The Kenai Central and Soldotna girls basketball teams won opening round games on Monday in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan.
The Kenai girls defeated Craig 38-32 in overtime, while the Soldotna girls topped host Ketchikan 40-24.
Both area squads move into the semifinals. The Kardinals will face a stern test against Lake Stevens, Wash., which steamrolled Palmer 62-28. That game is at 4 p.m.
Soldotna will face Sumner in the semis. Sumner blew past Sitka 56-31. That game will tip at 7:30 p.m.
The Kenai boys suffered a 56-40 loss to Anacortes, Wash. The Kardinals today play the loser of the Petersburg-Ketchikan game, which was played late Monday night. That game will be at 2:15 p.m.
In the Kenai girls game, the Kardinals outscored the Panthers 8-2 in overtime without making a field goal.
Senior center Raquel Young led the Kardinals to victory, scoring 20 points. Thirteen of those points came in the fourth quarter and overtime. After going scoreless in the fourth quarter, the Kardinals trailed 21-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the Soldotna girls game, Jessie Duke led the Stars in scoring, while Rebecca Satathite had 11 points and Kaillee Skjold added nine points.
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