The Anchorage Christian School Lady Lions went undefeated through the Capital City Classic tournament field, capping off their three-game round-robin run with a 57-35 win over Southeast Alaska’s Sitka Wolves on Saturday morning in Juneau.
Tournament MVP junior Dallas Dickerson scored a game high 21 points and senior all tourney selection Sarah Geagel 16 as ACS continued on from where they left off after last season’s qualifying for the ASAA state tournament.
“It is an exciting start to the season,” Geagel said. “We couldn’t ask for anything better. This team and this tournament just feel great right now. We are excited.”
Geagel was ill in the tourney opener but battled through Friday’s win over JDHS and carried the Lady Lions in Saturday’s first quarter when Dickerson was uncharacteristically silent.
Geagel hit two deep three-pointers and another inside for half off her game points and kept ACS tied after one quarter at 12-12.
Sitka sophomore all tourney selection Sid Riggs dropped two long balls of her own in the Stanza for the Wolves.
Sitka (1-2 at the classic, 4-4 overall) put up a game fight, taking the lead at 15-14 with 5:29 left in the second quarter. The Lady Lions (3-0 overall) responded with a run to go up 20-15.
“The girls played great,” Sitka coach Rich Krupa said. “We played really hard for 32 minutes. ACS is a good team, they have every body back and play with intensity. I think we responded well and we are going to keep getting better. We played our hearts out.”
Sitka sophomore Maraelia Romine pulled the Wolves to within one at 20-19 with four straight free throws but ACS’ Dickerson hit a three and on the next possession dished to a cutting Samantha Busse to push the score to 25-19 at the break.
ACS jumped out to two quick fast breaks to open the second half before tournament free throw champ Kalene Koeling put the Wolves on the board.
Sitka packed in their zone defense and ACS hit a cold spell in the third period. Dickerson found the answer for cold outside shooting by driving baseline to give ACS an eight-point lead at 32-24 midway through the period.
A three-pointer off the glass by the Wolves’ Ellie Cagle cut the lead to 32-27, but the Lady Lions responded from the charity stripe as Geagel went perfect and Dickerson ignited from the floor.
Leading 39-29 starting the final stanza, six different Lady Lions found the net and the ACS pressure held Sitka to just six points for the win.
“Our goal this year is to work so hard for every tournament,” ACS senior Samantha Busse said. “We have five more tourneys this year and this one was such a great trip.”
Busse added six points for ACS, sophomore Raven Thibodeaux five, juniors Michelle Coderre and Hollie Duncan and freshmen Amir Williams and Becca Land two each, and freshman Tanner Ealum one. ACS went 8-11 at the charity stripe, Sitka was 15-25.
The Wolves lost Sophia Mudry to the whistle mid-way through the fourth quarter.
Riggs and Koeling led Sitka with nine points apiece, junior all tourney selection Megan Reid added seven, sophomore Romine four, juniors Kendal Phippen and Mudry, and sophomore Ellie Cagle two each.