Friday, February 10, 2012

Parke shoots Carey past Mushers 54-49

Panther girls bid for state

Carey High School junior guard Jaide Parke had the hot hand Wednesday night, giving her Panthers a chance for the school's seventh trip to the state girls' basketball tourney.

Parke (14.1 ppg season, 20.5 ppg tourney) drilled a career-best 32 points including four 3-pointers as No. 3-seeded Carey (13-7) eliminated No. 4 Camas County of Fairfield (14-8) by a score of 54-49 during the Northside Conference girls' tournament at Murtaugh High School.

Her output was just 6 points shy of Carey's single-game school record of 38 set by Allison Shaffer in 2007. Parke now has 767 career points in three seasons. Her teammate Micaela Adamson has 719 in four.

Seniors Adamson (8 points) and Nicole Gomez (10) contributed big time as Carey held off the Mushers of senior Katelyn Peterson (23 points). The score was identical to Camas County's win that ousted Carey's 11-11 team from last year's Northside tourney.

Carey gave itself a shot at its third State 1A Division 2 tournament berth in four years and moved into Thursday's second-place game against Richfield (16-6) at Murtaugh. Defending state champ Dietrich (21-0) earned another trip to state by nipping Richfield 36-34 in overtime in Wednesday's title game.

Richfield had won all three meetings with Carey this season, by 8, 18 and 9 points. But, after losing to Richfield 40-31 at the Northside tournament Monday, Carey bounced back with a 55-39 win over Castleford Tuesday as Gomez scored 18, Parke 15 and Adamson 12.

The winner of Thursday's Richfield-Carey rematch earned the second Northside berth to the state tournament Feb. 16 at Nampa High School. Thursday's loser will need to win a state play-in game Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Glenns Ferry High School against the winner of Thursday's match between Garden Valley (6-14) and Meadows Valley (8-12).

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