The Dietrich boys basketball team celebrated a golden anniversary in style.
Fifty years after the Blue Devils last won state, Dietrich again hoisted the trophy with a 68-55 victory over Council. Junior guard Garrett Astle led the way with 21 points as the Blue Devils rode a hot start to the 1A Division II title Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center.
“We’ve been so close for six or seven years now, and we finally got over the hump,” Dietrich coach Wayne Dill said. “Our kids have great chemistry, and I think that goes a long way.”
Dietrich raced out to a big early lead, with Astle and Jake Smith leading the charge. The Blue Devils led 21-8 six minutes into the contest and went into halftime with a 39-24 advantage.
“We got the shots we wanted, but we couldn’t finish at the rim,” Council coach David Howe said. “I counted 15 missed layups for us, and that just hasn’t happened all year.”
The Blue Devils extended their lead to 23 points early in the second half, but Council regrouped and began chipping away. Led by senior guard Ryan Rosengrant, the Lumberjacks cut the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter.
But the comeback ran out of steam, in part because Council — a nine-man squad — lost guards Lance Nichols and Brett Rosengrant to injuries.
“Council, we never quit, we never back down,” said Ryan Rosengrant, who led the Lumberjacks with 19 points. “But we turned the ball over and missed too many shots. Our mistakes in the first half were too much to overcome in the second half.”
Council juniors JT Mahon and Paolo Celeda scored eight points apiece, while Zane Paradis grabbed 10 rebounds. The Lumberjacks shot 43 percent, but committed 18 turnovers and were outshot 31-to-7 at the free-throw line.
Smith finished with 19 points and Kade Shaw added nine points and eight assists for Dietrich.