Media members across the state of Idaho compiled capsule looks at all the qualifiers for the 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A Division I and 1A Division state girls basketball tournaments.
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Pictured above is Coeur d’Alene senior guard Dayna Drager.
Head coach: Kim Brydges, fifth season
state: Defeated Timberline 46-17 in first round of District III Tournament,
Players to watch: G/F Jordin Juker, sr. (10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals); G Aleah Lowber, jr. (8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 2.1 assists); P/F Jacqueline Luna-Castro, jr. (9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.8 blocks).
Braves regrouped after a semifinal loss against Centennial in last year’s state
tournament to finish third. This season, they’ll need to regroup after another
loss to Centennial, this time in the District III final. … This is
state: Defeated Capital 53-27 in first round of District III Tournament,
defeated Vallivue 49-45 in semifinals, defeated
Players to watch: G/F Taylor Hagood, sr. (10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.4 assists); G/F Sofia Huerta, jr. (10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 steals, 4.0 assists); P Jessica Rutter, jr. (9.7 points, 6.4 rebounds).
Patriots lost four starters from a team that went 25-1 last season and lost its
only game in the state final against Coeur d’Alene, but several players have
stepped up to fill the void. … After back-to-back undefeated regular seasons
in 2008 and 2009, Centennial went 18-2 this year before breaking up
Season record: 19-4
Head coach: Dale Poffenroth, sixth season
Key players: G Dayna Drager sr. (11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 apg); F Kendalyn Brainard, fr., (10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 apg); F Carli Rosenthal, jr. (9.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 3.0 apg); G Amanda Buttrey, sr. (7.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.2 apg); G Heather Baughman, jr. (1.5 spg, 1.9 apg)
Vikings are at state for the sixth straight season, all under Poffenroth. They
have played in the last four state title games, winning the last two. However,
this is a mostly new bunch at this level as only Rosenthal and Drager, who
started last year, and Buttrey, a reserve last year, have previous state
experience. … Brainard has stepped in nicely in the post as a freshman in the
absence of Kelsey Bybee, a 6-3 senior who played limited minutes the past two
seasons due to injury and illness. Bybee, who has signed to play at
Head coach: Harry Angelos, fifth season
state: Lost to Vallivue 42-36 in first round of District III Tournament,
defeated Capital 42-31 in elimination game, defeated
Players to watch: G Callie Williams, sr. (6.3 points per game in district tournament); G/F Betty Van Lith, jr. (13.0 ppg in district tournament); P Jojo Stevens, soph. (6.7 ppg in district).
is Eagle’s fourth state berth in five years under Harry Angelos, who led Boise
High to state titles in 2002 and 2005. … The Mustangs lost back-to-back games
only once this season — 42-41 to end the regular season against Centennial and
42-36 to open the District III Tournament. They responded with convincing wins
against Capital and
Head coach: Pat Teichmer, sixth season
Players to watch: G Nicole Redd, sr. (12.9 ppg); G Jessica Kramer, sr. (11.7 ppg), F Karlee Wilson, fr. (9.6 ppg); G Tanis Fuller, jr. (8.3 ppg, 2.5 apg); F Savannah Blinn, jr., (9.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.4 blocks)
Notes: The Bengals are making their first state tournament appearance since 1989.
Head coach: Ryan Curry, fourth season
state: Lost to
Players to watch: G Chelsie Luke, sr. (14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals); G Holly Blades, fr. (8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds); G Brooke Lainhart, sr. (5.7 points)
Warriors return to state for the first time since the 2000-01 season and have
progressed in each season under Curry, going 0-21 in 2006-07, 3-17 in 2007-08,
6-15 in 2008-09 and 16-7 this year. Six of the team’s eight full-time players
this season contributed to the varsity team as freshmen. … The school last won
a state girls basketball title in 1983 — its last of four in a row under current
Centennial head coach Emery Roy. … The Warriors longest winning streak this
season was three games — a mark they achieved three times. They haven’t lost
more than two in a row and the Warriors have only lost one game by more than 10
points. … This is the first
Head coach: Connie Skogrand, seventh season
Road to state: Defeated Meridian 39-36 in first round of District III Tournament, lost to Boise 39-26 in semifinals, lost to Eagle 37-23 in state qualifier, defeated Vallivue 38-33 in fifth-place game, defeated Madison 42-35 in state play-in game.
