WHITEHORSE, Yukon – Taylor Hastings scored a game-high 18 points and Nicole Forrey posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Alaska’s junior female basketball team to a 73-30 Arctic Winter Games victory against Nunavut on Tuesday afternoon at F.H. Collins Secondary School.
“[Taylor and Nicole] were spectacular,” head coach Mason Campbell said. “Those two definitely handle the ball, the pressure and they get their teammates involved, so they’re wonderful girls to coach.”
The win improved the team’s record to 1-1 at the games. Other double-figure scorers included Ne’Chelle Martinez and Kim Duffield, who had 14 and 10 points, respectively. Hastings and Forrey both tied for a game-high four assists as well.
“It gives them a lot of confidence,” Campbell said. “I haven’t seen 70 points put on the board by eighth, ninth and 10th graders ever, so they can play this game at this level, they’re good shooters and great basketball players.”
Alaska led 11-8 early, but Nunavut ended the first quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 14-13 advantage. The second was all Alaska as it opened on a 7-0 run and outscored the opposition 18-3 in the frame for a 31-17 lead at halftime.
“We switched it up in the second quarter and went to a 2-2-1 full-court press, then back to zone and I think that’s what made the difference,” Campbell said.
Team Alaska’s defense shut down any chance of a comeback as it limited Nunavut to only 13 points in the second half, while scoring 42 to cruise onward to victory.
Nunavut was led by Mary Omole, who had a team-best 12 points.