The Eagle River boys’ basketball season ended with a heartbreaking 61-60 loss to Cook Inlet Conference tournament host West High in the opening round March 1.
Fourth-ranked West went on to lose to No. 2 Service 71-50 in the third-place game March 3.
The fifth-ranked Wolves had a chance to beat the Eagles after West’s Christian Nidoy missed both double bonus free throws in the waning seconds of the game. After Nidoy’s second miss with 6.6 seconds, Eagle River’s Chris Parker took an outlet pass and rushed toward the basket.
Chugiak’s boys hung with top-seeded Dimond for three quarters, but the Lynx pulled away in the fourth to win 51-34 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament Feb. 29 at West High, ending the Mustangs’ season.
Dimond won the CIC championship 64-51 over No. 3 Bartlett on March 3.
The Eagle River girls’ basketball season ended with an 89-15 loss to top-seeded Dimond in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Feb. 29 at West High.
Lauren Frost paced the Wolves with eight points.
Dimond went on to win the conference title 64-51 over tournament host West on March 3.
A 45-30 nonconference win over Skyview on Jan. 21 was Eagle River’s lone victory of the season and first in nearly three years. It was also the first win for third-year head coach Terra Bingham and the team’s lone senior Meaghan Byman.
After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Chugiak’s girls rallied to take the lead but ultimately fell to West High 44-40 in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament March 2.
The Mustangs reached the semifinals with a 40-21 win over bartlett on March 1.
Any slight chance of making state disappeared when the third-ranked Mustangs lost 52-30 to No. 5 Service in the third-place game the following day.
Tournament host West lost to Dimond 64-51 in the conference championship March 3.
Birchwood Christian’s boys became the first in school history to earn a Class 2A state basketball tournament berth with a thrilling 57-56 win over Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship Saturday at Anderson School.
The Warriors held a 57-55 lead but committed a shooting foul as time expired, giving Effie Kokrine a chance to force overtime, assistant coach Brad Rud said. Effie Kokrine made the first free throw but missed the second, Rud said, giving Birchwood the win and the only Central Interior state berth.
West ended Chugiak's hopes of reaching the Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball tournament title game, handing the Mustangs a 44-40 defeat in the tournament semifinals Friday night at West High.
After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Chugiak rallied to take a 30-29 lead into the fourth quarter. But the host Eagles outscored Chugiak 15-10 down the stretch to earn one of the conference's two automatic state tournament bids.