5A Southern Idaho Conference
Coach: Kim Brydges, ninth season
2012-13 record: 11-12, 9-9 5A SIC
Returning starters: Natasha Dacic, senior, forward (5.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg); Megan Lee, junior, guard (4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg); Isabelle Hadden, sophomore, post (12.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg); Lydia Miles, junior, guard.
Team tidbit: The Braves return seven players from last years squad, which advanced to the state play-in game. Six-foot-2 Hadden and 6-0 Dacic give Boise an advantage on the boards.
Coach: Jason Willer, second season
2012-13 record: 3-17, 2-16 5A SIC
Returning starters: Kayla Haley, senior, wing; Kel Bilger, sophomore, wing.
Team tidbit: With six lettermen back, Willer is hopeful the Lions can turn experience into a competitive season. Newcomers Kiana Corpus (freshman guard) and Rylee Randall (senior guard) are expected to make an impact.
Coach: Blas Telleria, eighth season
2012-13 record: 17-9, 11-7 5A SIC
Returning starters: Delaney Sauer, senior, forward; Khadija Neumeyer, senior, guard; Nicole White, junior, forward; Emilie Eckhart, junior, forward.
Team tidbit: Capital is coming off one of its best seasons in recent history, which included a District Three title and an appearance in the state semifinals. Four starters and eight lettermen return.
Coach: Cassie Bro, second season
2012-13 record: 14-12, 12-6
Returning starters: Dominique Williams, sophomore, guard; Grace Melgard, senior, forward.
Team tidbit: The Patriots are expected to contend for a conference title with the help of five returning lettermen and a strong group of newcomers. Dominique Williams and Tori Williams (freshman guard) who are not related have already been offered Division I scholarships.
Coach: Cody Pickett, first season
2012-13 record: 6-16, 5-13 5A SIC
Returning starters: None
Team tidbit: Returning lettermen Jenny Stevens, Tori DiMattio, Kylee Coffin and Ali Snooks will help make Picketts transition easier. The former University of Washington and San Francisco 49ers quarterback coached the past two seasons at North Star Charter in Eagle.
Coach: Amos Lee, third season
2012-13 record: 18-7, 14-4
Returning starters: Ebony Norman, junior, forward; Carli Rice, junior, guard.
Team tidbit: Eight lettermen return from last years state-qualifying team, which finished third during the regular season. Guard play has carried the Warriors in recent seasons, but that could change this year.
MOUNTAIN VIEW MAVERICKS
Coach: Connie Skogrand, 11th season
2012-13 record: 19-7, 15-3 5A SIC
Returning starter: Destiny Slocum, sophomore, guard (15.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 apg, 3 spg).
Team tidbit: The Mavericks lost a large portion of last years team, but Slocum the reigning 5A SIC player of the year gives them a good base to work from along with returners Josie Hardy (senior forward), Drew Pikes (junior guard) and Renee Routhier (junior forward).
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRIZZLIES
Coach: Emery Roy, second season
2012-13 record: 22-4, 16-2 5A SIC
Returning starters: Madi Kelly, senior, guard; Megan Hochstein, senior, post; Maya Rodgers, junior, forward.
Team tidbit: The Grizzlies won the 5A SIC regular-season title and the state consolation championship last season. Kelly, a Utah Valley commit, will lead a team that returns six lettermen.
Coach: Todd Simpson, second season
2012-13 record: 4-16, 2-16 5A SIC
Returning starters: Tara Hall, senior, guard (8 ppg); Malika Kasumu, senior, post (7 ppg, 8 rpg).
Team tidbit: Simpson is working to build confidence in a program that has not been to state in nine seasons. Early success for this inexperienced squad, which only returns three lettermen, could translate to a winning season.
Coach: Neil Stutzman, first season
2012-13 record: 5-17, 4-14 5A SIC
Returning starter: Kylie Murphy, senior, point guard.
Team tidbit: Stutzman previously coached at Weiser, and will benefit from a young squad eager to learn under a new coach. The Falcons have three seniors and four returning lettermen.