Players to watch: G Ali Skogrand, sr. (8.5 points per game in district tournament); P Stevie Humphries, sr. (8.5 ppg in district)
Bishop Kelly Knights
Head coach: Derek McCormick, third season
state: Defeated Skyview 63-26 in first round of the District III Tournament,
Key players: P Randi McReynolds, so.; G Julie Muguira, sr.; G/F Megan Rebholtz, so.,
Notes: A state tournament finalists from two years ago, Bishop Kelly returns to the state tournament after missing it last year … Five of the Knights’ six losses this year have come against either Middleton or Jerome, two other teams in this year’s 4A tournament.
Bonneville Bees (defending champion)
Head coach: Ryan Harrigfeld, third season
Road to state: Beat Hillcrest 56-34 in District VI opener, beat Rigby in the semifinals 49-34 and again 53-35 in the district finals to advance to state.
Players to watch: F Mailie Garner, sr. (14.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.4 steals); G Katie Harker, sr.(10.0 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3.3 steals).
Notes: Bonneville won the 4A title last year and placed fourth in 2008… Mailie Garner, last year’s 4A Player of the Year, is recovering from torn ligaments in her ankle. But she has been effective since returning from the injury, scoring 22 and 11 points in two games against Rigby… Senior Kylee Searle is an athletic, lock-down defender on the wing.
Head coach: Brent Clark, third season
Key players: G Aubree Callen, sr.; G Carrie Thibault, jr.; G/F Tinley Garey, sr.
Notes: Jerome comes into the tournament on a 20-game winning streak and has won 34 of its last 37 games. The Tigers also own a 40-game home winning streak. … Jerome has won the last three District IV championships. … Callen, the Times-News 2008-09 Player of the Year, scored 30 in the district championship game and posted a career-high 36 in a double-overtime win over Bishop Kelly in December.
Head coach: Andy Jones
Notes: Middleton has been in the state finals each of the past two seasons, winning two years ago and falling to Bonneville last year. … Four starters from last year’s team return for the Vikings this year.
Season record: 7-15
Head coach: Brian Quinnett, second season
Key players: F Chelsea Waters, so.; F Abigail Quinnett, so.
Road to state: Beat Blackfoot 44-40 in District VI opener, lost to Bonneville 49-34 in district semis, beat Blackfoot 44-23, lost to Bonneville 53-35 in finals, beat Mountain Home 42-34 in play-in game to advance to state.
Players to watch: G Megan Olaveson, jr. (11.3 ppg, 40.9 percent 3-point FG), F Katelyn Kinghorn, jr. (8.9 ppg, 2.3 apg), G/F Courtney Nield, jr. (9.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2 apg)
Notes: Rigby is making its second straight trip to state. … Rigby’s record is 17-1 excluding its 0-3 season start and four losses to Bonneville. … Rigby relies on a motion offense and cuts that lead to easy baskets, a style that is easier to defend the more times teams face Rigby. Teams at state will not have a second game to adjust. … Rigby has struggled against pressure defenses at times.
Head coach: Nancy Jones, third season
Road to state: Defeated Canyon Ridge 83-26 in first round of District IV Tournament, defeated Minico 36-31 in second round, lost to Jerome 53-42 in semifinals, defeated Minico 41-39 in consolation final to clinch state berth, lost to Jerome 74-40 for district championship.
Key players: G Erin Grubbs-Imhoff, jr.; F Jazlyn Nielsen, jr.
Head coach: Beth Holt, sixth season
Road to State: Defeated Payette 56-15 in the District III Tournament semifinals, lost to Weiser 34-30 in the championship game, defeated Payette 41-33 to finish second.
Players to watch: P Hailey Felgenhauer, sr. (14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds); G/F Chelsea McGinley, sr. (7.0 points, 3.0 assists); G/F Lindsey Jones, sr. (8.0 points); G/F Sarah McGinley, sr. (4.0 points, 2.0 assists).
Notes: The Grizzlies, who won the consolation championship last season, are returning to the state tournament for the fifth time in the last six years, despite losing the district title for the first time in four years. … Fruitland has outscored its opponents by an average of nearly 19 points per game this season. … “They are a very tight-knit group that plays well with each other and pushes each other to get better,” Holt said. “They are hard on each other in practice because they want the best out of one another.”
