Dimond, Wasilla girls to meet in title game

Wasilla and Dimond will play for the championship of the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament on Saturday.

Both teams breezed past their semifinal opponents Friday, with Wasilla thumping West Valley 62-31 and Dimond topping Kodiak 45-30.

Two players posted double-doubles for the Warriors, winners of the last two Class 4A state championships. Kyla Dinkel piled up 19 points and 12 rebounds and Alysha Devine tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Alexis Imoe added 11 points for Wasilla, which didn't surrender a point in the first quarter while zipping to a 21-0 lead.

Carlee Marques scored 14 points and Caitlyn Brice grabbed 10 rebounds to lead West Valley.

In Dimond's victory over Kodiak, the Lynx survived 23 turnovers in part by ruling the boards 44-32. Aminata Cole totaled 13 rebounds and Sierra Afoa added eight to lead the Lynx. Afoa led all scorers with 16 points and Cole had 10.

Dimond led 20-10 at the half and extended its lead to 32-15 after three quarters.

The Shootout is a 16-team tournament that started Wednesday. Winners that day, including Dimond and Wasilla, moved into the Gold bracket and losers moved into the Maroon bracket.

Taking semifinal wins in the Maroon bracket Friday were West and Juneau.

West landed four players in double figures to pull out a 55-48 win over Palmer. CeCe Cockerham and Shiccia Harris Grand each scored 16 points and Chanel Bookert and Alistie Aguilar each scored 10 for the Eagles, while Palmer got 16 from Taylor Blake and 10 from Leya Depriest.

Juneau overcame a sluggish first quarter to stop Chugiak 52-43. Gabi Fenumiai powered the Crimson Bears with 21 points and 15 rebounds, 11 of them on the offensive end. Haley Scott and Madison McAleavy scored 12 apiece for Chugiak.

In other games Friday:

Mary Klapperich pumped in 21 points to lead Colony past Ketchikan 58-33.

Ruthy Hebarb racked up 19 points and 15 rebounds and Lathrop outscored Soldotna 17-12 in the final quarter to grab a 53-49 victory over the Stars.

Justice English poured in 33 points, hitting 18 of 22 free throws, in Kenai's 68-52 triumph over South.

East held Bartlett to two points in the final quarter and got 14 points and 15 rebounds from Taria Page in a 34-31 squeaker over Bartlett.

Saturday's Gold bracket title game is at 6:30. The Maroon bracket championship is at 2:30 p.m.


Kenai 48, Grace 46 OT

Kenai didn't give up a field goal in overtime Friday to claim a 48-46 win over Grace Christian in a boys basketball game at Grace Christian.

Shane Spalding scored four of his game-high 14 points in the extra period to spark Kenai, which trailed 15-8 after the first quarter. The game was tied 41-41 at the end of regulation.

Grace put three players in double figures -- Eric Johnson (13), Hans Karlberg (12) and Luke Offord (11). Wyatt Fitt added 12 for the Kardinals.

ACS 76, Cordova 19

Gus Simmers tossed in 20 points to lead four Anchorage Christian players in double figures Friday in ACS's 76-19 rout of Cordova.

Jalen Terry chipped in 14 points, Alex Brown 11 and Calvin Hoffman 10.


ACS 58, Cordova 21

Dallas Dickerson racked up 18 points Friday to help Anchorage Christian beat Cordova 58-21 and become the second girl in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

Dickerson, a senior, joins Anna Simmers in the Lions' 1,000-plus points club.

A dozen players scored for ACS, but only Dickerson reached double digits.

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