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Twin Falls 78, Bishop Kelly 58

BOISE — After falling to Preston on Thursday, the Bruins won two straight games in dominant fashion to capture the 4A state consolation trophy.

Preston earned a 50-37 first-round win over Twin Falls after both teams battled for three quarters. The Bruins bounced back with a 61-34 win over Moscow on Friday to set up Saturday’s consolation final. A 22-11 first quarter and a 23-9 third helped Twin Falls beat the Knights easily.

“We put three good games together, we just didn’t have enough firepower to beat Preston,” Twin Falls coach Matt Harr said over the phone. “We proved we’re one of the top three teams in the state.”

Juniors led the Bruins all season, and they shined again on Saturday. Mitchell Brizee scored 22 points (tied for the game-high) on pristine shooting: 8-of-9 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range, 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Ryan Ball added 17 points (6-of-9 from the field, 5-of-6 from the free-throw line) and nine rebounds, and Faust Ystueta added 16 points (4-of-11, 6-of-8).

As a team, Twin Falls out-shot Bishop Kelly 60.9 percent to 39.6 percent from the field.

“Hopefully, our young guys learned a lot from this weekend,” Harr said. “We go up there to win a title, but you’ve gotta take a look back and say, ‘We played three good basketball games.’”

Only two seniors played for the Bruins on Saturday, and one of them (Brandon Stotts) appeared in just two minutes. Twin Falls will miss senior Drew Meyerhoeffer, a starter who scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting Saturday, but the rest of its major players will be back next season.

After a 1-5 start, the Bruins finished the season 15-7, and four of those final six losses came against Preston and Burley — the 4A state title participants. Unlike Twin Falls, those two teams will graduate several star seniors.

Harr laughed when he considered his team’s chances in 2018-19.

“We’re gonna be a pretty good squad next year,” he said. “These guys are gonna be in the gym. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re in the gym tomorrow.”


Twin Falls 78, Bishop Kelly 58

Bishop Kelly 11 20 9 18 — 58

Twin Falls 22 19 23 14 — 78

BISHOP KELLY (58) — Troy Colleran 6, Max Rice 22, Rex Irby 9, Jackson Lighter 4, Hayden Hicks 4, Danny Oliver-Connelly 8, Nick Wolter 2, Mike Stone 3.

TWIN FALLS (78) — Winston Duggan 5, Drew Meyerhoeffer 8, Faust Ystueta 16, Wyatt Haszier 5, Ryan Ball 17, Hudson Klundt 5, Mitchell Brizee 22.

Declo 59, St. Maries 46

BOISE — The Hornets rebounded from a tough loss to Bear Lake in Friday’s semifinals to win the 2A third-place trophy.

“We came out today and battled,” Declo coach Jacoby Fox said over the phone. “That’s tough on those bounceback days to do that.”

The Hornets and Lumberjacks traded jabs in the first half, which ended with a 25-23 score in favor of St. Maries. The lead grew to four points by the end of the third quarter, but Declo dominated the final period 25-8.

The Hornets struggled shooting (32.7 percent from the field) but were better than the Lumberjacks (31.3 percent). They also dominated the offensive glass (20 offensive rebounds to St. Maries’ 12) and made several trips to the free-throw line, where they made 21-of-35 shots (11-of-19 for St. Maries).

Declo senior guard Trey Smyer scored a game-high 14 points (3-of-14 from the field, 7-of-10 from the line), junior post Bart Gibby had 10 points (3-of-10, 4-of-7) and a game-high 12 rebounds, junior wing Keegan Duncan had nine points (2-of-10, 5-of-6) and eight rebounds and senior Tyson Ramsey added nine points (4-of-8, 1-of-7) and seven boards.

The Hornets were disappointed with Friday’s 52-44 semifinal loss to eventual champion Bear Lake, but they also grasped their growth. Fox inherited a 1-21 team going into last season and led Hornets to the 2017 state tournament, where they went two-and-out to finish 9-16. Not only did Declo reach the winner’s bracket this year, it finished with a 21-6 record.

“We’re progressing the exact progression that this program needs to,” Fox said. “We just almost skipped a step.”

Smyer and Ramsey will be tough losses for the Hornets, as will their three other seniors: guard Tanner Schroeder, wing Garrett Darrington and post Richard Robertson.

But Declo has a strong crop of players returning, led by Duncan and Gibby.

And the returners are confident. After the Bear Lake loss, Duncan told Fox, “We’re going to the Idaho Center next year.”

“We’re obviously gonna miss the seniors, but this is two years of experience for the juniors,” Fox said. “We’re gonna continue to get better. I’m excited for what’s coming back.”


Declo 59, St. Maries 46

St. Maries 8 17 13 8 — 46

Declo 13 10 11 25 — 59

ST. MARIES (46) — Ely Gibson 7, Tyler Lohman 9, Jackson Pritchard 3, Glover Bulo 11, Caden Hammond 5, Dan Powers 11.

DECLO (59) — Keegan Duncan 9, Trey Smyer 14, Tyson Ramsey 9, Tanner Schroeder 6, Garrett Darrington 2, Caleb Moore 5, Sam Mallory 4, Bart Gibby 10.

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Dietrich 56, Tri-Valley 53

MERIDIAN — The Blue Devils finished short of their goal, but they concluded another excellent season with a 1A Division II third-place trophy.

Dietrich’s four seniors finished ended their careers with four 20-win seasons, two third-place trophies, a second-place finish (last year) and a state title (in 2016).

“This is probably the best four years we’ve ever put together,” Dietrich coach Wayne Dill said over the phone. “They really wanted to play in the title on the big floor, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

Saturday’s win came a day after the Blue Devils lost to Genesis Prep 68-59 in the semifinals.

“I’ve been there before,” Dill said. “Right after the game, we started emphasizing the fact that it wasn’t over.”

The Blue Devils fell behind Tri-Valley 20-15 in the first quarter, but they outscored the Titans 11-4 in the second and 20-14 in the third, and they held on in the fourth.

Wayne’s son Slade Dill had a monster game to end his monster season, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds. The senior had 15 points and 15 boards in the opening round against Mackay, and he poured in 28 and 14 against Genesis Prep.

“Slade played three of the best games I’ve ever seen,” Wayne Dill said.

Fellow Dietrich senior Kade Shaw added 18 points and nine rebounds.

Slade Dill, Shaw, Lon Page and Shane VanTassell were the Blue Devils’ four seniors this season.

“Each of them does something well that adds to their team,” Wayne Dill said. “We can be a good team again next year. We’ve got good young kids.”


Dietrich 56, Tri-Valley 53

Tri-Valley 20 4 14 15 — 53

Dietrich 15 11 20 10 — 56

TRI-VALLEY (53) — Chip Mitchell 25, Michael Barnett 2, Orion Southwick 10, Parker Cornwell 4, Jayden Mink 2, Collin Kindall 6, Colt Uhlenkott 4.

DIETRICH (56) — Raygn Robertson 4, Kyler Robertson 2, Kade Shaw 18, Slade Dill 26, Lon Page 6.


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