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Wednesday, March 10, 2004


Top scorer Simmons leads Carey at state

Panthers (22-3) settle for sixth place

Carey School sharpshooting senior Ty Simmons fired up in his final two Panther games last weekend and became the leading scorer at the 16-team State 1A tournament held at Caldwell and Vallivue high schools, Caldwell.

Simmons (19.3 ppg) scored 25 and 24 points including 10 3-pointers for Carey Friday and Saturday to finish his four-day, four-game Panther stint at state with 84 points (21.0 ppg)—and 139 points (17.4 ppg) at the state tourney as a junior and senior.

But Simmons would have traded some of those points for a few when it mattered against Council and Lakeside. Carey lost to Council 55-49 Thursday and to Lakeside 65-63 Saturday to finish up its 2004 state visit with a 2-2 mark for sixth place.

Carey coach Dick Simpson said, "Our offense never really got going against Council, and by the last game against Lakeside we were mentally drained. But the kids have nothing to hang their heads about.

"At the beginning of the season I thought we had a chance to get to state, but I never dreamed we’d win the conference and the district and be ranked #1 in the state for a good part of the season. And we got to play in four games at the state tournament."

Council (23-6) ended up in the State 1A championship game, losing to Cole Valley Christian (23-3) by a 50-39 score Saturday. It was Cole Valley Christian’s second state championship in three years. Lakeside (18-8) ended up with the fourth-place trophy.

Simmons and senior Blake Surerus, the outside-inside mainstays for Carey over the course of back-to-back 22-3 seasons, were the big guns at state. Simmons shot 33-for-69 (48%) from the field with 32 rebounds, 14 assists and 11 steals. Surerus averaged 10.0 ppg, had 20 assists, 41 rebounds and 18 blocked shots in four games.

For his two-year varsity career, Simmons (483 points this season, 775 points overall) crept past Shawn Hennefer into tenth place on the all-time Carey scoring list. Simmons warmed up and shot 10-for-14 from 3-point range against Genesee and Lakeside.

Simmons had the highest single-season total for Carey since senior Rich Payne hit for 485 points (20.9 ppg) in the 20-9 season of 1996. The school record is 559 points (28.0 ppg) set by Tim Tingey back in 1988.

Tadd Green, a Panther sophomore, also came on strong in the final two games with 22-point and 25-point efforts. He averaged 17.0 ppg at state and 12.7 ppg (317 points) for the season. Simpson said, "Tadd had good games against Genesee and Lakeside."

But the Council game is the one Carey most regretted. Lumberjack 6-6 senior Nick McConnell was a major inside force with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. "Their big kid was a little intimidating. He got to Tadd, and everybody started adjusting their shots," Simpson said.

"Whenever we haven’t been able to do anything outside this year, we’ve been able to go inside. Council was putting a lot of defensive pressure on the outside, and we just couldn’t go inside." Carey shot 33% from the field, and Council also outscored Carey 16-8 from the free throw line.

Despite their problems, Carey players fought back from a 10-point third-quarter deficit and went ahead 49-48 with 1:25 left. But Council senior Greg Abide scored his only 4 points of the game in the final minute and the Lumberjacks went 4-for-4 from the stripe in the last 36 seconds.

The sudden loss snapped Carey’s school-record 19-game win streak.

Simpson added, "That was a big game for us. If we had won, we would have been on a good roll. But when you get to state there are a lot of good teams. You have to have two or three good games to do anything."

Determined to stay alive, Carey shot 53% from the field in Friday’s 71-64 victory over Genesee. Simmons led the way with 25 points and 7 assists, while Surerus had 13 points, 11 boards and 6 blocks, and Green added 22 points on 10-for-17 shooting.

Having commited only 33 turnovers in its first three games, Carey’s thin bench showed the strain of four games in four days Saturday. The Panthers had 23 turnovers in the 65-63 loss to Lakeside’s Knights. Lakeside also shot 12-for-19 free throws, compared to Carey’s 3-for-7 at the line.

Green was terrific, shooting 11-for-12 for 25 points plus 6 rebounds. Simmons chipped in 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Surerus finished his career with 10 points and 10 boards.

Results by game, and season stats:

Carey 62-44 over Idaho City: Ty Simmons 24 points, Tadd Green 12, Blake Surerus 10, Tyler Cook 8, K.C. Rivera 8. Rebounds (30)—
Simmons 11, Surerus 7. Blocked shots—Surerus 6. Assists—Surerus 5, Rivera 4, Cook 4. Steals—Rivera 6, Cook 3. 3-pointers (2-19)—Cook 2. FG—44%. FT—8-10. Opp FT—3-8.

Council 55-49 over Carey: Simmons 11 points, Green 9, Rivera 8, Surerus 7, Cook 6, Allen Peck 5, Cody Baird 3. Rebounds (38)—
Surerus 13, Simmons 8, Rivera 7, Green 6. Blocked shots—Surerus 5. Assists—Rivera 5, Surerus 3, Simmons 3. Steals—Rivera 4, Simmons 3, Green 3. 3-pointers (3-16)—Cook 1, Simmons 1, Peck 1. FG—33%. FT—8-14. Opp FT—16-29.

Carey 71-64 over Genesee: Simmons 25 points, Green 22, Surerus 13, Rivera 6, Cook 3, Devin Simpson 2. Rebounds (29)—
Surerus 11, Rivera 6, Green 6. Blocked shots—Surerus 6. Assists—Simmons 7, Surerus 5, Rivera 4. Steals—Green 3, Simmons 3. 3-pointers (5-14)—Simmons 4, Cook 1. FG—53%. FT—10-21. Opp FT—4-9.

Lakeside 65-63 over Carey: Green 25 points, Simmons 24, Surerus 10, Rivera 4. Rebounds (32)—
Simmons 11, Surerus 10. Assists—Surerus 7, Rivera 5. Steals—Simmons 3. 3-pointers (6-16)—Simmons 6. FG—48%. FT—3-7. Opp FT—12-18.

Carey season statistics (25 games): Offense—64.9 ppg. Defense—50.4 ppg. FG—45%. Free throws—Carey 213-376 (57%). Opposition—157-320 (49%). Top season individual scorers—Ty Simmons 483 points for 19.3 ppg (84 points for 21.0 ppg at state), Tadd Green 317 for 12.7 (68 points for 17.0 at state), Tyler Cook 253 for 10.1, Blake Surerus 255 for 10.2, K.C. Rivera 219 for 8.8, Devin Simpson 72 for 2.9. 3-pointers (129)—Cook 64, Simmons 54, Simpson 6, Rivera 3, Allen Peck 2. Rebounds—Surerus 231 (9.2), Simmons 193 (7.7), Green 149 (6.0) Rivera 130 (5.2). Assists—Rivera 141 (5.6), Surerus 77 (3.1), Simmons 74 (3.0), Cook 70 (2.8). Steals—Rivera 93. Blocked shots—Surerus 75.


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