Mary Scudero scored 26 points as the Ketchikan Kings girls basketball team won the Peninsula Challenge championship 80-62 over Class 3A power Grace Christian Saturday in Soldotna.
The Kings jumped out to a 49-21 lead at halftime, outscoring the Grizzlies 29-7 in the second quarter to break the game open.
Cassie White added 18 points for the Kings and Kelly Nausid chipped in 15, while Fe Villanueva and Amanda Kolanko scored eight points each for Ketchikan. Taylor Long scored 27 points to lead Grace Christian, while Genelle Allen added 23 points.
Ketchikan advanced to the championship game by claiming a 70-27 victory over 3A school Seward Friday afternoon.
Scudero scored 21 points to lead the Kings. Grace knocked off tournament host Skyview 61-32 in Friday's other semifinal.
Kolanko and White added 10 points each for Ketchikan, while Nausid and Johanna Johnson scored eight points apiece. Erin Carr scored eight points to lead Seward, which won the 3A state championship two years ago.
On Thursday, Ketchikan defeated Kenai, a Class 4A team, 59-33 as Scudero nearly matched the entire scoring output of the Kardinals with 30 points. Nausid added seven points for the Kings. Corey Herschberger scored 21 points to lead Kenai.
Ketchikan boys take fifth
Brad Oleson scored 16 points and three other Patriots added 11 as North Pole defeated Ketchikan 71-39 in Saturday's third-fifth place game of the SoHi Boys Tip-Off Tournament in Soldotna.
Andrew Prewitt, David Wiehl and James Hansen scored 11 points each for the Patriots.
Tom Byron scored 16 points to lead fifth-place Ketchikan, while Don Munhoven had eight.
Shawn Haynes scored 18 points Friday as the Homer Mariners claimed a 72-65 victory over Ketchikan in the semifinals. Casey Boone and Richie Crum added 15 points each for Homer. Soldotna advanced to the title game with an 88-66 victory over North Pole.
Alexis Pahang scored 16 points to lead the Kings Friday, while Byron added 12 points and Munhoven scored 11.
On Thursday, Ketchikan edged the Skyview Panthers 46-44 in the opening round of the tournament. Pahang scored 14 points and Munhoven added 10 to lead the Kings, while Nolan Rose scored 18 points and Dan Davis added 10 to lead the Panthers.
Bartlett routs Sitka boys
The Sitka boys basketball team fell to Bartlett 63-29 in the third-fifth place game of the 20th Annual Cougar Tip-Off at Service High School Saturday.
Both teams shot poorly from the field. Sitka shot a dismal 26 percent, including 1-for-5 from 3-point range. Dustin McLeod led Sitka with seven points.
Bartlett's Steve Drussel scored 11 and Rumike Black added nine.
On Friday, the tournament host Service Cougars outscored Sitka 12-5 in overtime Friday to win 80-73 in the semifinals.
Brandon Barter scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the extra period and Zach Tilbury added 15 points to lead Service, which played Dimond in Saturday's championship game. Dimond edged Bartlett 67-61 in Friday's other tournament semifinal.
Sean McCarthy scored 19 points to lead Sitka, while Casey Campbell added 18 points for the Wolves.
On Thursday, McCarthy and Dustin McLeod each scored 10 points to lead Sitka to a 70-57 first-round victory over Class 3A Nikiski. Jeremy Kouf led the Bulldogs with 15 points and David Holloway added 14.
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