Season record: 16-8
Head coach: Jeff Lambert, first season
Road to state: Defeated St. Maries 55-15 in first game of District I-II Tournament, lost to Priest River 37-34 in semifinals, defeated Bonners Ferry 55-35 in loser-out game, defeated Intermountain League champion Timberlake 56-50 in second-place game.
Key players: F Chelsea Morgan, sr. (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg); G/F Kirsten Viche, sr. (9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg); G Ryder Ashcraft, sr. (10 ppg); F Hailey Fuller, sr. (8 rpg)
Kellogg advanced to the state 3A tournament for the fourth time in five years
under Lambert, a former Wildcat boys assistant who was named Intermountain
League coach of the year in his first season as girls head coach. “Take care of
the ball and play with confidence,” Lambert noted as keys to the Wildcats state
Season record: 19-2
Head coach: Rich Bishop, sixth season
Road to state: Defeated Buhl 54-28 in District IV Tournament first round, defeated Gooding 62-36 in semifinals and 48-36 for district championship.
Key players: G/F Alex Pfefferle, sr.; G Nellie Makings, jr.; F Kaitlyn Goetz, jr.
Notes: Pfefferle, the team’s only senior, never lost a conference game in her career. … The Bulldogs have not lost to 3A opposition this season. … Kimberly is making its third straight state tournament appearance. … The Bulldogs average 49.0 points per game and have allowed an average of 29.4.
Head coach: Gary Stewart, fourth season
Road to state: Defeated Kellogg 37-34 in District I-II Tournament first round and Timberlake, the Intermountain League champ, 64-39 in the district title game.
Key players: F Melissa Hopkins, jr. (15 ppg, 12 rpg, 5 apg); G Taylor Stewart, sr. (13 ppg, 6 rpg); G Tristan Troudt, sr.
Notes: The Spartans head to state on a modest six-game winning streak and peaking at the right time. The Spartans will be one of the smallest teams at state, but they’ll try to counter that with decent quickness and athleticism. “I like our chances,” Stewart said. “We’re on the tough side of the bracket. We’re playing well.”
Head coach: Burke Davis, third season
Road to state: Beat South Fremont 54-36 in the District 6 opener, lost to Sugar-Salem 64-32 in the semis, beat South Fremont 59-48, lost to Sugar-Salem 59-39 in the district finals, beat Gooding 54-43 in the play-in game.
Players to watch: G Sheryl Bitter, sr. (12.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 2.6 steals); F Sadee Wattenbarger, jr. (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
Shelley missed state last season after qualifying each of the previous seven
years. … Shelley won the state title in 2006, took second in 2007 and won
another title in coach Burke Davis’ first season in 2008. … Point guard Sheryl
Bitter is one of the top ball handlers in the state and is headed to
Sugar-Salem Diggers (defending champion)
Head coach: Todd Jensen, fourth season
Road to state: Swept through the District 6 tournament, beating Salmon 75-31 in the opener, Shelley 64-32 in the semis and Shelley again 59-39 in the finals.
Players to watch: G Sofia Hepworth, sr. (16.1 ppg, 3 apg, 4.4 steals); C Jocelyn Ostermiller, sr. (8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.1 blocks)
Sugar-Salem followed up a third-place finish at the 2008 state tournament with
an undefeated season and a state title last year. … The Diggers’ only loss to a
3A team this year was a 55-46 loss at
Head coach: Nick Reed, second season
Road to State: Defeated Homedale 44-36 in the District III Tournament semifinals, defeated Fruitland 34-30 for district championship.
Players to watch: G McKenzie Johnson, soph. (9.5 points); P Marquita Palmer, soph. (9.2 points, 10.0 rebounds); W Stormy Cox, sr. (8.8 points); G Kenzie Eisenbarth, jr. (7.0 points).
Notes: This is only Weiser’s third trip to state this century, but the second in three years. In the previous two appearances, the Wolverines went two-and-out. … The Wolverines should be confident entering state after handing Fruitland its first loss this season in the District III Tournament final to extend their season-long winning streak to four games. … Weiser lost standout senior Liz Richins and junior Megan Hoxie to ACL injuries early this season. … “We have a young team that overcame a lot to get where they are,” said Reed, who coached junior varsity at Weiser for nine years before taking the reins of the varsity squad last year. “They really came together and got better every week.”
Head coach: Dennie Smyer, first season
Road to state: Defeated Glenns Ferry 40-31 in District IV Tournament semifinals and 50-24 for district championship.
