Peninsula Conference basketball tournament underway
Birchwood Christian School’s boys started their quest to return to the state basketball tournament Wednesday, Feb. 27. After an opening round bye, the Warriors took on either Kodiak ESS or Nanwalek in their first game of the Peninsula Conference tournament at Lumen Christi. A score was not available when the Star went to press.
With a 13-1 conference record, Birchwood finished its inaugural season in the Peninsula Conference as the top seed. Last year, BCS went undefeated in Central Interior Conference play en route to its first state appearance in school history. The Warriors finished third in the Class 2A bracket.
Now at the 1A level, BCS is battling for one of 16 state berths, two of which come from the Peninsula Conference.
A win Wednesday would have BCS face the winner of No. 4 Cook Inlet Academy vs. fifth-seeded Ninilchik today at 4:45 p.m.
Birchwood’s girls entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed and took on fourth-seeded Ninilchik on Wednesday, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
Cook Inlet Conference play concludes today (Feb. 28) with Eagle River traveling to West. The girls are set to tipoff at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30.
The Wolves played East on Tuesday, Feb. 26, but scores were not available when the Star went to press.
Chugiak played Bartlett on Tuesday, but scores were not available when the Star went to press. The girls were 4-9 in the conference heading into their regular season finale with the Golden Bears. Chugiak’s boys end their regular season at Dimond tonight at 7:30.
Chugiak’s boys were 0-12 going into Tuesday and will likely meet Service (10-1) in the first round of the CIC tournament, which starts Monday, March 4 at West High.
Eagle River’s boys were 6-6 and the girls were 2-10 before taking on the T-Birds. Last year, no local Class 4A teams advanced to state.
Only the top two CIC teams are guaranteed state berths. Other automatic Class 4A berths include two from the Northern Lights Conference, one from the Southeast and Mid Alaska conferences and the final two spots are determined by Winning Percentage Index standings. This is the second year WPI will be used to determine who goes to state.
Chugiak 53, Service 23
Brandy Bookout (12 points) and Anna Ingraham (10) reached double-digits to lead Chugiak past visiting Service 53-23 in CIC action Saturday, Feb. 23.
South 62, Eagle River 29
South rolled to a 62-29 win over Eagle River on Saturday, Feb. 23 at ERHS. Samantha Coy paced the Wolves with nine points.
CIA 42, BCS 15
Birchwood Christian School ended its regular season with a 42-15 loss to visiting Cook Inlet Academy on Saturday, Feb. 23. Senior Katelynn Becker led the Warriors with six points.
Dimond 76, Chugiak 26
Dimond cruised to a 76-26 win over Chugiak on Feb. 21. Brandy Bookout scored a team-high nine points for Chugiak, which fell to 3-9.
South 50, Chugiak 35
Chugiak fell to 3-8 after a 50-35 loss to South on Feb. 20. Andre Samaniego paced the Mustangs with 10 points followed by Anna Ingraham with eight.
Eagle River 42, Service 27
Eagle River earned its second conference win of the season with a 42-27 victory over Service on Feb. 20. Dana Panfil led the Wolves with nine points followed by Coy and Shekinah Young with eight apiece.
South 72, Eagle River 71, 2OT
South edged host Eagle River 72-71 in double overtime Saturday, Feb. 23. Eric Roberts led the Wolves with 26 points followed by Shaquan Rhoades with 18.
Service 87, Chugiak 33
Service cruised to an 87-33 win over host Chugiak on Saturday, Feb. 23. Skyler Fullmer’s 17 points led the Mustangs.
BCS 47, CIA 33
Mike Rud scored a game-high 22 points to lead Birchwood Christian School past visiting Cook Inlet Academy 47-33 in the Warriors’ regular season finale Saturday, Feb. 23. Tyler Kieffer chipped in 11 points for BCS.
BCS 67, Nanwalek 54
Caleb Duplessis pumped in 17 points and Rud added 16 to lead BCS past visiting Nanwalek 67-54 on Friday, Feb. 22.
South 51, Chugiak 35
Chugiak fell to 0-11 after losing 51-35 to South on Feb. 20. Skyler Fullmer led Chugiak with 18 points.
Service 75, Eagle River 46
Eagle River fell to 6-5 after losing 75-46 to Service on Feb. 20. Roberts led the Wolves with 20 points.