Mountain View, Skyview win District Three girls basketball championships

Mavs beat Boise in 5A final; Hawks thwart Middleton for 4A crown.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comFebruary 15, 2014 

— There were stretches Friday night when Destiny Slocum looked more machine than mortal.

The 5-foot-8 Mountain View High sophomore made 3-pointers from unexpected lengths, disintegrated full-court pressure with a single dribble behind her back and created opportunities for teammates with crashing drives to the hoop.

It was a performance worthy of a trophy, and that’s exactly what the point guard got. She scored a game-leading 32 points as the Mavericks defeated Boise 70-48 in the 5A District Three championship game at Capital High.

It is Mountain View’s first district title in program history, and means the Mavericks earn the league’s No. 1 seed in next week’s state tournament at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

“I just love my team so much and together, they just bring me so much joy. I wanted to win it for them,” Slocum said. “... Throughout the season they’ve lifted me up in my moments, and I feel like right now, I owe them something.”

Slocum can relate to being on the other side of the title tilt. Last year, the Mavericks lost in double overtime to Capital.

“I didn’t want to be on the other end of it this time,” Slocum said.

The Mavericks moved in for the kill on the opening tip. After a mid-range jumper from Boise sophomore Issy Hadden, Slocum nailed a 3-pointer on Mountain View’s first possession.

They approached each possession after it with a pace that left both teams short of breath.

“Two of my kids were sick, and Destiny was one of them. She’s was not feeling very good, but you’d never know it,” Mountain View coach Connie Skogrand said. “Oh, she’s a gamer. She’s a player. She wasn’t going to let this slip through her fingers again, I guarantee you.”

As good as Slocum was on her own, it was the collective speed of her team that put an end to the Braves’ title hopes.

Mountain View freshman guard Kayla Anderson scored 10 points — including an alley-oop layup on a pass from fellow freshman Abby Kreiser — and junior post Renee Routhier added eight points and five boards.

“We are a transition team anyway. We like to get up and down the floor, but I didn’t expect it to be that fast,” Skogrand said. “It was incredible how fast we got up and down the floor, and I think we wore Boise out.”

With their first district championship trophy in hand, the Mavericks (18-5) turn their focus to their state opener against conference foe Capital (14-9) at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Boise (16-7) will play the winner of Saturday’s game between Lake City and Lewiston. Rocky Mountain (22-1), the No. 3 seed from District Three, opens against Highland.

“This win does help us. It helps us understand that we are a great team and that we do have little pieces, and if we come together, we can be a great team,” Slocum said. “But overall, we can’t get overconfident with it because going into state, every team is starting over.”

4A: SKYVIEW 42, MIDDLETON 35

The Hawks continued their dominance of the 4A classification this season, denying Middleton a sixth consecutive 4A District Three championship Friday night at Caldwell High.

Skyview (22-1) earns the league’s No. 1 seed at the state tournament and will face Burley at 8 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View High. Middleton (16-7) opens against Century.

“There were many times in that fourth quarter where the game was tied and there were a couple times when Middleton did get the lead,” Skyview coach Cindy Pasta said. “We just stayed really calm and executed.”

In the final two minutes, seniors Bailey Pasta and Marlee Markus went a combined 6-for-6 from the free-throw line to help the Hawks pull away. Pasta finished with 13 points, senior forward Leah Bonner had 16 points, and junior Kayla Turcato added seven points and nine rebounds.

“Their hard work ethic has got us to this point and I just hope we can continue our run and be competitive and definitely live up to our destiny,” Cindy Pasta said.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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