The Idaho Statesman will provide live updates after each quarter from Thursday night's 4A District Three Tournament championship game at Skyview High in Nampa. Two-time defending state champion Middleton (22-0) takes on Skyview (17-5). The Vikings have won the last three district championships.
In Thursday's third-place game, Bishop Kelly defeated Mountain Home 45-34 to advance to a state play-in game vs. District Four runner-up Burley (14-12). That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Home High.
FIRST QUARTER: MIDDLETON 10, SKYVIEW 8
Sophomore post D'Rae Tullock scored seven of her team's 10 points to help the Vikings earn a slim lead after the first 8 minutes. Bailey Pasta leads Skyview with four points.
SECOND QUARTER: MIDDLETON 18, SKYVIEW 17
The game is stopped with 7:25 to play when Skyview's Ashlynn Smith goes down with an injury. Smith was helped to her feet by the athletic training staff, but did not put weight on her right leg. Skyview took its first lead of the game on a layup by Leah Bonner, and the two teams exchanged the lead three more times before the quarter was over. Middleton's Tullock leads all scorers with 11 points, while Bonner is Skyview's top scorer with nine at the half.
THIRD QUARTER: MIDDLETON 31, SKYVIEW 21
Middleton held Skyview to just two field goals in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead into the final frame. Tullock continues to lead all scorers with 17 points. Bonner has 11 for the Hawks.
FOURTH QUARTER: MIDDLETON 38, SKYVIEW 34
It was a heated final 3 minutes, but the Vikings held on to win their fourth consecutive district championship. Skyview pulled within 36-34 with 13.9 seconds remaining and possession of the ball. After a timeout, the Hawks' play went awry, and the Vikings finished off the victory. D'Rae Tullock finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and senior Taylor Simmons added seven points, seven rebounds and five assists. Skyview was paced by Leah Bonner with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Note: Ashlynn Smith returned to the game in the second half with bandages around her knee, but appeared to be OK.