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The Ketchikan girls basketball team was riding high late last week, with an undefeated record and the No. 5 ranking in the first Class 4A state basketball poll.
But the Sitka Wolves ended that feeling of ecstasy in a hurry, upsetting the Kings 38-36 on Friday in the first game of a two-game Region V-Class 4A series in Ketchikan. The Kings responded by winning Saturday's game 55-38, but the unbeaten record was gone.
"I think they were smelling their own fumes because they were 9-0," Ketchikan coach Doug Nausid told the Ketchikan Daily News after Friday's game. "This is what happens if you're thinking about what you've done. You've got to think about what you're doing and how you're playing right now."
In Friday's game, Sitka smothered Ketchikan with its defense. The Wolves held Ketchikan to just 18 points through the first three quarters as Sitka took a 14-point lead at 32-18.
The Kings rallied in the fourth quarter, as Raquelle Pahang scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the period. But it wasn't enough. Ketchikan had a chance to send the game into overtime, but senior forward Maria Swaim's baseline jumper with four seconds left fell short of the rim and the final seconds ticked off the clock as both teams battled for the rebound.
Sid Wyman scored 12 points to lead Sitka, which also picked up seven points each from Joy Ribao and Kim Dodson and six points from Miranda Whitson. Besides the 17 points scored by Pahang, Ketchikan received 10 points from Anne Elliott.
Saturday's game saw the tables turned, as Ketchikan's defense held Sitka to just 19 points through the first three quarters as the Kings took a 23-point lead at 42-19. Wyman scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolves tried to rally, but Ketchikan was able to hold on for the victory.
Elliott scored 15 points to lead Ketchikan on Saturday, while Whitney Hofstedt added 13 points and Pahang scored 12 for the Kings. Wyman, who was one of three Wolves to foul out of the game, was Sitka's only double-figure scorer on Saturday, with Ribao the next highest with six points.
Ketchikan, Sitka boys split
The Sitka boys basketball team only had six players score on Friday, but four of the Wolves finished in double figures as Sitka claimed a 55-45 victory over the Ketchikan Kings. On Saturday, the Kings held Sitka to just one player in double figures as Ketchikan won 50-41 and earned a split of the two-game Region V-4A series in Sitka.
In Friday's game, Mitch Hawk scored 14 points to lead Sitka, while Karl Stedman added 13 points, and the duo of Karel Uddipa and Andrew Broschat both scored 11. Tyler Richardson scored 14 points and Brandon Mix added 13 for Ketchikan, which trailed 35-21 at halftime and 42-32 entering the fourth quarter.
On Saturday, Sitka took a 27-18 halftime lead but Ketchikan was able to pull ahead 35-33 entering the fourth quarter. Richardscon scored 16 points to lead the Kings, with Nate Norton adding 14 points for Ketchikan. Stedman scored 17 points to lead Sitka, whose next highest scorer was Hawk with six points.
Ketchikan will host the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears this weekend.
Craig, Metlakatla boys split
Chris Bryant scored a game-high 38 points as the Metlakatla boys basketball team handed the Craig Panthers their first Region V-Class 3A loss of the season, a 77-73 decision Friday in Metlakatla. On Saturday, Raymond Douville scored 25 points as Craig returned the favor, handing the Chiefs their first region loss, 67-66.
In Friday's game, Bryant led all scorers but Metlakatla needed Beau Hayward to scored 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to hold off Craig. Shane Martinez added 13 points for Metlakatla. Douville scored 26 points to lead the Panthers, while Fred Hamilton added 18 points and Ryan Jones scored 11 for Craig. The game was close throughout and both coaches received technicals even though only 21 fouls total were called.
On Saturday, Douville led Craig but Eric Hamilton scored 20 points and had the game-clinching basket in the fourth quarter. Fred Hamilton added 12 points for the Panthers. Bryant led Metlakatla with 35 points and Martinez scored 16 as the two Chiefs combined to hit 10 3-pointers.
Craig girls sweep Metlakatla
Jerian Kampnich scored 23 points on Friday as the Craig girls basketball team knocked off the Metlakatla Misschiefs 57-48 in Craig. On Saturday, Heather Douville led the Panthers with 25 points as Craig completed the two-game Region V-3A series sweep with a 65-43 victory, remaining undefeated in region play this season.
In Friday's game, Kampnich hit five 3-pointers to lead Craig while Douville scored 18 points and Vanessa James added nine. Latonya Galles scored 22 points and Jodi Boyd added 10 to lead Metlakatla.
On Saturday, Douville led the Panthers while Kampnich and Jill May both added 12 points apiece. Galles scored 14 points to lead the Misschiefs and Boyd added 10.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Wrangell
The Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team trailed by nine points with 1 minute, 8 seconds left to play on Friday, but found a way to claim a 71-68 victory over the Wrangell Wolves in Wrangell. On Saturday, the Braves had an easier time of things as they completed the sweep of a two-game Region V-3A series with a 94-69 victory.
In girls action, Mount Edgecumbe also swept Wrangell in a two-game series in Sitka, but scores and game details were not available.
In Friday's game, Mount Edgecumbe made 12 of its 13 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. James Paukan led the Braves with 25 points, but only scored two in the fourth period. Matt Mercier scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and George Beans made all eight of his free throws to finish with 13 points for the Braves. Tony Marriott scored 27 points to lead Wrangell, while Woody Woodworth scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter before fouling out of the game.
On Saturday, Mount Edgecumbe had five players reach double figures and nine score points. Beans led the Braves with 18 points, while Paukan and Mercier both scored 17, Peter Jorgensen added 14 points and Scott Patkotak chipped in 11. Jeremy Stolley scored 16 points to lead the Wolves while Marriott added 14.
