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Barrow girls win second 3A title in three years

Beth Bragg
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Wasilla's Kayla Dinkle, bottom, and Alysha Devine dive for a loose ball. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Service's Marques Robinson looks at the hoop under defense from East's Travon Brackett and Matthew Hardwick. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Wasilla fans cheer for their team before tipoff. Dimond faced Wasilla for the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Service's Adam Klie takes a shot over Easts Eudy Gomez, but an offensive foul was called on the play. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Jarred Laws, center, celebrates the championship with his teammates after the final buzzer. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Dimond's Sierra Afoa and Wasilla's Alysha Devine reach for the ball in the first half. Dimond faced Wasilla for the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Service's Marques Robinson heads to the hoop as East's Travon Brackett defends. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News East circles together to celebrate their victory. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Dimond's Tara Thompson looks for a pass as Wasilla's Jenna Ford defends. Dimond faced Wasilla for the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Service's Marques Robinson, left, and East's Xavier Johnson race for the ball. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News The Thunderbirds celebrate as the final horn sounds. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Dimond's Karenna Liggon steals the ball from Wasilla's Alexis Imoe. Dimond faced Wasilla for the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
East's Jarred Laws tips a pass out of the air from Service's Haney Jacobo. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News East coach Josh Muehlenkamp pumps his fist. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Dimond's Sierra Afoa, center, holds the ball from Wasilla's Savannah Burke, left, and Machia Towes. Dimond faced Wasilla for the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
East's Jarred Laws, center, reaches for a rebound. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News East's Jarred Laws hugs a teammate after the game. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
East's Jarred Laws, Service's Reece Robinson and East's Traveon Brackett dive after a ball. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Barrow Whalers fan Donald Adams is happy after the Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News East's Jarred Laws and Desmond Johnson hug as the Thunderbirds celebrate the victory. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Service's Ihro Raguindin passes the ball out of defense from East's Matthew Hardwick and Eudy Gomez. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Stephanie Nelson and Hilary Lowery, of the Barrow Whalers, race to the bench to celebrate with teammates as the defeat Anchorage Christian 69-59 to win the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Service's Marques Robinson works around defense from East's Desmond Johnson. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Frank Ostanik, head coach of the Monroe Rams, leaps into the arms of his players as as victory is assured with seconds remaining over Anchorage Christian, in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Monroe defeated ACS 60-52.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News East's Desmond Johnson lays the ball up. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Scooter Bynum, of the Monroe Catholic Rams, is tripped up by Jalen Terry, of Anchorage Christian, in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Monroe defeated ACS 60-52.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
The Warriors celebrate their title. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News The East bench hope for a three-point basket. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Michael Hale,of the Monroe Rams, goes up to defend as Jalen Terry, of Anchorage Christian, goes for the basket in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Monroe defeated ACS 60-52.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Wasilla's Alysha Devine hugs a teammate after the game. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Service's Adam Klie tries to make a move down low. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Jalen Terry, of Anchorage Christian, David Stepovich, of Monroe Catholic, Christian Nickerson, of Monroe Catholic, and Christano Lopez, of ACS, look for the rebound in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Monroe defeated ACS 60-52.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Defender Lynette Hepa, of the Barrow Whalers, towers over Michelle Coderre, of Anchorage Christian, as she looks for the basket in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
The Warriors greet their fans after the championship win. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Service fans get loud. East defeated Service to claim the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Wasilla's Alexis Imoe looks to inbound the ball. Alysha Devine is guarded by Dimond's Tara Thompson and Rohyn Huss. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
Service's Marques Robinson tries to pull the ball from East's Matthew Hardwick. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
Wasilla's Amanda Hutchins keeps the ball from Dimond's Sierra Afoa. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
East's Jarred Laws takes a shot over Service's Kylelle Brown. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Barrow Whalers defeated Anchorage Christian in the 3A girls Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013. Barrow defeated ACS 69-59. 130323
Bob Hallinen
The Warriors celebrate their title. Wasilla beat Dimond to claim the girls 4A state basketball championship on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
East's Eudy Gomez tries to save a ball from going out of bounds. Service played East for the boys 4A state championship title on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Marc Lester
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen
The Monroe Catholic Rams defeated the Anchorage Christian Lions 60-52 in the boys 3A Alaska State Championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday, March 23, 21013.
Bob Hallinen

A bunch of middle-school boys from Barrow won a girls high school basketball championship Saturday.

