NAMPA, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Carey Girls Basketball had three goals this season, go undefeated at home, win the district championship and take home the school's first state title.
Carey shot 75% from three-point range and 54% from the floor. Sophomore Kylie Wood led the Panthers with a team-high 20 points. She was 4/9 from the field and 9/10 from the free throw line.
Salmon River shot poorly Saturday morning, a 19% effort from three point range and an overall shooting percentage of 36%. Chevelle Shepherd did take 20 shots, but she made half of them for a grand total of 29 points.
The teams were tied at halftime and Carey outscored Salmon River 29-21 in the second half.
Four will graduate this spring, with a lot of youth on the roster.
"I think our younger players will be successful from being here at state and knowing what it takes to be here," explained senior Kodi Green, who had 10 points and just as many rebounds.
Green on playing the Savages, "Salmon River is a very good team, they have great shooters, great defense." "They drew some fouls on us, but we knew what it was going to be a battle and we had to come out and fight."
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch took in the festivities, even posing with the Carey cheerleaders at the Ford Idaho Center. Vander Esch's Alma mater is Salmon River High School where he excelled not just on the football field, but basketball court as well.