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5A TOURNAMENTS

Post Falls Trojans

Record: 19-2

State seed: District 1-2 champion

Coach: Marc Allert, sixth season

Players to watch: P Melody Kempton, jr.; PG Bayley Brennan, jr.; P Macky Morris, jr.

Notes: Trojans are making their first state appearance since winning the state title in 2013 ... Kempton has verbally committed to Gonzaga ... Like Kempton, point guard Bayley Brennan is a three-year starter ... The only senior on the roster, post Mallory Smith, missed the season with a torn ACL suffered just before tryouts ... Post Falls’ only two losses came at Borah, in the Trojans’ fourth game in three days, and at Lewiston.

Mountain View Mavericks

(Defending champ)

Record: 20-4

State seed: District Three third-place finisher

Coach: Connie Skogrand, 14th season

Players to watch: G Taeli Carrillo, sr.; G Abby Kreiser, sr.; G Allison Chanhthala, jr.

Notes: Two-time defending state champion. … Former star Destiny Slocum is now a freshman at Maryland, but the Mavericks still return four starters from last year’s championship team. … Handed No. 1-ranked Eagle its only loss this year (51-50 on Dec. 13). … Holding opponents to 38.3 points per game. … Carrillo (14.7 ppg) and Kreiser (12.3 ppg) are two of four players averaging more than six points per game.

Eagle Mustangs

Record: 23-1

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Cody Pickett, fourth season

Players to watch: PG Cassidy Tiegs, sr.; F Katelyn Murray, jr.; G/F Janie King, jr.

Notes: Returns four starters and nine players from a team that reached the semifinals last year. … Has won 15 straight since its only loss (51-50 to Mountain View on Dec. 13). … Scoring a classification-high 64.2 points per game while allowing 40.2. … One win away from tying a school record for wins, when it went 24-2 in 1997-98. … Tiegs owns the program’s career scoring record at 1,293 points and counting. … Six players average more than six points per game. … Won its first district title since 1998. … Has never won a state title.

Highland Rams

Record: 13-9

State seed: District 5-6 runner-up

Coach: Tony Green, seventh season

Players to watch: G Makenna Baker, soph.; P Allie Thayne, jr.; G Kia Pokibro, sr.

Notes: Highland, led by Makenna Baker, is making its 10th consecutive trip to the state tournament. The sophomore guard is tops on the team in scoring and the offense funnels through her dribble-drive action. Allie Thayne is a threat in the post. If she gets touches and establishes rhythm, she can take a game over. The inside-out combination of Baker and Thayne can win games at state.

Madison Bobcats

Record: 19-5

State seed: District 6 champions

Coach: Traci Peterson, 10th season

Players to watch: P Leah Dougherty, sr.; P Hannah Wilson, jr.; G Ryan Tyler, sr.

Notes: Madison is making its first trip to the 5A state tournament since 2013…The district championship is the first for the Bobcats since 2002…Enters state on five-game win streak…Wilson and Madi Day were members of Madison’s volleyball team which placed third at the 5A state tournament in the fall and finished 27-16 overall...Bobcats have won six state titles, their most recent in 1990…last state trophy was in 2012 (4A consolation).

Kuna Kavemen

Record: 11-12

State seed: District III 4D

Coach: Alex Jensen, 5th season.

Players to watch: P. Ashlyn Van Campen, sr., and G. Meghan Holloman, jr. Van Campen led the team in both scoring and rebounding this season with 9.2 points and six rebounds per game this year. Holloman was top three on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. She averaged 7.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Notes: Over the last two seasons, Kuna was on the up and up in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference. Kuna won the 4A SIC regular season title last season and qualified for the state tournament in back-to-back seasons after a 20-year absence. But a move up to the 5A SIC threatened to end its resurgence. Despite losing five out of its fist six conference games and ending the regular season losing three out of four by nearly 20 points per game, Kuna still found a way to extend its state tournament streak to three. Kuna went on a surprise run in the 5A District III Tournament. After entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed, Kuna upset Capital and Borah to secure a place in the who’s who field of the 5A state tournament. Kuna is the only team in the tournament with a losing record with three more losses than the next closest team. Kuna opens state at 6:15 p.m. Thursday against the 5A District VI champion, Madison at the Idaho Center.

Centennial Patriots

Record: 20-4

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Candace Thornton, first season

Players to watch: G Tori Williams, sr.; G/F Lauren Brocke, sr.; G Ami T’ia, jr.

