After a late schedule addition, the Falcons girls' basketball team fell 45-31 to visiting Angoon on Wednesday at Thunder Mountain High School.
Falcon starters Shale Kibby and Eyerus Tingley had three fouls each in the first half, and Kibby fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
"I had to take them out of the game early on," coach Tanya Nizich said. "They were reaching and slapping for the ball. The main thing was we were getting beat, which caused us to reach over and foul on their lay-ups."
The teams traded buckets in a neck-and-neck first quarter before Angoon began to pull away in the second.
The Falcons chipped away at the deficit in the third and fourth quarters, eventually pulling within nine, but TMHS would get no closer after going cold from the field.
"We fought back hard but we couldn't get our shots to fall," Nizich said. "We had great looks at the basket and we had a lot of shot attempts. They just weren't falling.
"Eventually, one day, they're going to fall and the girls are going to amaze themselves when they see the score."
Janie Wight ruled the boards for the Falcons, ripping down 18 rebounds to go with four points. Jordan Jeans also had double-figure rebounds for TMHS, pulling down 10.
"If we can rebound like that every game, we won't have a problem," Nizich said. "That was pretty big between the two of them.
The Falcons (0-13, 0-2) left this morning to battle Southeast Conference foe Ketchikan (11-2, 1-1), with games today and Saturday.
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