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For the week of Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2003


#1 Carey makes it
11 in a row

Panthers race past Community School 75-56

Robbie Ellsworth, at 5-5, may have been the shortest player on the basketball court Tuesday but the determined senior made the biggest impact for the streaking Carey School boys’ varsity basketball team.

Ellsworth, averaging 3.8 ppg, tallied a game-high 17 points lifting Carey to a convincing 75-56 Northside Conference road victory over one of its chief challengers for the league crown—The Community School of Sun Valley.

It was Carey’s first game after being elevated from fourth to first place in the Idahosports.com 1A power rankings for the 2002-03 season. Coach Dick Simpson’s Panthers were truly seven deep.

Coming off the bench with partner K.C. Rivera to give Carey catlike quickness in the backcourt, Ellsworth sliced through the Cutthroat defense and shot a high percentage from the perimeter. In all, four Panthers ended in double figures and six scored 8 or more.

Carey (14-2, 10-0 league) captured its 11th consecutive victory, a streak that started with a 63-52 home win over The Community School Dec. 18. The Panthers proved to be more balanced, deeper and faster than the Cutthroats (8-7, 6-4 league), who had their three-game win streak ended.

Match-up problems disrupted the usually effective Cutthroat half-court offense, and coach Mike Wade’s Sun Valley squad couldn’t turn its vaunted defensive pressure into many points against Carey’s experienced runners.

Carey assigned long-armed 6-3 junior Blake Surerus and 6-2 senior John Saili to cover the primary Cutthroat inside force, 6-4 junior Jim Fairchild. Electing to look for the pass rather than shoot, Fairchild (12.9 ppg) could never get it going and ended up with a quiet 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Meanwhile, another long-armed Carey defender, 6-0 senior Destry Simpson, went out to guard leading Cutthroat scorer John Hayes (14.7 ppg). The result was Hayes didn’t end up with the easy uncontested perimeter shot and had to work much harder. Still, Hayes finished with 14 points, 3 steals and 3 assists.

Carey just had more artillery. Seven Panthers scored in the first quarter alone.

With junior Dylan McIlhenny (13 points, 6 boards, 2 steals, 3 assists) taking most of the early shots, the Cutthroats got off to a quick 7-2 start. Then Carey showed its explosiveness on a 12-0 run fueled by its defensive pressure and Cutthroat turnovers.

Junior Ty Simmons (12 points, 5 boards, 4 steals) had 6 points and a block in Carey’s 16-8 second-quarter run. With Carey shuttling in its pairs of guards and Hayes getting more tired by the minute, Ellsworth drilled a 3-pointer giving Carey a 23-18 lead. The Panthers never looked back.

Trailing 34-22 at half, the Cutthroats made an 8-3 run sparked by Ethan Weston, who scored 8 of his 10 points in the quarter. But Carey out-rebounded the Cutthroats 12-4 in the third and carefully restored its 12-point lead by the end of the stanza. Top Carey scorer Shawn Hennefer (16.2 ppg) swished two 3-pointers taking the wind out of any Cutthroat rally hopes.

For the game, Carey out-rebounded the Cutthroats 33-25 and had 17 steals.

Hennefer ended with 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Surerus had 11 points, a game-high 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Saili added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Simpson had 8 points, 3 steals and 3 assists. Rivera chipped in with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Stephen Jurgensmeier had 3 rebounds and Kole Peck 3 points for the Panthers.

Rounding out the Cutthroat stats were Bret Watson 4 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists; Josh Sonneland 4 points and 3 boards; Drew Detwiler 2 steals and 2 assists.

Current Northside Conference standings: Carey 10-0, Shoshone 8-1, Community School 6-4, Richfield 4-5, Camas County 4-6, Bliss 1-8 and Dietrich 1-10.

"Senior Night," for nine Panther seniors is Tuesday, Feb. 4 at home against the Richfield Tigers. Carey closes out its 2002-03 regular season at Shoshone Friday, Feb. 7.

The Cutthroats visit Twin Falls Christian Academy for games Friday, Jan. 31 and go to Bliss next Tuesday. Final home game and "Senior Night" for the Cutthroats is Saturday, Feb. 8 against Richfield.

The seven-school Northside 1A tournament opens Thursday, Feb. 13 in Shoshone.


Junior varsity action

Enjoying an amazing season, The Community School junior varsity (15-1, 10-1 league) avenged its only loss with a 72-55 triumph over Carey Tuesday night in the preliminary boys’ game at The Fish Tank in Sun Valley.

Five Cutthroats scored in double figures as the home team maintained a decided height advantage and used it to dominate the rebounding for coach Jim Carkonen.

Leading 31-23 at halftime, the Cutthroats broke it wide open with a 28-14 run in the third period. Tyler Jackson, a 6-2 freshman, scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the third. And A.J. Beesley, a 6-0 sophomore, had 6 of his 12 points in the third.

Connor Wade finished with 10 points including three 3-pointers. Andrew Durtschi had 12 points, Ben Larroquette 10, Hunter Smith 6 and Kyle Koski 5 for the winners.

For Carey, freshman Tyler Cook had a game-high 21 points including five 3-pointers. Freshman Tadd Green added 15 points including four 3-pointers and freshman Devin Simpson scored 17 points for coach Hollis Pincock’s Carey bunch.



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