Key players: C Emilie Moore, sr.; F Sydney Webb, so.; F Sierra Zollinger, jr.
Notes: Declo has lost just one game since mid-December. … The Hornets won their first district title since 2001. Last state tournament appearance was 2007 in Class 3A. … Webb averages a double-double (12.7 points, 10.3 rebounds).
Head coach: Sharla Cook, sixth season
state: Beat North Fremont 55-35 in District VI tournament opener, beat West
Jefferson 47-38 in semis, beat
Players to watch: C Micahlyn Jolley, sr. (15.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg); G Emily Fielding, jr. (8.7 ppg, 4.2 apg)
Notes: Firth is in the state tournament for the fifth time in six years. But this is the first time since 2000 its enters as district champion. … Firth played its best basketball of the season in the district tournament, winning three straight. It compiled a 5-3 record against a balanced Nuclear Conference in the regular season. … Firth was 6-0 against 2A teams outside of conference play. … Coach Sharla Cook will try to pound the ball inside to Micahlyn Jolley and Kylie Johnson, who will abuse shorter defenders if they get touches on the block. … Firth is looking for its first title since 1987.
Head coach: Larson Anderson, 15th year
Players to watch: G Kylie Brown, jr. (15.0 ppg); F Nichole Solberg, jr. (8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg); G Pam Holman, sr. (4 apg, 4 spg)
Notes: The record is subpar by Grangeville standards, but the eight losses came against five well-respected teams. … Grangeville has won three of the past six 2A titles.
Head coach: Denise Oliver, 11th season
Road to state: Defeated Melba 62-32 in second round of the District III Tournament, lost to Parma 56-51 in finals, beat Melba 37-34 in second-place game.
Key players: G Sienna Edmunson, sr. (16 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg); G Anna Pittman, sr.; G Lauren Arnzen, sr.
Head coach: Monique Jensen
Road to state: Defeated Marsing 62-32 in the second round of the District III Tournament, defeated New Plymouth 56-51 in the finals.
Key players: P Kali Roche, sr.; P Alli Nielsen, sr.; P Becca Cox, sr.
of the players on this team have won multiple state championships in other
sports like volleyball and tennis, but they have not won a basketball state
title. … Roche, who will play at
Soda Springs Cardinals
West Jefferson Panthers (defending champion)
Head coach: Jessica Shanafelt, second season
Players to watch: F Tiffany McDonald, jr. (5.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 steals); G Alli Holdaway, jr. (7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg); G Cassidy Skidmore, so. (9.2 ppg)
Class 1A Division I
Head coach: Tom McGowan, fifth season
Players to watch: C Lauren Garlie, jr. (14.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.7 blocks); G Jenna Hamilton, jr. (13.2 ppg, 3.5 steals)
Road to state: Beat Sho-Ban 97-61 in District IV-V-VI opener, beat Hansen 70-53 in semifinals, lost to Shoshone 48-45 in district championship, beat Raft River 50-48 to advance to state.
Notes: Challis makes its third straight trip to state after claiming the 2A fourth-place trophy in 2008 and the third-place trophy last year in the Vikings’ first year at the 1A level. … With only one senior on its roster, Challis should be a handful again next year. … The Vikings like to run and press, and the consequent steals lead to big point totals. Challis broke 70 with regularity and scored a season-high 97 points in the district tournament against Sho-Ban. … Challis’ points off of turnovers leads to balanced scoring, but in the half-court, Lauren Garlie’s length can dominate on the block, and Jenna Hamilton is extremely quick driving to the basket.
Head coach: Krisi Pratt, 13th year
state: Beat Kendrick 63-40 in District II Tournament first round, beat
Jade Gutzman, so.; G
Notes: Gutzman and Fryer pace a frantic club which flummoxes opponents by its relentless pressure. … The Rams go eight deep. … CV reached the championship game a season ago.
Lapwai Wildcats (defending champion)
Head coach: Shawn Spencer, 13th year
state: Defeated Timberline 80-33 in District II Tournament, beat Genesee 66-45
in district semifinals, beat
Key players: G Chantal Ellenwood, sr.; G Natalia Cuevas Jimenez, sr.; F LaTisha Phillips, so.; F Sierra Higheagle, so.; G Natahnee Spencer, fr.
