The season starts this week with nonconference games. Here is a look at 5A Southern Idaho Conference teams:
Coach: Kim Brydges, eighth season
2011-12 record: 2-18, 2-16 5A SIC
Returning starters: Maddie Skaggs, senior, guard (9.9 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.1 spg, 2.3 apg); Natasha Dacic, junior, forward/post (5.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Madelon Roser, senior, guard/forward (4.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg); Shea Brennan, junior, guard (5.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
Team tidbit: Last season was an off year for the Braves, but the return of eight lettermen should put them back in contention. Six-foot-2 freshman post Isabelle Hadden could have an immediate impact.
Coach: Jason Willer, first season
2011-12 record: 5-15, 4-14 5A SIC
Returning starters: Skyler Stillings, senior, point guard; Dakotah Lowber, junior, guard.
Team tidbit: Willer hopes to reignite a storied program with the help of seven returning lettermen. The Lions have not advanced to state since 2007 and last won a title in 01.
Coach: Blas Telleria Jr., seventh season
2011-12 record: 13-11, 10-8 5A SIC
Returning starters: Liz Landreth, senior, guard (16 ppg); Delaney Sauer, junior, foward (11 ppg); Khadija Neumeyer, junior, guard (6 rpg, 4 ppg, 3 spg)
Team tidbit: Landreth is the reigning conference player of the year and has given a verbal commitment to Utah State. Senior transfer Kayla Stephens, a 6-4 post from Victorville, Calif., adds more height to a roster that features four players 6-0 or taller.
Coach: Cassie Bro, first season
2011-12 record: 20-6, 16-2 5A SIC
Returning starters: Sherise Porchia, senior, point guard (11.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, shoots 36 percent from 3-point range); Morgan Weigel, senior, guard (7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, shoots 31 percent from 3-point range)
Team tidbit: Porchia, who has verbally committed to Idaho State, will be one of the top players in the conference and is one of six lettermen back from last years state runner-up team. Bro, a Lake City High and Idaho State graduate, comes to Centennial after serving most recently as an assistant at Division II Barry University in Florida.
Coach: David Maxwell, third season
2011-12 record: 14-11, 10-8 5A SIC
Returning starter: McClain Williams, senior, guard (13.4 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 spg, 2 apg)
Team tidbit: Williams earned second-team All-Idaho honors last season and will be a force in her senior campaign. The Mustangs return six lettermen all seniors aiming to make a second straight state tournament appearance. Eagle lost in last years consolation championship.
Coach: Amos Lee, second season
2011-12 record: 17-9, 11-7 5A SIC
Returning starters: Holly Blades, senior, guard (13.6 ppg, 7 rpg, 3.6 spg, 1 apg); Mykaela Richards, senior, guard (12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 spg, 1.6 apg); Carli Rice, sophomore, guard (6.1 ppg, 4.8 spg, 1.2 rpg)
Team tidbit: Six lettermen are back, including four seniors who have played together for the past 10 years. Although the Warriors are not particularly tall, they should be a high-tempo team with tough defense.
Mountain View Mavericks
Coach: Connie Skogrand, 10th season
2011-12 record: 10-12, 9-9 5A SIC
Returning starters: Josie Lawrence, senior, forward (9.5 ppg, 9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg); Aubrey Griffeth, senior, guard (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1 apg, 1.4 spg)
Team tidbit: Seniors McKensey Herron and Kaylee Hastings join Lawrence and Griffeth as the only returning lettermen. The Mavericks hope 5-7 freshman guard Destiny Slocum and 5-9 sophomore forward Renee Routheir can have an immediate impact.
Rocky Mountain Grizzlies
Coach: Emery Roy, first season
2011-12 record: 16-11, 11-7 5A SIC
Returning starters: Taylor Nate, senior, guard/forward; Madi Kelly, junior, guard
Team tidbit: The Grizzlies graduated just three seniors from a team that advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Nine lettermen return, including three seniors, five juniors and one sophomore.
Coach: Todd Simpson, first season
2011-12 record: 8-14, 6-12
Returning starters: Katie Clements, senior, point guard; Mimi Pfeiffer, guard
Team tidbit: Seven lettermen return for a Wolves team that features eight seniors. Timberline should get a boost from senior guard/post McKenna Butler, who previously played for Boise High. Timberline last advanced to state in 2005.
Coach: Katie Holmes, fourth season
2011-12 record: 16-9, 11-7 5A SIC
Returning starters: None
Team tidbit: Senior post Rayona Driskell and juniors Kylie Murphy, Shayne Cichosz and Derricka Oliver are the Falcons only returning lettermen from a team that won last years 5A District Three championship. A group of six newcomers two seniors, two juniors and two sophomores are poised to pick up where last years team left off.
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