Notes: Reigning state runner-up qualified for state for the third year in a row. … Williams (18.3 ppg, 3.7 assists, 3.7 steals) has signed with Utah and Brocke (9.6 ppg, 6.6 rebounds) with Wichita State. … Williams leads the 5A SIC in scoring. … Three of its four losses have come to No. 1-ranked Eagle. … Has won five state titles, the last in 2006.

Lake City Timberwolves

Record: 19-5

State seed: District 1-2 runner-up, won play-in game

Coach: Bryan Kelly, fifth season

Players to watch: P Lauren Rewers, sr.; G Nina Carlson, sr.; P Keara Simpson, jr.

Notes: Lake City won the consolation title last year at state, in its first trip to state since 2009 ... Rewers (Hawaii) and Carlson (Idaho) are Division I signees in basketball, and sophomore forward Bridget Rieken has verballed to play soccer at Washington State ... Lake City opens vs. Centennial, which beat Lake City 41-32 in last year’s state opener.

4A TOURNAMENT

Sandpoint Bulldogs

Record: 10-11

State seed: District 1-2 champion

Coach: Duane Ward, third season

Players to watch: F Grace Kirscher, jr.; G Trinity Golder, jr.; G Taylor Ward, sr.

Notes: Despite the loss to graduation of guard Madi Schoening, who is playing at Montana, the Bulldogs are back at state for the fourth straight year ... Sandpoint placed third at state last year for the second straight year ... Golder is a transfer from Bonners Ferry.

Preston Indians

Record: 16-7

State seed: District 5-6 runner-up

Coach: Kimber Hall, first season

Players to watch: G Morgan Hall, sr.; P Harley Carlisle, soph.; G Paige Moser, sr.; G Shaylee Priestley, jr.

Notes: Preston is back at state for the first time since 2011 after beating Pocatello in the winner-to-state game on Feb. 9.Preston coach Kimber Hall revitalized the team’s offense in his first season. Preston has scored 50 points or more 14 times after the team reached that same number twice in its previous 47 games. Preston beat Bishop Kelly 51-40 in the Twin Falls tournament in December.

Middleton Vikings

Record: 18-6

State seed: District III champion

Coach: Andy Jones, 15th season

Players to watch: G Zoey Moore, fr., and F Lexi Mitchell, so. Despite only starting in about half of the team’s games this season, Moore led the team in scoring with 8.7 points per game. She is responsible for the two highest scoring games by any player on the roster, tallying 21 and 19 points in back-to-back games this season. Moore also logged a game-high 16 points in the district championship game. Mitchell was second on the team in scoring with 7.5 points per game, and led the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game.

Notes: After missing the last two state tournaments, Middleton makes its return, and it’s hoping the return is a triumphant one. The Vikings enter the tournament as one of the favorites, riding high on a 13-game winning streak, including claiming their first district championship in four years with a 60-45 win over Bishop Kelly. Middleton was also voted as the No. 1 team in the state in the final media poll of the season. No team in the tournament has the pedigree of the Vikings. From 2008 to 2012, Middleton went to five straight state championship games, claiming four and racking up a then-national best 72-game winning streak. With a roster that goes 10 team, Middleton could very well end up returning to the top of the mountain once more. The Vikings begin their quest for a fifth state title at 3 p.m. Thursday against Minico in the first round at Mountain View High School.

Minico Spartans

Record: 16-8

State Seed: District 4 Runner-Up

Coach: Anna Bateman (First Year)

Players to Watch: F Taylia Stimpson, So.; G Saydi Anderson, Jr.; G Tayla Sayer, Sr.

Notes: Despite losing two starters, including leading scorer Jilian Gilchrist, in the final week of the regular season, Minico battled back to take runner-up in the Great Basin Conference…The Spartans run a fast-paced offense, led by sophomore Taylia Stimpson at 9.4 points per game and junior Saydi Anderson with 7.8 points per game...Minico is back in the state tournament for the second year in a row.

Century Diamondbacks

Record: 15-7

State seed: District 5-6 champion

Coach: Chris Shuler, eighth season

Players to watch: G Emily Packham, sr.; P McKayla Jensen, sr.; P Chinma Njoku, soph.

