The Falcons’ girls dropped a close game to the Kodiak girls, 37-29 in the opening game of the 45th Annual Joe Floyd/ERA Aviation Winter Classic Basketball Tournament at Kodiak Thursday, turned the tables on traditional 3A power Cordova 57-39 on Friday and ran into a 2A Klawock team on Saturday that could contend for a state title.
TMHS’ (1-4) leading scorer against Kodiak was 5-foot-7 junior forward Jonelle Staveland with 16 points, Michaela Demmert added five, Emily Winters four, Ashley Young three and Shale Kibby one.
According to TMHS head coach Tanya Nizich both teams had a slow start and the Bears led 12-11 at the half. The pace picked up in the second half but high percent shots weren’t falling for either team and the score was 18-17 Kodiak starting the final period.
Against Cordova on Friday the Falcons jumped out to a 13-6 lead and added nine more in the second period for a 22-17 halftime advantage.
The Falcons only shot better as the night progressed, notching 15 in the third and exploding for 20 points in the final stanza for a 57-39 season-first win.
“We played overall a lot better through the whole game,” Nizich said. “We played full court defense the entire game, rotated a lot of subs in and I was very happy with the production we got out of players. They ran the heck out of it. They wanted to go full court defense all game, how could I deny that? I loved it. I loved watching it.”
Staveland scored 19 points, Young added 11, Kibby eight, Shayla Reeves 7, Eyerus Tingley four, Demmert, Sarah Morris, Noe Maka, and Kinsey Marshall two each.
The Falcons were 14-19 from the charity stripe, Cordova hit 13-27. Angie Kelly led the Lady Wolverines with 19 points.
The Falcons took to long to get going against the Klawock Chieftains on Saturday, falling behind 18-9 in the first quarter and 24-12 at the half.
“We talked about some things we wanted to do and just didn’t execute,” Nizich said. “They beat us in transition a few times and that put them up.”
TMHS exploded for 17 points in the third period to pull within five, 36-31, starting the final stanza. “We got as close as two points right at the start of the fourth quarter,” Nizich said. “We just couldn’t get on top.”
Klawock took the win 49-40.
Young led the Falcons with 18 points, Staveland 13, Morris three, Demmert, Kibby, and Marshall two each.
“It was a big night for the freshman,” Nizich said of Young. “We’ve been waiting for it. She is certainly capable of big nights. Confidence wise, she knows what she has to do now and can be the leading scorer every night.”
The Falcons hit 4-10 at the free throw line, Klawock was 4-5. Kathy Williams had 17 for the Chieftains and Busser added 16.