Yakutat boys fall short in own tournament

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2001

The Yakutat High School boys basketball team had a chance to claim the title of its own Mount St. Elias Classic on Saturday, but a 53-35 loss to Kotzebue in the tournament finale gave the visiting Huskies the title on a tie-breaker.

Yakutat was undefeated entering the final game, while Kotzebue lost to Ninilchik in an earlier round. But the loss left both Yakutat and Kotzebue with 2-1 records for the tourney and Kotzebue won the title because of its head-to-head victory. Hoonah and Ninilchik both finished with 1-2 records in the tournament, but Hoonah's 57-49 victory over Ninilchik Saturday gave the Braves the tie-breaker. Kotzebue's Harold Berry was named the boys tournament MVP.

In the girls tournament, defending Class 2A state champion Ninilchik posted a perfect 3-0 record to claim the title, with Whitney Leman being named the girls MVP. Kotzebue took second place with a 2-1 record, followed by Yakutat in third place at 1-2 and Hoonah in fourth at 0-3.

In the game that decided the boys championship, Berry scored 19 points to lead Kotzebue and Steve Gomez had 11. Skye Endicott led Yakutat with 14 points and Derek James added eight.

In Saturday's other boys game, Jarret Brown scored 18 points, Kevin Skeek added 14 and Donald Dybdahl had 12 points to lead Hoonah over Ninilchik. John Matson scored 23 points for the Wolverines and Buck Kvasnikoff added 14.

In Friday's boys action, James scored 12 points and the duo of Anthony Schmidt and Dustin Endicott added 11 each as Yakutat edged Ninilchik 59-58. Kvasnikoff led Ninilchik with 24 points. In Friday's other boys game, Berry scored 19 points as Kotzebue beat Hoonah 40-32. Sean Kveum led Hoonah with 10 points.

On Thursday, Skye Endicott scored 14 points, James added 10 and Jake Endicott chipped in nine as Yakutat beat Hoonah 53-44. Skeek led Hoonah with 11 points and Brown scored 10. In the other first-round game, Kvasnikoff scored 21 points as Ninilchik beat Kotzebue 60-56. Berry scored 22 points to lead the Huskies.

In Saturday's girls action, Ninilchik clinched the title with a 57-25 victory over Hoonah. Leman scored 20 points and Jessica Russo added 10 for the Wolverines, while Alice Lee scored nine points to lead Hoonah.

In the other Saturday girls game, Evelyn Conwell scored 19 points and Allison Conwell added 14 as Kotzebue claimed second place with a 48-33 victory over Yakutat. Samantha Johnson scored 13 points to lead the Eagles and Stephanie Johnson added 10.

On Friday, Molly Bostick scored 17 points as Ninilchik beat Yakutat 42-27. Sam Johnson led Yakutat with 10 points. Also on Friday, Allison Conwell scored 22 points and Evelyn Conwell added 18 to lead Kotzebue over Hoonah 57-35. Lee scored 11 points to lead the Braves with Katie Lee scoring 10.

On Thursday, Yakutat scored just four points in the second half and nothing in the fourth quarter but still managed to hold on for a 37-36 victory over Hoonah, which trailed 33-18 at halftime. Sam Johnson led Yakutat with 16 points, while Trissa Barros scored 14 and Alice Lee had 10 to lead Hoonah. In Thursday's other first-round girls game, Leman scored 20 points and Bostick added 10 as Ninilchik beat Kotzebue 48-32. Evelyn Conwell scored nine points to lead the Huskies.

Sitka boys sweep Ketchikan

Brian Friske scored six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Sitka boys basketball team claimed a 56-55 victory over Ketchikan Friday at Sitka High School. The Wolves completed the two-game Region V-Class 4A sweep on Saturday with a 78-59 victory.

In Friday's game, Mike Schneeberger also scored 13 points for Sitka while Colin Kamback added 11. Kenny Terpsma scored 15 points to lead Ketchikan, with T.J. Milner adding 12 points and the duo of Brandon Nicholas and Jesse Richardson each scoring 11 for the Kings.

On Saturday, Friske scored 15 points to lead a balanced Sitka attack that also picked up 14 points from Kambak, 13 from Schneeberger and 11 from Jason Mooney. Nicholas scored 17 points to lead Ketchikan, with Richardson adding 13 and Terpsma 12.

