SHOSHONE — The third-seeded Dietrich High School girls basketball team won the North Side Conference title Wednesday night 42-35 over Carey, the top seed and defending district champion.
The two teams went possession-for-possession in the first quarter, which ended with the Panthers leading 11-10 following three 3-pointers by senior Rylee Smith, who ended up with a team-high 13 points. Blue Devils senior Jaxon Eggleston, the top scorer for the game with 17 points, kept Dietrich close with six points in the quarter.
“The girls never got in a panic mode after Smith made the three 3-pointers,” said Dietrich coach Acey Shaw. ”We switched up our defense and put Eggleston on her, and she only scored one more basket.”
The Blue Devils took the lead at the 2:34 mark of the second quarter and outscored the Panthers in the second quarter 14-8 for a 24-19 halftime lead. Dietrich did not ever trail after that and led 32-27 after three quarters.
“Our offense was very patient, and they ran what we wanted them to run,” said Shaw. “And the defense played very well as a team.”
Eggleston shared Shaw’s thoughts.
“Our team defense was amazing,” she said. “We worked well and communicated great as a team.”
Dietrich junior Brianna Astle’s face beamed from ear to ear after the game.
“It was so fun,” she said. “This was the best time with everyone pumped and being so intense. We had good energy from the start, and it carried over from quarter to quarter. This is a great feeling.”
Carey coach Merrilee Sears just kind of shook her head after the game.
“It was just one of those kind of nights,” she said. “These girls are very positive and pretty resilient. I think they will match up with Lighthouse and can bounce back OK.”
Carey will face No. 2 Lighthouse Christian at 7 p.m. on Friday back at Shoshone High School. The winner will earn the conference’s second spot at the 1A Division II state tournament.
Dietrich 42, Carey 35
Dietrich 10 14 8 10 — 42
Carey 11 8 8 8 — 35
DIETRICH (42) — KayLee Hendrix 5, Cassie Berthelson 4, Bailey Hubert 2, Brianna Astle 8, Caylee Dilworth 4, Jaxon Eggleston 17, Quincie Christiansen 2.
CAREY (35) — Shantell Chavez 3, Rylee Smith 13, Athana Versis 9, Kylie Wood 6, Kodi Green 4.