Western Alaska 1A/2A cagers play at state tournament

The state 1A and 2A basketball championship tournament was held through the weekend of March 18 in Anchorage.

Teams from across Western Alaska were on hand for the action at the Alaska Airlines Center.

In the 1A girls’ basketball bracket, Shaktoolik fell to Lumen Christi 32-30 on March 18, taking second place overall. The Buckland girls’ team took third place with a 53-47 win over Cook Inlet Academy. Shishmaref fell to Newhalen 49-32 in the consolation round on March 17.

The 1A boys’ bracket saw Buckland fall to Klawock 50-40 in the March 18 consolation round.

In 2A girls’ action, the ladies of Tikigaq High School in Point Hope were crowned state champions for a second straight year after defeating Metlakatla 55-33 on Saturday night. In the consolation round, Unalakleet fell in a 40-39 heartbreaker to Craig on Saturday morning.

In the 2A boys’ bracket, Tikigaq fell to Ninilchik 66-53 in the championship on Saturday. Wrangell bested Unalakleet in the consolation round, 60-31.

3A boys action is upcoming this week. No. 2 seed Nome-Beltz will face No. 7 seed Utqiagvik at the Alaska Airlines Center starting at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 on the main court. The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of the Valdez-Houston matchup.

Also, the No. 4 boys of Mt. Edgecumbe will face No. 5 Kenai Central on Wednesday, March 22 at 8 a.m. The No. 3 girls of Mt. Edgecumbe will face off with No. 6 Valdez at 3:15 p.m. on March 22.

Image at top: The tournament will take place at the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus in Anchorage. Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Anchorage, Flickr (2014).