Notes: The two-time defending state champion Diamondbacks are one of the more complete teams in 4A. Century has depth at all positions, which allows the team to match up with a variety of styles. Emily Packham and Gabi Gonzalez stretch defenses with their shooting, while McKayla Jensen and Chinma Njoku control the paint.

Bishop Kelly Knights

Record: 18-7

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Derek McCormick, 10th season

Players to watch: G Lydia Nieto, jr.; F Theresa Reeping, jr.; F Gabby Keefe, so.

Notes: Roster only features one senior — Aubree Chatterton, who has signed to play soccer with Boise State. … Loaded as always with quick, athletic players that can run and play in the full court. … Nieto (12.6 ppg, 3.0 assists) a threat to attack the basket at any moment. … Won the 4A SIC regular-season title. … Qualified for state for the seventh time in eight years. … Only state title was in 2013.

Twin Falls Bruins

Record: 15-7

State Seed: District 4 Champion

Coach: Nancy Jones

Players to Watch: G Morgan Harr, Jr.; C Kennedi Evans, Jr.; F Whitney Solosabal, Jr.

Notes: After missing the state tournament last year, Twin Falls captured its third district championship in the past four years this season…The junior-heavy Bruins are led by guard Morgan Harr with 10.4 points and 2 steals per game and center Kennedi Evans with 10 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game…Junior forward Whitney Solosabal also averages 7.3 points and 10 rebounds per game…Beat Bishop Kelly and Preston in non-conference matchups…Twin Falls battled injuries early in the season, but has won 13 of its past 15 games.

Skyview Hawks

Record: 12-11

State seed: District III third seed

Coach: Cindy Pasta, 21st season

Players to watch: G Natalie Robison, sr., and G Madie Edwards, jr. Robison was second in the 4A Southern Idaho conference in scoring with 15.6 points per game. She also finished third in assists (2.3) and sixth in rebounds (7.3). Edwards was second on the team in both scoring and assists with nine points and 2.1 assists per game.

Notes: Despite going 0-3 in conference play to begin the season, the Hawks are back in the state tournament for third time in four years, and for the first time since 2015. Skyview made a surprise run at the district tournament, winning three games in four days, including coming back from nine points down in the final five minutes in the third place winner to state game against Caldwell. The last time the Hawks were in the state tournament, they finished runner-ups. Skyview won it all the season before in 2014. If the Hawks are going to win it all again this year, they’re going to have to do so as the underdogs. Only Sandpoint has a worse record than Skyview. The Hawks play Twins Falls at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the state tournament at Mountain View High School.

3A TOURNAMENT

Sugar-Salem Diggers

Record: 20-4

State seed: District 6 champions

Coach: Crystal Dayley, fifth season

Players to watch: G Amanda Rudd, sr.; P Savanah Crane, jr.; SR Madi Fillmore, soph.; C Addi Gehmlich, sr.

Notes: Sugar-Salem enters state as district champions for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons…fourth trip to state under Dayley…Diggers have won five state titles, most recent was in 2015…Gehmlich, Crane and Rudd are the lone remaining members of the 2015 title team … losses are two state-ranked Ririe and Teton and two out-of-state teams (Box Elder, Utah, and Natrona County, Wyo.)… Diggers lost sophomore Macie Knapp, who was their leading scorer for a while, for the season to a broken arm on Jan. 21 versus Teton but still have five players averaging at least six points per game.

Priest River Spartans

Record: 9-15

State seed: District 1 runner-up, won play-in game

Coach: Gary Stewart, 11th season

Players to watch: W Melissa Krampert, sr.; P Avery Summers, sr.

Notes: The Spartans’ record is a bit deceiving. “We’ve had two broken noses, one with pneumonia, one with bulging disk in back, three with bronchitis, a couple with the flu,” Stewart said. “Although we have everyone back, we are not 100 percent. And we really have only practiced together for two weeks with all the starters back, so we are re-introducing ourselves back to each other.” ... Priest River is making its eighth trip to state under Stewart. Before missing out last year, the Spartans went to state six straight times, starting with a state title in 2010.

Kimberly Bulldogs

Record: 13-7

State Seed: District 4 Champion

Coach: Stanley Watts

Players to Watch: F Emily Wadsworth, Sr.; G Ashlie Watts, Sr.; G Josie Schmitz, So.

