There’s something loose and light about pre-holiday prep basketball games between non-conference opponents on cold nights in the Gem State. The boys let it fly and fall willingly into run-and-gun track meets.
Host Carey and visiting Shoshone heated up the Panther gym Tuesday, and the match-up turned into a 63-61 Carey victory that wasn’t decided until the final 10 seconds.
Shoshone’s 6-1 senior Garret Sant was a monster with a game-high 34 points, 24 of them coming in the second half. He scored 15 of Shoshone’s 25 field goals including four 3-pointers.
Sant single-handedly rallied the Indians from a 57-52 deficit with less than two minutes remaining. He stole three balls on the Shoshone press and scored field goals. Then he drilled a long 3-pointer for a 61-61 tie with 27 seconds remaining.
If not for a press-break basket by Carey senior Poncho Gamino and a fast break hoop by sophomore Nate Adamson, the Panthers wouldn’t have been tied 61-61 with a final possession. But they were, and senior Jordan Dilworth made a driving layup with nine seconds left for the game winner.
Carey shot 41% from the field including 5-for-18 from 3-point range and 12-for-17 from the charity stripe. Led by Sant’s uncanny outside shooting, Shoshone shot 45% but was only 5-for-15 at the line.
In the first quarter Adamson (21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists) scored 9 points as Carey put together 7-0 and 6-1 runs to take a 20-13 lead at the break. Another factor was the board work of Patrick Baird (9 rebounds, 4 blocked shots).
Senior Sheldon Hansen (season-high 12 points, 6 boards, 2 steals, 2 assists) made both his 3-pointers in the second period as Carey built 10-point leads on three separate occasions.
In the third, Shoshone’s patience on offense, Sant’s 13 points and the effective Indian press sparked a 10-2 run for a 40-40 tie. Carey made 7 turnovers in the third and 7 more in the fourth to hurt its cause.
Gamino, who scored a season-best 17 points with 10 rebounds for Carey, kept his team alive in the fourth—as did Adamson with 7 points in the stanza. Then Dilworth (8 points, 6 boards, 7 assists) took advantage of a ball Gamino kept alive in the offensive end to drive for the winning points.
Other Panthers were Gunner Thompson (3 points), Matt Whitworth (2 rebounds) and Joe Parke (3 rebounds). Shoshone guard Henry Garcia (6 points, 7 steals, 7 assists) and junior Trey Waite (10 points, 4 boards) were vital to the Indian rally. Shoshone’s record fell to 4-3 for coach Larry Messick.
Carey (4-3) wraps up its pre-holiday slate with a big home game against 2A Valley of Hazelton (7-0) today, Friday.
The Panthers will pay special attention to Valley’s sharpshooter Justin Johnson, a 20-plus per game scorer who was held to 15 and 16 points in Wednesday’s 38-25 home win over Oakley and Saturday’s 41-33 victory at Shoshone.
Shoshone girls nip Carey
With the sloppy way they played at home Tuesday, Carey’s girls took small consolation in rallying from a seven-point third-quarter deficit to tie the visiting Shoshone Indians 31-31 on Lilly Rivera’s 3-pointer with 46 seconds remaining.
But Shoshone junior Sheyenne Hadden (9 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists) then hit both ends of a 1-on-1 free throw shooting situation and the Indians (5-5) evened their season record with a 33-31 victory—just four days after losing at home to Challis by 31.
Carey (6-4) committed 10 fourth-quarter turnovers and was hampered by foul troubles besetting its top two scorers, Jaide Parke and Morgan Parke. Parke (16.3 ppg) finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds, but Morgan Parke (6 points, 13 boards) was held scoreless after half by Shoshone’s tough zone.
Other Carey contributors were Rivera (6 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocked shots), Medin Cenarrusa (4 points, 2 steals) and Angelica Zarate (2 points, 3 boards, 3 steals, 3 assists). Topping Shoshone was senior Jessica Simonson (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists).
Jaide Parke achieved a couple of milestones early in the third quarter, sinking her 100th career 3-pointer and going over the 1,000-point career mark with a fallaway jumper on a pass from Zarate that gave Carey its final lead, at 18-16.