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SHOSHONE • Since the season began, all the Richfield girl’s basketball team has collectively wanted is to make it to the state tournament.

Wednesday night, that wish came true.

Despite a valiant effort from Castleford, the Tigers defeated the Wolves, 53-36, to advance to the 1A-II state tournament.

“These girls put their heart and soul into what they do,” Richfield coach Buck Hendren said. “It’s kind of a dream come true for them to win this championship.”

Coming off of a huge win on Saturday against Dietrich, the Tigers made sure not to let their guard down early. They got off to a quick 7-0 run in the first three minutes to grab a quick lead. But back came the Wolves, who scored five straight of their own to cut the deficit to just a point after a quarter.

The second belonged to the Tigers by way of stingy defense. Castleford didn’t score its first points of the second until there was just 1:53 remaining, allowing Richfield to increase its lead to 23-14 at the half. But back came Castleford, cutting the lead to four points in the third on a Haddee Reynolds 3-pointer. The Lady Wolves actually cut Richfield’s lead to three in the fourth, and half of the packed gym sounded as if it was going to explode.

But as she did a few days ago against Dietrich, Taylor King would break another team’s heart.

King hit a mid-range jumper that silenced half the crowd and brought the fans in red to their feet once again. King hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Dietrich just a few nights ago. On Wednesday, she hit a dagger Castleford was unable to recover from.

“She proved it the other night,” Hendren said. “When it comes down to it, she’s not afraid to take the shot.”

King, a junior, had never won the Northside Conference tournament before. The conference has belonged to Dietrich the last few years. But this time, a clearly emotional Richfield squad came out with the prized-trophy when the final buzzer sounded.

“It feels amazing. Absolutely amazing,” said King, who scored a game-high 17 points. “We wanted this for a long time.”

Castleford will play Dietrich on Thursday with second place on the line. The winner of the game earns a state berth as well.

Dietrich 51, Lighthouse Christian 37

Richfield 53, Castleford 37

Richfield 53, Castleford 37

Richfield 11; 12; 10; 20 — 53

Castleford 10; 4; 11; 11 — 37


King 17, Lezamiz 14, Buckner 11, Wood 6, Walker 3, Rivas 2. Totals: 20 12-21 57.


Ellsworth 16, Reynolds 10, Buffington 4, Machado 2, Monson 1. Totals: 16 1-4 37.

3-point goals: Richfield 1 (King 1) Castleford 3 (Reynolds 2, Gandolfo 1). Team fouls: Richfield 8, Castleford 17. Fouled out: None

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Dietrich 51, Lighthouse Christian 37

Dietrich 51, Lighthouse 37

Dietrich 11; 7; 18; 15 — 51

Lighthouse 3; 12; 8; 14; 37


J. Shaw 15, Hubert 15, Larson 7, Robertson 7, Heimerdinger 3, Dilworth 2, A. Shaw 2. Totals: 21 10-17 51.


P. Gomez 14, DeJong 7, C. Gomez 7, Millenkamp 5, Van Vliet 2, Pridey 2. Totals: 15 4-6 37.

3-point goals: Dietrich 3 (J. Shaw 2, Larson 1) Lighthouse 3 (P. Gomez 2, C. Gomez 1). Team fouls: Dietrich 11, Lighthouse Christian 13. Fouled out: None


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