Ketchikan girls sweep Sitka

After sitting out most of the middle periods with foul trouble, Cassie White came on strong in the fourth quarter to lead the Ketchikan girls to a come-from-behind 51-43 victory over Sitka Friday in a Region V-Class 4A matchup at Ketchikan High School. On Saturday, Ketchikan completed the two-game sweep with a 65-33 victory.

White, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the final period when Ketchikan erased a 31-29 Sitka lead (White scored all nine of her points in a row to start the rally). Amanda Kolanko and Kelly Nausid both scored 10 points for the Kings, while Jennie Phillips scored 16 points and Breanne Erickson added 10 to lead Sitka on Friday.

On Saturday, Anne Elliott scored 15 points to lead five Ketchikan players in double-figure scoring. White and Nausid both added 13 points, Kolanko had 11 and Jodi Jakubek scored 10 points for the Kings. Sidney Wyman scored 18 points to lead the Wolves.

Petersburg girls sweep Metlakatla

Amber Beardslee scored 19 points Friday as the Petersburg girls basketball team claimed a 56-45 victory over Metlakatla in Region V-Class 3A action at Petersburg High School. On Saturday, Petersburg won 47-40 to complete the sweep.

In Friday's game, Tyna McCay added 10 points for Petersburg, which used an 18-7 run in the second quarter to take a 27-13 halftime lead. Ashley Hayward scored 14 points to lead Metlakatla.

On Saturday, Karna Williams scored 13 points and Beardslee added 12 to lead the Vikings, who grabbed an 11-2 lead in the first quarter. LaTonya Galles scored 16 points to lead the Miss Chiefs and Trudy Horne added 10.

Mount Edgecumbe girls sweep Haines

Adrienne Taalak scored 19 of her game-high 27 points in the second half as the Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team beat Haines 45-32 Friday in Region V-Class 3A play at Haines High School. On Saturday, the Braves completed the sweep with a 54-36 victory.

Prema Warren also scored 13 points for Mount Edgecumbe in Friday's victory, while Lori Sele led the Glacier Bears with eight points.

On Saturday, Taalak scored 27 points again to lead Mount Edgecumbe, which had all but two players crack the scoring column. Lisa Sele scored 13 points to lead Haines and Lori Sele added 12 for the Glacier Bears.

Craig, Wrangell girls split

The Wrangell girls basketball team outscored the Craig Panthers 12-3 in the fourth quarter Friday to claim a 37-27 victory in a Region V-Class 3A game at Wrangell. On Saturday, though, Craig turned the tables by claiming a 52-41 victory to gain a split with the Wolves in the two-game series.

On Friday, Kaelene Wilson scored 10 points to lead Wrangell, while Adrienne McLaughlin and Laura McCay added eight each. Meggie Haydu scored 12 points to lead the Panthers and Heather Douville scored eight.

In Saturday's game, Craig jumped out to a 32-14 halftime lead then held on as Wrangell closed the gap. Douville led Craig with 19 points, Haydu added 17 and Aimee Demmert scored 10 for the Panthers. Wilson scored 16 points to lead the Wolves and McCay added nine.

Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Haines

Eric Alstrom had a pair of big games as he led the Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team to a two-game series sweep over Haines. Alstrom scored 22 points on Friday as the Braves won 82-51 and then hit for 27 as Mount Edgecumbe claimed a 73-40 victory on Saturday in Region V-Class 3A action at Haines High School.

On Friday, Chris Boskofsky and George Beans both added 11 points for Mount Edgecumbe. Jim Lampkins scored 21 points to lead the Glacier Bears, with Wes Hoffman adding 12 points and Luke Land 10.

On Saturday, Boskofsky added 15 points for the Braves and the duo of Beans and Gary Paukan had nine points apiece. Hoffman led Haines with 17 points and Lampkins scored 10.

Craig boys sweep Wrangell

Craig Carter was one of four members of the Craig boys basketball team to score in double figures Friday as the Panthers claimed an 88-67 victory over Wrangell in Region V-Class 3A action at Craig. On Saturday, Craig again put four players in double figures as the Panthers completed the two-game sweep with an 89-60 victory.

In Friday's game, Carter scored 18 points to lead Craig's balanced attack, which also featured 17 points from Jordan Savage, 16 from Raymond Douville and 10 from Ryan Savage. Cole Appleman scored 21 points to lead Wrangell, with Brad Angerman adding 15 and Tony Marriott 10.

