Last March, the Butte County Pirates brought back to Arco the school’s first state boys’ basketball tournament championship in 30 years.
And they did it with only two seniors including Idaho Statesman 1A Division 1 “Player of the Year” Hayden Isham.
It’s no surprise that former Richfield coach Steve Kent has got his Pirates (25-1 last season for Kent) off to a 4-0 start this year, particularly with All-State players Radley Gamett and Kyle Isham, now seniors, along for this year’s ride.
They showed the Carey High School Panthers how it’s done Tuesday night in Arco.
In a run-and-gun game fea-turing 12 3-pointers including a season-best 7-for-14 from Carey, the Pirates soared to a 45-19 halftime lead and breezed to a 72-52 non-conference win over coach Dick Simpson’s 1A Divi-sion 2 Panthers (2-3).
Carey’s big three scorers produced with junior Matt Whitworth (four 3-pointers) and sophomore Joe Parke scor-ing 16 points apiece, and junior Nate Adamson 15. Chris Peck added a 3-pointer and Collin Whitby had 2 points.
Kyle Isham (22 points), Ga-mett (10) and sophomore Cou-gar Coburn (12) led Butte County. The Pirates shot 15-for-17 at the free throw line.
Carey finished its pre-holiday schedule at home against Shoshone (4-2) Thurs-day. Led by the scoring of Ed-ward Anguiano, Shoshone nipped Hagerman 66-61 at home and lost 51-46 at Valley last week, then won 45-33 at Rich-field Wednesday night.