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West is best: Girls wrap up undefeated regular season; boys clinch top seed

BOYS BASKETBALL

West 69, South 52

The West Eagles claimed the top seed for next week’s Cook Inlet Conference basketball championships by beating the South boys basketball team 69-52 Thursday, the last night of regular-season action in the conference.

The Eagles got a boost from Service, which beat East 73-67 to deny East a shot at the top seed. West and East were both 11-2 going into the night and Service was 10-3. West finished the regular season 12-2 in CIC play, while Service and East share second place with 11-3 marks.

West celebrated Senior Night by giving most of the minutes to their seven seniors. Seniors Jose Ovellus scored a game-high 12 points and Saalik Goode tallied five steals and three assists for West, while freshman Noah Christy helped out with eight points.

Tommy Koloski pumped in 16 points for South, which trailed 32-26 at the half.

 

Service 73, East 67

In a game that ended with fourth-quarter offensive fireworks, Service topped East 73-67 to help decide the CIC regular-season champion.

Combined with West’s win over South, the Service victory gave West the conference title and created a two-way tie for second place between Service and East.

Service led 43-34 after the third quarter, and after that defense yielded to offense.

The teams combined for 63 points in the final eight minutes, with East scoring 33 of them. Keith Brayton and Eudy Gomez each sank three treys and scored 12 points that quarter for East, while Pindo Drammah scored nine in the final quarter for Service.

Ihro Raguindin took scoring honors with 22 points for the Cougars, who got 16 from Reece Robinson and 15 from Drammeh.

Gomez finished with 19 and Brayton and Desmond Johnson each tossed in 16 for East. 

 

Bartlett 53, Eagle River 38

Senior Payton Fullmer led the way on Senior Night with 16 points, powering Bartlett’s 53-38 CIC triumph over visiting Eagle River.

Bentiui Panoam added 10 points and Kage Freelove eight for the Golden Bears.

Thomas Jones’ eight points and Collin Metzel’s six led Eagle River.

 

Dimond 45, Chugiak 30

Dimond held Chugiak to 31 percent shooting and benefitted from 19 turnovers Thursday to grab a 45-30 Cook Inlet Conference boys basketball victory at Chugiak.

Austin Osborne led the Lynx with an all-around effort that included 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Muhamad Cole chipped in nine points and four assists.

Jared Pearson’s 12 points, six rebounds and three assists sparked Chugiak, which was held to four points in the final quarter.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

West 84, South 58

Chanel Bookert and Marshal Eady put on a show Thursday night at West, combining for 59 points in an 84-60 win over South that wrapped up an undefeated regular season for the Eagles.

West improved to 24-0 and will be the top seed in the Cook Inlet Conference tournament that begins Monday at West.

Bookert hit 10 of 18 shots, draining four 3-pointers, en route to a game-high 31 points. Eady hit 13 of 16 shots for 28 points to go with 14 rebounds and five assists. CeCe Cockerham turned in a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and matched Eady’s five assists.

Taylor Murray poured in 21 points and Sadie Hodgson netted five 3-pointers for 15 points for South.

 

Dimond 55, Chugiak 38

Dimond’s Rohyn Huss did it all — 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, four assists — in a 55-38 Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball win over host Chugiak on Thursday.

Chugiak led 11-9 after the first quarter, but Dimond dominated the second quarter for a 27-18 halftime lead.

It was a big win for Dimond, which secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s CIC tournament, putting the Lynx in the bracket opposite undefeated West.

Nikki Forrey contributed nine points and 11 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive end, to help Dimond win the rebounding battle 48-37. Tara Thompson supplied 17 points and four steals for the Lynx.

Ashlynn Burgess led the Mustangs with eight points and 10 rebounds. Anna Ingraham added 10 points.

 

Bartlett 57, Eagle River 32

A couple of Bartlett seniors turned in big games Thursday on Senior Night.

Nadine Fraker poured in 26 points and Kiera Stokes netted 19 to lead the Golden Bears past Eagle River 57-32 in the CIC game at Bartlett.

 

East 58, Service 19

Dajah Motuga led a balanced scoring attack for East, scoring 11 points in a 58-19 CIC victory over Service.

Falua Makihele added 10 points and Vaa Pedro scored eight for the T-birds.

The game marked Senior Night for Service, which honored its lone senior, Kate Benfield, before the game. Three players — Hailey Chavez, Rebecca Hodson and Tatiyanna Venable — scored four points apiece for the Cougars.



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