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1976-77 Idaho Prep Basketball

Boise played host for the State A-1 Girl's State Championship, with undefeated Capital, Blackfoot, Nampa and Lewiston all hoping to take the Crown back to their schools. Capital ran their record to 18-0 as they handled Blackfoot 53-46 as senior Marsha Donoho led the Eagles with 20 points, while Tammy Sorenson put in 18 for the Broncos. The other contest saw Lewiston knock off Nampa by a 68-44 count. Jo Ann Servatius poured in 23 points for the Bengals while the Bulldogs were topped by the 14 points of Kris Freitag.

Tammy Sorenson hit a last second shot to push Blackfoot (20-2) to a 54-52 win over Nampa (15-7) in the battle for 3rd place. Terry Burks led the Bronco scoring with 17, while Peggy Painter scored 23 to keep the Bulldogs in the contest. The Championship game saw Capital cap their perfect season (19-0) with a victory over the Lewiston Bengals 49-36.

Capital (49) (19-0) FG FT TP Lewiston (17-8) (36) FG FT TP
Marsha Donoho 19 Cheryl Nelson 8
Terri Behrman 11 JoAnn Servatius 2
Katie Kleffner 6 Sara White 6
Jennie Kleffner 2 Sarah Williams 3
Karen Scriver 10 Michelle Clegg 10
Julie Grant 1 Janet Koeper 7

Four teams from the A-3 Division invaded Twin Falls in their quest to capture the state basketball championship. The first contest saw Grangeville knock off Bishop Kelly 41-32 as Tracy Tackett scored 17 points for the Bulldogs while the Knights were topped by Julie Hammer with 13.

Chris Moore of made two charity tosses with 15 seconds left to lift local favorite Buhl to a 40-39 win over Madison of Rexburg. Karla Meier led the Indians with 22 points, while Connor Barrus led the Bobcats with 15.

In the battle for third place Bishop Kelly held off Madison 49-47 behind the 26 points of Chris Acarregui. Laraye Terrill popped in 26 of her own for the Bobcats. The title game was a match between the Grangeville Bulldogs and the Buhl Indians.

Grangeville (36) (16-3) FG FT TP Buhl (21-1) (29) FG FT TP
Shelley DeHaas 3 0 6 Kaylene Bell 0 1 1
Andy Schlottman 3 2 8 Sidney Howard 2 1 5
Tracy Tackett 4 0 8 Karen Mietzner 3 0 6
Liz Chicane 3 0 6 Karla Meier 7 3 17
Jeannie Lothspeich 4 0 8 Chris Moore 0 0 0
Solberg 0 0 0 Huffaker 0 0 0
        Cobb 0 0 0

Boise was the site of the A-3 State Girl's Championships with four teams with championship aspirations. Northern Idaho was represented by Prairie of Cottonwood, Melba from District 3 , Filer from District 4 and Firth from the 6th District. Melba defeated Firth in the first contest 31-24 as freshman Debbie Hoagland led the Mustangs with 15 points. Lott led the Cougar attack with 8 points.

Prairie ran past past Filer 53-29 as Carrie Riener topped the Pirates with 17 points, while Debbie Allen and Tammy Gartner led the Wildcats with 8 each.

Filer (21-5) ravaged Firth 58-27 for third place. Prairie showed why they might possibly the top team in the state as they capped a perfect season (24-0) over Melba (18-3) by a 63-29 score.

Melba (29)
Prairie (63)
Debbie Hoagland 15 Carrie Riener 16
Lois Doser 10 Cindy Schultz 27
Maureen Freitag 2 Diane Geis 4
Chris Pease 2 D. Uhlenkott 6
C. Uhlenkott 4 Cheryl Sonnen 2
Brenda Hoene 2 Mary Arnzen 2

The first game of the A-4 State Tournament in Twin Falls was a very one sided affair as Salmon River of Riggins ran the Camas County Mushers ragged with a 44-9 beatdown. Senior Deanna Roakey led the Savage's attack with 13 points, while the Mushers got 2 pts each from Laura Ashmead, Lee and Sweet. The Huskies of Highland of Craigmont advanced by defeating previously undefeated Mackay 44-36 as Barbie Watson scored 22, while the Miners were led by Julie Ivie with 14.

The Miners of Mackay (21-1) capped off a great season as they won the third place trophy by defeating the Mushers of Camas County (12-5) 46-40. Ardena McInelly finished off a great senior season by scoring 24 points for the winners. The Fairfield Camas County crew were led by Giesler with 21 points. The championship game saw a team from the Long Pin Conference knock off the team from the White Pine Conference. The Savages (21-2) of Salmon River defeated Highland of Craigmont 40-33 for the title. The Huskies ended up with a glossy 20-4 record.

Salmon River (40)
Highland-Craigmont (33)
Deanna Roakey 2 3 7 Sandy Hendrix 1 0 2
Denise Roakey 2 3 7 Carla Presnell 0 0 2
Carrie Whiteman 3 2 8 Mary Heath 4 1 9
Teresa Barnard 1 2 4 Darla Presnell 5 2 12
Vickie Herman 1 1 3 Janet Wright 0 2 2
Gay Bagley 2 0 4 Bobbie Tatko 1 0 2
Eva Wicks 3 1 7 Trina Strom 1 0 2
        Barbie Watson 1 0 2

A few notes about the 1976-77 season. Prairie High School had a remarkable season, some of their wins included a 59-19 win over A-1 Moscow, beat State A-2 champs Grangeville 54-18, defeated A-1 State runner-ups Lewiston 47-30 and to finish with all Divisions they knocked off A-4 champs Salmon River 60-33. That's why most people said they were the best in Idaho. They also had two of the best players in the state, with star junior Cindy Schultz (19.0) and Carrie Riener (14.0). Other stars included Karla Meier of Buhl who stung the nets for a 24.1 average. Kelly Chapple of Skyline averaged (20.3), Judy Gross of Wilder, a junior hit for 15.7 pts per game, Steff Odermott had a steller sophomore season for Vallivue (17.0), Rose Jensen of Middleton scored 20.0 per game while sophomore Chris Acarregui scored 18.0 pts per game for Bishop Kelly. Soph Cindy Brady of Boise averaged 17.0 while Lori Howe , a junior averaged 15.3 for Kootenai and they also had a terrific freshman Carla Damiano (15.7) Amy Lynn of Wallace averaged 18.2 as a sophomore for the Miners.

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