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Idaho High School Basketball: Best in the West
Idaho's girls and boys basketball teams have routinely excelled against out-of-state competition this year.
Published: 12/31/2022 12:01:03 PM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster
brandon@idahosports.com
 

Burley took on Spring Creek, Nevada at the East Idaho Holiday Shootout at Idaho Falls High School (ORDER GAME PHOTOS)

With the start of a new year upon us, and several holiday basketball tournaments officially in the rearview mirror, I thought it would be interesting to take stock of how Idaho teams are stacking up this season against out-of-state opponents.

Every night, we update our scoreboard on IdahoSports.com, and throughout the season, on the surface, it seemed to me that Idaho schools were having a lot of success against teams from other states.

So, I crunched the numbers.  What did I find?  With the exception of one state to the south of us, Idaho has held up exceptionally well this year, and could lay claim to being the Best of the West this year in hoops.

Idaho's girls and boys basketball teams have piled up a 64% winning percentage against non-Idaho teams this year.  Their overall record against out-of-state opponents is 176-99.

Don't just take my word for it, though.  Here's a state-by-state breakdown, listed in alphabetical order.


California


20-7 (.741)

WINS

Girls:

Century 39, Crossroads 23
Century 42, El Rancho 25
Coeur d'Alene 64, Vanden 33
Lake City 70, Lynwood 51
Owyhee 51, Glendora 37
Owyhee 61, Roosevelt 49
Owyhee 54, Yucaipa 39
Rocky Mountain 49, Whitney 34
Thunder Ridge 46, Whitney 26
Timberline 52, Whitney 42

Boys:

Canyon Ridge 48, Artesia 47
Coeur d'Alene 62, Monterey Trail 51
Coeur d'Alene 73, Weston Ranch 69
Mountain View 72, Leuzinger 48
Mountain View 57, Poway 52
Owyhee 76, Dublin 66
Owyhee 62, Salesian 50
Vallivue 63, La Sierra 43
Vallivue 66, South Gate 60
Vallivue 62, Western Christian 41

LOSSES

Girls:

Folsom 56, Lake City 24
Mater Dei 65, Coeur d'Alene 55
Oakwood 55, Sandpoint 46
Sierra Canyon 73, Coeur d'Alene 47

Boys:

Chino Hills 89, Vallivue 49
Inderkum 67, Owyhee 66
Pasadena 53, Canyon Ridge 50
Rancho Christian 70, Owyhee 67
San Marcos 61, Canyon Ridge 54

Idaho's girls are 10-3 against the state of California.  Owyhee went to the Glendora Winter Tournament and came away with the championship, while Century performed well at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.  Lake City split a pair of California contests at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, and Thunder Ridge, Rocky Mountain and Timberline all swept Whitney High at last week's TimberLion Tournament.

The boys were slightly worse at 10-4.  Owyhee just went 2-2 at The Classic at Damien, while Vallivue went 3-1 at the same tournament.  Coeur d'Alene and Mountain View also performed well at the Tarkanian Classic.


Canada

1-0 (1.000)

WINS

Boys:

Mountain View 66, St. George's 55

LOSSES

None

The Mountain View boys earned a tidy win over Vancouver, British Columbia's St. George's School at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.


Colorado

2-0 (1.000)

WINS

Girls:

Coeur d'Alene 46, Fountain Fort Carson 29

Boys:

Mountain View 74, Pueblo Central 42

LOSSES

None

Coeur d'Alene's girls and Mountain View's boys each picked up a win against a Colorado school at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.


Florida

0-1 (.000)

WINS

None

LOSSES

Boys:

Jones 60, Coeur d'Alene 56

Coeur d'Alene dropped a tight contest against Orlando's Jones High at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.  Idaho's chances against the Sunshine State could improve at the end of January, when the Owyhee boys travel to a tournament hosted by Montverde Academy.


Hawaii

1-2 (.333)

WINS

Boys:

Sandpoint 40, Mid-Pacific Institute 38

LOSSES

Boys:

Kamehameha 57, Sandpoint 53
Iolani 36, Sandpoint 33

The Sandpoint boys just had the trip of a lifetime, traveling to Honolulu for the Punahou Invitational.  After a narrow win over Mid-Pacific Institute in their opener, the Bulldogs dropped two contests against Hawaii schools by a combined total of seven points.


Montana

8-2 (.800)

WINS

Girls:

Clark Fork 38, Noxon 28
Leadore 60, Lima 29
Salmon 54, Darby 34
Salmon 45, Darby 40

Boys:

Bonners Ferry 66, Stillwater Christian 60
Clark Fork 70, Noxon 37
Leadore 53, Lima 36
Salmon 57, Darby 52

LOSSES

Girls:

Lima defeated Clark County

Boys:

Darby 56, Salmon 49

Montana teams rarely venture out of state, so Idaho's opportunities have been limited.  But in the few matchups between the neighbors this year, it's decidedly tilted towards the Gem State.  Idaho's boys and girls have each gone 5-1 against Treasure State opponents.  The lone losses?  Lima defeated Clark County in girls action, while Darby defeated Salmon by seven in a boys contest.  The Savages exacted revenge in the rematch, though, winning by five.


