A strong team effort in the third quarter of a close game gave the Carey High School girls’ varsity basketball team (10-1, 3-0 Sawtooth Conference) a 46-28 league win over host Hagerman Pirates Thursday.

Six Panther players scored in a season-best 20-point third quarter as Carey broke away from an 18-12 halftime lead and captured its ninth consecutive victory, this time on the road over Hagerman (4-6, 1-3).

Bailie Morey (6 points), a Carey senior, scored five points including a 3-pointer in the third period and leading scorer Kylie Wood added six points on her way to a team-best 14-point effort.

Other Panther scorers were senior Felicity Black matching her season-high with 10 points, junior Zowie Quillin with a season-best 7 points and freshman Berenice Vargas with a season-high 5 points. Senior Noelia Cruz added 4 points.

Hagerman sophomore guard Sadie Wadsworth showed her considerable talent with a game-high 23 points featuring two 3-pointers and 11-of-16 at the free throw line.

Carey has a few days off before visiting Hansen (6-4, 2-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 15 for another Sawtooth contest, and then hosting Lighthouse Christian Academy (8-2, 2-0) on Friday, Jan. 17 on the Panther floor. Lighthouse won on the road 44-42 at Hansen Thursday.

Carey boys sizzling with 3-pointers

Shooting a season-best 11-of-23 (48%) from 3-point distance, the Carey boys’ varsity raced to a 39-19 halftime lead and defeated the host Hagerman Pirates 65-50 Thursday.

Carey (9-4, 3-0 Sawtooth) won for the seventh time in eight games, while Hagerman (2-6, 0-3) still is seeking its first Sawtooth victory.

Junior guard Hunter Smith was hot for Carey with 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point land, and a game-high 28 points. He shot 79% overall.

Other Panthers were Brigham Parke (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals), Carson Simpson (7 points, 5 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals), Sawyer Mecham (7 points) and Dallin Parke (5 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists).

Also, Tate Squires (4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocked shots) and Wyatt Mecham (4 points, 2 boards).

Carey coach Dick Simpson said Hagerman, with four of its eight varsity players 6-2 or taller, is a “big, physical team. We had to battle.”

The Panthers have made 75 3-pointers in 13 games, and have succeeded on 19 attempts from that distance in their last two 15-point Sawtooth victories on the road.

Carey team has a few days off before hosting Lighthouse Christian Academy (9-4, 2-0) on Friday, Jan. 17. Lighthouse, the reigning state champion in 1A Division 2, will invade Dietrich this Tuesday night.

Another Sawtooth Conference contender, the Murtaugh Red Devils (7-4, 2-1) won 51-33 over the Sun Valley Community School Cutthroats (2-3, 0-3) on Thursday night in Sun Valley. Kade Setoki (17 points) and Kolby McClure (16) topped the visiting Red Devils.

Cutthroat scorers were Wilson Baker 13 points, Sid Tomlinson 8, Charlie Stewart 4, Jack Colgate 3, George Murray 3 and Eli Fuller 2.

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