SHOSHONE – Even the close games for Dietrich aren’t really that close.
The top-seeded and top-ranked Blue Devils led by as many as 18 points and outscored second-seeded Carey 18-6 in the third quarter to win its second straight North Side Conference title, 69-57.
“Neither team could really take advantage of the other team’s mistakes. Carey played really well. They wanted to slow the game down a little bit, and were successful in doing that,” said Dietrich head coach Wayne Dill.
The conference championship is another accomplishment in a remarkable season for Dietrich, fresh off of a state championship last year. The Blue Devils lost just one game in the regular season and beat conference opponents by an average of 31.9 points per game despite often emptying its bench before fans even had a chance to buy popcorn and settle into their seats. Overall, Dietrich has won 26 conference games in a row.
“Our group of seniors has been playing together since the third or fourth grade. When we were younger, we always dreamed of going up to state and competing for state championships. Now to have the chance to win two in a row is a really cool feeling,” said Dietrich senior Jake Smith, who finished with 12 points on the night.
Senior Garrett Astle led the Blue Devils’ communal scoring effort Wednesday with 14 points. Junior Slade Dill added 12 points and nine rebounds and senior Kaden Tew scored 10.
Junior Hayden Wayment scored 21 points and knocked down five three-pointers to lead Carey, and senior Toby Whitworth added 17.
Carey bumps to the second-place game, where it will take on fourth-seeded Murtaugh Thursday with a state tournament spot on the line.
Dietrich 69, Carey 57
Dietrich 18 19 18 14 - 69
Carey 15 16 6 20 - 57
Astle 14, Dill 12, Tew 10, Smith 12, Robertson 6, Shaw 7 Totals: 24 17-26
Wayment 21, Whitworth 17, Baird 12, Mecham 3, Koudelka 2, Hennefer 2 Totals: 22 7-16 57
3-point goals: Dietrich 4 (Smith 2, Shaw, Dill) Carey 6 (Wayment 5, Whitworth) Team fouls: Carey 20, Dietrich 16 Fouled out: Dietrich (Shaw) Carey (Koudelka, Whitworth).
Murtaugh 57, Lighthouse Christian 49
SHOSHONE – The snipers from Murtaugh hits their marks again Friday.
One night after draining 13 three-pointers in a win over Castleford, the fourth-seeded Red Devils hit another 12 in a North Side Conference Tournament loser-out game. They held a steady lead for most of the final three quarters and went on to win 57-49.
“We definitely want to play at the arc. We have several guys who can shoot it, and it opens things up for us inside,” said Murtaugh head coach Clayton Nebeker. “It really came down to two teams that didn’t want to lose. That makes for a great game.”
Senior Adan Saucedo led Murtaugh with 19 points, including four three-pointers, and senior Hunter Bodden added 14 points and four more three-pointers.
Senior Connor Bosma led Lighthouse Christian with 15 points before fouling out. Fellow senior Christian Rudasumbwa added 11 and freshman Peyton Lookingbill scored nine.
“We worked our butts off. I’m happy with the way we played. Murtaugh shoots it extremely well from deep and they’re patient in waiting for an open look. As soon as they have one, they’re not afraid to fire away,” said Lighthouse Christian head coach Tony Standlee.
Shoshone advances to take on second-seeded Carey Thursday in the North Side Conference second-place game. The winner of that game punches a ticket to the state tournament.
“I told the guys that the gate is open. We just have to walk through it. We’re right there. All that’s left is to finish it off,” said Nebeker.
Murtaugh 57, Lighthouse Christian 49
Murtaugh; 15; 15; 10; 17
Lighthouse Christian; 15; 13; 12; 9;- 49
Saucedo 19, Bodden 14, Zavala 9, Cornell 6 Gil 5, Smith 4 Totals: 20 5-12 57
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN (49)
Bosma 15, Rudasumbwa 11, Bradshaw 7, Lookingbill 9, Stephens 2, Shetler 3, Rogers 2 Totals: 20 6-7 39
3-point goals: Murtaugh 12 (Saucedo 4, Bodden 4, Cornell 2, Gil, Zavala) Lighthouse Christian 3 (Bradshaw, Lookingbill, Shetler) Team fouls: Murtaugh 20, Lighthouse Christian 13 Fouled out: Lighthouse Christian (Bosma).