Nevada

12-4 (.750)

WINS

Girls:

Century 60, Las Vegas 39
Hagerman 33, Jackpot 27
Hagerman 37, Jackpot 31
Pocatello 72, Elko 27
Sho-Ban 63, Owyhee 38
Snake River 63, Elko 35

Boys:

Canyon Ridge 52, Chaparral 43
Coeur d'Alene 65, Foothill 61
Hagerman 33, Jackpot 27
Hagerman 38, Jackpot 22
Idaho Falls 73, Spring Creek 49
Mountain Home 47, Spring Creek 41

LOSSES

Girls:

Wendover 51, Hagerman 9
West Wendover 61, Hagerman 17

Boys:

Lund 28, Hagerman 22
Spring Creek 73, Burley 61

The Idaho boys are 6-2 against Nevada foes this year.  Hagerman has defeated Jackpot twice; once at the WREC Classic in Wells, and once in a true road game at Jackpot High.  Nevada's Spring Creek High went 1-2 at last week's East Idaho Holiday Shootout, losing to Idaho Falls and Mountain Home, but picking up a win over Burley.  And Canyon Ridge and Coeur d'Alene both earned wins over Nevada squads at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.

Idaho's girls are right behind at 5-2 against the Silver State.  Hagerman has split against Nevada squads this year,  Century defeated Las Vegas High at the Tarkanian Classic in the Sin City, and Pocatello and Snake River both defeated Elko at last week's East Idaho Holiday Shootout.


North Carolina

0-1 (.000)

WINS

None

LOSSES

Girls:

Cannon 64, Lake City 62

It's not often that Lake City's girls lose, but they did so twice at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Their second loss, to Concord's Cannon School, stung a little harder, as the Timberwolves had a chance to win but couldn't close out the contest.


Oregon


47-24 (.662)

WINS

Girls:

Ambrose 59, Ontario 17
Council 54, Ontario 13
Fruitland 52, La Grande 51
Fruitland 37, Vale 33
Fruitland 54, Vale 41
Grangeville 61, Pendleton 50
Lewiston 58, Pendleton 23
McCall-Donnelly 65, Adrian 26
Payette 32, Ontario 18
Prairie 49, Pendleton 20
Tri-Valley 47, Pine Eagle Charter 19
Weiser 70, Ontario 1
Weiser 40, Vale 27

Boys:

Aberdeen 73, Ontario 38
Ambrose 77, Ontario 32
Caldwell 68, Ontario 33
Castleford 57, Ontario 41
Emmett 65, Ontario 32
Fruitland 60, La Grande 36
Kamiah 55, Nyssa 35
Kuna 71, La Grande 41
Lake City 70, Central Catholic 49
Lapwai 78, Baker 77
Lewiston 72, Pendleton 31
Liberty Charter 50, Adrian 45
Moscow 76, Pendleton 54
Nampa Christian 62, Nyssa 33
Nampa Christian 66, Vale 54
New Plymouth 66, Ontario 31
New Plymouth 65, Vale 38
New Plymouth 61, Vale 54 (OT)
New Plymouth 53, Vale 38
Parma 60, Nyssa 52
Parma 68, Ontario 56
Parma 81, Vale 78 (OT)
Payette 56, Burns 53 (2OT)
Payette 43, Nyssa 40
Payette 55, Ontario 42
Payette 63, Vale 53
Pocatello 72, Baker 52
Rimrock 59, Jordan Valley 20
Rimrock 54, North Lake 41
Skyview 46, La Grande 32
Soda Springs 48, Ontario 34
Vallivue 68, Hermiston 65
Weiser 62, Ontario 38
Weiser 56, Vale 48

LOSSES

Girls:

Adrian 59, Payette 37
Baker 52, Fruitland 18
Baker 53, Fruitland 30
Baker 43, Homedale 12
Baker 42, Homedale 8
Baker 72, Rocky Mountain 67
Jordan Valley 49, Tri-Valley 36
Nyssa 65, Ambrose 51
Nyssa 56, Council 51
Nyssa 56, New Plymouth 24
Nyssa 61, Payette 29
Nyssa 46, Payette 24
Pendleton 52, Kellogg 49
Vale 58, New Plymouth 24
Vale 57, Payette 22

Boys:

