Boys basketball

Kimberly 48, Kellogg 45

MERIDIAN — The Bulldogs overcame poor shooting to advance to the 3A state semifinals.

Thursday marked Kimberly’s first state tournament appearance since 2011, and the Bulldogs reached the semifinals for the first time since 2008.

Kimberly fell behind 24-21 at halftime on Thursday, but it opened the third quarter on a 14-5 run. The Wildcats kept the game close, but the Bulldogs held on thanks largely to rebounding and free-throw shooting.

The Bulldogs shot 32.6 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from 3-point range (43.2 and 29.4 percent, respectively, for Kellogg), but they outrebounded the Wildcats 37-26, including 16-6 on the offensive glass. They also outscored Kellogg 11-0 on second-chance points.

Kimberly shot 16-of-23 from the free-throw line, while Kellogg was 8-of-19.

Kimberly senior Trey Garey scored a team-high 12 points (3-of-11 on field goals) and grabbed nine rebounds, while Noah Mooney had 10 points (4-of-5) and Taylor Holcomb had five points (2-of-6) and a game-high 11 boards.

The Bulldogs (19-5) will face Shelley at 6:15 p.m. Friday back at Meridian High School, hoping to reach their first state title game since 2008.


Kimberly 48, Kellogg 45

Kimberly 11 10 14 13 — 48

Kellogg 9 15 9 12 — 45

KIMBERLY (48) — Connor Golay 6, Blake Phillips 1, Noah Mooney 10, Dawson Cummins 3, Trey Garey 12, Tristyn O’Donnell 2, Braxton Hammond 9.

KELLOGG (45) — Tyler Gibbons 3, Hogan Samuelson 2, Chase Jerome 19, Brennan Atkins 3, Tanner Mueller 2, Trevor Bumgardner 2, Grant Nearing 8, Ryan Morgan 6.

Valley 59, Riverstone 45

CALDWELL — A huge run helped the Vikings reach the 1A Division I state semifinals for the third time in four seasons.

Valley led 16-11 after one quarter, but Riverstone tied it at 16-16 early in the second, prompting Vikings coach Brian Hardy to call a timeout. Valley then caught fire, finishing the quarter on a 20-0 run to take a 36-16 lead into halftime. The score ballooned to 50-22 late in the third quarter.

“They responded well after we regrouped,” Hardy said.

Valley junior Zane Mussmann scored 18 points (7-of-10 from the field) and grabbed 10 rebounds, both game-highs. Nick Anderson added 12 points (6-of-7), and fellow junior Jason Hardy had six points (2-of-9) and a game-high six assists.

The Vikings (18-5) will face Ambrose in the semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Friday back at Vallivue High School.

Ambrose upset No. 2-ranked Prairie 57-55 in the first round on Thursday. Prairie beat Valley in the 2015 and 2017 state semifinals, and Hardy said his team was looking forward to some payback against the Pirates in this year’s semis. But the No. 3 Vikings aren’t complaining about Friday’s date with the Archers.

“We’re excited to play them,” Hardy said, “because they’re in the winner’s bracket.”


Valley 59, Riverstone 45

Riverstone 11 5 9 20 — 45

Valley 16 20 14 9  — 59

RIVERSTONE (45) — Walker Coyle 9, Jeremy Moyett 5, Orion Benner 6, Josh Hanson-Kaplan 8, Ethan Hurt 2, Thomas Corddry 7, Nick Liebich 6, Bobby Linder 2.

VALLEY (59) — Jason Hardy 6, Ben Christensen 9, Eddy Cano 6, Nic Anderson 12, Alex Korom 8, Zane Mussman 18.

Grace 64, Oakley 32

CALDWELL — The game was close early, but Grace pulled away in the first round of the 1A Division I state tournament.

Oakley committed 14 turnovers and shot 25 percent from the field (17.6 percent from 3-point range).

“It was very ugly,” he said. “We’re a good team when we turn over the ball a little bit. We can be a great team if we take care of the ball, but we didn’t do that today.”

Jayden Palmer scored 10 points, and Gannon Critchfield had seven and six rebounds for the Hornets (13-11), who will face Liberty Charter in a loser-out game at 3 p.m. Friday back at Vallivue High School.

Dietrich 49, Mackay 39

MERIDIAN — An 18-7 first quarter helped the Blue Devils advance to the 1A Division II state semifinals for the fourth straight season.

Dietrich outrebounded Mackay 44-22.

Dietrich’s Slade Dill had 15 points (6-of-14 shooting) and 15 rebounds, and fellow senior Kade Shaw had 16 points (6-of-14) and six rebounds.

The No. 1-ranked Blue Devils (23-1) will face No. 2 Genesis Prep in the semifinals Friday at 1:15 p.m. back at Rocky Mountain High School. The Jaguars beat the Blue Devils in last year’s 1A-DII state title game.


Dietrich 49, Mackay 39

Mackay 7 12 10 10 — 39

Dietrich 18 11 10 10 — 49

MACKAY (39) — Dallin Green 7, Serek Peterson 8, Jacob Whitworth 12, Caleb Green 1, Kolton Holt 2, Chase Green 9.

DIETRICH (49) — Brady Power 3, Shane VanTassell 3, Raygn Robertson 6, Kade Shaw 16, Slade Dill 15, Lon Page 6.

Carey 48, Deary 44

MERIDIAN — In a game that was close throughout, the Panthers beat the Mustangs to reach the 1A Division II state semifinals for the second straight season. No other details were available.

Carey (20-5) will face Tri-Valley in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday back at Rocky Mountain High School.