Carey senior Jaide Parke scored 19 points and the Panthers took advantage of an injury to a key Oakley player in posting a 46-23 non-conference prep girls basketball victory Thursday night at Oakley.
The Panthers (1-1) vaulted to a 22-6 halftime lead as the host Hornets had to adjust to a first quarter knee injury suffered by Oakley star Mallory Critchfield. She left the game early in the first period and the Hornets struggled on offense thereafter.
Carey coach Merrilee Sears said, “Our girls did real well taking advantage of opportunities and learning to understand and adjust to the different offenses we were playing.
“We tried to run a different set each time, which got them thinking. There’s a fine line in doing that, though, because as a coach you want them to go out and just play and make their mistakes as they go.”
Other Carey scorers were Morgan Parke 12 points, Lilly Rivera 7, Medin Cenarrusa 7 and Angelica Zarate 1. The Panthers continued to shoot well from the free throw line (18-of-29, 62% so far this year).
Carey visited Dietrich (2-0) Tuesday night and has another non-conference varsity game against Camas County of Fairfield Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on the Panther floor.
Filer holds down WRHS
Wood River High School’s varsity squad got a look at one of the best prep girls’ basketball teams in the Magic Valley during a 47-18 non-conference road loss to the 3A Filer Wildcats Saturday night.
“That’s a good, solid team. Filer is big and strong, with size and athleticism,” said first-year Wood River coach Matt Newhouse. “It was a physical game but there weren’t many fouls called, which made it one of the fastest games ever.”
Filer (3-1) has won three of its four early-season games, all against 4A Great Basin Conference big-school teams.
Using a well-balanced attack featuring scoring by eight or nine players, the Wildcats of third-year coach Kody Ketterling have beaten Jerome 50-45 and Twin Falls 48-45 while losing 58-43 at Burley. The Wildcats hosted Burley (3-1) Tuesday night in a rematch.
Saturday, Filer bolted to a 30-9 halftime lead and coasted to victory behind 13 points by 5-10 junior point guard Katie Hughes and 11 points from 5-6 Sierra Koyle. The Wildcats shot 37% from the field compared to an icy 23% for the Wolverines.
Hailey scorers were Sydney Tidwell 7 points, Hannah Belloli 3, Kenya Schott 2, Ciceley Peavey 2, Samantha Sutton 2 and Haylee Pettit 2. Tidwell and Belloli each had 4 rebounds. Sutton added 2 assists and Belloli had 3 steals.
Filer (17-8) was the State 3A consolation champion last February, losing only to undefeated state champion Marsh Valley (25-0) in the first round.
On Tuesday, Wood River (0-2) looked for its first win at home against the 3A Gooding Senators (0-3). Gooding came into the pre-Thanksgiving game with road losses to Hagerman 44-29, Dietrich 50-37 and Shoshone 34-19.
The Wolverines debut their Great Basin schedule Tuesday, Nov. 27 at home against the Minico Spartans (1-2).