Adrian 63, Council 56
Adrian 85, Garden Valley 62
Adrian 68, Greenleaf Friends 9
Baker 69, Fruitland 65
Baker 48, Homedale 41
Baker 54, Twin Falls 53
Harper Charter 54, Meadows Valley 15
Pendleton 46, Prairie 33
Vale 59, Kamiah 49
Vale 46, Payette 45

Idaho's boys have dominated their Oregonian brethren, boasting a 34-10 overall record.  Oregon's Ontario High has seen the worst of it, as the Tigers are 0-10 against Idaho squads.  The ten losses have come against ten different teams as well.  New Plymouth is 3-0 against Vale this year, with two regular season wins plus a victory at last week's Truckstop.com Tournament.  Oregon's best squad this year might be Baker High, as the Bulldogs have earned wins over Fruitland, Homedale and Twin Falls.  The only two Idaho teams to defeat Baker this year?  Pocatello and Lapwai, which could serve as an indicator about how good the Thunder and Wildcats could be this year.

The Idaho girls trail by one game overall against Oregon, sporting a 13-14 record against their neighbors.  Weiser is 2-0 against Oregon with two lopsided wins, while Fruitland is 3-2 overall against Oregon teams.  Oregon is boosted by Nyssa's 5-0 record and tournament victory at their own Nyssa Christmas Tournament.  Baker High is also 4-0 against Idaho with home-and-home sweeps of both Fruitland and Homedale.


Utah

23-29 (.442)

WINS

Girls:

Bishop Kelly 50, Lehi 41
Century 40, West 33 (OT)
Malad 49, Logan 28
Madison 53, Lehi 49 (OT)
Rigby 49, American Fork 40
Skyline 67, American Fork 60
Soda Springs 48, Desert Hills 36
Soda Springs 44, Hurricane 27

Boys:

Bear Lake 61, Rich 25
Century 61, Stansbury 43
Eagle 111, Real Salt Lake Academy 47
Hillcrest 69, Orem 59
Hillcrest 50, Pleasant Grove 44
Hillcrest 73, Timpview 46
Marsh Valley 57, Ben Lomond 44
Meridian 81, Real Salt Lake Academy 52
Preston 71, Bear River 58
Preston 58, Grantsville 28
Preston 75, Logan 65
Preston 54, Mountain Crest 52
Rigby 65, Stansbury 42
Sugar-Salem 68, Stansbury 62
Twin Falls 63, Union 39

LOSSES

Girls:

American Fork 45, Snake River 42
Bear River 52, Malad 40
Green Canyon 73, Preston 20
Layton Christian 54, Preston 36
Layton Christian 43, Sugar-Salem 37
Rich 39, Bear Lake 33
Ridgeline 51, Madison 35
Ridgeline 75, Preston 24
Ridgeline 47, Rigby 39
Ridgeline 66, Skyline 49
Snow Canyon 69, Soda Springs 52

Boys:

American Fork 69, Eagle 47
American Fork 72, Meridian 47
Bear River 69, Jerome 45
Bear River 47, Thunder Ridge 44
Corner Canyon 63, Madison 53
Fremont 66, Madison 59
Grantsville 54, Marsh Valley 51
Grantsville 60, Thunder Ridge 55
Green Canyon 59, Twin Falls 58
Layton Christian 73, Eagle 67
Logan 68, Century 46
Pleasant Grove 73, Meridian 52
Salem Hills 57, Highland 49
Salem Hills 75, Skyline 62
Sky View 77, Century 41
Sky View 72, Madison 57
Syracuse 46, Preston 45
Timpview 48, Madison 33

This is the only state that Idaho has a sub-.500 record against (with at least five games played).  Idaho's girls are 8-11 against the state of Utah this year, with Millville's Ridgeline High owning a 4-0 record against some of East Idaho's best squads.  Soda Springs went to an early season tournament and went 2-1, and Century defeated Salt Lake City's West High at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas last month.

Idaho's boys are also three games below .500 at 15-18 against the Beehive State.  Hillcrest and Madison both went to the season opening Corner Canyon Tournament of Champions and had wildly different experiences; the Knights went 3-0 while Madison finished 0-3.  Meridian and Eagle each went 1-2 at the Carl Ingersoll Classic in American Fork, while Utah's Bear River and Salem Hills performed well at the Preston Indian Classic and East Idaho Holiday Shootout, respectively.  Preston is one of the few Idaho teams with success against Utah, sporting a 4-1 record.  Their lone loss came by one point to Syracuse.

