Wasilla and Colony were the only two Northern Lights Conference schools to pick up wins on the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank of Alaska 4A Basketball State Tournament Thursday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Wasilla’s boys and girls were both the top-seeded team in each bracket, and both played like it.

The Wasilla boys blew past Lathrop 60-45, while the Wasilla girls beat Palmer 50-31.

The Colony girls received 13 points from Mary Klapperich as the Knights defeated Soldotna 44-33.

NLC MVP Kaillee Skjold led Soldotna with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Colony faces Wasilla in today’s semifinal game at 3:15 p.m.

The other semifinal features Juneau against West Valley.

The Colony and Kenai boys didn’t fare well. Bartlett thumped Colony 87-49, while Dimond exploded past Kenai 61-22.

The Wasilla boys play Service tonight at 6:45, while Dimond plays Bartlett at 8:30 p.m. in semifinal games.

Contact the sports department at sports@kodiak

Thursday

Girls

4A

West Valley 48, West Anch. 32

Colony 44, Soldotna 35

Wasilla 50, Palmer 31

Juneau 50, Dimond 44

3A

Dillingham 47, Craig 40

Sitka 57, Barrow 52

Galena 54, Seward 40

ACS 48, Hutchison 35

Boys

4A

Service 47, Juneau 46

Bartlett 87, Colony 49

Dimond 66, Kenai 22

Wasilla 60, Lathrop 45

3A

Nome 45, Sitka 41

Mt. Edgecumbe 65, Barrow 61

ACS 66, Hutchison 35

Monroe 75, Grace 22

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