Chugiak, West, Ketchikan and host Dimond advanced to the semifinals of the 16-team Lady Lynx Shootout basketball tournament Thursday in the gold bracket, which is for teams that won their openers Wednesday.
Dimond used 17 points from Tara Thompson and 13 from Dejha Canty, who also had three assists and three steals, to turn back Thunder Mountain, 51-48.
Their work helped offset a huge game from Thunder Mountain’s Ashley Young, who rocked game highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds, and sank 11 of 12 free throws. The Falcons also received 12 points, five assists and two blocks from Ava Tompkins.
After Soldotna roared back from a seven-point deficit after three quarters to force overtime, Chugiak turned back the Stars, 57-54, to advance to the semifinals.
Brandy Bookout’s game-high 19 points paced Chugiak, and Ashlynn Burgess added 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs prevailed despite 26 turnovers. Katelynn Kerkvliet led Soldotna with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, Julie Litchfield contributed 15 points and Kelci Benson added 10.
West built a 14-point halftime lead on Wasilla and that was enough for a 55-50 victory.
Chamira Cockerham led West with 19 points and Marshala Eady add 15, and both had seven rebounds to go along with Theyoung Puoy’s team-high nine boards. Amanda Hutchins led Wasilla with 14 points, Kaylyn Kelly had 11, and Cassidy Edwards had nine points and nine rebounds.
Ketchikan advanced to the semifinals on the strength of 15 points from Jayley Taylor and 13 from Alexis Biggerstaff, which spearheaded a 50-36 victory over West Valley.
Both Taylor and Biggerstaff collected five rebounds. Ruthy Hebard led West Valley with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds in 13 minutes of playing time before fouling out.
In the Maroon bracket, where teams landed if they lost their opener Wednesday, Colony’s Jennifer Solano scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in a 62-36 win over Bartlett.
Faith Harris added 16 points, six assists and four steals for the Knights, and Izzy Tweed had 11 points and four steals. Kiera Stokes led Bartlett with 20 points, three steals and two blocks.
Juneau blew open a game that was tied at halftime with a 45-point second half to beat North Pole, 64-32.
Kaitlin Fagerstrom and Kymberlee Kelly each delivered big games for Juneau. Fagerstrom scored a game-high 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished four assists and made three steals. Kelly furnished 14 points, 10 boards, four assists and three steals.
Willow Stewart led North Pole, which committed 35 turnovers, with 11 points.
Palmer dispatched Lathrop, 36-18, behind 12 points from Leya DePriest and six each from Carly Venzke and Kalei DePriest. Kalei DePriest also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Kenai beat South, 43-40. Kenai’s Justice English had 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine steals to offset her 13 turnovers. Lara Creighton and Abby Beck each contributed eight points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Taylor Murray and Zulai Cole paced the Wolverines with 12 points each, and Murray added six rebounds.
2014 Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout
Chugiak 57, Soldotna 54 (OT)
West 55, Wasilla 50
Ketchikan 50, West Valley 36
Dimond 51, Thunder Mountain 48
Colony 64, Bartlett 36
Juneau 64, North Pole 32
Palmer 36, Lathrop 18
Kenai 43, South 40
Soldotna vs. Wasilla, 2:45 p.m.
West Valley vs. Thunder Mountain, 4:30 p.m.
Chugiak vs. West, 6:15 p.m.
Ketchikan vs. Dimond, 8 p.m.
Bartlett vs. North Pole, 2:45 p.m.
Lathrop vs. South, 4:30 p.m.
Colony vs. Juneau, 6:15 p.m.
Palmer vs. Kenai, 8 p.m.
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