Wasilla girls steal show at Dimond tournament

sports@adn.comFebruary 9, 2013 

— The Wasilla Warriors swiped the ball 15 times Saturday to steal the thunder from host Dimond in the championship game of the 16-team Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament.

The two-time defending state champions prevailed 49-43 against the Lynx, who committed 23 turnovers to Wasilla's 16.

Jenna Ford accounted for six of Wasilla's steals and Alysha Devine came up with five.

Dimond led 19-15 at the half, but Wasilla grabbed the lead with a 19-12 edge in the third quarter.

Alexis Imoe poured in a game-high 20 points for the Warriors, hitting nine of 10 free throws, and Kyla Dinkel contributed 17 points and seven rebounds. Ford added four assists and five rebounds.

Dimond was led by Tara Thompson, who hit all three of her 3-point attempts to finish with 17 points, and Aminata Cole, who collected 10 rebounds.

Kodiak captured third place, holding West Valley scoreless in the fourth quarter en route to a 54-30 win.

The Bears, who led 44-30 after three quarters. Hannah Wandersee delivered 21 points and nine rebounds, Carissa Canon came up with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Sarah Ng added 10 points for Kodiak.

Lawjen Ashmore and Marina Washburn combined for 21 of West Valley's 30 points.

In the fourth-place game, Colony's Mary Klapperich capped a strong tournament by delivering 17 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 44-32 win over Lathrop.

Jennifer Solano added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Knights, who won the game at the foul line, hitting 18 of 24 free throws to Lathrop's five of 13.

For Lathrop, Erisha Talley tallied 13 points, Jasmine White totaled 12 points and Ruthy Hebard provided 13 rebound and four blocks.

In the game for seventh place, Soldotna tripped Ketchikan 50-40 behind the double-figure scoring of three players -- Kaillee Skjold (13 points), Katelynn Erkvliet (10) and Julie Litchfield (10). Alexis Crellin scored a team-high 12 for Ketchikan.

The tournament began Wednesday with games that decided which bracket each team would advance to. Winners went to the Gold bracket; losers went to the Maroon bracket.

In Saturday's Maroon bracket games:

  • Palmer grabbed third place by beating Chugiak 65-54 behind 27 points from Taylor Blake, who took 36 shots -- 20 from the field, 16 from the foul line. Caitlin Scott added 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Moose, while Haley Scott led Chugiak with 22 points.
  • Kenai took fourth place, winning a back-and-forth game against East 48-45 by outscoring the T-birds 15-11 in the final quarter. Justice English had 14 points, Carly Norvell had 13 points and Caitie Steinbeck had 10 rebounds for the Kardinals. Taria Page's 20 points and six rebounds topped East.
  • Bartlett held off a fourth-quarter rally by South to secure seventh place with a 49-44 win. Hannah Johnson pulled down 17 rebounds for the Golden Bears, who got 19 points from Kiera Stokes and 18 from Nadine Fraker. Zulai Cole tossed in 14 points and Taylor Murray had nine points and eight rebounds for South.

Results of the first-place Maroon bracket game were not available.


Eagle River 84, Chugiak 69

Fueled by 25 points from Shaquan Rhoades, Eagle River stormed past Chugiak 84-69 Saturday in a Cook Inlet Conference boys basketball game at Eagle River.

The Wolves got 17 points from Eric Roberts and 14 from Thomas Jones to withstand high-scoring games by Chugiak's Skyler Fullmer (25 points) and Payton Fullmer (23).

West 63, Wasilla 44

A double-double from Theo Oghide carried West to a 63-44 romp over Wasilla in a Saturday nonconference boys game at West.

Oghide totaled 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles, who also got 12 points from Christian Nidoy.

West held Wasilla sophomore Dane Kuiper to five points, but Cameron Brown came through with 22 for the Warriors.

ACS 85, Cordova 15

Anchorage Christian had enough points by the end of the first quarter to beat Cordova and went on to place five players in double figures in an 85-15 rout at ACS.

Gus Simmers led the Lions with 23 points, scoring 16 in the first half. Jalen Terry followed with 18, Colton Arnes had 13, Alex Brown 12 and Nate Simmers 10.

Colony 71, East 62

Joe Gray pumped in 23 points and Hunter Eisenhower poured in 21 to power Colony past East 71-62 Saturday in a nonconference game at Colony.

The Knights knocked down 11 3-pointers, with Gray draining six and Eisenhower three.

East's Jarred Laws hit three treys en route to a team-high 17 points.


ACS 63, Cordova 19

Junior Dallas Dickerson, who passed the thousand-point mark Friday, added 15 more points to her career total Saturday in a 63-19 triumph over visiting Cordova.

Madison Ealum dropped in 12 points and Sarah Geagel added 10 for the Lions. Lindsay Phillips and Mallory Merritt each scored five for Cordova.

CIA 47, Grace 18

Nicole Moffis and Megan Bauder each tossed in 11 points Saturday to spark Cook Inlet Academy's 47-18 win over Grace Christian in a girls tournament in Homer.

Ashley Logan's six points topped the Grizzlies.

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