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Kodiak girls advance to state title game
by Derek Clarkston
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Kodiak's team celebrates after beating West Valley 57-21 in a 4A state championship semifinal game Friday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak's team celebrates after beating West Valley 57-21 in a 4A state championship semifinal game Friday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Kodiak's Hannah Wandersee prepares to box out for a rebound during Friday's 4A state championship semifinal game against West Valley.  (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak's Hannah Wandersee prepares to box out for a rebound during Friday's 4A state championship semifinal game against West Valley. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Kodiak players huddle before the start of Friday's 4A state championship semifinal game against West Valley at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak players huddle before the start of Friday's 4A state championship semifinal game against West Valley at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Kodiak's Megan Pyles shoots a free throw during Friday's 4A state championship semifinal game against West Valley at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak's Megan Pyles shoots a free throw during Friday's 4A state championship semifinal game against West Valley at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Kodiak fans celebrate after the Bears 57-21 victory over West Valley in Friday's 4A state championships semifinal game  at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak fans celebrate after the Bears 57-21 victory over West Valley in Friday's 4A state championships semifinal game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Nearly 20 minutes after clobbering West Valley, 57-21, in Friday's 4A state semifinal game, Kodiak's Megan Pyles was dancing in a basement hallway of the Sullivan Arena.

Pyles and her teammates had plenty to celebrate.

The Bears' victory clinched a spot in Saturday's championship match, a place Kodiak hasn't been since the team won it all in 1981.

"I never thought we would make it this far when we were younger, but as the years went on and on in high school, I was thinking we had more and more of a chance," said senior Hannah Wandersee, who powered in 15 points in the win.

Kodiak will face a familiar foe, Colony, when the game tips at 6 p.m. The Northern Lights Conference runner-up Knights upset second-seeded West Anchorage in overtime, 48-46, in Friday's other semifinal game.

Kodiak has beaten Colony three times this season, the last meeting was a 64-43 victory in the NLC championships two weeks ago.

Jerica Nelson, who played her first two high school seasons for Colony, had a monster game that kept Kodiak undefeated at 26-0. Dating back to last season, the Bears have won 28 consecutive games.

Nelson tallied 18 points, six steals, six assists and five rebounds, a day after only playing 16 minutes because of foul trouble.

"She just fires up — her shots and her dribbling," said Wandersee about Nelson. "Whenever people press us, we never get nervous because we know we can just give her the ball and she will break right through it."

In a season full of impressive victories, Friday's win topped the list. Kodiak swiped 13 steals, forced 21 turnovers — 17 in the first half — and overwhelmed West Valley with a sensational offensive performance.

The Bears drained six of their 10 3-pointers and shot 46 percent from the floor — 54 percent in the first half.

Kodiak led 22-3 after the first and 38-5 at intermission. The entire fourth quarter was played under a running clock.

"Everybody was just firing on all cylinders," Wandersee said. "At the state tournament, every game we have to come out strong."

Carissa Cannon added nine points in 18 minutes, while Adriane Horn hit a pair of 3-pointers for eight points.

Megan Pyles, Thursday's hero, scored seven points in 19 minutes.

BEARS 57, WOLFPACK 21

West Valley 3 2 11 5 — 21

Kodiak 22 16 18 1 — 57

West Valley (21) — Campbell 1 0-0 2, Marques 1 3-4 6, Hebard 4 5-7 13, Sample 0 0-0 0, Casiano 0 0-0 0, Szmyd 0 0-0 0, Wade 0 0-0 0, Torres 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals — 6 8-11 21.

Kodiak (57) — McKechnie 0 0-0 0, Horn 3 0-0 8, Nelson 7 1-2 18, Fabricante 0 0-0 0, Cannon 3 2-2 9, Catt 0 0-0 0, Hiner 0 0-0 0, Pyles 3 1-2 7, Wandersee 7 1-2 15, Hughes 0 0-0 0. Totals — 23 5-8 57.

3-point field goals: West Valley 1 (Marques), Kodiak 6 (Nelson 3, Horn 2, Cannon 1). Team fouls: West Valley 10, Kodiak 9.
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March 22, 2014
Congratulation Lady Bears - One more game!
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March 21, 2014
GO BEARS!!!
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March 21, 2014
Go Lady Bears!
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