3A: THREE TEAMS WITH 20-PLUS VICTORIES REACH SEMIFINALS
NAMPA - The four teams still alive have a combined record of 75-21, and the field includes one of three Treasure Valley teams still alive in all six classifications. District Three representative Parma (21-2) slipped past Bonners Ferry 41-40 in its opening game Thursday at Skyview High, and takes on Snake River (21-2) in a Friday night semifinal. Parma, which led 31-27 after three quarters, was led in scoring by Landri Timmons (14) and Rachel Eguia (12). In the other semifinal, Filer (20-4) faces Sugar-Salem (13-13). Filer beat defending state champion Marsh Valley in its first-round game 36-33.
2A: GRANGEVILLE, NEW BLOOD IN HUNT FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Three of the four semifinal teams won by double-digits during the first round Thursday at Bishop Kelly High, while North Fremont knocked off District Three squad New Plymouth 46-42. In the Friday night semifinals, 2011 state champion Grangeville (14-7) battles Soda Springs (22-2), which beat Marsing 47-27 in the first round; and North Fremont (17-10) faces Ririe (17-7). Ririe beat Melba 34-22 in its opening game. Grangeville has dominated the 2A tournament in recent years, winning four state championships since 2006. Soda Springs, North Fremont and Ririe have not won titles in the past 36 years.
1A DIVISION I: STATE POWERS PRAIRIE, LAPWAI REACH SEMIFINALS
NAMPA - Prairie and Lapwai have won three of the four state titles in 1A Division I, and both won their first-round games Thursday at Columbia High in Nampa. Defending champion Prairie defeated Butte County 42-38, while two-time champion Lapwai (2009 and 2011) opened with a 66-51 victory over Challis. Lapwai's Natahnee Spencer scored 34 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 14-of-15 shooting from the line. She also added seven rebounds and five assists. District Three teams Liberty Charter and Rimrock both lost Thursday and play elimination games Friday.
1A DIVISION II: DIETRICH EYES A THREE-PEAT
NAMPA - Dietrich took the first step to winning its third straight championship Thursday, blowing out Kootenai 70-20 at Nampa High. Charley Bingham scored 19 points, and Cheyenne Hubert added 18 for the Devils (24-1), who will face Mackay in Friday's semifinals. Mackay (15-6) is making its sixth state tournament appearance in seven years. In Friday's second semifinal, Rockland (14-10) will face Kendrick (14-10). Kendrick, which came into the tournament averaging 50 points per game, is seeking its first state title since 2002. The Tigers also won championships in 1997 and 1983.