Dimond Hosts Girls Basketball Tournament (Preview and Day 1 Results)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska--Wednesday marked the tip-off of this year's annual Dimond Lady Lynx prep tournament. This year's tournament is comprised of 16 teams--many of which are ranked in the top 10 in the state.
Kodiak 57, Chugiak 33
The Bears of Kodiak High jumped out to a 36-19 halftime lead courtesy of a 12-1 run during the second period.
Hannah Wandersee grabbed 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double on the night. Kodiak shot 40.4% from the field in the win.
Wasilla 54, East 35
The Warriors used a 28-13 run in the second half to stifle the Thunderbirds in the opening round. Wasilla showed a strong defensive trap to cough up 31 turnovers, and 22 points off those turnovers.
Kyla Dinkle and Alexis Imoe finished the night with 21 and 19 points, respectively. Wasilla advances to play Lathrop in the second round.
Colony 47, Bartlett 28
The floodgates pushed open for the Knights by another strong performance in the second half. Colony tripled the entire offensive production of Bartlett in the second half--30 points, to 10.
Mary Klapperich led the way for the Knights with 13 points. She was followed closely behind in the points column by Izzy Tweed with 12.
Colony used the chairty stripe to their full advantage by shooting nearly 80% from the line, and gathering 19 points off free-throws; Bartlett only managed to pull in two points from the line.
Lathrop 47, Juneau-Douglas 37
Lathrop used a 17-2 run in the second period to pick up the win against Juneau-Douglas. Ruthy Hebard tallied the tournament's most rebounds in the opening round (23), and garnered a double-double by adding 11 points.
Jasmine White takes the accolade for the game's high scorer--she netted 22 points in the contest.
Even in the dissenting effort, Gabi Fenumiai tallied a team high 19 points and 12 rebounds--but the Crimson Bears 26% shooting performance ends in a 10 point loss.
Soldotna 59, South 37
The Stars of Soldotna out-rebounded South High 40-22 in the contest. Topping that statistic, SoHi forced 32 turnovers against the Wolverines--which led to 25 points in transition.
Katelynn Erkvilet tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.
South's Taylor Murray shot 6 of 13 from the field and pulled in a team high 17 points in the losing effort. The Wolverines woke from their hibernation in the fourth quarter to the tune of 18 points, but still lose by 22.
Ketchikan 53, Palmer 44
The Kings wore the crown due to the likes of two star-performances by Bayley Lindgren and Jayley Taylor.
Lindgren and Taylor accounted for 35 of Ketchikan's 53 total points, and 13 of the team's 35 total rebounds.
Palmer entered the second half down by 10, and was unable to bounce back within five. The Kings shoot 29% but still pick up the win.
Dimond 60, Kenai Central 30
Ione Fischer finishes the night with a team high 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc. Three players tallied double-digit point totals for the Lady Lynx--which shot 38.5% from the field.
23 turnovers by the Kenai Central Kardinals quickly turned into 30 points for Dimond. They rode a 33-11 lead going into half, and would cruise past their first opponent by doubling the score.
West Valley 52, West Anchorage 47 (OT)
The Eagles of West High entered the second half down by two points, but rallied around an 18 point 4th quarter to push overtime.
Chanel Bookert and Aliste Aguilar netted 15 points each for West.
On the other bench, Carlee Marques and Lawjen Ashmore tallied 13 points a piece--but relied on bench scoring to help push the Wolfpack past the Eagles by five in overtime.