Redington — a fourth-year school — traveled to The Rock with only one victory over a 4A girls basketball opponent in program history. 

The 3A Huskies tripled that total during their stay in Kodiak, picking up a 47-32 win on Friday and a 34-25 victory on Saturday.

“It is really exciting for us,” Redington coach Tim Maki said. “We have two seniors, and the rest are underclassmen. To see those underclassmen come in and produce as well as they have is really encouraging for the future of our program.”

Redington — located in the Mat-Su Valley — is in the midst of its best hoops season in school history. After finishing last year with a 13-12 record, the Huskies sit at 11-4 with a month of the season left. 

They are producing on the court with a limited roster. Redington, which also fields a junior varsity team, only has 13 girls in the program and traveled only 11 to Kodiak. The Huskies also won both junior varsity games. 

“We have to swing some players and have to make sure we are abiding by ASAA rules with the six-quarter rule, but the kids are willing to do it,” Maki said.

Coming into this weekend, Redington was 1-1 all-time when playing up a classification, beating Eagle River and losing to Service in 2018.

Sophomore 5-foot-8 guard Lexi Seymore was dominant in leading Redington to a sweep over Kodiak. She scored game-highs of 16 (Friday) and 22 (Saturday). 

She took over Saturday’s game, scoring 18 of Redington’s final 21 points, a stretch that started in the second quarter. 

“She is a great teammate for the rest of the girls and has been aggressive on offense. She has been a true leader for our program,” Maki said.

Redington jumped out to a 15-0 first-half lead and held a double-digit advantage until a late Kodiak push. 

Down by 15 in the fourth quarter, the Bears reeled off an 11-2 run to pull to within six with 2:48 left. Freshman guard Avie Arvealo scored four of her team-high 10 points during that stretch. 

“She is getting a little more confident and is taking shots,” Kodiak coach Sandra Gregory said. “We have been waiting for this for her to step up.”

After a sluggish first half where Kodiak turned the ball over 12 times, the Bears outscored the Huskies 17-14 in the second half and only had five turnovers in the final 16 minutes. 

“The second half was encouraging,” Gregory said. “It was encouraging to see them step up and pull themselves out of it — it wasn’t quite enough, but we won the second half.” 

Senior Ava Pruitt added seven points, while junior center Leslie Spear — Kodiak’s leading scorer on the season — was held to two points.

“They did a really good job with their help-side defense ... it took her out of her game, which made it tough,” Gregory said. 

After starting the season 3-0, the Bears have lost their last seven games and are now 4-8. 

Kodiak doesn’t get a break as it heads to the four-day, 16-team Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout Tournament that begins Wednesday in Anchorage. 

The Bears open against Lathrop at 4:30 p.m. The winner advances to the Gold Bracket, while the loser moves to the Maroon Bracket. 

“It’s a tough tournament,” Gregory said. “It is pretty much a preview of the state tournament.”

The field includes Bartlett, Palmer, ACS, South, West Valley, Ketchikan, Dimond, Thunder Mountain, Colony, Point Hope, Juneau, Wasilla, Chugiak and Soldotna.   

FRIDAY

Redington used a 21-9 second-half to record a 15-point win over Kodiak. 

Marian Aparezuk hit a pair of 3-pointers and ended with 13 points for Redington. 

Arvealo scored a team-high eight points for Kodiak. 

“She is constantly asking what she can do differently and is a very good student of the game right now,” Gregory said.

Angel Mangrobang added seven points, while Alaina Bartel chipped in six points.    

 

Friday

Huskies 47, Bears 32

Redington   11 15 11 10 — 47

Kodiak   8 15 5 4 — 32

Redington (47) — Simmons 1 0-0 2, Stoker 1 0-0 2, Dicang 0 1-2 1, Aparezuk 5 0-0 13, Seymore 8 0-2 16, Fuller 5 1-1 12, Reavis 0 0-0 0, Anderstrom 0 1-2 1. Totals: 20 3-7 47. 

Kodiak (32) — Arvealo 3 2-2 8, Taboy 0 0-0 0, Mangrobang 3 1-1 7, Bartel 3 0-0 6, Gumtang 0 1-4 1, Pruitt 1 2-2 4, Spear 3 1-3 6. Totals: 13 6-10 32. 

3-point goals — Redington 4 (Aparezuk 3, Fuller); Kodiak 0. Team fouls — Redington 13, Kodiak 11. Fouled out — none. 

Junior varsity — Redington 41, Kodiak 20. Hannah Nero five points for Kodiak. 

 

Saturday

Huskies 34, Bears 25

Redington   13 7 5 9 — 34

Kodiak   0 8 4 13 — 25

Redington (34) — Simmons 0 0-0 0, Stoker 0 0-0 0, Dicang 0 0-0 0, Aparezuk 1 0-0 3, Seymore 9 4-6 22, Fuller 3 2-2 9, Anderstrom 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6-8 34. 

Kodiak (25) — Arvealo 4 2-6 10, Taboy 0 0-0 0, Mangrobang 1 0-0 2, Bartel 1 0-0 2, Pruitt 3 1-3 7, Spear 1 0-0 2, Solomon 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 3-9 25. 

3-point goals — Redington 2 (Aparuzek, Fuller); Kodiak 0.  Team fouls — Redington 10, Kodiak 15. Fouled out — Pruitt.

Junior varsity — Redington 32, Kodiak 18. Beatrize Gumtang nine points for Kodiak.  

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