5A: POST FALLS WINS IN OT
North Idaho rivals Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene worked overtime to decide the 5A state championship, but Post Falls senior Dani Failor had enough gas in the tank to be the hero.
Failor went coast-to-coast, got fouled and sank two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining in OT, lifting the Trojans to a thrilling 46-44 victory.
Failor finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Post Falls (24-1). Katie King added nine points - including a big 3 in OT - and Whitney Gonzales scored eight points in eight minutes for the Trojans.
It is the Trojans' first state title under head coach Marc Allert, and first overall since 2003.
Sydney Williams scored 15 points, and Madison Sumner had 12 points and eight rebounds for Coeur d'Alene (21-6). The Vikings held a three-point lead with 55 seconds remaining, but Post Falls got a tying 3 from Lexi Smith and then a steal, setting the stage for Failor's heroics.
3A: SNAKE RIVER WINS FIRST TITLE
Snake River's balanced offense and smothering defense turned the 3A title game into a runaway.
Junior post Brylie Bair had 13 points and 17 rebounds, leading four Panthers in double figures as Snake River routed Filer 51-34 to capture its first girls basketball championship.
"We've been here four of the past five years, and it was hard to get over that semifinal hump," Snake River coach Rich Dunn said. "We finally did it, and no words can describe the jubilation."
Junior guard Makena Shelley scored 15 points, senior guard Kylie Coby had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and senior Madison Pilster chipped in 10 points for Snake River (23-2).
After a close first half, Snake River found a gear Filer could not match. The Panthers outscored the Wildcats 27-12 after halftime as Filer shot just 15 percent from the field. Katie Hughes led Filer (21-5) with 13 points.
2A: NORTH FREMONT BRINGS PURPLE REIGN
For the first time in school history, the North Fremont Huskies are Idaho's top dogs.
Junior post Dakota Marshall scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, senior forward Hailee Harrigfeld added 15 points and the Huskies held on to win a 45-40 thriller over Soda Springs in the 2A state championship game.
"It sets a new standard for our school," Harrigfeld said. "It's incredible. I'm as happy as can be."
In a wild, back-and-forth game, the two teams combined to commit 43 fouls and 39 turnovers. North Fremont (19-10) shot just 22 percent from the field, but coach Ben Lenz's Huskies compensated by outrebounding the Cardinals 39-28 and shooting 78 percent (22-for-28) from the free-throw line. Junior guard Hannah Brown chipped in 12 points for the Huskies.
Senior post Markee Kimball scored 12 points and senior guard Amber Skinner added nine to lead Soda Springs (23-3).
1A DIVISION I: KAMIAH HAS ITS DAY
Kamiah finally got its moment in the sun. After heartbreaking losses in the 2012 and 2011 title games, the Kubs captured their elusive state championship with a 60-29 victory over Lapwai.
Junior forward Kyndahl Ulmer finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Kamiah, which secured the first basketball state title in school history. Ulmer averaged 18.3 points and 14.6 boards during the Kubs' run to the title.
"Our only goal all year has been getting back to this game and winning it," Kamiah coach Tina Ulmer said.
Senior forward Shelby Cloninger had 18 points and eight rebounds for Kamiah (21-3), while senior guard Bailey Nygaard added 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. The Kubs won the 1A Division I title after suffering four-point losses in the past two 2A championship games.
Natahnee Spencer scored 11 points for Lapwai (21-5), which shot 15 percent from the field.
1A DIVISION II: DIETRICH THREE-PEATS
The Dietrich girls added another title to their emerging dynasty, crushing Kendrick 52-28 to capture a third consecutive 1A Division II championship.
Senior guard Charley Bingham scored 17 points and grabbed four of Dietrich's 15 steals as the Blue Devils turned 24 Kendrick turnovers into 26 points. Senior forward Cheyenne Hubert added 11 points and nine rebounds for Dietrich, which finished with an overall record of 26-1 for coach Acey Shaw.
After a close first quarter, Dietrich seized command by outscoring Kendrick 12-2 in the second. The Blue Devils maintained a comfortable lead from there, thanks largely to easy baskets off turnovers.
Junior guard Abby Smith scored 13 points to lead Kendrick (15-11). Senior guard Katlyn Stamper added 11 points, but the Tigers were held to 31 percent shooting and did not attempt a free throw.
Bingham averaged 17.6 points per game during the state tournament.