These capsules are provided by newspapers throughout Idaho, including the Idaho Statesman. Statistics are provided by the teams.
Coach: Kim Brydges, sixth season
Road to state: Beat Caldwell 48-47 in District III quarterfinals; beat Capital 50-43 in semifinals to qualify for state; lost to Centennial 61-58 in overtime for district championship.
Key players: G Aleah Lowber, sr. (12.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.5 steals); F Jackie Luna-Castro, sr. (17.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.8 blocks, 1.4 steals); G Samantha Haroian, sr. (4.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 steals); G Maddie Skaggs, soph. (4.2 ppg); G McKenna Butler, fr. (5.1 ppg).
Team breakdown: Two of the Braves’ four losses this season were against unbeaten Centennial, including their overtime setback in the district final. … This is Boise’s 11th trip to state since the turn of the century and they’ve returned home with a trophy in nine of the previous 10 trips. … The 2010 fourth-place finishers won state titles in 2005, 2002 and 1978. … “Our focus this year has been continued improvement, and it has been great to see the girls grow both individually and together as a team,” Brydges said.
Coach: Blas Telleria, fifth season
Road to state: Beat Vallivue 50-34 in District III quarterfinals; lost to Boise 50-43 in semifinals; lost to Meridian 49-41 in consolation semifinals; beat Caldwell 53-38 in fifth-place game.
Key players: C Amber Vandiver, sr. (11.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg); G Kalli Williams, jr. (7.8 ppg, 3.7 apg, 2.1 steals); F Morgan Buhr, jr. (7.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg); G Liz Landreth, soph. (9.6 ppg, 1.3 steals); C Delaney Sauer, fr. (4.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg).
Team breakdown: This is Capital’s first trip to state since 2002. … The Eagles lost twice in the state play-in game in the past four seasons. … Four of the team’s five starters will return next year. … Vandiver has signed a National Letter of Intent with Boise State. … “We have met a lot of individual, team, and program goals this year,” Telleria said. “Success at state will highlight the growth we have had.”
Coach: Emery Roy, 24th season
Road to state: Beat Meridian 67-37 in District III quarterfinals; beat Mountain View 60-29 in semifinals; beat Boise 61-58 in overtime to win championship.
Key players: G Sofia Huerta, sr. (12.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 4.2 steals); G Sierrna Short, jr. (13.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 steals); F Jessica Rutter, sr. (11.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg); G/F Emily Stickney, jr. (7.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg); G Sherise Porchia, soph. (5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.5 steals).
Team breakdown: Roy recorded his 700th win as a girls basketball coach with a victory against Capital on Jan. 8. … The longtime coach enters the state tournament with 708 wins and nine state championships — four with Meridian and five with Centennial. … He is the only coach in program history. … Centennial’s first-round opponent at state is the same team the Patriots faced in the district quarterfinals. … The Patriots have won all but four of their games this season by double figures.
Coeur d’Alene Vikings (defending champions)
Coach: Dale Poffenroth, seventh season
Road to state: Lost to Lake City 41-35 in the District I-II tournament first round; beat Post Falls 75-52 in elimination game; beat Lake City 63-42 for second place.
Key players: F Carli Rosenthal, 6-foot-3, sr. (13.6 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apg); G Kyeli Parker, jr. (9.4 ppg); G Caelyn Orlandi, jr. (9.0 ppg); F Kendalyn Brainard, soph. (8.1 ppg).
Team breakdown: Year in and year out the Vikings play one of the most difficult schedules, if not the most difficult, in the state. This year was no different. Their first loss was to Clackamas, Ore., at a tournament in Portland. They lost twice to Lewiston, which fell to CdA in the state final last year. CdA defeated Federal Way (Wash.), top-ranked among Washington 4A teams (largest classification) 70-69 in the Holiday Inn Express championship game in late December. The Viks are seeking a fourth straight state title.
Coach: Tony Green, first season
Road to state: Beat Idaho Falls 62-46 in District V-VI semifinals; lost to Idaho Falls 43-35 in first district championship game; beat Idaho Falls 56-34 in "if necessary" championship game.
Key players: G Dylan Gonzalez, soph.; G Dakota Gonzalez, soph.; C Cassidy Elgan, sr.
Team breakdown: The Gonzalez twins already are getting major Division I attention as sophomores. They are big guards at this level who can cause all kinds of defensive problems for opponents. Highland is best in transition, but the team has few outside shooters and tends to bog down against the zone. They create a lot of their offense by forcing defense and beating teams back down the court. Green also has a fairly deep bench, so he has fouls to give if necessary.
Coach: Pat Teichmer, seventh year
Path to State: Beat Post Falls 46-32 in District I-II semifinals; beat Lake City 52-50 in championship.
Key players: Tanis Fuller, Savannah Blinn, Karlee Wilson.
Team breakdown: After returning to state last season for the first time since 1989, the Bengals waltzed to the title game. This season Lewiston has lived up to all the hype to earn another trip to the Idaho Center thanks to clutch playmaking from Fuller, who sunk the winning basket with less than 2 seconds remaining in the district championship game, and the tough interior presence of Blinn and Chelsea Waters. Blinn and Waters make rebounding an oppressive task for opponents, and both players can score quickly in the paint. Sophomore Karlee Wilson and junior Tisha Phillips have talent to spare and each is capable of taking over a game when the need arises.
Coach: Ryan Curry, fifth season
Road to state: Beat Rocky Mountain 59-47 in District III play-in game; lost to Centennial 67-37 in quarterfinals; beat Eagle 46-32 in elimination game; beat Capital 49-41 in consolation semifinals to earn fourth place.
Key players: F Holly Blades, soph. (8.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 steals); G Mykaela Richards, soph. (7.7 ppg), G Hallie Taufoou, jr. (8.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 steals); C Tara Marston, sr. (6.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg).
Team breakdown: This was the second-best season for Meridian since Mountain View opened in 2003 and reduced the size of the school’s student body. … The Warriors finished with 17 victories last year and lost in the consolation game at state against Boise. … Prior to last season, the most victories Meridian had posted in a season since 2003 was six. The Warriors own four state championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983) — all under current Centennial coach Emery Roy. … “In spite of the fact that we lost a lot of close games, we kept improving and didn't let frustration bring us down,” Curry said. “Over the past two weeks, we've played our best basketball.”
Mountain View Mavericks
Coach: Connie Skogrand, eighth season
Road to state: Beat Eagle 46-42 in District III quarterfinals; lost to Centennial 60-29 in semifinals; beat Caldwell 32-27 in consolation semifinals to earn third place.
Key players: P Miriam Ridgwell, sr. (10.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg); F Lexey Neitzel, sr. (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 blocks, 2.0 steals, 1.7 apg); G Jenna Wiskus, sr. (6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg); G Launia Davis, jr. (8.0 ppg, 1.4 steals); F Whitney Gay, jr. (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Team breakdown: This is the third trip to state in four years for Mountain View, but the Mavericks are still looking for their first win. … They have qualified four times since the school opened in 2003 and are 0-8 in those trips.