NAMPA - District Three teams fell hard in first-round games Thursday at the 5A girls basketball state tournament.
Capital was the only Treasure Valley team to avoid the slaughter, as Mountain View, Meridian and Rocky Mountain lost by a combined 65 points.
The Eagles (17-7) will meet Coeur d'Alene (20-5) in one semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday, while top-ranked Post Falls (22-1) and No. 3 Highland (20-2) will play for the second time this season in the 6:15 p.m. semifinal at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
Here is a look at Thursday's games:
CAPITAL 42, MADISON 31
So often this season, Capital's fate has been tied to the success of senior Liz Landreth.
That's why it was so important for the Eagles to establish several go-to scorers in their first-round game against Madison.
Those scoring duties fell to junior Delaney Sauer and sophomore Emily Eckhart, who took charge for the Eagles by each scoring a team-leading 10 points.
Landreth - a Utah State recruit who entered the game averaging a team-best 16 points per game - was limited to eight points and six rebounds.
"It's nice to have the rest of the team step up in a big game like this," Capital coach Blas Telleria said. "A lot of times a big game can be overwhelming. They were pressuring Liz pretty good to make sure she wasn't getting it, so when you can have the other people score points, it always makes it a little easier."
Capital led 27-26 at the start of the fourth quarter, but kept the Bobcats without a field goal in the final frame to come away with the lone win for 5A District Three teams. The Eagles also benefited from 21 Bobcat turnovers.
"I think our team was a little nervous just being in the big arena and everything," Sauer said. "But we got it out of the way in the second half and came through."
Capital was able to empty its bench with a minute left and no starter played more than 26 minutes, which could help keep the Eagles' legs fresh for their semifinal game against Coeur d'Alene.
"If they start playing like they were in the district tournament," Telleria said, "we should be able to give anybody a run."
POST FALLS 50, MOUNTAIN VIEW 28
Danielle Failor is considering becoming a pediatrician, or maybe majoring in Korean and becoming an intelligence officer in the Army.
If she approaches her college major the same way she took to the basketball court Thursday afternoon, it is likely the Post Falls senior is going to be successful.
Failor led the Trojans with a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds in their first appearance in the state tournament since 2008.
The Army commit had a double-double at halftime and helped Post Falls jump out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter before the Mavericks were able to score.
"We've been talking about getting off to a good start," Post Falls coach Marc Allert said. "It's a new environment for the girls and for them to come out right off the bat was nice to see."
Failor is one of three Post Falls seniors who have committed to play at the next level. Hallie Gennett is headed to Sacramento State and Brooke Litalien plans to play at Lewis-Clark State College.
The trio proved tough to stop, combining for 40 of Post Falls' 50 points.
"We came out to play and we did the job and got it done," Failor said. "That's always nice."
Mountain View was held to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters and trailed by as many as 27 points against the top-ranked Trojans.
Freshman point guard Destiny Slocum accounted for 19 of the Mavericks' points.
HIGHLAND 63, MERIDIAN 39
Playing in their fourth consecutive state tournament, opponents are more than familiar with Highland twin sisters Dylan and Dakota Gonzalez.
So when the Meridian defense zeroed in on the Kansas-bound guards, junior Makenzie Van Sickle took advantage.
Van Sickle finished with 14 points and hit two key 3-pointers to help the Rams earn a spot in the semifinals for the fourth season in a row.
"I've just had to have more confidence in myself and step up and be a leader as the point guard," Van Sickle said.
The 5-foot-6 junior opened the game by completing a three-point play, and her 3-pointer in the second quarter and a free throw less than a minute later gave the Rams a lead they never relinquished.
"Makenzie is such a unique player. She plays her game," Highland coach Tony Green said. "There's going to be games when she's trying to make plays and might turn the ball over, but we want her to continue to be aggressive. She's just a playmaker and she gives us a spark. When she's rolling, the rest of us kind of feed off of that."
Dakota Gonzalez finished with a game-leading 19 points and sister Dylan added 14.
Highland now draws a rematch with Post Falls. The Trojans defeated the Rams 57-44 earlier this season.
"They're a solid team. We've just got to work hard on our defense and believe in ourselves," Van Sickle said. "Our defense will create our offense."
COEUR D'ALENE 55, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 36
Free throws with consequences. It's a familiar practice scenario for nearly every high school basketball player in the country.
If you miss, you run, or the team runs and you don't.
Either way, it can teach a player to be a stone-cold sniper at the line.
At least that's the way it seems to work at Coeur d'Alene High.
The Vikings made 24-of-31 freebies to knock off Rocky Mountain in their first-round game, including a stretch of 15 in a row spanning the first and second quarters.
"We emphasize free throws a lot in practice," said Coeur d'Alene junior Sydney Williams, who finished with 11 points and a 3-for-4 performance from the line.
"If we don't make them, we run until we make them, and that is a lot of running. If we make our free throws, we don't have to run, so it's a good incentive."
Coeur d'Alene went to the line 31 times compared to Rocky Mountain's 11. The free throw disparity in combination with a poor shooting night (31.3 percent from the field) by the Grizzlies proved to be the difference.
"Especially in the first half, we'd get going and foul and they'd make two," Rocky Mountain coach Emery Roy said. "We were playing pretty good 'D' but maybe too aggressive I guess."
Senior guard Caelyn Orlandi led the Vikings with 13 points, while junior guard Madi Kelly dropped in 13 points for Rocky Mountain.