Girls basketball state tournament results

Visit often to see the latest scores from the girls basketball state tournaments Thursday-Saturday throughout the Treasure Valley. I will post scores as they become available. Because I am at the 5A tournament, I will provide a short synopsis of each game from the Idaho Center.

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5A tournament

at The Idaho Center, Nampa

Thursday

Lewiston 58, Capital 43

Centennial 57, Meridian 51

Highland 40, Mountain View 27

Coeur d'Alene 65, Boise 52

Friday

Elimination games

Capital 57, Meridian 35

Boise 52, Mountain View 49

Semifinals

Lewiston 58, Centennial 53

Coeur d'Alene 56, Highland 36

Saturday

Consolation

Capital 44, Boise 42

Third place

Highland 55, Centennial 43

Championship

at the Idaho Center, Nampa

Lewiston 43, Coeur d'Alene 39

The Bengals are state champions for the first time since 1976. Last year, Lewiston returned to the state tournament for the first time since 1989 and lost to Coeur d'Alene in the final. Coeur d'Alene's attempt to win a fourth state tournament fell short, leaving Meridian (1980-83) as the only program that has accomplished that feat in girls basketball.

4A tournament

at Timberline High, Boise

Thursday

Wood River 48, Mountain Home 43

Bishop Kelly 36, Moscow 27

Middleton 37, Rigby 27

Twin Falls 41, Preston 37

Friday

Elimination games

Moscow 51, Mountain Home 50 (OT)

Rigby 39, Preston 30

Semifinals

Wood River 46, Bishop Kelly 36

Middleton 52, Twin Falls 35

Saturday

Consolation

Moscow 36, Rigby 35

Third place

Twin Falls 47, Bishop Kelly 42

Championship

at the Idaho Center, Nampa

Middleton 47, Wood River 33

Middleton led by nine points late in the third quarter, but missed six consecutive free throws to allow Wood River a window of opportunity. But the Vikings made their final nine free throws and got some big baskets from Maya Ah You in the fourth quarter to pull away and win their second straight championship. Ah You scored all eight of her points in the final 3:40.

3A tournament

at Skyview High, Nampa

Thursday

Snake River 37, Filer 17

Timberlake 53, Fruitland 27

Sugar-Salem 50, Priest River 40

Marsh Valley 42, Weiser 39

Friday

Elimination games

Fruitland 52, Filer 33

Priest River 45, Weiser 44

Semifinals

Timberline 42, Snake River 30

Sugar-Salem 38, Marsh Valley 34

Saturday

Consolation

Priest River 36, Fruitland 35 (OT)

Third place

Snake River 49, Marsh Valley 38

Championship

at the Idaho Center, Nampa

Sugar-Salem 48, Timberlake 44 (OT)

Vanessa Hawks scored 14 points, including the go-ahead layup in overtime to give the Diggers their fourth state championship and third as a 3A school.

2A tournament

at Bishop Kelly High, Boise

Thursday

Kamiah 45, Malad 41

Melba 54, Declo 48

Grangeville 74, Soda Springs 36

West Jefferson 46, Marsing 31

Friday

Elimination games

Declo 45, Malad 41

Soda Springs 42, Marsing 29

Semifinals

Kamiah 40, Melba 23

Grangeville 60, West Jefferson 51

Saturday

Consolation

Declo 64, Soda Springs 51

Third place

West Jefferson 60, Melba 44

Championship

at the Idaho Center, Nampa

Grangeville 48, Kamiah 44

Nichole Solberg scored 16 points, while Megan DeFord scored 6 with 19 rebounds to guide Grangeville to the championship.

1A Division I tournament

at Columbia High, Nampa

Thursday

Clearwater Valley 52, Raft River 48

Prairie 52, Notus 49

Challis 72, Greenleaf Friends 21

Lapwai 72, Liberty Charter 30

Friday

Elimination games

Raft River 52, Notus 40

Liberty Charter 48, Greenleaf Friends 23

Semifinals

Clearwater Valley 39, Prairie 34

Lapwai 52, Challis 35

Saturday

Consolation

Raft River 45, Liberty Charter 35

Third place

Challis 54, Prairie 42

Championship

at the Idaho Center, Nampa

Lapwai 61, Clearwater Valley 25

Reigning 1A All-Idaho Player of the Year Natahnee Spencer, a sophomore, scored a team-high 14 points as Lapwai won its second title in three years. Clearwater Valley was the defending champion.

1A Division II tournament

at Nampa High

Thursday

Dietrich 62, Summit Academy 52

North Gem 53, Tri-Valley 29

Richfield 56, Garden Valley 28

Mackay 37, Clark Fork 28

Friday

Semifinals

Dietrich 42, North Gem 34

Richfield 35, Mackay 29

Elimination games

Summit Academy 52, Tri Valley 34

Garden Valley 39, Clark Fork 28

Saturday

Consolation

Summit Academy 54, Garden Valley 39

Third place

North Gem 45, Mackay 42 (OT)

Championship

at the Idaho Center, Nampa

Dietrich 55, Richfield 51

Moriah Dill scored 16 points and added 14 rebounds, while Cheyenne Hubert scored 13 points and pulled down 17 rebounds as Dietrich held off Richfield in triple overtime. Richfield had won three consecutive state titles.

Officiating

I find it interesting that two of the best players in the state (Sofia Huerta and Jackie Luna-Castro) fouled out with over 3 minutes remaining in their respective games. Sometimes the officiating in these state tournaments reminds me of the 1972 Olympic game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Do You Follow the Game? Where are Your Facts?

The two best players on Centennial didn't foul out, so what is your point. Sofia Huerta is a great soccer player (best in the State) and she is a very good on at track, but she is probibly the third or fourth best basketball player on Centennial's team. Cry foul all you want, but if the officials wanted to yank the best, it would have been two or three players above Sofia. Nothing against Sofia, but when you make statements like you do, you need to get your facts together.

Read much?

Read much?

The final foul on Jackie was

The final foul on Jackie was ticky-tac. The officials allowed Coeur d'Alene to get away with a lot, especially up top, where there were several slaps that went uncalled because the officials were not in a good position to see them. However, CdA is a great team, so I am not saying they did not deserve the win.

Lewiston seemed to be the most impressive, for a half. CdA was very impressive defensively in the second half.

It is a crime that these tournaments are not seeded. We have seen WAY too many bad matchups in the first round in both basketball and football over the years. The Middleton-Rigby matchup is among the worst ever. The IHSAA needs to stop this nonsense and seed the teams.

Where are your facts?

...The Idaho Statesman. You will find some good statistics on the Centennial girls' basketball team in last Thursday's paper. But even after reading the stats and scoreboards, it is hard to say who the best players are. All of those girls contribute in their own way. They all bring something different to the team and are equally important. As far as the officiating is concerned, it was very different in state than during the regular season. One way or the other, it needs to be consistent or the officials affect the outcome of the tournament instead of the players.