mountain Home.

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