Notes: Despite losing a heavy dose of talent from last year’s squad, the Bulldogs captured their second consecutive Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference championship…Senior Emily Wadsworth leads the team with 12.2 points and 7 rebounds, and senior guard Ashlie Watts, daughter of head coach Stanley Watts, adds 10.8 points per game…The Bulldogs’ leading scorers are upperclassmen, but most role players are freshmen and sophomores…After starting the year 2-4, Kimberly has won 11 of its past 14 games.

Weiser Wolverines

Record: 9-9

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Nick Reed, ninth season

Players to watch: PG Lauren Bouvia, sr.; G CJ Davis, sr.; W Katie Davis, sr.

Notes: Fields a small, athletic lineup with five starting guards. … Bouvia has signed to play soccer at UC Davis after setting a national scoring record with 127 goals as a junior. … Won five of its last six games. … Back at state after going two-and-out last season. … Last won a first-round game at state in 2010, when it finished third. … Never won a state title.

Timberlake Tigers (defending champion)

Record: 20-2

State seed: District 1 champion

Coach: Matt Miller, 12th season

Players to watch: PG Allison Kirby, sr.; F Keelie Lawler, sr.; F Jacquelyn Mallet, sr.

Notes: Timberlake won its first state title last season, in its fifth trip to the title game in six years ... eight players return from that team, led by Kirby, who has signed with Idaho; and Lawler, who has signed with NCAA Division II Western State Colorado in Gunnison ... Timberlake opens vs. Teton, whom the Tigers beat in last year’s semifinals ... Timberlake played a tough non-league schedule, losing by three to Post Falls and beating Lewiston and Gonzaga Prep. Timberlake enters state on a 13-game win streak. The Tigers’ only other loss came at 1A Division I power Lapwai.

Teton Redskins

Record: 19-4

State seed: District 6 runner-up, won play-in game over Buhl

Coach: Shon Kunz, fourth season

Players to watch: P Jenna Abbott, sr.; G Waklee Kunz, fr.; G Avery Kunz, sr.

Notes: Third postseason appearance in four seasons…graduated two from last year’s 23-3 state third place team (program first state trophy and likely best record in program history)…three of Teton’s four losses are to No. 3 ranked conference opponent Sugar-Salem and one is to No. 1 ranked 2A team Ririe…Abbott surpassed 1,000 career points two games into this season and enters state averaging 18.86 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game and shooting 57.9 percent from the field.

Parma Panthers

Record: 14-6

State seed: District III champion

Coach: Michael Calkins, 5th season.

Players to watch: F. Adyson Harris, fr., and G. Madison Jackson, so. Over the last five games, Harris has averaged 11.4 points per game. For the season, she averaged 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Jackson led the team in nearly every statistical category. She averaged 18.2, seven rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game this season.

Notes: It’s been four long years, but Parma is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2013. The Panthers ran roughshod over the 3A Snake River Valley Conference this season. They won both the regular season and district titles, going undefeated in the process. Parma defeated conference opponents by an average of 23.8 points per game. The last time the Panthers were in the state tournament, they walked out with a third place trophy. They are seeking their first state title in program history. Parma plays Marsha Valley at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the state tournament at Middleton High School.

Marsh Valley Eagles

Record: 16-8

State seed: District 5 champion

Coach: Kyle McQuivey, 11th season

Players to watch: G Paige Vorwaller, sr.; P Taya Batts, jr; G McKenzie Gunter, sr.

Notes: Marsh Valley beat Snake River twice in the district tournament to earn its third consecutive conference title. The Eagles are experienced and returned four starters from last season’s runner-up team. Four of the team’s five starters are seniors, including four-year starter McKenzie Gunter.

2A TOURNAMENT

St. Maries Lumberjacks

Record: 15-4

State seed: District 1-2 champion

Coach: Jay Sines, seventh season

Players to watch: P Kelsey Auer, sr.; P Kaylee Auer, jr.; P Devyn Wilson, jr.

Notes: St. Maries is at state for the first time since 2002, after winning its first district title since 1990, defeating recent Central Idaho League nemesis Grangeville to win the title.

Cole Valley Christian

Record: 16-5

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Bret Moehlmann, sixth season

Players to watch: P Holly Golenor, jr.; G Paige Albers, sr.

Notes: Qualified for state four years in a row and has won the consolation championship each of the past two years. Ö Golenor, a reigning first-team All-Idaho pick, averages a double-double of 11.3 points and 11.8 rebounds. Holding opponents to 36.8 points per game Ö Four of its five losses came to 3A state qualifier Parma (once) and 2A state qualifier Melba (three times). Ö Never won a state title.