Petersburg boys sweep Haines
The Petersburg boys basketball team swept a two-game Region V-3A series from the Haines Glacier Bears last weekend in Petersburg, as the Vikings claimed a 75-52 victory on Saturday and a 76-36 victory in a rare Sunday game necessitated by the ferry schedule.
In Sunday's game, Petersburg dumped its bench in the fourth quarter and still outscored Wrangell 26-4. Kyle Skinner and Jeb Phillips scored 13 points to lead the Vikings, while Aaron Severson and Sam Jensen added 10 points each as 11 of the 12 Petersburg players scored in the game. Tyrell Horton scored nine points and Chad Stigen added eight for Haines.
On Saturday, Severson led five Vikings in double-figure scoring with 19 points. Skinner and Jon Randrup added 12 points each for Petersburg, while Phillips scored 11 and Danny Montgomery chipped in 10 points. Stigen hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead Haines, which led 34-31 at halftime, while Tim Kaloostian added nine points.
Petersburg girls sweep Haines
Kayleigh Short led the Petersburg girls basketball team to a 53-23 victory over the Haines Glacier Bears on Friday in Haines, while Britni Birchell paced the Vikings to a 47-29 victory on Saturday to help Petersburg claim a sweep of their two-game Region V-3A series.
In Friday's game, Short scored 13 points and Brandy Cole added nine to lead Petersburg. Keely Falcon and Lori Sele scored seven points each to lead Haines.
On Saturday, Birchell led the Vikings with 16 points and Short added nine. Drew Fossman scored 11 points to lead the Glacier Bears and Sele added seven.
Metlakatla girls beat Klawock
Latonya Galles scored 14 points and Jodi Boyd added 10 as the Class 3A Metlakatla girls basketball team beat Class 2A Klawock 50-40 in a non-league game Thursday in Klawock. Kayleigh Ryno scored 10 points to lead the Chieftains, while Natalie Wangerin added nine in a losing cause.
Kake, Klawock boys split
Larry Jackson only scored three points on Friday, but he made them count as his 3-pointer with 3 1/2 seconds left in the game to lead the Kake boys basketball team to a 57-56 victory over the Klawock Chieftains after the Thunderbirds blew an early 24-point lead. On Saturday, Klawock had to hold off a Kake rally as the Chieftains claimed a 60-49 victory to earn a split of their two-game Region V-Class 2A series in Klawock.
In Friday's game, Kake made its first six shots of the game and led by 24 points early in the second quarter. Klawock was still down by 21 points midway through the third quarter when the Chieftains started closing the gap, cutting the advantage to 12 points by the start of the fourth quarter. Klawock went on an 8-0 run in the game's last minute to take a 56-54 lead, but Jackson's 3-pointer won the game for Kake.
Shane Padgett scored 18 points to lead the Thunderbirds who made just two of their 11 free throws in the fourth quarter. Josh Jackson added 15 points for Kake. Travis Macasaet scored 16 points to lead Klawock, while David Ryno added 15 points and Shawn Kato-Yates chipped in 14 for the Chieftains.
On Saturday, Ryno scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter as Klawock took a 31-19 halftime lead. Kato-Yates added 14 points and Macasaet chipped in 13 for the Chieftains. Padgett scored 15 points and Cyrus Mills added 13 for Kake.
Kake girls sweep Klawock
Danielle Knudsen scored 18 points on Friday as the Kake girls basketball team claimed a 43-25 victory over the Klawock Chieftains. On Saturday, Knudsen led the Thunderbirds with 21 points as Kake completed the sweep of the two-game Region V-2A series in Klawock with a 48-34 victory.
In Friday's game, Kake was aided by 14 points and four 3-pointers by RoseAnn Jackson. Kayleigh Ryno scored eight points to lead Klawock.
On Saturday, the Thunderbirds picked up 12 points from Chrissy Morris. Ryno led the Chieftains with 10 points as they finished a home stand that included five games in five days.
Angoon, Klawock girls split
Sharon Webb and Erin Anderson scored 10 points apiece to lead the Klawock girls basketball team to a 39-20 victory over the Angoon Eagles on Tuesday in the first game of a two-game Region V-2A series in Klawock. On Wednesday, Carmen Estrada scored 14 points and Amber Jamestown added 11 as Angoon beat Klawock 43-29 to earn a split of the series.
In Tuesday's game, Klawock outscored Angoon 11-2 in the third quarter to break open the game. Estrada led the Eagles with seven points.
On Wednesday, the two teams made just five of their combined 25 free-throw attempts. Ryno scored 11 points to lead Klawock.
Klawock boys sweep Angoon
Travis Macasaet, Shawn Kato-Yates and David Ryno combined to score 54 points on Tuesday as the Klawock boys basketball team claimed an 81-50 victory over the Angoon Eagles. On Wednesday, the Chieftain trio combined for 46 points as Klawock completed the sweep of the two-game Region V-2A series in Klawock with a 76-57 victory.
In Tuesday's game, Macasaet led Klawock with 21 points, Kato-Yates added 19 and Ryno scored 14 for the Chieftains. J.P. Silva scored 23 points and Stephen Johnson added 19 to lead the Eagles.
On Wednesday, Ryno scored 18 points, Kato-Yates added 15, Macasaet scored 13, Bradley Kato chipped in 11 and Harry Jackson Jr. scored nine for Klawock. Johnson scored 36 points to lead Angoon, while Silva added 11 points and Chris Kookesh scored nine for the Eagles.
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