PALMER — Regular season competition has been restricted to only within the Mat-Su Borough School District during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the district’s mitigation measures.
But on Saturday, a pair of local programs had the opportunity to face an opponent outside of the Mat-Su. The Colony Knights hosted 3A power Anchorage Christian School in varsity boys and girls action at Colony High.
Colony scored a 73-64 win over the ACS boys. The ACS girls scored a 79-31 win over Colony.
“Getting a chance to leave the district and play somebody else was fun,” Colony head coach Tom Berg said. “It was nice to play somebody different. It was a good experience for our guys.”
Colony, just like all of the prep hoops teams across the district, has been limited to who they can play, but also how often they have been able to play. A rise in COVID-19 cases in Valley schools led to a temporary pause for local sports programs. Berg said the Knights were coming off a 14-day break before the most recent run of games, that included wins over Palmer, Wasilla and ACS during a short span.
“After not playing very many games, we’re kind of into game mode,” Berg said.
After about 13 months of uncertainty, which included an abrupt end to the season last year and so many unknowns since, Berg said things appear to be trending, “closer to normal.” ASAA has confirmed it will host its state basketball championships in the Mat-Su Valley. Colony High is expected to host the Northern Lights Conference Championships. The Colony, Wasilla and Palmer boys and girls teams will also make their first trips outside of the district this weekend with games scheduled in Fairbanks against West Valley, Lathrop and Monroe Catholic.
“For the first time in a really long time I have a mental picture of what our season is going to look like,” Berg said.
Patrick McMahon, the reigning 4A player of the year, scored 37 points during the win over ACS,. McMahon finished with 14 field goals, including a three-pointer, and was 8 of 12 from the free throw line. Jeremiah Hersrud hit a trio of threes and scored 17 points.
Colony led 20-14 after the first quarter, and put together a 22-point second quarter.
The ACS girls scored a 79-31 win over Colony. Tori Schwantes led Colony with 13 points.
Warriors split with Grace ChristianBella Hayes scored 19 points to lead Wasilla to a 63-18 win over Grace. Alex Randall added 15 points. The Grace boys scored a 47-44 win over the Warriors. Andrew Devine scored 13 for Wasilla. Dylan Jeffus added 11.
Knights sweep WasillaFor the second time in less than a week, the Colony Knights scored a girls basketball victory over rival Wasilla.
Indiya Clark scored a game-high 26 points during a 50-39 victory over the Warriors Friday at Colony High School. Clark finished with six field goals, including a three-pointer, and was 13 of 14 from the free throw line. Clark was a perfect 6 of 6 from the line during an early 13-6 first-quarter run. The standout also scored 11 of her team’s 19 second-quarter points.
Hannah Duguid added a dozen for Colony in the in. Maggie Spencer chipped in nine.
Bella Hays led Wasilla with 14 points.
In boys action, Colony scored a 59-44 win over Wasilla. Patrick McMahon led the Knights with 19 points. Jeremiah Hersrud and Jace Underwood scored 15 points each. Both guards drained a trio of three-pointers. Colony opened the game on a 12-4 run.
Andrew Devine led Wasilla with a dozen. Parker Kroon added 10 for Wasilla.
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