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Lady Whalers end Bethel’s season


ANCHORAGE – The Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors saw their 2011-12 basketball season take a huge blow on Saturday morning when they suffered a 52-29 setback to the Barrow Lady Whalers in the consolation finals of the Western Conference Basketball Tournament at Dimond High School.

Barrow, the top-ranked team in the final Alaska Basketball Coaches Association’s poll, wasted little time in jumping on Bethel. The Lady Whalers held BRHS to just three points in the first eight minutes of the game and sprinted to an 11-3 lead.

Bethel’s lone points in the first quarter came via free throws from Christina McElwee and Mary Dyment.

The news didn’t get much better for the Lady Warriors in the second even though Kira Polk managed to push home Bethel’s first field goal.

Unfortunately for the BRHS girls, Polk’s basket was the team’s only points in the frame. Barrow carried a 26-8 lead into the half.

The Lady Warriors got their offense in gear in the third. Bethel collected third-quarter points from Dyment, Rebecca Brink, Riana Joseph and Polk and outscored Barrow by a 14-12 clip.

Barrow rallied back in the fourth to close out the game with a 14-10 run.

Polk led all BRHS scorers with 11 points. Joseph added six points, while Dyment added five. Brink closed out the game with four points, and Chelsey Beans-Polk chipped in two.

Lynette Hepa led Barrow with 22 points.

In first round action on Wednesday, the Bethel girls lost to Dillingham 53-36. Bethel then beat Kotzebue 38-34 during their game on Friday. BRHS’s Kira Polk was given all-star honors.

Barrow and Dillingham earned berths at the 3A State Tournament to start on March 15th at the Sullivan Arena.

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