West, Dimond to meet in Lady Lynx finale

February 7, 2014 

A strong second half Friday carried West into the championship game of the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout against the host Lynx.

The Eagles rallied past Chugiak 50-44, and Dimond stopped Ketchikan 51-39. They'll meet in the championship game of the 16-team tournament Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

In the consolation championship, Kenai will meet Colony.

West won behind CeCe Cockerham's 14 points, five rebound, four assists, three blocks and two steals. The win puts them in the championship game of the 16-team tournament, where they will play the winner of Friday's late semifinal game between Dimond and Ketchikan.

West trailed 27-21 at the half but outscored the Mustangs 29-17 the rest of the way, including 16-8 in the decisive third quarter.

Marshala Eady and Theyoung Puoy each scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for West.

Dimond overwhelmed Ketchikan in the first quarter, storming to a 23-2 lead and never looking back.

Tara Thompson pumped in a game-high 18 points and Nikki Forrey added 11 for the Lynx. Jayley Taylor and Alexis Biggerstaff combined for 27 points for Ketchikan.

Chugiak was led by Brandy Bookout (14 points), Nicole Pinckney (13 points) and Ashlynn Burgess (13 rebounds).

The game was one of four in the tournament's championship gold bracket, which features the winners of Wednesday's eight opening-round games. In the other games, West Valley nipped Thunder Mountain 58-56 and Wasilla fended off Soldotna 35-32.

Ruthy Hebard was a one-woman show for West Valley. She turned in the game of the tournament so far -- 35 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks. That surpassed her Wednesday effort of 29 points and 20 rebounds.

Thunder Mountain answered with Ashley Young's 27 points.

Wasilla slipped past Soldotna despite losing the rebounding battle 41-21. McKenna Dinkel topped the Warriors with 15, and Katelynn Kerkvliet posted a double-double for Soldotna with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

In the tournament's eight-team consolation bracket, which features Wednesday's losing teams, Colony earned a spot in the consolation championship game by dispatching Juneau 44-34, and Kenai advanced with a 36-27 win over Palmer.

Colony's Jennifer Solano posted team highs of 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks against Juneau. The Crimson Bears received 12 points from Kimberlee Kelly.

In other maroon-bracket games, South crushed Lathrop 69-38 and Bartlett topped North Pole 39-26.

South won with a balanced scoring attack led by Sabrina Ungaro's 15 points. Sadie Hodgson added 12 and Hailee Hodgson and Taylor Murray each chipped in nine. Olivia Lada pulled down 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.

Muffin Searles led Lathrop with eight points and 10 rebounds.

In Bartlett's win, Kiera Stokes racked up 19 points and 11 rebounds and Sudana Moyoung added 12 rebounds. Willow Stewart's 16 points and Jasmin McCormick's 12 rebounds paced North Pole.

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