The boys don't show up in the box score of Barrow's 69-59 victory over Anchorage Christian in Saturday's championship game of the Class 3A state tournament, but by practicing against the Whalers in the days leading up to state, they toughened up the girls and made them tournament-ready.

"They're all fast, like the ACS girls," Barrow point guard Angela Miguel said.

Sometimes it takes a village to win an Alaska basketball championship. Sharpened by playing the boys and buoyed by a big, loud cheering section, the Whalers claimed their second title in three years for the basketball-crazed town at the top of the world.

"When you come from a place where basketball is everything ..." senior forward Hilary Lowery said. "I'm just a little bit overwhelmed."

Lowery's 24 points and court smarts fueled the victory, as did the presence of 6-foot-4 senior center Lynette Hepa, whose size alone is a game-changer but who also brings skill and awareness.

Hepa -- whose dad is the coach of the middle-school boys team -- grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked five shots and sank 16 of 17 free throws on her way to a game-high 26 points.

ACS defended Hepa with a pair of 5-9 forwards, Becca Land and Sam Busse, and while they had some success, the Lions as a team couldn't keep from fouling her. In the first quarter alone, Hepa was on the receiving end of four fouls.

Yet the Lions dictated the tempo, thanks to a full-court press that forced numerous turnovers, many happening before Barrow even got past midcourt. The teams traded the lead 11 times and shared it 10 times before the Whalers went on a pivotal 12-0 run late in the third quarter.

Barrow tied it 41-41 with a putback by Hepa at 3:21. Seconds later, Miguel stole the ball from ACS's Dallas Dickerson, who caught up to Miguel as she was about to shoot. Dickerson, a junior who has scored more than 1,000 points in her career, appeared to cleanly block the shot but she was whistled for her fourth foul and went to the bench.

The momentum shifted with the call. Miguel hit both free throws to give Barrow the lead for good, 43-41 and the Whalers quickly expanded it. A defensive rebound led to a driving layup by Miguel and another defensive rebound led to a great outlet pass by Dana Chrestman, who connected with a streaking Lowery for an uncontested layup.

ACS called timeout and the Barrow crowd, its team up 47-41, roared. The break didn't cool off the Whalers. ACS traveled on its next possession and Barrow turned the turnover into a four-point play -- a layup by Lowery, who drew a foul on the shot and missed the ensuing rebound, setting up another Hepa putback, making it 51-41.

The Lions never got closer than six points after that.

Their defense created some great opportunities in the fourth quarter, but their shots stopped falling. After going 18 of 18 at the line in the first three quarters, ACS was 6 of 12 in the final quarter. Dickerson and Sarah Geagel, two great shooters and scorers, both missed open 3-pointers and breakaway layups, and they weren't the only ones missing.

Geagel played brilliantly, scoring 25 points, most of them hard-earned. Her eight rebounds were a team high, but Barrow crushed ACS on the boards, 42-29, with Chrestman grabbing 11.

Dickerson, whose foul trouble put her on the bench for about 10 of the game's 32 minutes, finished with 13 points.

The game was the third of the season between the teams -- Barrow won by four points and ACS by three in earlier meetings -- and it was the third time in seven years they've played for the state championship. Barrow beat ACS for the 2007 title and ACS beat Barrow for the 2008 title.

 

Hutchison 46, Sitka 24

Mimi Wood poured in 18 points and grabbed seven steals in Hutchison's 46-24 rout of Sitka in the third-place game.

Megan Reid's 14 rebounds and five points led Sitka.

 

Houston 43, Valdez 36

Nene Hale's 22 points fueled a 43-36 Houston victory over Valdez in the fourth-place game.

Alex Derifield and Marian Wamsley scored 10 apiece for Valdez.

 

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