Both West teams grab spots in CIC semifinals

The Service girls spiced up the opening night of action in the Cook Inlet Conference on Monday by making top-seeded West rally to remain undefeated.

The Cougars, who didn't win a CIC game all season, limited West to two points in the first quarter and were tied with the Eagles at the half before West pulled away in the second half for a 66-36 win.

In the boys game, the top-seeded West boys used 20 steals to cruise past South 74-51.

Both West teams advanced to Friday's semifinals. The seasons ended for Service and South, will also didn't win a CIC game this season.

In the girls game, Service limited West to two points in the first quarter to grab a 12-2 lead. The game wsa tied 21-21 at the half, but the Eagles got untracked in the second half.

Chanel Bookert, the CIC Player of the Year, poured in a game-high 22 points, an effort that included a 13 of 14 performance at the free throw line.

The Eagles essentially won the game at the foul line, where they outscored Service 24-10, and on the boards, where they dominated 55-37.

The game featured far more missed shots than made ones, and both teams made more turnovers than baskets. West, which hit 32.3 percent of its shots, missed 42 shots and lost the ball 33 times. Service, which shot 23.5 percent, missed 39 shots and committed 40 turnovers.

Marshala Eady gave the Eagles a boost with eight rebounds and 14 points, eight from the foul line. Teammate Theyoung Puoy added a game-high nine rebounds and eight points.

Tatiyanna Venable powered Service with 11 points and seven rebounds.

In the boys game, West led South 21-12 after the first quarter and 42-31 at the half.

Nine players scored for the Eagles, a balanced attack led by Da'Zhon Wyche (13 points), Peni Tatafu (13) and Brandon Huffman (12).

Eleven players had steals, including David Harrison, who led the way with four, and eight had rebounds, including Robert Gross (8) and Huffman (7)

For Service, Jake Swensen and Tommy Koloski each scored 12 points and Kyle Rochon added 11.

First-round action at West High continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with one girls game and one boys game each night. The top two teams will automatically advance to the Class 4A state tournament; one or two other teams could also advance by securing at-large berths determined by statewide WPI rankings.

CIC tournaments

All games at West High

Boys

Monday's game

West 74, South 51

Tuesday's game

7 p.m. -- Service (11-3) vs. Chugiak (3-11)

Wednesday's game

7 p.m. -- East (11-3) vs.

Eagle River (4-10)

Thursday's game

7 p.m. -- Bartlett (9-5) vs. Dimond (6-8)

Friday's semifinals

4:30 p.m. -- Service-Chugiak winner vs. East-Eagle River winner

7 p.m. -- West vs. Bartlett-Dimond winner

Girls

Monday's game

West 66, Service 36

Tuesday's game

5:30 p.m. -- Dimond (10-4) vs. Eagle River (2-12)

Wednesday's game

5:30 p.m. -- East (10-4) vs. Bartlett (5-9)

Thursday's game

5:30 p.m. -- Chugiak (8-6) vs. South (7-7)

Friday's semifinals

3 p.m. -- Dimond-Eagle River winner vs. East-Bartlett winner

6 p.m. -- West vs. Chugiak-South winner


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