ACS star Sayvia Sellers. Photo by Bryan Boyett/Alaska Sports Report

Sayvia Sellers took to social media a few times this week to like and share posts about Alissa Pili and her awe-inspiring star turn on the country’s grandest stage.

At the 2 minute, 1 second mark of Friday’s third quarter, Sellers officially made Alaska high school’s scoring stratosphere all her own.

With a slight gleam in her eyes, Sellers drove the right side of the lane, made the bucket along the baseline and was fouled en route to finishing with a game-high 30 points in the Class 4A March Madness Alaska state semifinals at the Alaska Airlines Center. She and Anchorage Christian cruised once again, this time by an 81-34 count over West Anchorage.

The Lions (24-2) won for the 121st straight time against an in-state opponent and will vie for a second consecutive 4A crown Saturday. ACS has won five 4A state tournament games by average margin of 46.4 points moving up from 3A where it captured four straight championships before the shuffle up to the top classification.

That fateful shot off glass gave Sellers the numbers she needed to eclipse Pili for the state’s all-time scoring record. With only Saturday’s state championship tilt against fellow Northern Lights Conference foe Wasilla remaining before Sellers heads to the University of Washington and the Pac 12, she stands at 2,619 points scored in four years as an ACS Lion.

Sayvia Sellers sinks the record-breaking bucket. Photo by Bryan Boyett/Alaska Sports Report

Pili scored 2,614 points in her storied Dimond career, which included being part of 13 total state titles in basketball, volleyball, wrestling and track and field. She played her first two college seasons at USC before staying in the Pac 12 and joining Utah. The Utes’ run in the women’s NCAA tournament ended with a Friday loss to LSU in the Sweet 16.

“We’ll talk when we see each other and text from time to time,” Sellers said of her relationship with Pili. “It’s cool to see her dominating on the college level.”

Coming out of a timeout shortly after breaking the scoring record, the AAC’s public-address announcer acknowledged Alaska’s sports history being made. West coach Charlie Engel, some of the Eagles and many in the crowd gave Sellers an elongated round of applause.

“Pili also broke the record against us, it’s like dang everybody breaks scoring records against us,” Engel joked after the semifinal loss. “Before the game (Friday), I approached (Sellers) and told her the record was there. But we were going to make her earn it.

“That way, I hope it made it all the more memorable for her. With all due respect, it’s been an honor to compete against her.”

Sellers was given the game ball when she picked up her player of the game award postgame. She said she wasn’t sure where that memento would end up. In two seasons playing at the 4A level, it’s fair to say her all-around game continually improves. Despite receiving only two official assists, the point guard distributed all afternoon.

“I’m the type of player that always wants to get teammates the ball,” she said. “We also have a lot of scorers, so it makes my job easier.”

Nyami Mathot of ACS. Photo by Bryan Boyett/Alaska Sports Report

Eight different Lions scored in yet another lopsided victory. Oh, and 28 of those points came from sophomore Morgan Maldonado and freshmen Keelie Kronberger, Aiga Unutoa and Jasmine Schaeffer just in case anything thinks the ACS freight train is nearing its final stop with Sellers’ upcoming graduation.

To West’s credit, the game spread didn’t hit 40 points and the running clock didn’t show until the third quarter. The Eagles (21-5) fared much better in spots. Freshman Ariel Misa led her team with eight points.

“We learned that no matter the outcome, you always have to give 100% percent,” said West senior Amaya Hudson. “ACS has all those pieces to make it such an amazing program. I give our team a lot of props.”

Hudson said she and Sellers have been friends since the fourth grade. Hudson beamed with pride knowing the scoring record belonged to her.

“There aren’t many people who can go out and score 2,600-whatever points,” Hudson said. “It’s crazy.”

West’s Jayla Speakman. Photo by Bryan Boyett/Alaska Sports Report

Over the history of high school basketball inside the Municipality of Anchorage, only a handful of players conjure up memories of unique greatness. The premier starting five for Alaska’s largest city likely reads Laura Ingham (East), Pili, Kelsey Griffin (Chugiak), Azella Perryman (East) and now Sellers. Debate all you like, friends.

Just don’t expect Sellers to get involved in the discussion. At least not now.

“Honestly, I don’t really know much about the history,” she said. “I’ve tried not to pay attention to that stuff.”

Allow West’s Engel to give Sellers the proper flowers after a historic day in the Last Frontier.

“Sayvia is for sure a top three kid, with the potential to be the best to ever come out of the state,” Engel said.


Thunder Mountain scored its first March Madness Alaska state victory behind the dominating effort of the Baxter twins.

Sophomore Cailynn and Kerra combined for 30 and 17 rebounds. Cailynn Baxter led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds. Making the school’s second state appearance since opening in Juneau in 2008, the Falcons improved to 20-8 and will play in Saturday morning’s fourth-place game at the Seawolf Sports Complex.

Dimond senior Kali Hibbert sank four of five three-point attempts and finished with 17 points to lead her squad. Junior Maile Wilcox added 15 and sophomore big Evan Hamey scored five points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Lynx completed their season with an 18-8 record.


Juneau-Douglas will meet up with Southeast Conference rival Thunder Mountain for the seventh time in the last nine outings Saturday for fourth place.

The Crimson Bears kept their season alive thanks in part to senior Skylar Tuckwood’s 20 points. Senior Kiyara Miller chipped in 10 while junior Mila Hargrave hauled down 10 rebounds. Juneau improved to 17-13.

Senior TT Tagovailoa led Lathrop with 14 points. The Malemutes wrapped things up with a 17-12 mark.

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