Here is the preview of their Class 1A state first round game:
8 p.m. today, Mt. Spokane High
Head coaches: Connell, Dan Colby (sixth season); Freeman, Ashlee Nimri (third season).
How they got here: Connell, District 5 No. 2; Freeman, District 6/7 No. 1.
Records: Connell, 18-5; Freeman, 24-1.
Last state appearance: Connell, 2010 (sixth place); Freeman, 2010 (defeated Granger 56-35 to win state title).
Connell leaders: Maci Whitby, 5-7, sr., post, 10.5 ppg; Kayla Bjorge, 5-3, sr., guard, 8.0 ppg; Brooke Gibbons,
5-10, sr., post, 7.8 ppg; Laryn Wells, 5-9, sr., post, 6.4 ppg; Megan Booker, 5-9, jr., guard, 6.3 ppg.
Freeman leaders: MacKenzie Taylor, sr, wing; Alyssa Maine, jr., point guard.
Notes: Connell is making its fifth consecutive state appearance, finishing as high as fourth in 2007. ... The Eagles fell in the semifinals to Granger last season. ... Connell is extremely balanced scoring-wise, but will need its defense to play one of its best games of the season to win tonight. ... All five starters are seniors and have been to state every season of their careers. ... The Scotties return two starters from last season's state championship team. ... Freeman relies on pressure, whether it be full-court, three-quarters court or just half-court man-to-man. ... Freshman post Sierra McGarity is only 5-foot-9, but is very athletic and very good at defense. ... Freeman's lone loss this season was to Class 2A Cheney. ... Last season's state title was the first in the program's history.