Friday's Class 4A girls state basketball semifinals featured a pair of polar opposite games at Sullivan Arena.
Top-ranked Kodiak cruised past West Valley 57-21 while sixth-seeded Colony upset No. 2 West 48-46 in overtime.
It was the Knights' second straight upset and the Eagles' second straight game that went into extra time.
West had the last possession of the game and tried to set a screen for 4A player of the year Chanel Bookert with seven seconds left in overtime. Bookert lost control near the center of the arc and three Knights dove for the loose ball as time expired.
"I think she just felt the pressure," West coach Charlie Engel said.
Free throws were the difference for Colony, as both teams were in double-bonus situations in the extra period. Seven of the Knights' overtime points came from the line.
Colony practices shooting fouls shots under pressure, said Faith Farris, who went five of six from the line in overtime and scored seven of the Knights' nine points.
"Practicing like that really pays off," she said.
Farris and Izzy Tweed paced Colony with 14 points apiece, but it took all seven who saw playing time to knock off second-seeded West, Knights' coach Jeff Bowker said.
"It was a team effort," he said. "We did what it took to win a basketball game. I'm super proud of them."
Colony was in control early and built a 22-11 halftime lead after holding the Eagles to two points in the second quarter.
West responded, thanks to an 8-0 run in the third quarter, the Eagles cut the deficit to six going into the fourth.
West's Marshala Eady scored two of her 12 points with a layup to tie the game at 34-34 with 2:35 left in regulation. Colony led 39-36 with 19 seconds to go when Bookert converted a three-point play after driving hard to the hoop and getting a layin to fall while drawing a foul. The teams went to overtime tied 39-39.
Bookert finished with 12 points while CeCe Cockerham recorded a double-double, 10 points, 10 rebounds for the Eagles.
A game of two halves has been all too common for West this season, Engel said.
"This game was really like a microcosm of our season," he said. "We have tendencies to lapse defensively."
West (27-2) has been fortunate to come away with wins in all but two of its several close games this season, Engel said.
"We've had a lot of magic," he said. "At some point the magic runs out."
Colony, which upset No. 3 East on Thursday, entered the semis with the goal of finishing higher than third like it did last year, Farris said.
"We want first," she said.
To do that, Colony will have to find a way to defeat a Kodiak team that has beaten every opponent this season, including three wins over the Knights.
The key, Farris said, is to play with confidence.
"We need to come out knowing we can beat them," she said.
All it takes is one win, Bowker said.
"This isn't a best-of-7 series," he said. "You only have to beat them one time."
Bowker said Colony needs to contain Kodiak's 6-foot-1 center Hannah Wandersee and Megan Pyles, who stands at 5-foot-10. The Knights also have to watch Kodiak guard Jerica Nelson, he said.
Flawless execution is essential, Bowker said, but doesn't guarantee a win against the Bears.
"You have to execute to perfection to give yourself a chance," he said.
Kodiak 57, West Valley 21
Kodiak led the entire way and held West Valley to six total field goals. The Bears put the game away early, jumping out to a 22-3 first-quarter lead.
"We always try to start off intense," said Nelson, who led all scorers with 18 points.
But she didn't anticipate leading 38-5 after the first half -- a 16-minute span where Kodiak held West Valley to one field goal.
"I didn't expect it to be that way," Nelson said.
Wandersee added 15 points for the Bears, who scored 28 points off turnovers.
Ruthy Hebard led West Valley with 13 points.
The Bears are on the cusp of capping a perfect season with a state title. Head coach Amy Fogle accomplished the same feat with Kodiak's boys in 2001.
All season, the Bears have tried to ignore the expectation for them to win a championship, Nelson said, and focus on their upcoming game. It hasn't been easy, she said, especially when every team wants to be the one to hand Kodiak its first loss.
"We feel the pressure, but I try not to think about it," Nelson said.
Determination from every player on the roster has fueled Kodiak throughout its undefeated season, Nelson said.
"Everyone on this team wants it," she said.
The same attitude is needed Saturday if the Bears want to finish as the top 4A team.
"Show up and play how we've been playing all season," Nelson said.
Soldotna 54, East 32
Soldotna jumped out to a 20-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back. The Stars eliminated East from the tournament with a 54-32 victory. Katelynn Kerkvliet had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) for the Stars, who got 13 points from Kelci Benson and 11 from Makayla Wong.
Hannah Coffin's eight points led East, which shot 22.2 percent from the field.
Dimond 69, Ketchikan 43
Tara Thompson racked 26 points to lead Dimond past Ketchikan 69-43. Dejha Canty (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Rohyn Huss (18 points, 10 rebounds) recorded double-doubles for the Lynx.
Jayley Taylor and Sonja Christensen scored nine points apiece for Ketchikan.
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By MIKE NESPER