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Using the strength of its guard combo of ZeeZee Young and Lillian Bullock, the No. 4 Dimond High School girls basketball team swept a pair of non-conference games from the Sitka Wolves on Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School.
The Lynx, who were coming off a 49-37 non-conference loss to the unranked Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Thursday night, took out their frustrations on the Wolves, beating Sitka 79-49 on Friday and 66-19 on Saturday.
In Friday's game, Young scored 27 points and Bullock added 21 to lead the Lynx (9-3 overall), while Shaina Afoa chipped in 12 points.
Miranda Whitson and Kim Dodson both scored 14 points to lead Sitka (5-9 overall, 1-1 Region V-Class 4A).
On Saturday, Dimond outscored Sitka 42-5 in the second half after leading by just 10 points, 24-14, at halftime. Bullock scored 25 points and Young added 14 to lead the Lynx.
Dodson scored eight points and Whitson added five to lead Sitka, which had just four players score in the game.
Sitka travels to Juneau for a pair of Region V-Class 4A games on Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gym. Varsity game times are 8 p.m. each night, with junior varsity games at 6:15 p.m. and C team games at 4:15 p.m.
Ketchikan girls win Prince Rupert tourney
The Ketchikan girls varsity and junior varsity squads traveled to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, last weekend and dominated their Canadian opponents.
After three exhibition games, the Kayhi varsity beat Charles Hays 74-57 in the semifinals of the Storm Warning 2004 Championship. Destiny Bell scored 24 points and Raquelle Pahang chipped in 17 for the Kings (8-2 overall, 1-1 region).
The Ketchikan JV won its semifinal game, so the two Kayhi squads met in the tourney final. No scores were kept in what was essentially an exhibition match, though the varsity prevailed. Bell won the tournament MVP award, and Tori Edwardson was named to the all-tourney team.
Petersburg girls sweep Wrangell
Kayleigh Short scored 12 points each night to lead the Petersburg girls to a Region V-Class 3A sweep of Wrangell on homecoming weekend in Petersburg.
On Friday, Britni Birchell chipped in nine points as the Vikings (10-1 overall, 7-1 region) won 43-33. Laura McCay scored a game-high 16 points for the Wolves (4-6 overall and region).
Birchell led all scorers with 18 points on Saturday as Petersburg won 40-23. Tasha Peterman scored seven points to lead Wrangell, while McCay added six.
Metlakatla girls sweep Haines
Kristy Didrickson scored 38 points over two games to lead the Metlakatla girls to a Region V-Class 3A sweep of visiting Haines.
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Didrickson scored 20 points, Aleasha Hayward chipped in 11 and Christina Brendible adde 10 points as the MissChiefs beat the Glacier Bears 71-30. Lilly Ward scored 12 points and Kim Ferrin added 10 for Haines, which only had five players.
Didrickson scored a game-high 18 points in a 62-37 Metlakatla victory on Thursday, Jan. 29. Hayward added 14 points and Brendible scored 10 for the MissChiefs (7-4 overall, 6-2 region). Ivanca Jones led the Glacier Bears (2-8 overall, 0-6 region) with 17 points, while Ward and Ferrin each netted 10.
Mount Edgecumbe girls sweep Craig
Bunky Keyes scored 26 points Friday to lead the visiting Mount Edgecumbe girls to a 76-75 overtime victory over Craig.
Keyes scored 11 points and Desiree Merculief had 14 points as the Braves beat the Panthers 56-48 on Saturday for a Region V-Class 3A sweep.
In Friday's game, Craig was down eight going into the fourth quarter, but Vanessa James scored eight of her 30 points in the period and Stacia Miller hit two 3-pointers to rally the Panthers and force overtime with the score tied 68-all. Miller finished with 25 points in the game.
Keyes scored four points in overtime and the Braves hit some crucial free throws to pull out the victory. Alesha Rue scored 19 points for Mount Edgecumbe (6-3 overall, 4-2 region), and Ellie Jackson added 16.
On Saturday, Mount Edgecumbe led 23-21 at the half before pulling away. James had 20 points for Craig (3-8 overall, 1-5 region).
Hoonah girls sweep Klawock
Jessica Skaflestad finished with double-figure scoring each night to lead the Hoonah girls basketball team to a two-game Region V-Class 2A sweep over the Klawock Chieftains in Hoonah. Skaflestad scored 10 points on Friday as the Braves won 45-31, then had 12 points on Saturday as Hoonah won 47-27.
In Friday's game, Amy Wright led Hoonah (3-2 overall and 2-2 region) with 13 points, while Amber Lampe added nine points. Kaleigh Ryno scored 11 points and Alisa Meece added eight for Klawock (0-4 overall and region).
On Saturday, Lampe scored nine points for Hoonah, which had seven players score at least four points each. Ryno led the Chieftains with 12 points and Sharon Webb added nine.
Kake, Angoon girls split
Chenera Kookesh and Telise Gamble both hit key buckets down stretch last Thursday to lead the Angoon girls basketball team to a 55-54 victory over the Kake Thunderbirds and a split of their midweek Region V-Class 2A series in Kake. In the series opener on Wednesday, Jan. 28, Stacey Earnest scored 38 points as the T-Birds beat the Eagles 60-48.
In Thursday's game, Teresa Dyson scored 15 points to lead Angoon (1-5 overall and 1-3 region), while Sophie George added 12 points and Kookesh had 11. LaKrista Ekis scored 22 points and hit six 3-pointers to lead Kake (1-3 overall and region), while Earnest had 13 points.
On Wednesday, Earnest scored 19 points in the third quarter as Kake rallied from a 24-22 halftime deficit to take a 48-32 lead into the fourth quarter. Ekis and Falen Mills added eight points each for the T-Birds. Kristi Kookesh and Dyson scored 17 points each to lead Angoon.
Yakutat girls second in Warrior Rumble
Caught in a defensive struggle, the Yakutat girls basketball team came up short in the title game of the Warrior Rumble as the Eagles lost 19-14 to Cook Inlet Academy on Saturday at Nikolaevsk (a Russian Old Believer village near Homer).
Yakutat opened the tournament with a 37-33 victory over host Nikolaevsk on Friday, while Cook Inlet Academy claimed a 44-33 victory over Matanuska Christian School in the other first-round game. MCS beat Nikolaevsk 37-31 in Saturday's third-place game.
Alyse Bell scored 13 points to lead CIA in Saturday's championship game, while Jacquoi James and Valerie Jensen scored four points each to lead Yakutat.
Shura Gordeev scored 13 points to lead Nikolaevsk in Friday's game, but the Yakutat part of the scoresheet was illegible and top scorers for the Eagles weren't available. Yakutat led 29-19 entering the fourth quarter, but had to hold off a late rally by the Warriors.
In a non-tournament game on Monday night, Yakutat dropped a 52-27 decision to four-time defending Class 2A state champion Ninilchik in Ninilchik as Amanda Peterson scored 16 points to lead the Wolverines. No scoring leaders were available for the Eagles (8-3 overall, 4-0 Region V-Class 2A).
In a rematch against Cook Inlet Academy on Tuesday night, Yakutat downed CIA 33-28. Cook Inlet led 12-11 at the half, but Yakutat went on an 11-6 run in the third quarter to jump ahead. Magen James scored 14 points to lead Yakutat.