The leading scorer of the Carey High School boys’ varsity basketball team, junior Nate Adamson, wasn’t expected to play Tuesday when the Panthers hosted the Lighthouse Christian Academy Lions from Twin Falls in a big Northside Conference league clash.
Adamson (17.4 ppg) missed two Carey games because of sickness last week, head coach Dick Simpson said. The coach added that he hopes Adamson will be able to play next week and be fully recovered by the Northside tournament Feb. 19.
Without Adamson last week, Carey (10-7, 6-0 league) stretched its winning streak to five games and added another league victory 65-39 over the Bliss Bears last Tuesday. On Friday, the 2A Oakley Hornets (13-4) built a 24-point halftime lead and ended up winning 67-34 on the Oakley hardwoods.
Lighthouse Christian (11-6, 4-2 league) lost recently at home to Dietrich 86-66 and to Richfield 58-48. But the Lions have played particularly well on the road with an 8-2 record—and of course are itching to avenge last year’s 67-61 Northside tournament second-place game loss to Carey.
That loss, combined with Lighthouse’s 69-63 state play-in game loss to Mackay, ousted the Lions from state tournament contention. This year, a program that has had tremendous success in football will be trying to rectify that and earn one of two Northside berths to the State 1A Division 2 tournament in Caldwell March 6.
In Adamson’s absence, sophomore forward/post Joe Parke (15.9 ppg) has stepped it up for Simpson’s varsity with 40 points in the last two games.
Putting in a solid all-around effort, Parke (22 points, 7 rebounds, 8 steals, 3 assists, 4 blocked shots) shot 9-for-14 from the field during the 26-point Carey home victory over Bliss. The Panthers as a team shot 46% from the field and piled up 22 assists led by Chris Peck (9 points, 10 assists).
Other Carey contributors were Toby Whitworth (8 points), Collin Whitby (8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Matt Whitworth (8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists), Luis Garcia (5 points, 3 steals), Corban Johnson (3 points) and Alex Durtschi (2 points, 2 boards).
Carey had a tough time on offense (37% shooting) and on defense (Oakley shot 69%) in Friday night’s 33-point non-conference road loss. The Hornets out-rebounded Carey 25-15. Parke had 18 points and Matt Whitworth added six.
Carey girls have “Senior Night”
As part of Tuesday’s visit of the Lighthouse Christian Lions, the Carey girls’ varsity basketball team will have its “Senior Night” at 6 p.m. honoring seniors Lilly Rivera and Daphne Kirkland.
Coach Merrilee Sears’ Carey girls (3-13, 1-3 league) came off one of their better performances of the season, a 36-32 Northside Conference home loss to Richfield Thursday. Kylie Castle scored a season-best 12 points and Rivera added 9 points.
After Tuesday’s regular-season finales that finalized league standings, the Northside Conference will conduct its five-team 1A Division 2 tournament starting Saturday, Feb. 8 with a 7 p.m. game at the homecourt of the higher seed.
The five-team double elimination tournament continues Monday, Feb. 10 with two more 7 p.m. games at the team with the higher seed.
Shoshone High School will then play host to three more days of tournament action Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 11-13.
Consolation and championship games will be played Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Shoshone High. The second-place game to determine the district’s other qualifier for the State 1A Division 2 tournament Feb. 20-22 at Nampa High School will be played Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. on the Shoshone floor.
The Carey girls’ junior varsity coached by Jake Nilsen will participate in the Northside JV tournament starting today, Wednesday, with a 6 p.m. game against Dietrich at the ISDB gym in Gooding. Championship game of the single elimination tournament is Friday at 6 p.m. on the ISDB hardwoods.