Eielson boys win first game of the year, West Valley girls win close

ANCHORAGE/KODIAK-Other Interior high school basketball teams were around the state picking up their first victories in tournaments.

LIME-SOLAR PEPSI INVITATIONAL:

BOYS BASKETBALL:

EIELSON 51 POINT HOPE 40

In the Anchorage Christian School, the site of the Lime-Solar Pepsi Invitational the Eielson looked like a completely different team. After their 94-11 loss to Monroe to start the year the Ravens forgot about that performance and put together a good one in their own right for the first win of the season.

The Ravens were up 30-17 at the half thanks to Chance Padgett's 11 points and were not threatened by the Harpooners as the Ravens go on to in double digits 51-40. Padgett, the senior guard, led the Ravens with 16 points and Dillon Scarboro was two points back with 14.

Solomon Frankson had a game high 18 points for Point Hope.

Eielson will face another 3A powerhouse in ACS tonight at 8:30 in the semifinals.

DOC LARSON ROUNDBALL CLASSIC

LATHROP 68 WASILLA 44

The Malemutes will play Archbishop Spalding (MD) today at 4:15 p.m. Archbishop defeated East, the reigning 4A state champions 77-44. Jordan Grant had a game high 20 points on 8-11 shooting for Archbishop.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

BARROW 50 EIELSON 48

The Ravens were so close to beating the defending 3A champion Barrow Whalers last night in their tournament opener. Turnovers was the story again for the Ravens as it prevented them from having a lead late but they had a chance to win or tie the game with six seconds left. The shot was off and the Ravens couldn't corral the rebound for a possible putback.

Evonne Johnson had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Ravens. Katie Browder also had 14 points.

JOE FLOYD TOURNAMENT

WEST VALLEY 58 DIMOND 56

The Wolfpack had to dig deep but in the end they prevailed after some clutch play from their two best players.

West Valley trailed by three late in the fourth quarter of this one but Ruthy Hebard hit a three to tie the game and Carlee Marques scored what proved to be the game winning free throws.

Hebard finished with 23 points , 18 rebounds and five blocks. Marques scored 18 for the West Valley.

Dimond's Rohyn Huss was their best scorer with 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.