Ririe Bulldogs

Record: 22-2

State seed: District 6 champions

Coach: Damien Smith, ninth season

Players to watch: W Haddi Williams, sr.; G Kaylee Brown, sr.; P Ashley Larsen, sr.; G Maddie Johnson, soph.

Notes: Fifth consecutive postseason appearance under SmithÖRirie enters state as 2A District 6 champions for the third time in five seasonsÖBulldogs have four players currently averaging at least seven points per game losses are to state ranked 3A teams Teton and Sugar-SalemÖwon three-day Parma Holiday Tournament in DecemberÖenters state on 14-game win streakÖhave won two second place trophies and one third place trophy since 2013 Ririe has never won a girls basketball state title.

Marsing Huskies

Record: 14-11

State seed: District III third seed

Coach: Jake Dugger, first season

Players to watch: P Mackenzie Farrens, jr., and G Sheyanne Glorfield, sr. Despite being undersized at 5-foot, 9-inches for her position, Farrens still gave opposing teams fits down low. Farrens averaged a double-double this season with 14 points and 14 rebounds per game. Glorfield led the team in scoring this season with 17.5 points per game.

Notes: After a one-year hiatus, the Huskies are back in the tournament for the first time since 2015. Marsing had to take the scenic route to the state tournament. Following their worst loss of the season, a 70-24 loss to Cole Valley Christian in the district tournament semifinals, the Huskies responded by winning their next two games in the tournament to qualify for the state play-in game. And in that play-in game, Marsing erased an 8-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Grangeville 60-57. The Huskies are seeking the first state title in program history, and play at 3 p.m. Thursday against the top ranked team in the state Ririe in the first round of the state tournament at Bishop Kelly High School.

Soda Springs Cardinals

Record: 21-3

State seed: District 5 champion

Coach: Wade Schvaneveldt, 15th season

Players to watch: P Kiersten Rasmussen, sr.; G Kaycee Smith, jr.; G Sadie Gronning, fr.

Notes: Soda Springs’ three losses came to 3A Marsh Valley, 4A Caldwell and 3A Snake River by a combined 11 points. The team cruised against 2A foes this season and hasn’t lost to district competition in the regular season since the start of the 2014 season. The team returned four players from last season’s runner-up squad, including all-state sophomore guard Reagan Yamauchi, who hasn’t played since December after tearing her ACL. Soda Springs presses teams from the start, and many squads don’t have the depth to stick with the Cardinals.

Declo Hornets

Record: 16-4

State Seed: District 4 Champion

Coach: Deena Garbett

Players to Watch: G Mattie Ramsey, So.; G Paige Ramsey, Sr.; F Jaesa Fox, Jr.

Notes: After a three-year absence, Declo is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2013Öthe Hornets are led by sisters Mattie Ramsey, a sophomore, and Paige Ramsey, a seniorÖDeclo is riding a nine-game winning streak.

Melba Mustangs

Record: 20-2

State seed: District III champion

Coach: Dave Lenz

Players to watch: G Emma Clark, so., and G. Kori Pentzer, jr. Clark led the team in assists with four per game. She was second on team in scoring, rebounds and steals with 10.8 points, five rebounds and 5.5 steals per game. Pentzer, who came to Melba this season from Grant Union High School in John Day, Ore. was the go-to player this year for the Mustangs. She led the team in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks. For the season, Pentzer averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, six steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

Notes: In his first year as head coach of the program, Lenz completely turned around the Mustangs, taking them from one of the worst teams a year ago to the third ranked team in the state this season. After winning just seven games last year, Melba finished this season on a 16-game winning streak on its way to claiming both the regular season and district titles. The Mustangs are back at state for the first time since 2014 and will be looking for their first state title in program history. Melba plays Malad at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the state tournament at Bishop Kelly High School.

Malad Dragons

Record: 17-8

State seed: District 5/6 play-in winner

Coach: Jeremy Jones, first season

Players to watch: P Hanah Peterson, sr.; G Sadie Simpson, sr.; G Shawnee Simpson, soph.; P Emmah Peterson, sr.