Washington

49-24 (.671)

WINS

Girls:

Bonners Ferry 68, Rogers 26
Coeur d'Alene 66, North Central 35
Coeur d'Alene 70, University 52
Genesee 51, Asotin 28
Genesee 58, Colton 48
Lake City 52, Lakeside 46
Lake City 57, Mt. Spokane 37
Lakeland 58, East Valley 9
Lakeland 49, Riverside 20
Lakeland 69, Shadle Park 34
Lakeland 56, St. George's 43
Lakeland 79, West Valley 44
Moscow 58, Pullman 22
Orofino 47, Clarkston 29
Post Falls 66, Eastmont 46
Post Falls 75, Jackson 52
Post Falls 76, Lewis & Clark 57
Post Falls 52, Mt. Spokane 48
Post Falls 65, Wenatchee 15
Potlatch 45, Garfield-Palouse 16
Prairie 49, Clarkston 37
Priest River 33, Newport 31
Sandpoint 77, East Valley 2
Sandpoint 70, West Valley 27
Timberlake 61, Deer Park 55
Timberlake 68, Ephrata 30
Timberlake 77, East Valley 9
Timberlake 71, Liberty 46
Timberlake 63, Pullman 29
Timberlake 59, Riverside 18
Timberlake 41, University 39
Timberlake 75, West Valley 39

Boys:

Bonners Ferry 62, Deer Park 45
Bonners Ferry 82, Rogers 50
Coeur d'Alene 82, Central Valley 43
Coeur d'Alene 79, North Central 51
Kellogg 63, Newport 43
Lake City 74, Bothell/Inglemoor 34
Lake City 77, Curtis 65
Lake City 66, Kamiak 43
Lake City 61, Union 39
Lapwai 68, Shadle Park 45
Lewiston 49, Clarkston 39
Moscow 72, Clarkston 66
Post Falls 69, Kamiak 51
Potlatch 54, Garfield-Palouse 27
Potlatch 65, Garfield-Palouse 24
Priest River 61, Newport 58
Sandpoint 73, East Valley 66

LOSSES

Girls:

Clarkston 68, Grangeville 47
Clarkston 55, Lewiston 52
Clarkston 45, Moscow 26
Colfax 59, Bonners Ferry 35
Colton 45, Genesee 39
St. George's 66, Bonners Ferry 40

Boys:

Curtis 82, Post Falls 26
Davenport 74, Lakeland 45
East Valley 81, Lakeland 76
East Valley 85, Lakeland 79
Ferris 65, Coeur d'Alene 49
Ferris 76, Post Falls 39
Kentridge 67, Post Falls 62 (OT)
Lewis & Clark 48, Post Falls 47
Liberty 66, Timberlake 45
Pullman 97, Lakeland 50
Pullman 63, Lewiston 46
Pullman 75, Moscow 44
Pullman 86, Timberlake 71
Shadle Park 55, Prairie 40
University 74, Post Falls 60
West Valley 56, Bonners Ferry 55
West Valley 67, Lakeland 53
West Valley 62, Sandpoint 42

Idaho's girls basketball teams have simply dazzled against Washingtonians, posting a 32-6 record overall this year.  Timberlake's girls have done the heavy lifting, sporting a perfect 8-0 record against Washington opponents.  The Post Falls girls are 5-0 against their neighbors, and won the GESA Winter Shootout in East Wenatchee in mid-December.  Lakeland is also 5-0 against Washington, including two wins at last week's East Valley Holiday Classic in Spokane.

The boys side has been more even, as Washington holds a slight edge on Idaho.  The Gem State is 17-18 against Washington boys basketball teams this year.  Lake City is 4-0 against Washington, and has taken home titles from Spokane's The Fitz Tournament and the Curtis Winter Classic in University Place.  On the Washington side, the Pullman Greyounds are 4-0 against Idaho this year, while Spokane's West Valley High is 3-0.


Wyoming

13-5 (.722)

WINS

Girls:

Bear Lake 59, Green River 39
Bear Lake 33, Riverton 23

Boys:

Bear Lake 62, Farson-Eden 33
Bear Lake 56, Green River 44
Bear Lake 46, Riverton 40
Grace 64, Evanston 42
Grace 53, Farson-Eden 39
Rigby 81, Star Valley 73 (3OT)
Ririe 64, Cokeville 38
Ririe 59, Lyman 48
Ririe 72, Wind River 47
West Side 53, Rawlins 42
West Side 57, Rock Springs 49

LOSSES

Girls:

Rock Springs 40, Bear Lake 36

Boys:

Kelly Walsh 64, West Side 55
Riverton 60, Grace 41
Star Valley 75, Burley 50
Star Valley 50, Centennial 45

Wyoming is yet another state that has struggled with Idaho's best this year.  Bear Lake went 3-0 at the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, while Ririe did the same at the Bridger Valley Tournament.  Grace and West Side each went 2-1 at the Flaming Gorge, with their losses coming against opponents three classifications above them.  The one standout appears to be Star Valley's boys.  They earned wins over Burley and Centennial at last week's East Idaho Holiday Shootout.









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