Top hoops seeds cruise for Cook Inlet

Dimond teams win easily in first day of conference tourney.

Anchorage Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012 

Opening-round boys and girls games went according to form Wednesday in the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament at West High.

The top-seeded and undefeated Dimond girls improved to 22-0 on the strength of a 89-15 cruise past eighth- seeded Eagle River and the second-seeded West girls dispatched seventh-seeded South, 63-34.

In boys play, top-seeded Dimond used a dominating fourth quarter to eliminate eighth-seeded Chugiak, 51-34, and second-seeded Service knocked off seventh-seeded South 66-53.

Dimond's girls, who in the regular season won every conference game by at least 20 points, made quick work of Eagle River -- the Lynx led 32-5 after one quarter.

The Lynx featured five players in double figures and seven players with at least nine points each. Sierra Afoa racked a game-high 19 points, Rohyn Huss added 13, and Tara Thompson and Kitana Carter each bagged 12. Aminata Cole scored 11 points for Dimond and hauled down a game-high 21 rebounds. She also snagged 15 offensive rebounds, which was one more rebound than the Wolves grabbed altogether.

Lauren Frost paced Eagle River with eight points and six rebounds.

West's girls used a 16-7 edge in the third quarter to run away from South. Chanel Bookert and Shieeia Harris-Grant each scored 13 points for the Eagles, and Bookert added seven rebounds. Anastasia LaVern-Tosi contributed 11 points and a game-high 13 boards for West, Chamira Cockerham scored 10 points and Pauline Tufi seized eight rebounds.

Taylor Murray led the Wolverines with eight points and seven rebounds before fouling out, and Sabrina Ungaro added seven points and four steals.

On the boys side, Dimond led Chugiak 38-32 after three quarters before going on a 13-2 run in the last eight minutes.

Ryden Hines of Dimond scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Luke Adams added 10 points and seven caroms. Matt Oldenkamp led Chugiak with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Three Service players scored in double-figures, led by Adam Klie's 20 points. Amu Aukusitino added 16 for the Cougars, and Fairmang Touray hit for 11.

The Cougars led by two points at halftime, but pulled away with a 15-10 run in the third quarter and an 18-12 run in the fourth. Klie was the game's top rebounder with 15 boards to complete a double-double.

Louis Page led South with 20 points, and David Alston pitched in 12 for the Wolverines.

Cook Inlet Conference

At West High

Wednesday's Results

Girls

Dimond 89, Eagle River 15

West 63, South 34

Boys

Dimond 51, Chugiak 34

Service 66, South 53

Thursday's Games

Girls

Chugiak vs. Bartlett, 4 p.m.

East vs. Service, 7:30 p.m.

Boys

Bartlett vs. East , 2:30 p.m.

West vs. Eagle River, 6 p.m.

Southcentral Conference

At Anchorage Christian School

Thursday's Games

Girls

Cordova vs. Nikiski, 11:30 a.m.

Semifinal -- ACS vs. Grace Christian, 2:30 p.m.

Semifinal -- Seward vs. Cordova- Nikiski winner, 5:30 p.m.

Boys

Nikiski vs. Cordova, 1 p.m.

Semifinal -- Seward vs. Grace Christian, 4 p.m.

Semifinal --ACS vs. Nikiski-Cordova winner, 7 p.m.

Northern Lights Conference

At Wasilla High

Thursday's games

Girls

Kodiak vs. Homer, 8 a.m.

Palmer vs. Soldotna, 11:30 a.m.

Colony vs. Kenai, 3 p.m.

Wasilla vs. Skyview, 6:30 p.m.

Boys

Kodiak vs. Homer, 9:45 p.m.

Palmer vs. Kenai, 1:15 p.m.

Colony vs. Soldotna, 4:45 p.m.

Wasilla vs. Skyview, 8:15 p.m.

Western Conference

At Dimond High

Wednesday's results

Girls

Dillingham 53, Bethel 36

Kotzebue 54, Unalaska 14

Boys

Dillingham 55, Kotzebue 54

Unalaska 50, Bethel 38

Thursday's games

Girls

6:15 p.m. -- Nome vs. Kotzebue

8 p.m. -- Barrow vs. Dillingham

Boys

2:45 p.m. -- Nome vs. Dillingham

4:30 p.m. -- Barrow vs. Unalaska

Conference tournaments

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