On Saturday, Douville scored 23 points to lead Craig, which picked up 19 points from Ryan Savage, 16 from Fred Hamilton and 15 from Carter. Angerman led Wrangell with 24 points and Marriott added 16.

Metlakatla boys sweep Petersburg

The Metlakatla boys basketball team swept a two-game series from Petersburg over the weekend, winning 57-41 on Friday and 69-53 on Saturday at Metlakatla High School.

No scoring leaders were available for Metlakatla, but Eric Corral scored 12 points to lead Petersburg on Friday and Richard Montgomery scored 13 to lead the Vikings on Saturday.

Kake girls go 2-1 at Klawock

The Kake girls basketball team won the two games that counted in a three-game Region V-Class 2A series with Klawock in Klawock, claiming a 55-36 victory on Friday and a 46-29 victory on Saturday. But the Chieftains came back to win a non-region game 37-36 on Monday to hand Kake its first loss of the season.

In Monday's game, Rebecca Duncan scored 17 points to lead Klawock and Jessica Peters added nine. Kake was led by Danielle Knudsen and Robin Knudsen with nine points each.

On Saturday, Kake outscored Klawock 17-3 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game. The Knudsen sisters each scored 12 points to lead the Thunderbirds, while Peters scored 20 points to lead Klawock.

Danielle Knudsen scored 24 points on Friday and Robin Knudsen added 19 to lead Kake. Peters scored 19 to lead Klawock. Duncan was not on Klawock's roster for the first two games.

Earlier last week, Kake swept a pair of games from Hydaburg, winning both games by identical 63-18 scores on Tuesday and Wednesday in Hydaburg.

Danielle Knudsen scored 17 points, Robin Knudsen had 16 and Calvina Wilson added 12 to lead Kake in Wednesday's game. Miranda Adams scored seven points to lead the Warriors.

On Tuesday, Danielle Knudsen led Kake with 21 points, Robin Knudsen added 11 and Cassandra Martin chipped in 10 points for the T-Birds. Adams scored 12 points to lead Hydaburg.

Yakutat boys, girls sweep Buckland

Derek James scored 14 points as the Yakutat boys basketball team held on to claim a 53-52 victory over Buckland Monday in a non-conference game at Yakutat. The Yakutat boys also won a close game 67-65 in a rare Sunday game.

The Yakutat girls also swept Buckland, claiming a 40-28 victory on Monday and a 35-28 victory on Sunday.

In boys action Monday, Kris Karsunsky and Martin Sensmeier both chipped in nine points for Yakutat, which had six players score at least six points each. Jason Hadley scored 21 points to lead Buckland, with Mike Hadley adding 18 and Louis Parrish 11. Buckland missed five of its six free throws in the fourth quarter while Yakutat made three of four shots.

On Sunday, Sensmeier scored 23 points, Skye Endicott added 18, Dustin Endicott scored 12 and James had 10 for the Eagles. Craig Moore scored 31 points to lead Buckland, with Parrish adding 12 and Jason Hadley 11 for the Sissauni.

In girls action on Monday, Steph Johnson scored 12 points and Sam Johnson added 10 for Yakutat while Tracey Geary scored 10 points to lead Buckland. On Sunday, Sam Johnson led Yakutat with 19 points and Dora Hadley scored 14 to lead the Sissauni (an Inupiat word for beluga whale).

Kake boys sweep Thorne Bay

Anthony Dolan scored 42 points in the first three quarters Tuesday as the Kake boys basketball team claimed a 106-55 victory over Thorne Bay in Region V-Class 2A action at Thorne Bay. On Monday Dolan only scored in the fourth quarter, hitting for 11 points as Kake won 72-43.

In Tuesday's game, Kyle Anderson added 18 points, Shane Padgett had 14 and Jesse Reese scored 10 for Kake. Sam Sawyer scored 20 points and Jason Blair added 14 to lead Thorne Bay.

On Monday, Padgett led Kake with 23 points while Anderson scored 12, Dolan had 11 and Cyrus Mills scored 10 for the Thunderbirds. Sawyer scored 26 points to lead the Wolverines.

The Juneau Empire's Southeast Hoops Roundup is a weekly feature that rounds up the region's high school basketball results and usually runs on Wednesdays. Coaches should fax all of their boxscores to 1-907-586-3028 by Monday afternoon so standings can be updated each week, and they can also e-mail the information to cbingham@juneauempire.com (please no text attachments). Coaches should also send their schedules and rosters to this fax number.

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