The Mountain View High girls basketball team used a combination of speed and accuracy from beyond the arc to qualify for the 5A District Three Tournament championship game for the third time in four seasons.
Despite facing a height disadvantage against Boise, the Mavericks ran the Braves from start to finish, resulting in a 73-64 victory in the district semifinals Saturday at Eagle High.
Mountain View (19-4), which advances to state for the fourth year in a row, went 7-for-12 from 3-point range and led by 10 at the half, creating a hole the Braves could not escape.
Guards Destiny Slocum and Abby Kreiser scored 31 and 20 points, respectively, attacking Boise’s defense with drives to the hoop for a layup, or sucking the defense in for the kick out.
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“We have to push it. We have to make it a full-court game against Boise,” Mountain View coach Connie Skogrand said. “They have two big kids that are studs.”
While Boise’s 6-foot-plus forwards Issy Hadden (29 points, 11 rebounds) and Mandy Simpson (23 points, 15 rebounds) did their damage in the second half, the Mavericks’ frenetic pace never relented.
MOUNTAIN VIEW’S KEYS TO STATE SUCCESS
The defending state champions have a stable of strong shooters, and when they are on, the Mavericks are hard to keep up with.
Mountain View set a state record last season for most points in a tournament with 205.
Three starters are back from that team, along with junior Kayla Anderson, who started as a freshman but missed the majority of last season with a knee injury.
Experience inside appears to be Mountain View’s only limitation, as 5-10 junior Adriana Vickery is a first-year starter, and freshman Braelyn Whitelock is the only Maverick 6-0 or taller.
“We can run and run and run, and I think that really pressures teams,” Slocum said. “To run the whole game is a tough thing.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BOISE?
Last year’s state tournament runner-up will have two more chances to punch a ticket to state. The Braves (16-6) play Capital (14-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eagle High. The winner advances to state, while the loser falls into the district tournament’s fifth-place game.
“It’s fighting for a state bid, so it’s a different type of game,” Boise coach Kim Brydges said. “We’ll be ready.”
Recent 5A district champions
- 2015: Centennial 59, Boise 54
- 2014: Mountain View 70, Boise 48
- 2013: Capital 71, Mountain View 63
- 2012: Vallivue 49, Centennial 41
- 2011: Centennial 61, Boise 58
- 2010: Centennial 44, Boise 39
- 2009: Centennial 60, Vallivue 56
- 2008: Vallivue 48, Centennial 38
- 2007: Borah 47, Centennial 28
- 2006: Borah 50, Centennial 37
- 2005: Borah 46, Timberline 22
- 2004: Boise 42, Timberline 40
District Three state qualifiers
These Valley teams have punched their tickets to the state tournament:
- 5A: Mountain View (19-4), Centennial (21-2)
- 3A: Weiser (11-10), Homedale (18-4)
- 2A: Cole Valley Christian (20-1), New Plymouth (17-4)
- 1A DI: Notus, Liberty Charter (19-2)