RICHFIELD • The Dietrich girl’s basketball team is the four-time defending 1A-II state champion in Idaho. They’re also currently ranked No. 1 in 1A-II. Richfield was No. 1 on the scoreboard Tuesday night.

Behind a strong defensive effort in the first half, the Tigers withstood a late Dietrich rally to upset the Blue Devils, 52-44.

“That’s Dietrich. You knew they were going to play four quarters of basketball,” Richfield coach Buck Hendren said. “I was just hoping we had enough in the tank and wouldn’t run out in the end.”

Dietrich was forced to take an early timeout after the Tigers got a quick 10-4 lead with about 2:15 remaining in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, Richfield led 16-9 behind six April Wood points. Wood would lead the team with 16 points.

The second quarter started off similarly for the Tigers with an early Monce Rivas layup to start the scoring. A steal from Mariah Lezamiz on one end led to her making a 3-pointer on the other end of the floor to give Richfield a 12 point cushion.

“My main goal coming into the game was defense,” Lezamiz said. “Dietrich’s a good team. They keep us on our toes.

To go along with solid offense, the Tigers forced turnovers and difficult shots on the defensive end of the floor the entire first half. They took a 25-13 lead into the locker room.

Dietrich remained in the game in the third quarter with eight points from Katie Hubert. Still, it was Lezamiz making plays in the quarter with a steal, a block and a bucket to keep the Tigers ahead 39-25 heading into the final frame.

The Blue Devils started off the fourth with a bang, though, as a Nicki Larson layup cut the deficit to nine points less than a minute into the period. A Jacey Shaw 3-pointer and Richfield turnover made it 45-41 with just 1:53 remaining. A free throw from Addie Robertson would bring the deficit to just three.

“We battle with them every year, even when they’ve been winning these state championships,” Hendren said. “It got a little scary there.”

Despite the valiant Dietrich rally, late fouls and free throw shooting kept the Tigers ahead for good.

“They got it down to four, but we came back from that,” Lezamiz said. “We dug deep and found what we needed to do and did it.”

Though it’s sure to shake things up in the North Side conference (both teams are now tied for the lead), Tuesday night’s win doesn’t mean so much in terms of wins and losses to Hendren. Instead, it’s a major booster to team morale as the the district tournament approaches.

“As far as the actual record, it really doesn’t mean that much. As far as the confidence for my team? It means tons,” Hendren said. “To beat the No. 1 team, that gives you confidence going forward.”

Richfield 52, Dietrich 44

Richfield 52, Dietrich 44

Dietrich 9; 4; 12 19 — 44

Richfield 16; 9; 14; 13 — 52

DIETRICH (44)

Shaw 16, Hubert 16, Larson 7, Dilworth 2, Heimerdinger 2, Robertson 1. Totals: 18 6-9 — 44.

Richfield (52)

Wood 16, King 13, Lezamiz 8, Walker 7, Buckner 4, Rivas 4. Totals: 20 9-17 52.

3-point goals: Dietrich 2 (Heimerdinger 1, Dilworth 1) Richfield 3 (King 3). Team fouls: Dietrich 17, Richfield 11. Fouled out: None

Richfield 52, Dietrich 44

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Richfield 52, Dietrich 44

Dietrich 9; 4; 12 19 — 44

Richfield 16; 9; 14; 13 — 52

DIETRICH (44)

Shaw 16, Hubert 16, Larson 7, Dilworth 2, Heimerdinger 2, Robertson 1. Totals: 18 6-9 — 44.

Richfield (52)

Wood 16, King 13, Lezamiz 8, Walker 7, Buckner 4, Rivas 4. Totals: 20 9-17 52.

3-point goals: Dietrich 2 (Heimerdinger 1, Dilworth 1) Richfield 3 (King 3). Team fouls: Dietrich 17, Richfield 11. Fouled out: None

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