Chugiak finished fifth in the Gold bracket at the 2020 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Saturday at Dimond High.
The Mustangs fell 72-56 to Lathrop in the third-place game to finish 2-2 at the four-day tourney.
Chasity Selden-Horn scored a team-high 13 points for the Mustangs but was held scoreless in the second half.
Carol Houser added 13, Ari Lewis scored nine, Layla Beam added seven and Cadence Wood scored six for Chugiak, which was outscored 46-21 in the second half and lost a halftime lead for the second straight game.
Chugiak opened the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs with a full head of steam, knocking off No. 7 seed East Monday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The win advanced the Mustangs to the second round, where they will face No. 3 seed Dimond at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage. Also Tuesday, No. 4 seed Eagle River will open postseason tournament play against Service at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The kingpins of the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League have struck again.
Defending league champions Eagle River rolled to a pair of lopsided victories over Service Thursday at Center Bowl in Anchorage, with the girls team shutting out the Cougars 35-0 and the boys winning 31-4.
The victories capped perfect 7-0 regular seasons for both teams.
Wasilla had no answer for Chasity Horn Thursday, as the Chugiak senior scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Mustangs to a 57-50 nonconference girls basketball win at Chugiak High.
The star guard went 9-of-10 from the free throw line and had six steals for the Mustangs, who also got 13 points on three 3-pointers from Carol Houser, nine points from Ari Lewis and a team-high nine rebounds from Layla Beam.
Bella Hays scroed 14 points to lead Wasilla.
Chugiak plays Eagle River on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Chugiak High.
Chugiak won the Palmer Elks Showdown boys basketball tournament behind award-winning performances from Owen Lewis and Austin Harr at Palmer High.
The Mustangs concluded the tournament with a 73-60 win over Valdez to finish 3-0. Chugiak also defeated Palmer 69-64 on Friday. Harr led all scorers with 20 points in Saturday’s finale, Zach Cole had 15 and Jackson Wall added 14.
Following the tournament, Lewis was named tournament MVP and Harr was named to the all-tournament team.
Perhaps the only player who managed to stay warm Friday night at a bone-chilling Alaska Girls Outdoor Winter Classic was red-hot Chugiak/Eagle River goalie Morgan Richards.
Richards made 52 saves in her team’s 10-0 loss to South/Bartlett, including 26 in the first period alone. Girls hockey periods are 12 minutes long, meaning Richards averaged one save every 42 seconds of play.
Game-time temperatures were around zero at the second-annual event, which also featured a 4-2 Dimond/West win over Service/East.
The Chugiak boys basketball team ended the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament with a 61-41 win over Kodiak Saturday to claim seventh place.
Chugiak had the lead after the first quarter for the third staight game and this time the lead stood up. The Mustangs were never seriously threatened, leading 33-21 at halftime and pushing their lead to as many as 22 points down the stretch.
Chugiak will play in the consolation round of the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament Friday after dropping a tight decision to Wasilla Thursday afternoon at Dimond High.
The Mustangs led by as many as six points in the first half but cooled off down the stretch to drop a 43-36 decision to the Warriors. They’ll face Juneau-Douglas at 4 p.m. Friday for a chance to play in Saturday’s fourth-place game.