The Bartlett Golden Bears girls basketball team dismantled the Dimond Lynx in the second half Friday to grab sole possession of first place in the Cook Inlet Conference.
In a battle of unbeatens, Bartlett remained undefeated through four games with a 58-39 victory fueled by Amelia ‘Uhila and Adam Kaganak. Also falling from the ranks of the undefeated were the East T-birds, who dropped a 44-31 decision to the Chugiak Mustangs.
In other girls games, West toppled Service 70-27 and South tripped Eagle River 51-24.
In boys action, Dimond and East remained undefeated with lopsided victories, with Dimond drubbing Bartlett 82-49 and East upending Chugiak 81-51. In other games, South took care of Eagle River 67-53 and West got its first win of the season with a 55-44 victory over Service.
The Bartlett-Dimond girls game was decided by Bartlett’s second-half defense. It was 27-27 at the half, but the Golden Bears limited Dimond to four points in the third quarter and 12 points for the entire half.
Kali Hebbrt and Maile Wilcox each scored nine points for the Lynx.
Bartlett improved to 4-0 while Dimond dropped into a three-way tie for second place with Chugiak and East; they are all 3-1. West is 2-2, South is 1-3 and Service and Eagle River are both 0-4.
West evened its record at 2-2 with a balanced scoring attack that included a game-high 17 points from Jordan Zackery. Lupe’lani Vaaia added 2 points and Filipina Maugaotea had 10. Service was led by Genevieve Mahe’s 16 points.
No details were reported for the Chugiak-East or South-Eagle River games.
For the boys, high-scoring East and Dimond moved to 4-0, Chugiak, South and Bartlett share third place at 2-2, West and Service are both 1-3 and Eagle River is 0-4.
Hasaan Herrington poured in 24 points and Jahbez Sellers drilled six 3-pointers en route to 23 points for the T-birds.
Herrington did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Sellers did all of his in the second half, which included 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Chugiak was led by Zach Cole’s 13 points and Kellen Beam’s 12.
Dimond romped past Bartlett thanks to 22 points from Luke Johnston, 21 from Bledi Lena and 17 from McGuire Hamey. Bishop Tosi led Bartlett with 17 points, and Isaiah Walker and Damarion Walton added 12 and 11, respectively.
No details were reported for the South-Eagle River or West-Service games.