Kodiak’s girls basketball team will spend three days in the capital city beginning today.

The Bears play today and Saturday against Thunder Mountain and Friday against Juneau-Douglas.

“It is just another opportunity for the girls to get experience playing in big games,” Kodiak coach Hicks said. “Thunder Mountain is tough and Juneau is good, too. It is going to be a tough weekend for us.”

Hicks is expecting junior post Richelle Walker to return to action after missing the last nine games with a hamstring injury.

Walker averaged 3.8 points per game prior to the injury, but more importantly adds depth to the post position.

“We still only have three posts, before that we only had two,” Hicks said. “It is nice to have Richelle back. It is a good thing for us.”

The three games in Juneau are big in terms of the winning percentage index — a formula that determines the final two berths to the state tournament.

In the latest unofficial WPI standings, Kodiak sits in 10th, while Thunder Mountain is in ninth.

The Falcons started with an 8-1 record, but have since struggled and now stand at 13-7.

Thunder Mountain is 4-1 against Northern Lights Conference teams this season — three victories against Kenai and one against Wasilla. The Falcons’ lone loss was to the Warriors.

Juneau has a 2-16 record, with its only victory against an Alaska team coming against North Pole.

Juneau has lost to Wasilla, Palmer and Kenai three times.

This is the final weekend of nonconference games for Kodiak (11-6). The Bears finish the regular season on Feb. 27-28 at Wasilla.

Assistant coach Sandra Gregory will coach the team Saturday against Juneau and against Wasilla as Hicks will be out of town.

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