As she has done throughout much of the season, Anchorage Christian's Dallas Dickerson powered the Lions to a big win Thursday in the first round of the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament.
Dickerson's game-high 22 points outscored the opposition in a 63-21 win over Nome. The Lions, which also got 10 points from Sarah Geagel, didn't waste any time establishing power. They raced to a 16-0 lead after one quarter and led 26-9 at halftime.
Eight players scored for ACS, with Abby Crayton, Michelle Coderre and Hollie Duncan each tossing in eight points. Shayla Johnson led the way for Nome with six points.
ACS has finished in the top four in the last six state tournaments. The Lions appeared in four straight state championships game between 2007-10, winning titles in 2008 and 2009.
Sitka 37, Valdez 34
Behind 12 points from Sid Riggs, the Sitka girls slipped past Valdez 37-34 in a first-round game.
Megan Reid added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Sitka, which led 6-0 after one quarter and 18-8 at halftime.
Valdez, led by 17 points from Alex Derifield, fell just short of a big comeback after outscoring the Wolves 19-13 in the final frame. Marian Wamsley pitched in 11 points and 13 rebounds for Valdez.
Barrow 50, Seward 30
Barrow's triple threat of Lynette Hepa, Hilary Lowery and Angela Miguel helped the Whalers trounce Seward 50-30.
The three combined for 41 points and 11 steals and contributed to a defense that limited the Seahawks to eight field goals.
Hepa, a 6-foot-4 senior, was worth 11 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Lowery furnished 18 points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists, and Miguel chipped in 12 points and four steals.
Ashley VonBarstol put up team highs of seven points and nine rebounds for Seward.
Hutchison 44, Houston 34
Long-range accuracy made the difference in Hutchison's 44-34 triumph over Houston.
Led by Taylor Hastings' 2-of-3 shooting behind the arc, Hutchison hit six 3-pointers while Houston missed all nine of its 3-point attempts.
Neither team shot well -- Hutchison was 16 of 53 (6 of 19 3-pointers) and Houston was 12 of 54.
Elly Veazey gave Hutchison a big boost with nine points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals. Hastings and Kiana Edwards each scored 10 points and Alyson Yingling grabbed 10 rebounds.
Houston's NeNe Hale posted team highs of 12 points and nine rebounds.