Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Panther teams put a buzz on Hornets

Carey boys, girls prevail at home

Carey senior guard Chance Chavez, who scored 18 points in the 54-51 Panther home loss to Hagerman Dec. 2, added 8 points in Friday’s 64-29 homecourt victory over Oakley. Photo by David N. Seelig

Carey High School basketball teams enjoyed their first homecourt sweep of the season Friday—the Panther girls beating the Oakley Hornets 53-39 and the Carey boys taking care of Oakley 64-29. They were the first home victories of the season for both Panther teams.

The first home win for Carey's defending state champion boys took a little longer to achieve than coach Dick Simpson may have anticipated. After three home setbacks to 1A Division 1 No. 2-ranked Glenns Ferry, Division 1 No. 4 Hagerman and 2A No. 3 Valley, the Carey boys jumped to a 20-point halftime lead over winless Oakley and romped by 35 points.

Carey, averaging 39.6% field goal shooting, ripped the cords at 50% against Oakley (25%).

Four ended up in double figures—Baley Barg (16 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks), Sheldon Hansen (13 points, three 3-pointers), Dillon Cenarrusa (12 points, 9 rebounds) and Jack Cenarrusa (10 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks).


Other Carey contributors included Chance Chavez (8 points, 3 assists), Charlie Rivera (2 boards, 3 assists, 4 steals) and Garrett Lee (5 points).

Thursday, Valley (3-0) came to Carey after winning its first two games by 28 and 39 points. The Vikings didn't need much help, but they outscored Carey 18-5 at the charity stripe and made their 31-22 halftime lead stand up. Valley out-rebounded Carey by a hefty 39-25 margin.

Barg (15 points, 3 steals) and Hansen (11 points, 2 assists) led Carey, which has relied on 3-point shooting (32-for-90, 36% in 5 games) and has been outscored 56-31 at the foul line.

Carey may have faced its toughest foe to date with a visit to Arco for a non-league clash with the top-ranked 2A Butte County Pirates (5-0) Tuesday. Coach Jason Hansen's Pirates, chasing the school's first state berth since 1998 after last winter's 16-7 season and near-miss in a state play-in game, won 70-42 at Challis Thursday with five in double figures.

Coach Lane Durtschi's Carey girls (2-2) made it two straight wins Friday with their 14-point non-conference success over Oakley.

Carey shot out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead. Panther contributors were Morgan Parke (13 points), Micaela Adamson (12 points), Darby Northcott (9 points), Jaide Parke (7 points), Nicole Gomez (6 points) and McKayla Mecham (6 points).

The Panther girls finish their pre-holiday slate with two tough games—a visit to Castleford (4-2) on Thursday, Dec. 15 and their Northside Conference debut at home against Dietrich (6-0) Friday, Dec. 16. Last winter's State 1A Division 2 champ Dietrich won by 50 points at Hansen last Friday.

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