Ladycats two losses both came against 5A schools. … Lost seven seniors from
last season’s state championship team. … This is Lapwai’s eighth consecutive
tournament appearance, with titles in 2002 and 2009 in that stretch. …
Lapwai’s closest contest of the season came in January against
Head coach: Mark Wachsmuth, second year
Road to state: Beat Council 42-32 in first round of District III Tournament, beat Rimrock 42-33 in semifinals, lost to Tri-Valley 34-21 in finals.
Key players: G Amiee Washburn, sr; P Brooke Ellis, sr.; G Emily Rainboth, so.
Notes: This is the first ever trip to the state tournament for the fifth-year program, which also won its first 1A WIC title this season. … The Patriots have just two seniors on their roster.
Season record: 16-10
Head coach: Jeremy Qualls
Road to state: Defeated Oakley 53-34 in first round of District IV-V-VI Tournament, lost to Shoshone 43-40 in second round, defeated Hagerman 67-45 in elimination game, defeated Hansen 47-38 in elimination game, lost to Challis 50-48 in second-place game, defeated Notus 52-46 in state play-in game.
Key players: F Whitney Holtman, sr.; F Chelzee Nye, sr.; Kassie Ottley, jr.
Head coach: Tim Chapman, 19th season
state: Defeated Castleford 53-38 in first round of District IV-V-VI Tournament,
Key players: G Taylor Astle, sr.; G Lacey Kniep, sr.; G Kelcie Hutchins, so.
Notes: Shoshone makes its first trip to the state tournament since 2007, when the Indians finished third in the old Class 1A tournament to end a five-year trophy run. Shoshone won the state championship in 2005. … The Indians don’t boast a prototypical post player but make up for it with strong team defense and solid guard play, and showed they can still defend big posts by holding Challis’ Lauren Garlie in check during the district championship.
Head coach: Mike Woodman
Key players: P Molly Woodman, jr.; Keren Bankhead, jr.
Notes: This is the third straight year the Titans have made it to the state tournament. … Tri-Valley has never won a first-round game in the state tournament.
Head coach: Lindy Wells, third year
Road to state: Defeated Lewis County 70-60 in OT in District II Tournament first round, lost to Clearwater Valley 57-40 in semifinals, defeated Genesee 46-39 in third-place game, defeated Lakeside 59-34 in state play-in game.
Players to watch: F Tai Jensen, sr.; F Megan Howe, sr.; G Kayla Griffin, sr.
Class 1A Division II
Head coach: Lane Durtschi, fourth season
Road to state: Defeated Bliss 65-8 in first round of District IV Tournament, lost to Dietrich 45-35 in semifinals, defeated Community School 52-22 and Camas County 63-38 in elimination games, defeated Richfield 42-40 for second place.
Key players: G Jessica Parke, sr.; F Amy Ellsworth, sr.; G Jaide Parke, fr.
Jessica Parke is the all-time leading scorer at Carey. … The Panthers finished
third at the state tournament last year, allowing District IV to sweep the top
three positions. … Carey’s only losses in the classification are to
Head coach: Dexter Vogel, third season
Road to state: Defeated Mullan 64-43 in District I Tournament championship game.
Key players: G Shaina Gustafson, sr. (15 ppg, 6 apg, 9 steals); F Brocklynn Thornton, so.
Dietrich Blue Devils
Head coach: Acey Shaw, fifth season
state: Defeated Carey 45-35 in District IV Tournament semifinals, defeated
Key players: G Nakia Norman, sr.; G Ellie Dalton, so.; F Moriah Dill, so.; F Dayna Phillips, jr.
Dietrich returns most of its major players from last season’s run to the state
championship game. The only loss was center Jesse Dill, who went on to win a
NJCAA volleyball championship with the
Head coach: Rob Campbell, first season
state: Defeated Greenleaf 53-24 in District III Tournament semifinals, defeated
Key players: Sierra Atnip, sr.; Randi Smith, so.; Alyssa Brown, jr.
North Gem Cowgirls
Richfield Tigers (defending champion)
Head coach: Steve Kent, ninth season
Head coach: Pete Prigge, fifth season
Road to state: Beat Culdesac twice in the District II tournament, 54-30 and 58-39, to win the championship.
Players to watch: G Rachel Wemhoff, jr.; F Savanah Prigge, so.; G Jamie Chmelik, jr.
Patriots return to state for the second straight year, hoping to improve on last
year’s two-losses-and-out performance. …