Dimond's Alissa Pili becomes Alaska's top girls high school scorer
Dimond High School's Alissa Pili finished the first quarter against West Anchorage with a basket, making the senior center Alaska's 4A girls' career scoring champ.
"We joked around before the game. The team was like, 'oh we're just going to pass to Alissa, make her pass the record,' or whatever," Pili said. "But, you know, I wasn't really focused on that during the game, it was just all about the team and what was best to get points up on the board."
Pili's head coach Jason Stahl calls her arguably one of the best players Alaska has ever produced. She broke the record set by Chugiak High School's Brit Jacobson in 1994.
"She can play really any position on the floor, but the thing I think that is, you know, we really appreciate her the most is that she's a great teammate, she's very humble and she just works very hard," Stahl said.
Pili said she learned about her chase for the record during last weekend's tournament at Dimond. She needed 70 points at the time to tie the mark at 2,290. That could create pressure on any athlete, but not Pili.
"During my games, I'm kind of zoned into the game and winning, not really about my stats or points or whatever," she said. "Off the court, though, everyone has been talking to me about it."
Stahl said Pili works really hard, calling her "such a competitor."
Pili has won state titles in basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and track and field. She was also named the nation's top high school female athlete last year by MaxPreps.
"I'm excited to see what else I can do," Pili said. "I'm proud of how far we've came as a team and just excited to see what the future holds."
Now, she can add another honor to her impressive resume-the best scorer in Alaska girls high school basketball history.
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