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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:30 am

FAIRBANKS—Noatak guard Brianna Kirk, the reigning Alaska 2A Girls Player of the Year, and junior-college transfer Kristen Swim signed National Letters of Intent with the Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball team, according to a University of Alaska Fairbanks press release on Tuesday.

Kirk, the first in-state recruit this offseason for Nanooks head coach Cody Burgess, led Noatak during the regular season and in the state tournament in Anchorage, where it placed sixth.

The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 30 points per game during the regular season. She poured in 51 points in the first game of the regional tournament and averaged 39 points during the next four contests to help the Lady Lynx quality for the state tournament for the first time since 1998.

“She averaged an obscene number of points and is an all-around go-getter,’’ Burgess said in the release. “She’s a competitor and we’re really excited to have her here.”

Kirk contributed 60 points, 22 rebounds, 15 steals and 11 assists for Noatak in the Class 2A girls state tournament. She delivered 31 points in a 52-29 win over Togiak in a consolation game.

Swim, a 5-9 guard from Portland, Ore., comes from Umpqua Community College in Winchester, Ore., where fellow Nanooks recruit Samantha Thornton also played.

Swim recorded double figures in 18 of 29 games this past season, and she finished as Umpqua’s third-leading scorer with 11.1 points per game. She contributed seven rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

Swim also was selected to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Sophomore All-Star Showcase.

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