Having already clinched the No. 3 seed for the Northern Lights Conference Championships, Kodiak is simply looking to emerge with no injuries in its final two regular season games at Wasilla.
“We are definitely going to try and stay healthy,” assistant coach Sandra Gregory said.
The Bears will already be playing without junior post Kahye Yu, who dislocated her shoulder in last Thursday’s game against Thunder Mountain.
There is also nothing at stake for Wasilla, as it clinched the No. 1 seed with a 51-45 win over Colony — the No. 2 seed — on Tuesday.
The Warriors are 8-0, while Colony is 7-2 and Kodiak is 5-3. Soldotna, Kenai and Palmer are all 2-7 and battling for the fourth through sixth seeds.
The top two seeds receive opening-round byes, while the the third seed plays the sixth seed and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed.
Gregory is hoping to build momentum heading into regions. She is filling in this week for coach Krista Hicks, who is off-island.
“They are going to be aggressive. They are going to run the floor and do every thing that Jeannie (Herbert-Truax) normally does,” Gregory said.
Herbert-Truax, in her 20th year, was honored last week for collecting her 400th victory earlier this season. She is now at 408 wins, which is the most by a girls basketball coach in state history.
No other coach has eclipsed 400 wins. Former Kodiak coach Mike Platt retired in the early 1990s with 244 victories — a state record at the time.
Several coaches have passed him, including Herbert-Truax.
“She is a good coach and has a good program,” Gregory said.
Friday’s game tips at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s starts at 1 p.m.
Derek Clarkston is a staff writer at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact him at (907) 486-3227, ext. 625. or at email@example.com.