Friday, February 24, 2012

Carey rolls to title, returns to state

Panthers handle Blue Devils 52-43

Carey senior Baley Barg led the Panthers into Wednesday’s Northside title game with a 31-point effort in Monday’s 70-44 semi-final victory over Murtaugh, at Castleford. Photo by David N. Seelig

Seeking to defend their State 1A Division 2 championship next week in Caldwell, the top-seeded Carey School Panthers made their path a little easier Wednesday by beating the Dietrich Blue Devils 52-43 for the Northside Conference boys' basketball tournament title.

Carey (17-6) captured its third consecutive Northside tourney crown and seventh in 10 years. With the win the Panthers (408-142 over 22 seasons) qualified for the Idaho High School Activities Association state basketball tournament for the 16th time in 20 years.

Coach Dick Simpson's Panthers (17-6) won their 15th consecutive game after a 2-6 start by scoring in double digits each quarter and holding off a good Dietrich squad (17-3). Action took place at Castleford High School gym. Carey has beaten Dietrich, Castleford and Murtaugh for the title since 2010.

As the 4th District champion, Carey made sure it would open the eight-team State 1A Division 2 tournament Thursday, March 1 at Caldwell High School with an 8 p.m. game against the northern Idaho champion. That could be the Kootenai Warriors (6-12), who will play for their district title Saturday, Feb. 25 against the winner of Thursday's Mullan-Clark Fork loser-out contest.

In contrast, the winner of Thursday's Northside second-place battle between Dietrich and Castleford (13-9) opens state Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against Boise-area champ Salmon River (18-4). Also in the top bracket is 2nd District king Nezperce (18-3), which has faced Carey in the state title game for two straight years.

Looking ahead to a possible state scenario, Carey by beating Kootenai in the first round could move to a semi-final clash against the Sho-Ban Chiefs, the recent eastern Idaho champion over Clark County. If the district champs win up top, Nezperce would play Salmon River in the other semi-final.

Championship game at state is Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. at The Idaho Center in Nampa. Carey has been there two straight years, losing to Nezperce 57-56 in 2010 and beating the Indians 47-46 last year.

At Castleford Wednesday night, Carey got scoring from nine different players: Jack Cenarrusa 12 points, Baley Barg 9, Garrett Lee 8, Charlie Rivera 7, Jordan Dilworth 5, Dillon Cenarrusa 5, Chance Chavez 2, Sheldon Hansen 2 and Patrick Baird 2. The Panthers outscored the Blue Devils 11-3 in the first quarter and made that lead stand up.

With Vance Perron (13 points) leading the charge, coach Wayne Dill's Blue Devils trimmed their deficit to three points in the third period. But Jordan Dilworth's scoring sparked a Carey run that stretched its lead to 17 points in the final eight minutes.

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