BLACKFOOT — Not even a week has passed since the Firth Lady Cougars raised the 2A state championship trophy at the Idaho Center in Nampa, but it is time for me to name the All-Bingham County girls basketball team.
The basketball season was full of exciting moments for the teams in Bingham County and saw improvement by some teams, a step backward by others and a lot of hope for the future.
The format for this team will be the same as the others I have done for the rest of the sports thus far this season. No player of the year will be named and all players named were chosen by me and me alone based of off what I saw in person during the season.
There will be three teams of five players chosen and as always we will start with the first team and a brief summary of their accomplishments and their teams accomplishments during the season.
So without further ado let's get started..
Bailey Nelson — Firth
Not only was Nelson a state champion earlier this season as a member of the Cougars volleyball team, she may also be the best post player in Bingham County.
Nelson used her 6-foot-2 frame to control the paint on defense while being able to take advantage of most of her defenders on offense.
In the state championship victory over Ririe last Saturday Nelson scored 14 point, hauled down 7 rebounds, two steals and a block.
All season long Nelson was a key piece to the Cougars success and will again be leaned on next season as the cougars look to defend their state title.
Kayla Jensen — Firth
While Nelson was important to the Cougars all season long, Jensen saved her best performances for the big stage of the state tournament.
Jensen scored 14 points in the tournament opening win over New Plymouth and 19 the next night in the blowout win over Melba in the semifinals.
But it was not just her performances in the state tournament that put Jensen on the first team. In fact all season long she was one of the Cougars most consistent scorers as well as one of the teams best ball handlers.
Each and every time Jensen hit the floor the Cougars looked to her for leadership and motivation as the Cougars moved toward winning the state title.
Indi Young — Shelley
If you take one look at the Russets record this season it is hard to find a lot positives.
Shelley struggled most of the season, especially in non conference games, but once district play began the Russets improved dramatically and Young was a big reason why.
Young and Kira Marlow led a young Russets squad to a second place finish in the Mountain Rivers Conference before the season was ended by eventual state tournament qualifier Teton.
Young was solid on the defensive end of the floor spending most of her time guarding the opposing teams point guard.
As the season went on Young's offensive output improved as the Russets improved and won more games.
Makena Shelley — Snake River
As one of three seniors returning from the last season's 3A state championship winning team, Shelley knew coming into the season she was going to be counted on to help the lead the Panthers back to the 3A title game.
Shelley was without question the leader of the Panthers and one of the ore constant offensive players on a team the struggled to score points all season long.
Game after game the senior guard hit big shot after big shot and was the spark plug for head coach Rich Dunn's "Panther defense."
One of Shelley's biggest baskets of the season came in the overtime victory over American Falls in the 3A District 5 title game two weeks ago.
With the two losses at the state tournament last weekend Shelley's stellar career as a Panther came to an end, but Shelley and the Panthers did not go down without a fight.
Shelley finished the season as one of a trio of Panthers that averaged 10 points a game and also helped set the Panthers up for a bright future.
Morningrose Tobey — Blackfoot
There may be no more valuable player in the county the Tobey is to the Broncos.
Since arriving at Blackfoot High School two years ago Tobey has established herself as one of the top players in Eastern Idaho and the state and there is little doubt she will be the next Division I commit to come out of our area.
Tobey was the main offensive cog all season for the Broncos and head coach Merle Smith.
Tobey routinely scored upwards of 20 points a game, in fact the junior averaged close to 24 points a game during the season.
During the season the Broncos improved on their win total from last season and this year actually hosted a district playoff game for the first time in Smith's three seasons as head coach and improved from sixth in the district three seasons ago to fourth this season. Tobey was a big reason for the improvement.
Tobey possesses the ability to both drive past most defenders , but also to shoot over them. Tobey may be the best three point shooter in Eastern Idaho.
Kira Marlow — Shelley
Scout Baldwin — Snake River
Cassandra Clarke — Blackfoot
Brylie Bair — Snake River
Jacee Jensen — Firth
Holly Dooley — Shelley
Madi Ball — Shelley
Ella Alvarez — Blackfoot
Ivy Goff — Snake River
Brittana Spencer — Firth