Here is a recap of every team that won a state title during the 2016-17 winter sports season and will be looking to defend this upcoming season.
Jayne Antone had 16 points and 11 rebounds Friday to lead Needles to a dominating 57-37 win over Lincoln County in the Class 2A Southern League semifinals.
Sharmayne Finley scored a game-high 26 points and had six rebounds, seven assists and five steals Friday to help Agassi Prep’s girls basketball team clinch its first league title in school history with a 69-61 home win over Lincoln County.
Christian Popoola finished with 20 points, but Bishop Gorman’s boys basketball team couldn’t slow down Sierra Canyon (California) star Marvin Bagley III and lost 98-72 on Saturday at Santa Ana, California.
Taylor Barnum’s layup at the buzzer gave Virgin Valley’s girls basketball team a 40-39 road win over Moapa Valley on Friday.
Kristal Jackson had 23 points as Lincoln County’s girls basketball team rolled to a 56-26 home win over The Meadows on Saturday.
Isabelle Meza scored the game-winning basket with nine seconds remaining Friday to lift Pahrump Valley’s girls basketball team to a 35-33 win over visiting Boulder City.
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the state, it was the Liberty girls basketball team that took an early lead and led wire-to-wire against Bishop Gorman in a 58-47 win on Saturday at South Point Arena.
Arbor View’s Autumn Westmoreland scored nine of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Aggies girls basketball team hang on for a 55-52 home win over Shadow Ridge on Friday.
Jayne Antone scored 14 points Tuesday to lead the Needles girls basketball team to a 46-30 road victory over Laughlin.
Samantha Thomas hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds to play Saturday to give Centennial’s girls basketball team a 68-65 win over St. Mary’s (California) in Stockton, California.
Niara Smith scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half on Friday as Cimarron-Memorial’s girls basketball team rallied in the second half for a 54-43 win at Desert Pines.
Sadie Soderberg had 10 points to lead the Lincoln County girls basketball team to a 36-20 victory over host Laughlin on Saturday.
Raymoni Bordenave led all scorers with 15 points as the Las Vegas High girls basketball team defeated host Valley 51-34 on Friday.
Briana Todd poured in 30 points Saturday to lift Virgin Valley’s girls basketball team to a 37-27 win over Panguitch (Utah) in the championship game of the Lady Bulldog Invitational in Mesquite.
Charleea Armstrong scored 18 points Friday to lead Mojave’s girls basketball team to a 45-41 win over Dixie (Utah) in the Lady Bulldog Invitational in Mesquite.
Bishop Gorman used small-ball to run away with a 52-35 victory over Castle View (Colorado) in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Alaexiah Moore had 11 points, and Ejanae Coopwood scored 10 as the Cheyenne girls basketball team nipped host Las Vegas 55-53 in a game that had 60 free-throw attempts.
Dayonna Maddox scored 15 points and Canyon Springs’ girls basketball rallied in the second half to defeat host Faith Lutheran 54-42 on Tuesday.
Centennial led for most of the first half, but the Bulldogs couldn’t hold on and lost 66-59 to Paul IV (Virginia), ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today.
Centennial’s Justice Ethridge scored 28 points Friday as the Bulldogs’ girls basketball team used a strong second quarter to pull away from Christ the King (N.Y.) for a 78-55 win in their season opener in the Art Turner Memorial in Fairfax, Virginia.
Iymoni Burrell and Shania Harper each scored 18 points on Thursday to lead Sierra Vista’s girls basketball team to a 59-56 win over host Cimarron-Memorial.
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With the game tied at 26, White Pine senior Emily Bischoff came off the bench to ignite a 14-4 rally over the final 2:55 to lift the Bobcats to a 40-30 victory over Needles.
Brynlee Wadsworth scored 15 points, and Kristal Jackson added 11 points and 10 rebounds to help host Lincoln County’s girls basketball team clinch the Division III Southern League title with a 56-44 win over Agassi Prep on Friday in Panaca.
Rae Burrell had 15 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday as Foothill’s girls basketball team secured the Southeast League title with a 57-36 win over visiting Coronado.
Tevin Gray scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter Saturday to help Mountain View’s boys basketball team to a 51-35 home win over Pahranagat Valley.
Samantha Thomas had 24 points and seven rebounds Friday to lead Centennial’s girls basketball team to a 70-45 win over host Mater Dei (California) in a battle of nationally-ranked teams at the Nike Extravaganza in Santa Ana, California.
Ciara Young, Madison Washington and Skylar Jackson each scored 14 points Saturday to help Bishop Gorman’s girls basketball team to a 70-42 win over Mount Miguel (Calif.) in Spring Valley, Calif.
Essence Booker had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists Friday to lead Spring Valley’s girls basketball team to a 62-46 win over visiting Faith Lutheran.
State championships: 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1991, 1990
Recent state runner-up finishes: 2013, 2009, 2008, 2005
Recent state tournament appearances: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Recent league/region tournament championships: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2004
Recent league/region tournament runner-up finishes: 2011, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000
Recent league championships: 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2004, 2003, 1999
Recent playoff appearances: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
2017 postseason: Southern League’s No. 3 seed (lost in semifinals to Needles, 57-37)