As predicted in my column Thursday, the Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston girls basketball teams will face off Saturday in the State 5A championship game. Tipoff is at 7 PST and can be seen live on Idahosports.com.
Coeur d’Alene held off Highland 48-39 and Lewiston rallied from a 15-point deficit to down Centennial 57-52 in overtime.
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Also, Kellogg and Priest River will meet in the State 3A title game.
I added the 3A games on the bottom of this file.
By Greg Lee
NAMPA, Idaho – If the Coeur d’Alene High girls basketball team had a true point guard, it would win the State 5A championship going away.
Ball handling has been the Vikings’ Achilles heel this season, but they’ve managed to get by with a guard-by-committee approach.
It will be an all-North
CdA will be after its third straight state championship. It’s the fifth consecutive year the Vikings have been in the state final.
A basket by Rams freshman guard Dakota Gonzalez with 10
seconds left in the second quarter allowed
“We just don’t have that flashy kid out top to make it happen,” Poffenroth said. “We have workhorse kids and they work hard. We have to move the ball. We didn’t move the ball as well as we could have.”
CdA limited its turnovers to four in the second half and they very well could have been the key. And they got the ball inside to posts Carli Rosenthal and Kendalyn Brainard.
“We didn’t have much of an answer to the big girls down
Rosenthal and Brainard also were a force on the boards. Rosenthal had a game-high 10 and Brainard had eight as CdA outrebounded the Rams 34-19.
Poffenroth’s message to his team at halftime wasn’t any new revelation.
“I said ‘shoot the ball and don’t throw it away’,” he said. “If you shoot the ball you’ve got a chance to win the game.
We did a little more shooting the second half and didn’t throw it away quite as much.”
And they got it inside. Rosenthal and Brainard combined to score 20 of CdA’s second-half points, and those points were split evenly.
CdA’s players were frequently bumped on shots, especially Rosenthal, but the referees let the teams play both ways.
“That style wasn’t very good for us,” Poffenroth said. “They were aggressive, more aggressive than the night before. Their kids did some nice things and forced us out of our (game). We kept trying to run an offense and we got a little bit of one in the second half.”
CdA did something it could control, though, and that was play defense.
“You have to do that when things aren’t going well,” Poffenroth said.
“They were really physical, but I think we pushed through as a team,” Rosenthal said. “We slowed it down and looked for the open person instead of throwing it to no one.”
Rosenthal expects another test tonight, but is confident her team will fare well.
“If we play really hard and play good defense we’ll do well,” she said.
Brainard said the Viks thought they wouldn’t have to work as hard Friday.
“We watched them (Thursday) and we thought it was going to be an easier game,” Brainard said. “But they came out and were impressive.”
“We’re going to have to play better than we did (Friday),” Poffenroth said.
Senior guard Nicole Redd made a free throw with 21 seconds left to force overtime. In overtime, Redd had a big steal with 55 seconds remaining and the Bengals made 5 of 6 foul shots in the final 53 seconds to hold off the Patriots (22-3).
Tanis Fuller led
“We’ve been in a hole before and we dug out,”
It will be the first state final for the Bengals.
“It should be another good game,” Teichmer said of facing CdA. “It’s a good matchup. We’re somewhat mirror images of each other.”
Another classification will feature an all-North
Intermountain League foes Kellogg and
The title game begins at 2:50 PST at the
Kellogg 33, Weiser 26: The Wildcats (18-8) used defense and balance to top the Wolverines.
Kirsten Viche, Ryder Ashcraft and Hailey Fuller scored eight points each to lead Kellogg.
Kellogg led 20-12 at halftime and built the lead to 28-17 going into the fourth quarter.
Viche had five rebounds and three steals and Fuller had seven rebounds.
Kimberly led 30-29 at halftime, but
Stewart had a game-high 25 points, making 13 of 15 foul
Chelsea Waters led
1A Division II
Clark Fork 40,
Celeste Komanec led
CF’s Shaina Gustafson had five assists and four steals.