Can Anyone Stop the Vikings?
It has been no secret who the favorite is to win the 4A Girls State Tournament, as the Middleton Vikings have been crowned as the champion 3 of the last 4 seasons. For this year, it will be a little more difficult as the teams standing in the way with Middleton's run at perfection have a lot of talent. Up first will be the Madison Bobcats who only have three seniors on their roster. The Bobcats best seasons might be ahead of them, but they come into this game with a 15-11 record, but thats deceiving as they had 5 losses to 5A schools and 2 against Rigby, who was ranked #3 in the final girls basketball poll.
For the Bobcats to pull off a victory, they will need Jane Hansen to do what she has been doing all year: scoring points. The 5'10 junior averages 18 points per game and has taken 37% of her team's shots this season. Fellow junior Paige Crittenden is 2nd on the team scoring 11 points per game and these two will need to get their season average's to have a chance, but that will be a tough task against a pesky Viking defense that allows just 32 points per game.
While fans here in the Treasure Valley are hoping for an all District 3 Championship game, there are a few teams that might stand in their way. Wood River takes on Century in the opening game and despite Wood River having a 13-9 record, they have won 9 of their last 10 games and are a team that Middleton head coach, Andy Jones is already eying as a roadblock on their quest for a third straight championship. On the other side of the bracket, everyone is looking at a 1st round showdown between #2 Bishop Kelly and #3 Rigby where they both boast impressive 20-4 records.
You can listen to all of Middleton's games on 630 The Fan starting today at 3:00 PM.
Make sure to follow us on twitter @630thefan