4A Southern Idaho Conference
BISHOP KELLY KNIGHTS
Coach: Derek McCormick, seventh season
2012-13 record: 19-7, 12-4 4A SIC
Returning starters: Gabi Harrington, sophomore, wing; Raquelle Mouw, senior, forward; Mikaela Murgoitio, senior, post.
Team tidbit: Injuries to key returners Molly Adcox (out for the season) and Mickie Piechowski (could be back in February) mean newcomers will need to step up big for the defending state champs.
Coach: Tonia Burk, eighth season
2012-13 record: 5-17, 5-11 4A SIC
Returning starters: Kora Bower, sophomore; Tamika Russell, junior; Mariela Ruiz, senior; Kaylee Bower, senior.
Team tidbit: The Cougars hope to build on last years season with the return of four starters, many of whom ran cross country this fall to help prepare for basketball.
Coach: Driggs Jessup, fourth season
2012-13 record: 3-18, 3-13 4A SIC
Returning starters: Rhianna Birch, senior, guard (13 ppg); Chloe Curry, sophomore, guard; Gonya Lado, sophomore, guard.
Team tidbit: Jessup is working to improve a program that was 3-86 when he took over. The Huskies posted a school-record 45 points in a win last week over Emmett, and have benefited from quick play on both sides of the ball.
Coach: Katie Walton, second season
2012-13 record: 0-19, 0-16 4A SIC
Returning starters: Mimi Sanchez, senior, guard; Chancy McMillan, junior, forward; Kayla Jensen, senior, post.
Team tidbit: The Huskies have five lettermen back and three key newcomers who are expected to have an immediate impact Sarah Adkinson, Jessica Lyter and Ashleigh Yates.
Coach: Alex Jensen, second season
2012-13 record: 12-11, 10-6 4A SIC
Returning starters: Michaelia Mills, senior, guard; Lexxie Berry, senior, guard; Allison Law, sophomore, post; Nicole Arizana, junior, point guard; Ruby Shreeve, senior, guard.
Team tidbit: Shreeve would have been a four-year starter, but will miss the season because of a torn ACL. Newcomers Emily Shreeve, Becca Ferris, Taylor Lashley and Lexie Hangle will compete for starting spots.
Coach: Andy Jones, 12th season
2012-13 record: 25-1, 16-0 4A SIC
Returning starters: DRae Tullock, senior, post (15.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg); Allison Cossins, senior, post (4.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg); Madison Brown, senior, guard (4.1 ppg, 2.1 apg).
Team tidbit: Last years state consolation champions welcome back six lettermen, making the Vikings contenders to win a sixth consecutive District Three title.
MOUNTAIN HOME TIGERS
Coach: Brent Keener, seventh season
2012-13 record: 6-17, 5-11 4A SIC
Returning starters: Jacci Cristobal, senior, guard (7 ppg); Madi Karst, senior, post (5 ppg, 4 rpg); Mattie Bennett, junior, guard (4 ppg, 3 rpg).
Team tidbit: Keener expects a core group of five returning lettermen to give the Tigers a boost, but said experience off the bench will be limited.
Coach: Cam Long, 10th season
2012-13 record: 15-11, 10-6 4A SIC
Returning starters: Danielle Jardine, junior, post (14 ppg, 11 rpg); Deja Holland, senior, guard (7 ppg, 4 apg); Karissa Thueson, senior, post (6 ppg, 5 rpg); Madison Wells, junior, guard (6 ppg, 3 spg).
Team tidbit: The Bulldogs advanced to state last season and should be contenders to win a district title with seven returning lettermen.
Coach: Cindy Pasta, 18th season
2012-13 record: 17-7, 11-5 4A SIC
Returning starters: Bailey Pasta, senior, guard; Kayla Turcato, junior post.
Team tidbit: Standout senior post Leah Bonner, the 2012 4A SIC player of the year, returns from an ACL injury and gives the Hawks a big boost inside. Nine players are back from last years team, making the Hawks a leading contender for a district championship run.
Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX