SHOSHONE • There’s a big difference between good defense and great defense. There’s an even bigger difference between great defense and what defending state champion Richfield did to Camas County Friday evening.
The No. 3 seeded Tiger defense allowed just seven points in the first half and gave up seven field goals the entire game, cruising to a dominant 48-19 victory over the No. 6 seeded Mushers in a first-round game at the North Side Conference Tournament.
“That’s something that we always stress, is our defense. I’m a defensive coach,” Richfield coach Buck Hendren said. “That’s what I want to do, is hold other teams down and score just enough to get it done.”
Richfield came out with an unstoppable combination of solid offense and stellar defense, starting the game on an 18-2 run that spanned the first 11:30 of action. The Tigers took a commanding 26-7 lead into halftime, holding Camas County to just three made field goals. With another 16 minutes to play, the game was already well in hand for the defending state champion Tigers.
“A game like this, they’re actually kind of tough, when you have a game that’s not real competitive, to stay focused on what you want to do,” said Hendren. “The big thing is just to get through it, stay healthy and just be ready and regroup, get stuff ready for tomorrow.”
The Tigers increased their lead to as many as 26 in the third quarter and, with a 41-16 lead heading into the fourth, Richfield cruised the rest of the way. The Lady Tigers were led by 11 points from Taylor King, who made all three of the team’s 3-pointers Friday night. Hannah Walker chipped in 10 while Monce Rivas and April Wood each scored nine. Only two players scored for Camas County in the game, led by freshman Laken Wolf’s 14.
“I think we came it just to prove that we are the better team and what we’re capable of,” said King. “We came out strong and then, once we felt comfortable, we started getting sloppy. But, then I think we picked it back up by the end.”
Friday’s win sends Richfield to another date with with rival Dietrich on Saturday night. While the offense wasn’t the prettiest it could have been Friday, Hendren said he feels confident with his team. They entered last season’s district tournament as the No. 3 seed and didn’t lose a game the rest of the way en route to the state 1ADII state title. So while they weren’t necessarily trying to make a statement in Friday’s tournament opener, the Tigers are well aware they’re a force to be reckoned with this time of year.
“We’re confident we can compete with any of the teams in our conference. We kind of played ourselves a little bit into a tough spot. But, bottom line being said, we have three or four great teams in our conference and only two of them get to go to state. So, at some point, you’re going to have to go and meet those two other teams if you want to go,” Hendren said. “I’m just glad we could come out here and play basketball and get the first one out of the way and get ready for tomorrow.”
Richfield plays Dietrich Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Camas County plays Lighthouse Christian at 4:30 p.m
Richfield 48, Camas County 19
Richfield 12 14 15 7 —48
Camas 2 5 9 3 — 19
Taylor King 11, Walker 10, Wood 9, Rivas 9, B. Buckner 7, S. Buckner 2
Totals: 20 5-15 48
Wolf 14, Sabin 5
Totals: 7 2-2 19
3-point baskets: Richfield 3 (Taylor King 3), Camas 3 (Wolf 2, Sabin 1)
Team fouls: Richfield 6, Camas 11
Carey 47, Hansen 35
SHOSHONE • Behind 16 points from Medin Cenarrusa and a strong defense that didn’t allow a single point in overtime, No. 4 seeded Carey defeated No. 5 seeded Hansen, 47-35, in the opener for both teams in the North Side Conference Tournament.
The Huskies of Hansen scored the first seven points of the game Friday afternoon, holding Carey scoreless for about three minutes to open the first quarter. The Lady Panthers answered back by scoring the next eight. Hansen again made its presence felt in the second, outscoring Carey 13-3 to gain a nine-point advantage heading into halftime.
The Panthers made their move early in the second half, coming out strong in the third to cut the Hansen lead to just a point. But Hansen closed out the third strong and led by six heading into the fourth. Carey made quick work of that lead, though, and took a 31-30 lead just three minutes into the fourth. The final few minutes were a back-and-forth affair and, down two with just over 30 seconds remaining, Carey tied the game at 35 on a layup. The Lady Huskies had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but the shot went just wide of the basket.
Carey then dominated Hansen in overtime, outscoring the Huskies 12-0 on layups and free throws. Carey advances to face Castleford Saturday at 6 p.m. Saturday while Hansen plays the loser of Saturday’s Richfield-Dietrich matchup on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Carey 47, Hansen 35
Carey 8 3 13 11 12 — 47
Hansen 7 13 10 5 0 — 35
Cenarrusa 16, Green 10, Johnson 7, Chavez 7, Parke 3, Versis 2, Kirkland 2
Totals: 17 11-19 47
Berry 16, Mireles 5, Solosbal 5, Alaniz 4, Harris 3, Lasso 2
Totals: 12 8-13 35
3-point baskets: Carey 2 (Cenarrusa 1, Chavez 1), Hansen 3 (Berry 3)
Team fouls: Carey 14, Hansen 15
Fouled out: Versis (Carey) Alaniz (Hansen)
Dietrich 49, Lighthouse Christian 38
SHOSHONE • Despite hanging around for the better part of the game Friday evening, No. 7 seed Lighthouse Christian was unable to overcome No. 2 seeded Dietrich, falling 49-38 to the powerhouse Blue Devils in the North Side Conference Tournament opener for both squads.
Dietrich led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter and took that same margin into the fourth, leading 43-25. While the Lions were able to trim the deficit to 11 with just over a minute remaining, it wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced scoring effort of Dietrich, who had four players score six points or more. Katee Hubert led the Lady Blue Devils with 11 points. Only five players scored for Lighthouse Christian Friday night, with 31 of their 38 points coming from Chloe Gomez and Allie Brandsma.
Dietrich’s win sets up another matchup with rival Richfield Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Lighthouse Christian faces Camas County Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Dietrich 49, Lighthouse Christian 38
Dietrich 9 18 16 6 — 48
LC 5 11 9 13 — 38
Hubert 11, Heimerdinger 9, Larson 7, Shaw 6, Astle 6, Bingham 4, Perron 2, Eggleston 2, Dilworth 2
Totals: 20 8-16 49
Gomez 16, Brandsma 15, Millenkamp 3, Andreasen 2, Vanderstelt 2
Totals: 15 6-11 38
3-point baskets: Dietrich 1 (Larson), LC 2 (Millenkamp 1, Gomez 1)
Team fouls: Dietrich 14, LC 15