Girls High School Basketball

5A All-Idaho girls basketball team: Division I talent packed the state’s toughest class

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DARIAN WHITE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

Why she is player of the year: The Mavericks fed off the 5-foot-6 senior point guard’s athleticism, IQ and killer instinct on their way to a 25-1 record and a second-place finish at state. White averaged 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.5 assists per game.

Coach’s comment: “Darian is a quick and explosive player who is tough to stop. … Her quickness and anticipation make her a great defender,” Mountain View coach Connie Skogrand said.

What others are saying: “She could lock down your best player or go off for 20-plus (points), if needed. … Her floater in the paint was virtually unguardable because of her quickness and jumping ability,” Meridian coach Matthew Creech said.

What’s next: She has signed to play for Montana State.

[Related: Full all-state boys and girls basketball teams in every classification]

MEGHAN BOYD, EAGLE

The deadeye shooter set a 5A state tournament record with 12 made 3-pointers to lead Eagle to its first state title. The Denver signee and 5-11 point guard did it all, averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals.

NAYA OJUKWU, MOUNTAIN VIEW

Opponents quickly learned to fear the 6-0 freshman center patrolling the Mavericks’ paint. Her length and athleticism made her unstoppable one-on-one, and she finished the year averaging 14.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

AVA RANSON, TIMBERLINE

The Wolves snapped a 13-year state tournament drought in part thanks to the 5-10 junior guard. The Montana State commit could take over games in transition, off the dribble or behind the arc, averaging 18.0 points and 3.5 assists a night.

NYALAM THABACH, BORAH

The 6-4 senior forward and UC Santa Barbara signee put the Lions on her back night in and night out. She finished the year averaging a double-double of 19.2 points and 12.7 rebounds while adding 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks.

COACH OF THE YEAR: CODY PICKETT, EAGLE

After taking second the past two years, Pickett and Eagle broke through for their first title.

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Height

Year

Position

Stats

Jaimee McKinnie

Eagle

5-9

Senior

Guard

13.7 ppg, 6.8 reb, 2.2 stl

Peyton McFarland

Boise

6-4

Junior

Center

12.9 ppg, 8.2 reb, 1.8 blk

Makenna Baker

Highland

5-6

Senior

Point guard

17.5 ppg, 3.9 stl, 3.7 ast

Allison Ross

Boise

5-6

Sophomore

Guard

11.2 ppg, 2.5 stl, 1.9 ast

Bridget Rieken

Lake City

6-0

Senior

Forward

9.2 ppg, 8.7 reb, 3.3 stl

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