Record year for Alaska girls prep basketball

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Women's basketball in Alaska has never been better.

Fairbanks' Ruthy Hebard is in the hunt for a national championship at University of Oregon, and the University of Alaska Anchorage has established itself as a top NCAA Div. II program in the nation.

The future doesn’t look bad either — the 2018-19 Alaska high school girls basketball season was one for the record books.

It all began on National Signing Day in November when three Alaskans signed to play for NCAA Division I teams.

Dimond’s Alissa Pili signed with the University of Southern California, West Anchorage’s Azaria Robinson signed with University of New Mexico, and Olivia Davies will play for the University of Hawaii.

Over the course of the season, Anchorage Christian School's Destiny Reimers would surpass the 1,000 career point mark, and she wouldn't be the only prep girls' basketball player making history.

Pili broke Chugiak’s Brit Jacobson’s 2,290 career points mark in February, and has the most career points in Alaska 4A girls’ basketball history. Pili also passed Monroe’s Jeannie Hebert-Truax’s 2,179 career point mark from 1988.

Ironically, the same month Pili passed Hebert-Truax on the all-time scoring list, the now Wasilla Girls High School head basketball coach set milestones of her own, becoming the first girl's high school basketball coach in the state to win 500 games.

The 2019 Alaska State Schools Activities Association 3A/4A Girls Basketball tournament tips off Thursday.

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