These capsules are provided by newspapers throughout Idaho, including the Idaho Statesman. Statistics are provided by the teams.
Bishop Kelly Knights
Coach: Derek McCormick, fourth season
Road to state: Beat Columbia 52-15 in District III quarterfinals; beat Emmett 59-37 in semifinals to qualify for state; lost to Middleton 64-36 in championship game.
Key players: Randi McReynolds, jr. (8.6 ppg, 5 rpg); Megan Rebholtz, jr. (7.7 ppg); Erin Kelly, sr. (6 ppg, 3.5 apg).
Team breakdown: This is Bishop Kelly’s third trip to the state tournament in McCormick’s four years as coach. ... The Knights opening day starting roster has only played four games together all season. ... Senior post Michelle Violette has missed a majority of the season.
Middleton Vikings (defending champions)
Coach: Andy Jones, ninth year
Road to state: Beat Nampa 71-33 in District III quarterfinals; beat Mountain Home 66-36 in semifinals;, beat Bishop Kelly 64-36 for district championship.
Key players: F Madeline Laan, sr. (12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg 2.3 apg); P D’Rae Tullock, fr. (7.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Maya Ah You, so. (8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg)
Team Breakdown: The team which has been in the championship game the past three years — and won two of them, started the season 1-2 — but has won 20 straight games since then. ... The Vikings replace four starters from last year’s squad. ... Jones, who won a state title with Caldwell in 2001, is aiming for his fourth state title as a coach.
Coach: Robin Barnes, first season
Road to state: Beat Sandpoint 41-24 in District I-II first round; beat Lakeland 39-31 in semifinals and 62-42 for district championship.
Key players: F Abi Quinett, jr.
Team breakdown: Moscow's sub-.500 record isn't an intimidating mark, but the Bears' slate almost justifies it. Six losses were to ranked 5A clubs Lewiston, Coeur d'Alene and Lake City. Another three were at the hands of ranked Washington 2A (Idaho's equivalent to 4A) Clarkston and West Valley. Moscow was hit hard when two of its starters transferred to Lewiston last summer. Six-foot junior Abi Quinett, daughter of former Washington State star Brian Quinnett, has paced the Bears inside all season.
Mountain Home Tigers
Coach: Brent Keener, fourth season
Road to state: Beat Skyview 47-36 in District III quarterfinals; lost to Middleton 66-36 in semifinals; beat Kuna 65-25 in elimination game; beat Skyview 61-49 in third-place game.
Key players: Dakota Barrie; Keesha Janis-Gibson, Jessica Liercke.
Team breakdown: The Tigers are in the tournament for the second time in three years after missing out the previous six seasons. ... Barrie was a starter for the Tigers during their last state tournament appearance.
Coach: Ryon Pope
Road to state: Beat Century in semifinals, beat Century in championship game
Key players: F Brooke Beckstead, F MaKenzie Wilcox
Team breakdown. Utah State commit Beckstead does most of her damage from the wing, while Wilcox plays inside to give the Indians solid threats from anywhere on offense. Kira Miller and Elise Keller give Preston two other capable weapons if Beckstead or Wilcox has an off night.
Coach: Clyde Nelson, third season
Road to state: Beat Bonneville 69-42 in District VI semifinals; beat Madison 42-33 for the district championship.
Key players: G Megan Olaveson, sr. (11.8 ppg, 31.6 pct. 3-pt.); F Courtney Nield, sr. (11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2 steals); F Cree Phillips, sr. (6.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg); F Katelyn Kinghorn, sr. (9. ppg, 4 rpg); G Alli Furniss, jr. (9.9 ppg, 50 pct. 3-pt.).
Team breakdown: Rigby’s senior core of Olaveson, Nield, Phillips and Kinghorn return to their third straight tournament after taking the consolation trophy last season. Five players have led the balanced Rigby offense in scoring. Rigby almost exclusively runs a man defense that sags and switches all screens, making it appear like a zone.
Twin Falls Bruins
Coach: Nancy Jones, fourth season
Road to state: Beat Minico 40-38 in District IV first round; lost to Wood River 52-43 in semifinals; beat Minico 46-30 in semifinals to qualify for state; lost to Wood River 43-42 in championship game.
Key players: F Jazlyn Nielsen, sr.; G Allie Kelsey, sr.; F Alyssa Soloaga, sr.; F Josie Jordan, jr.
Team breakdown: A senior-heavy team led by Jazlyn Nielsen and Allie Kelsey, the Bruins look to avenge their two and out showing from last year’s state tournament. The offense relies a lot on cuts and screens. The 6-foot Nielsen is effective in pick and rolls and has a deft post game. Kelsey can shoot the three. Josie Jordan will slash to the basket as well. A confident crew, the Bruins nearly took down Wood River last week in the District IV title game.
Wood River Wolverines
Coach: Mendy Benson, third season
Road to state: Beat Jerome 41-39 District IV first round; beat Twin Falls 52-43 in semifinals and 43-42 for the district championship.
Key players: G Kaitana Martinez, jr. (17.5 ppg); F Haylee Thompson, jr. (12.6 ppg); F Cheyenne Swanson, jr. (6.0 ppg).
Team breakdown: This is just the second state tournament appearance all-time for Wood River, and the first since moving to Class 4A. … Kaitana Martinez runs this show. The junior point guard is a great facilitator and passer for the offense. She likes to penetrate and can also hit the three. Haylee Thompson is a legit scoring threat down low, improving immensely from last season. Tough to score against in the paint, the Wolverines use an effective zone defense with its rotation of three 6-foot posts. … The Wolverines have already set a school record for wins, topping the old record of 17 matched last season.