Notes: Malad topped Firth in the winner-to-state game to earn its first trip to state since 2012. The Dragons are 13-6 against 2A competition, with four of the losses coming to Soda Springs. Malad has size and length, especially in its post players. Hanah and Emmah Peterson are 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-1, respectively. First-year coach Jeremy Jones is the nephew of legendary Malad coach Terry Jones and cousin of state title-winning boys basketball coaches Justin and Tyler Jones at Rigby and Preston, respectively. Jeremy was an assistant coach for the Northwest Oklahoma State menís basketball team last season.

1A DIVISION I TOURNAMENT

Oakley Hornets

Record: 19-2

State Seed: District 4 Champion

Coach: Matt Payton

Players to Watch: F Brittany Hardy, Jr.; C Rachael Mitton, Jr.; G Jaclyn Wybenga, Sr.

Notes: Oakley captured its first district championship since 1994ÖThe Hornets are led by junior forward Brittany Hardy with 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2 steals per game and junior center Rachael Mitton with 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per gameÖFour players in Oakleyís rotation stand taller than 5-foot-10ÖThe Hornetsí only loss to 1A competition is a six-point road loss to conference foe Valley back in December.

Idaho City Wildcats

Record: 17-8

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Monica Cockerille, ninth season

Players to watch: G/W Rachel Cummings, sr.; G/W Kaylene Gallegos, sr.

Notes: Qualified for its third state tournament in program history. Previous two came in 2015 and 2000. Ö Only state tournament victory was in 2015 over Genesee in the losersí bracket. Ö Has yet to win a state trophy. Ö Relies on a defense led by Cummings (14 ppg, 5 steals) and Gallegos (10 ppg, 5 steals) that holds opponents to 30.8 points per game. Ö Cockerille will resign after the season.

Lapwai Wildcats

Record: 20-1

State Seed: District 2 champion

Coach: Eric Spencer

Players to watch: G Koyama Young, G Iris Domebo, G Shiniah Holt, F Ione Chimburas, G Amil Mitchell

Notes: Lapwai is the two-time defending state championÖ Wildcats are the No. 1 ranked team in the stateÖ Their lone loss was to Timberlake, a 3A school.

Troy Trojans

Record: 18-5

State seed: District 2 playin

Coach: Aaron Dail

Players to watch: G Emma Schetzle, G Kiana Hoskins-Oakley, F Abbey Blum; G Jimmie Gilder, G Blazie Gilder, F Jordyne Fredrickson

Notes: Troy won four loser-out games to make state tournamentÖ Troyís Abbey Blum stands 6-foot tallÖ The Trojans will face a league foe in the opening round. They face Lapwai.

Horseshoe Bend Mustangs

Record: 17-4

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Patrick Goff, second season

Players to watch: PG Kate Renfro, sr.; F Jade Warren, so.; F Aspin Quijas, sr.

Notes: First state appearance since 2003, when it finished second. Ö Won 14 straight after starting the season 3-4. Ö Won its first district title in program history. Ö Pairs a dynamic point guard ó Renfro (27.4 ppg, 5.7 steals, 5.3 assists) ó with two strong posts in Warren (10.8 ppg, 15.3 rebounds) and Quijas (4 ppg, 7.8 rebounds). Ö Never won a state title.

Valley Vikings

Record: 19-4

State Seed: District 4 Runner-Up

Coach: Jamie Kohtz

Players to watch: F Kynsee Mussmann, Sr.; G Tannah Sellers, Sr.; F Madisyn Kimmel, Sr.

Notes: The Vikings boast an experienced team, led by 5-foot-10 senior Kynsee Mussmann, who can play in the post and outside, and senior point guard Tannah SellersÖValley is the only 1A team to beat OakleyÖHeld the Hornets to 18 points in the lossÖThe Vikings two 1A losses are both to Oakley, including a 17-point loss in the Snake River Conference Championship.

Prairie Pirates

Record: 19-3

State Seed: District 2 Runner-up

Coach: Lori Mader

Players to watch: G Kylie Tidwell; G Angela Wemhoff; F Sydney Bruner; F Leah Higgins, G Josie Peery

Notes: Prairieís only three losses are to LapwaiÖ Prairie has met Lapwai in last three state title gamesÖ Prairie upset Lapwai in the state title game in 2014.

