Palmer Chaplin scored 20 points and Quinn Kixmiller added 13 to lead Whittell High back to the state championship game, beating Adelson 56-41, on Friday at the state Division IV basketball tournament at Reed High in Sparks.
Colin Buchholz had 10 as Whittell advanced to face Word of Life in the Division IV final at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Lawlor Events Center. Word of Life beat Mineral County 59-54 on Friday.
Whittell won the state title in 2014, but lost in the state semifinals last year.
Brandon Pappas and Jake Buchman each had 10 points for Adelson.