ANCHORAGE, AK-In the 3A girls title game it was similar to the big names win women's college basketball. Baylor's Britney Griner vs Notre Dames' Skylar Diggins. For this game it was Barrow's 6'4" Lynette Hepa and ACS Lion guard Sarah Gaegle.
Gaegle was aggressive early with 19 of her 25 points coming in the first half but this game was tight throughout with 11 lead changes until a 12-0 run by Barrow in the third. Dynamic guard Hillary Lowery and the six four Hepa combined for 49 points and 20 rebounds and closed out the fourth quarter winning 69-59 for their second 3A girls title in three years.
In the 4A girls championship the favorite and undefeated Wasilla Warriors were matched up against the Dimond Lynx, the same team that came back to nip West Valley by one in the quarterfinals. Dimond had the lead and the momentum all first half with some timely shot making but Wasilla turned it on in the third holding the Lynx to just seven second half points.
The Warriors win 43-27. Alexis Imoe had a game high 28 points to lead Wasilla. Their three seniors Imoe, 4A player of the year Kyla Dinkel and Alysha Devine go out with three straight 4A titles.
The game of Saturday night other than Monroe's was the 4A boys championship. The game exemplified March Madness Alaska with an overwhelming favorite in Service facing an underdog East team. But East was the only team to beat Service and that was on a buzzer beater.
Service wanted to prove that was a fluke. East showed it wasn't.
Service was rolling early for three and a half quarters led by senior Marques Robinson's 19 points. Service was up 11 at the half and 15 in the third then East went on a 17-0 run and took a 46-43 lead. Service was tight.
The T-Birds outscored Service 47-29 in the second half. Three East players scored double digits in the second half. Jarred Laws had game high 21 to lead East. The Johnsons, Devin and Xavie, had 27 points between them.
Robinson cooled off and 4A Player of the Year Adam Klie fouled out midway through the fourth and East finishes with a 66-59 victory and their first state title since 2000.
The Hutchison girls finished third in the state with a 46-29 win over Sitka.
The Lathrop boys were good for fourth in a 58-41 win over Palmer.