The West Valley Wolfpack girls basketball team took first place in the Princess Capital City Classic with a 2-1 record after closing out the tournament on Monday with a 68-49 win over the East Anchorage Thunderbirds at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The Wolfpack lost their first game against Juneau-Douglas 62-61 on Friday, but responded Saturday with a 62-48 over Sitka.
“We knew we had some pretty good players, we just didn’t know how they were going to respond to the pressure of playing in a tournament,” Wolfpack head coach Milo Griffin said over the phone after the tournament.
Aly May led the team with 22 points in the win over the Thunderbirds, making 11 baskets with three from three-point range.
Sisters Sheridan and Hadley Blasey also broke into the double-digits with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
West Valley started slow, trailing 11-8 after the first quarter, but outscored East 20-11 in the next frame to hold a 28-22 lead at halftime.
The Wolfpack girls return to the court when they host Bartlett, Lathrop, Monroe Catholic, Thunder Mountain and Wasilla for the six-team West Valley Ice Jam tournament from Jan. 9-11.
Patriots' struggles continue against Glacier Bears
On the boys side of the tournament, North Pole finished its round robin on Monday with a 62-22 loss to Haines and an 0-3 record.
Mason Price contributed a team-high 6 points for the Patriots in the loss to the Glacier Bears.
“We took positive steps each game in the tournament and look to continue that when we get back home,” North Pole head coach Travis Church said over text message.
The Patriots opened the tournament on Friday with a 74-19 loss to Soldotna and fell to 73-12 to Juneau-Douglas on Saturday.
Sophomore Joseph Campbell was named to the all-tournament team. Campbell had 16 points in North Pole’s game against Soldotna.
Contact News-Miner sports writer Laura Stickells at 459-7530. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMsports.