Viking girls brought home the first place trophy from the Clark Cochrane Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska (December 27-30).
Lake drubbed two Alaska schools to reach the championship game versus Sumner (Wash.). Lake beat Palmer 62-28 and Kenai 62-35 then came from behind late in the going to beat Sumner 58-56 in the title game.
Lake (now 9-1 overall) trailed undefeated Sumner 29-28 at halftime and was tied with the Spartans 52-all entering the fourth.
Lake found itself down by seven points with about three minutes remaining but rallied to take a two-point lead on Brooke Pahukoa’s lay-in with about one minute left. Corinne Burke nailed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to pad Lake’s lead to four points, neutralizing a last-second Sumner score.
Pahukoa netted 27 points for the Vikings, her career high. Meghan Warbis added 12 points for the winners.
Holiday Inn Express
Viking boys, during the same time frame, fared poorly in the Holiday Inn Express Invitational Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, losing all three of their games and failing to crack the 50-point mark in any of them.
Lake was handled by three of Idaho’s better teams, losing 56-41 to Lake City, 74-44 to Post Falls and 62-46 to Coeur d’Alene.
Lake, with an overall 4-6 record (2-3 in Wesco North) now returns to league play for the remainder of the season. Lake has a good shot to qualify for the District Tournament if it can win half of its remaining ten games.