At the T-Bird Classic basketball tournament in Anchorage, the Kodiak girls coasted to an easy win, befitting the defending large school state champions, while the Kodiak boys ran up against one of the most hyped basketball players in the state.
It turns out Kamaka Hepa lived up to the hype. The 6-foot-7 freshman 14-year-old from Barrow led the Barrow Whalers with 24 points nine rebounds, two blocks, three assists and three steals in downing the Bears 64-26. And that was just in 20 minutes of play. Max Much had eight points and seven rebounds for Kodiak.
The Lady Bears were led by Ila Hughes who recorded 17 points, four assists and three steals in downing the Service Cougars 59-29. Stephanie Price added another 10 points while both Richelle Walker and Charmaine Fabricante each hauled in 10 rebounds.
The Kodiak girls are hitting the hardwood again at 1 this afternoon against Eagle River, while the boys are playing in the nightcap against the host Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. You can hear the games on KVOK, our commercial radio friends.
The round-robin tournament continues Saturday, with the Kodiak boys playing Juneau at 2 p.m. and the girls playing East at 4.