Girls Basketball

Melba 56, Declo 38

BOISE — Declo got off to a cold shooting start for the second night in a row in the 2A State Tournament, shooting 19 percent in the first half as Melba built an 11-point lead. For the game, the Hornets shot 22 percent. Senior Paige Ramsey scored a team-high 12 points and sophomore Mattie Ramsey added 10.

After a loss yesterday to second-ranked Soda Springs, today’s loss to third-ranked Melba eliminates the Hornets from the tournament.

“We played two really tough teams. Soda Springs and Melba are great teams,” said Declo head coach Deena Garbett. “We have a really young team, and I think they’ll view this is as motivation for next year. They’ll want to go further.”

Declo has just two seniors on the roster, and standouts Mattie Ramsey and Jaesa Fox are both returning next year. The loss ends the Hornets’ season with a record of 16-6.

Melba 56, Declo 38

Melba 17 14 14 11 - 56

Declo 10 10 10 8 - 38

DECLO (38)

P. Ramsey 12, M. Ramsey 10, Fox 7, Montoya 4, Matthews 2, Hamilton 2 Totals: 13 8-19 38

3-point goals: Declo 4 (P. Ramsey 2, M. Ramsey 2) Team fouls: Declo 20 Fouled out: None.

Carey 38, Lakeside 33

NAMPA – The curtain is not closing on the young, resilient Carey Panthers just yet.

One day after falling to Nezperce in the first round, Carey held off Lakeside on Friday evening and secured a spot in the consolation championship of the 1A-DII State Tournament. After starting the year 0-9, the Panthers, who feature just one senior in their rotation, have now won nine of their past 14 games.

“We played a really tough non-conference schedule. We played Butte County twice, we played the Valleys and the Oakleys and Shoshone. The speed of those games helped us prepare for conference play and for the speed of play at the state tournament. We learned how to defend players of that caliber, and it showed today against Lakeside,” said head coach Merrilee Sears.

Three players shared a portion of high-scoring honors for Carey. Senior Jaicee Parke and sophomores Lindsey Morey and Athana Versis each scored eight points. Sophomore Kodi Green also pulled down six rebounds to lead the team.

Carey advances to take on conference foe Castleford Saturday at 11 a.m. in the consolation championship game.

Carey 38, Lakeside 33

Carey; 9; 12; 8; 9;- 38

Lakeside; 9; 6; 7; 11;- 33

CAREY (38)

Parke 8, Morey 8, Versis 8, Green 5, Smith 5, Chavez 4 Totals: 14 9-21 38

3-point goals: Carey 1 (Smith) Team fouls: Carey 15 Fouled out Carey (Green).

Castleford 54, Rockland 41

NAMPA – Castleford’s dynamic duo struck again Friday.

The Wolves have an array of role players who contribute handfuls of points, play solid defense, and fulfill their individual roles. But when push comes to shove, seniors Haddee Reynolds and Elly Machado are the catalysts for Castleford’s offense.

Reynolds finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in the 1A-DII loser-out game Friday night, and Machado finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

“It took us a little bit to get going, but our press started working better in the second half, and we played much better after that,” said head coach Gary Reynolds.

After squandering a double-digit lead the day prior in the first round, Castleford shot 54 percent from the field in the second half Friday as it built up a double-digit lead. This one, the Wolves kept for good.

Castleford left the gym at 9:15 p.m., and turns around to play district foe Carey at 9:15 a.m. in the consolation championship. The two teams played once back on December 15. Castleford won by 15.

Castleford 54, Rockland 41

Castleford; 12; 9; 17; 16;- 54

Rockland; 10; 9; 14; 8;- 41


Reynolds 19, Machado 14, Nunes 10, Mahannah 5, A. Rivera 2, Drinkall 2, F. Rivera 1, Loman 1 Totals: 20 11-30 54

3-point goals: Castleford 3 (Reynolds 2, Machado) Team fouls: Castleford 19 Fouled out: None.

Sugar-Salem 41, Kimberly 34

MIDDLETON – Not many people gave Kimberly much of a shot. The Sugar-Salem Diggers had lost just two games to in-state teams all year, had spent the entire season in the top-five rankings, and were one game removed from setting the 3A record for points in a single game in the first round.

The Bulldogs were undeterred.

Kimberly traded punches with the Diggers all afternoon, and kept within one possession until final minute.

“Our girls gave everything they had. We wish the outcome had been different, but I can’t ask for anything else from them,” said head coach Stanley Watts.

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Kimberly shot 39 percent while holding Sugar-Salem to 22 percent shooting, but the Bulldogs were out-rebounded 37-21.

Just three players cracked the score book for Kimberly—Senior Ashlie Watts scored 12 points, senior Emily Wadsworth scored 11, and sophomore Josie Schmitz scored 11. The rest of the team missed all eight of its field goal attempts.

Kimberly plays Parma Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in the 3A third-place game.

Sugar-Salem 41, Kimberly 34

Sugar-Salem; 9; 14; 8; 10;- 41

Kimberly; 6; 13; 10; 5;- 34


Watts 12, E. Wadsworth 11, Jo. Schmitz 11 Totals: 15 0-2 34

3-point goals: Kimberly 4 (Jo. Schmitz 3, E. Wadsworth) Team fouls: Kimberly 21 Fouled out: Kimberly (Jo. Schmitz).

Valley 59, Liberty Charter 39

NAMPA – Four players reached double-figure scoring for the Vikings in a loser-out game of the 1A-DI State Tournament game. Senior Madisyn Kimmel had a monster game for Valley, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Fellow senior Taylor Hodges also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, including six rebounds on the offensive end.

Fewer than 24 hours after a disappointing first-round overtime loss to Horseshoe Bend, the Vikings came out refocused and ready on Friday, according to head coach Jamie Kohtz.

“The girls were really disappointed last night. We wanted to make it to a Saturday game, so we refocused and addressed that that was still possible. We just had to come out ready today, and we did,” said Kohtz.

Valley takes on Troy at 9:15 a.m. as it looks for its second consecutive consolation championship.

Valley 59, Liberty Charter 39

Valley; 16; 14; 18; 11;- 59

Liberty Charter; 8; 8; 11; 12;- 39


Kimmel 19, Reed 11, Mussmann 10, Hodges 10, Sellers 5, Johnson 4 Totals: 25 6-13 59

3-point goals: Valley 3 (Reed 2, Sellers) Team fouls: Valley 16 Fouled out: None.


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