Four local schools made it to the state finals Saturday in the Boise area.
Ironically, all four teams were very familiar with each other. In the 5A title tilt, Lewiston matched up with Inland Empire Rival Coeur d'Alene. The Bengals had bested the Vikings twice in the three previous meetings.
But CDA had experience on the big stage, winning the last two 5A crowns, which no doubt aided a seven-point deficit at halftime to win 51-45.
Vikings senior center Carli Rosenthal played like a champion, racking up 22 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs. Caelyn Orlandi added 13 including 9/10 free throws to help Coeur d'Alene to an unprecedented three-peat as state champs.
In the 3A contest, Priest River and Kellogg beat all odds to face one another in the finals. The Spartans had beat the division rival Wildcats two-out-of-three times during the regular season and added the one that counts.
Priest River outscored Kellogg 18-3 in the final period to win it 45-33. The Spartans finished 19-6 overall, while the Wildcats went 18-9.
Congratulations to all four schools who made it further than anyone else in the 3A and 5A classes.