SHOSHONE • Hannah Walker wasn’t expecting to get another chance to step on the basketball court wearing her beloved Richfield jersey.
After winning state a couple of weeks ago against arch-rival Dietrich, she had come to terms with the fact that her high school career was over.
But then she heard her name over the intercom. The 1A/2A District IV All-Star game was giving her and several of her Tigers teammates one last memory.
“The school announced it in the morning announcements,” Walker said with a laugh.
“I expected (state) to be (my last game).”
Walker scored a game-high 10 points for the North Tuesday evening, leading her team past the South squad, 50-32, at Shoshone High School.
“I’m so grateful to put the jersey back on again and play with the girls that I grew up with,” said Walker, who helped lead Richfield to a second-straight state championship at the Idaho Center. “It’s awesome.”
Some of the Magic Valley’s best players took part in Tuesday’s game. Representatives from Oakley, Carey, Wendell and Dietrich were on hand, among others. The North was coached by Valley’s Jamie Kohtz while the South was led by Declo’s Deena Garbett.
Richfield represented well in the game’s first quarter for the North as Walker, Taylor King and Brittney Buckner combined to score 16 of the team’s first 20 points.
“It’s nice to know that you can still step out and compete with everyone,” said Walker. “It’s great, that feeling.”
The North led by as many as 22 points in the second quarter and led by 17 at halftime. The South team fell into a deeper deficit in the third, trailing by 21 at one point and by 19 heading into the fourth.
Walker led the way for the North while Shoshone’s Hanna Caylor and Richfield’s Taylor King each scored eight in the win. Dietrich’s Katee Hubert led the South team with eight while teammate Caitlyn Dilworth and Castleford’s Bailey Buffington each scored seven.
Getting to play with girls who used to be rivals was a unique experience in the best possible way for Valley’s Jeorgi Kalisek. They finally got to fight for the same team
“It’s pretty cool because we’ve always known each other as the competition,” Kalisek said. “Just actually learn that they’re pretty cool girls.”
Kohtz’s team did not practice prior to stepping on the floor Tuesday night. It turns out there was no need as the team looked like a well-oiled machine from start to finish.
“Just throw them out there,” Kohtz said with a smile. “And it worked well.”
North 50, South 32
North 50, South 32
North 20 12 8 10 — 50
South 4 11 6 11 — 32
Walker 10, Caylor 8, King 8, Vargas 7, Wood 6, Kalisek 4, Beebe 2, Buckner 2, Cenarrusa 2, Arteaga 1
Totals: 18 12-16 20
Hubert 8, Buffington 7, Dilworth 7, Berry 5, Jones 4, Hawker 2, Larson 1
Totals: 14 4-13 32
3-point field goals: North 2 (King) South 2 (Berry, Dilworth)
Team fouls: North 12, South 13