Liberty Charter Patriots

Record: 17-6

State seed: District III third seed

Coach: Brad McCain, second season

Players to watch: F Hallie Ashton, sr., and F. Madison Dodge, jr. Ashton averaged a double-double this season with 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 16 points per game were the most by any player on the team this season. Dodge also averaged a double-double this season with 10 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

Notes: For the seventh time in eight years, the Patriots are in the state tournament. At one point in the regular season, Liberty Charter won nine games in a row on its way to winning the regular season conference title. But an unexpected loss in the district semifinals to Idaho City, a team the Patriots had beaten by 20 points earlier in the season forced them to qualify for state in the third place game and the result was a lower seed at state. Since at least 2010, Liberty Charter has failed to win a game in the first round of the state tournament, something it will be looking to change this time around. The Patriots play Prairie at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the state tournament at Columbia High School.

1A DIVISION II TOURNAMENT

Butte County Pirates

Record: 21-0

State seed: District 5-6 champions

Coach: Carla Hansen, fourth season

Players to watch: PG, Macy Hansen, sr.; P Tausha Cummins, jr.; PG Shay Lambson, jr.; P Kinsey Isham, jr.; P Meg Buxton, jr.

Notes: First postseason appearance since 2013, when the Pirates ended a 23-2 season by taking the 1A Division I state consolation trophy…first season in 1A Division II classification…Pirates have six players averaging at least seven points p

Lakeside Knights

Record: 16-2

State seed: District 1 runner-up, won play-in game

Coach: Chris Dohrman, third season

Players to watch: P Lillian Rhea, sr.; G Tommia Pakootas, so.; G Corin Peone, sr.

Notes: The Knights are making their third straight trip to state. Lakeside brought home the consolation trophy each of the past two seasons ... Rhea was voted the North Star League’s most valuable player this year.

Nezperce Indians

Record: 19-2

State seed: District 2 champion

Coach: Dave Snodgrass

Players to watch: G Sydney Boyer, G Kourtne Carpenter, F Caitlyn Cronce, F Hannah Stapleton, F Maddie Stapleton

Notes: Indians making their 4th straight trip to State… Nezperce is the No 1 ranked team in the state… Indians have a lot of track athletes.

Carey Panthers

Record: 8-12

State Seed: District 4 Champion

Coach: Merrilee Sears

Players to Watch: G Athana Versis, So.; G Shantell Chavez, So.; C Kodi Green, So.

Notes: After starting the year 0-9, the sophomore-heavy Panthers won of its last 11 games to take the North Side Conference crown…Sent powerhouse Dietrich and top-seeded Castleford to the loser’s bracket…Panthers are led by a trio of sophomores, Athana Versis, Shantell Chavez, and Kodi Green.

Salmon River Savages

Record: 15-5

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Paula Tucker, third season

Players to watch: G Maddy Tucker, sr.; PG Chevelle Shepherd, so.

Notes: Returns to state for the second year in a row after a 13-year drought, including four years without a varsity team (2011-14). … Finished third at last year’s tournament. … Enters on an eight-game winning streak. … Paula Tucker coaches her granddaughter, Maddy Tucker, and her niece, Chevelle Shepherd. … Won its only state title in 1977.

Castleford Wolves

Record: 17-6

State Seed: District 4 Runner-Up

Coach: Gary Reynolds, third year

Players to Watch: G Haddee Reynolds, Sr.; F Elly Machado, Sr.; F Lindsey Drinkall, Sr.

Notes: After eliminating perennial powerhouse Dietrich, Castleford is playing in its second state tournament in the past 33 years…The Wolves feature a senior-heavy team, led by a dynamic guard-forward combination of Haddee Reynolds and Elly Machado.

Rockland Bulldogs

Record: 17-8

State seed: District 5-6/3 play-in winner

Coach: Vern Nelson, 21st season

Players to watch: G Madalyn Permann, fr.; W Brook Freeman, sr.; W Sarah Wood, jr.

Notes: Rockland’s offense is controlled by freshman Madalyn Permann. The guard is the team’s leading scorer and has showed poise beyond her years in leading the Bulldogs to state. Along with Brook Freeman and Sarah Wood, Permann has helped replace graduated point guard Stefani McClanahan.

Genesis Prep Jaguars

Record: 13-5

State seed: District 1 champion

Coach: Debbie Holte, second season

Players to watch: P Bella Murekatete, so.; PG Rachel Schroeder, so.; P Josie Scribner, so.

Notes: It’s the first trip to state for Genesis Prep, a private Christian school whose Jaguar girls are in their second season as an Idaho High School Activities Association-sanctioned program ... The 6-foot-4 Murekatete, from Rwanda, is a potential triple-double each time out.

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