State girls basketball: Championship roundup

STATESMAN STAFFFebruary 23, 2014 

1A DIVISION II

DIETRICH 31, MACKAY 26

The Blue Devils became just the second girls basketball team in Idaho history to win four consecutive state titles with their victory over the Miners (19-7).

Meridian High was the only other team to accomplish the feat, winning four championships in a row from 1980-83.

Dietrich (19-5) overcame a slow first half in which both teams shot less than 20 percent from the field and went into the locker room tied 8-8.

Junior guard Jacey Shaw and sophomore center Katee Hubert each scored 13 points for the Blue Devils.

1A DIVISION I

PRAIRIE 56, LAPWAI 40

The Pirates upended District Two rival Lapwai to win their second championship in three seasons.

Prairie went to the free-throw line 42 times, making 30. Senior Kyndahl Ulmer (17 points, 14 rebounds) and junior Kayla Schumacher (17 points, 15 rebounds) went a combined 18-for-21 from the line to give the Pirates (21-4) the edge they needed.

The Wildcats (21-4) — led by Cyra Cunningham’s 12 points — were charged with 28 fouls compared to Prairie’s 10.

2A

FIRTH 45, RIRIE 36

Junior post Bailey Nelson led a balanced Firth attack with 14 points and seven rebounds as the Cougars knocked off District Six rival Ririe to capture their first state title since 1987.

Senior guard Brittana Spencer scored 10 points, and fellow senior Rachel Schiess added eight points and seven rebounds for Firth (21-5), which overcame a poor shooting night by forcing 23 turnovers and earning 39 free throws.

Junior guard Brooke Griffith led Ririe (22-5) with 10 points. Senior post Amy Johnson scored nine and sophomore guard Savanna Gamett added eight points and seven boards for the Bulldogs.

3A

FILER 44, TIMBERLAKE 36

Junior guard Sydney Koyle came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points as Filer outlasted Timberlake to win its first girls basketball state championship.

Senior post Jenna Jarolimek added 10 points and eight rebounds and senior wing Katie Hughes chipped in nine points for the Wildcats (23-3), who were state runners-up last season.

Freshman guard Keelie Lawler scored 21 points to lead Timberlake (18-9), but the Tigers shot just 19 percent from the field as Filer’s long-armed defenders contested nearly every jump shot and consistently closed down driving lanes.

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