3A: PARMA FALLS; SNAKE RIVER PLAYS FOR FIRST TITLE
NAMPA - Snake River senior point guard Kylie Coby led a late charge and lifted her team to its first ever appearance in the state finals with a 33-32 semifinal win against Parma on Friday. Coby scored 10 of her 11 points, and 10 of her team's 14 points, in the fourth quarter to erase a lead Parma held for all but 11 seconds entering the fourth quarter. The victory lifts Snake River (22-2) into the 3A state championship at the Idaho Center against Filer (21-4), which dominated against Sugar-Salem in the other semifinal. Parma senior forward Landri Timmons scored a game-high 19 points and nearly led her team back with a pair of miracle shots. She banked in a 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left to cut the deficit to one. And after Baldwin's layup, a 30-foot desperation heave hit the front and back of the rim before falling out.
2A: SODA SPRINGS, NORTH FREMONT REACH TITLE GAME
One of the two programs will win its first state title since at least 1977, the first year records were kept. Soda Springs (23-2) roared into the title game with a 52-36 semifinal victory over Grangeville, while North Fremont knocked off Ririe 34-26. Starting guard Amber led Soda Springs with 20 points, while starting guard Alyssa Hawkes had a team-high 11 points for North Fremont.
District Three teams Marsing (14-10) and Melba (12-15) will play Saturday morning for the consolation title.
1A DIVISION I: LAPWAI STANDOUT HAS ANOTHER BIG GAME
NAMPA - Natahnee Spencer scored 27 points to lead Lapwai back into the state title game after finishing in third place last season. Spencer was the only Lapwai player to score in double figures in the 52-36 win over Grace, bringing her two-game tournament total to 61 points. Lapwai (21-4) won state titles in 2009 and 2011. Lapwai will face Kamiah (20-3), which upset defending champion Prairie 49-34. Kamiah led by as many as 17 points in a game that featured five ties.
1A DIVISION II: DIETRICH, KENDRICK FACE OFF FOR TITLE
NAMPA - Two-time defending champion Dietrich continues its quest for a third straight state title Saturday when it takes on Kendrick. Charley Bingham and Jacey Shaw combined for 38 points to lead the Blue Devils (25-1) in a 47-42 win over Mackay. In the other semifinal, Kendrick (15-10) beat Rockland 45-33 behind a trio of double-digit scorers led by Abby Smith's 17 points.
Tri-Valley's Victoria Branch had 29 points in a win over Kootenai. Carey's Jaide Parke scored 32 against Deary.