teams competing in the March Madness tournament could learn a thing or two from
the Port Lion's girl's basketball team. Port Lions' coach Dana Strong said that
the members of his team made up their minds a year ago to win this year's 1A
state championship title.
-- (Port Lions 1 "Yeah,
we expected ...the way around.")
You heard that right: the state
1A champions chose to seek out bigger schools to compete with during their
regular season play.
-- (Port Lions 2 "Oh
yeah we ... fun to coach)
During Saturday's championship
game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the hard
work paid off: Port Lions beat Fort
Yukon 49 to 30.
-- (Port Lions 3 "Well,
it was ... the fourth quarter.")
Not bad for a team of just eight
players which, by the way, is three stronger than last year. Earlier this month
two of the girls were named to the all-state team; junior Cierra Robustellini
was named to the first team and junior Katie Strong was named to the third
team. On Saturday Robustellini led with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Strong
scored 16 points and grabbed eight steals.
Strong says the team, which includes
three juniors, three freshmen and two eighth graders is already planning for another
victory next year.
-- (Port Lions 4 "I'm just so ... They're
...and now they're Alaska's 1A state
basketball champions. Port Lions' Kings clamed the state crown this weekend in
a championship game in Sullivan Arena against Fort Yukon.
The last time the Port Lion girls took home a state championship was in 1985.