Seniors return to lift Hoonah girls to crown

Peters, Skaflestad come back from injuries, help Braves win tourney

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Seniors Cassandra Peters and Kristi Skaflestad returned from injuries just in time to lead the Hoonah girls to the title at last weekend's Icy Straits Invitational in Hoonah.

Hoonah posted a 37-22 win over Vanier Christian of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on Saturday night to close out the tournament with a 3-0 record. Earlier Saturday, the Braves edged Kake 39-38, and Hoonah nipped the Mount Edgecumbe junior varsity 33-32 in Friday's opener.

In Friday's other tournament games, Kake beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 48-42, and Kake defeated Vanier 44-27. On Saturday, the Mount Edgecumbe JV beat Vanier 34-28. Kake finished the tournament 2-1, with the Mount Edgecumbe JV 1-2 and Vanier 0-3.

Peters and Skaflestad were out of action for several weeks and rejoined the team just before the tournament started. The Braves (8-2 overall, 2-2 Southeast Conference-Class 2A) had just one day of practice at full strength, but coach Frank Wright said the players persevered.

"They know how to pull it together when they have to," Wright said.

Peters scored 14 points and Amber Lampe added 11 in Hoonah's win over Vanier on Saturday. The Braves led by just two points at halftime - 16-14 - before going on a 13-4 run in the third quarter.

Skaflestad scored 11 points and Carrissa Mills chipped in nine for Hoonah in its victory over Kake on Saturday. The game was tied at 23-all at halftime, and the Braves took a 31-27 lead going into the final period before holding off the Thunderbirds (5-4 overall, 3-3 SE). Falen Mills led Kake with 15 points, and Meg Gregory chipped in nine.

Hoonah traveled to Kake for a two-game conference series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Skaflestad, Lampe and Jessica Skaflestad scored eight points apiece for Hoonah in Friday's win over the Mount Edgecumbe JV. The game was tied at 24-all entering the fourth quarter. Sasha Akaran scored 12 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe.

Among other Southeast highlights from the tournament:

• Lynette Acevada scored 19 points and Gregory added 12 in Kake's win over the Mount Edgecumbe JV on Friday. Akaran scored 13 points for Mount Edgecumbe.

• Raeanne Mills scored 16 points and Acevada chipped in eight in Kake's victory over Vanier on Friday.

Ketchikan girls sweep Prince Rupert

Even though the Ketchikan girls left a couple of key players behind, the Kings had no problem sweeping a non-conference series with the Prince Rupert (British Columbia) Senior Secondary School Rainmakers on Friday and Saturday in Prince Rupert.

In Friday's game, Crystal Reno scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Kings to a 57-26 victory. No other Ketchikan player reached double-figure scoring, with four players having six points and Jamie Edwardson adding four points and nine rebounds. Scoring leaders weren't available for the Rainmakers.

In Saturday's rematch, KC Greenup scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Ketchikan to a 69-39 victory. Reno also scored 13 points and added six rebounds for the Kings (12-3 overall).

The Ketchikan JV also swept the Rainmaker varsity as Tara Hoffman led the Kings with 10 points in a 36-33 victory on Friday and Leanna West scored 11 points for Ketchikan in a 42-38 victory on Saturday.

Ketchikan girls coach Bob Hammer said the Ketchikan JV also won two games from Charles Hays Senior Secondary School, but scores weren't available. The Ketchikan boys only sent a JV team to Prince Rupert and didn't play any varsity games.

Mount Edgecumbe girls win Bethel tourney

Carlotta Evan won MVP honors as the Mount Edgecumbe girls took first place at last week's Bethel Basketball Classic with a 3-0 tourney record.

The Braves beat Barrow 70-66 on Thursday, defeated Unalakleet-Degnan 69-41 on Friday, and beat host Bethel 67-46 on Saturday. Mount Edgecumbe's Jennifer Evan and Ellie Jackson made the all-tournament team.

On Thursday, Jennifer Evan scored 16 points, Carlotta Evan scored 14 and Skeeter Atoruk added 13 for Mount Edgecumbe (10-1 overall, 5-1 SE). Princess Eduarte scored 26 points for tourney runner-up Barrow, including five 3-pointers.

Jennifer Evan scored 14 points, while Jolene Jackinsky and Kim Rychnovsky added 10 apiece for the Braves on Friday. Renae Ivanoff scored 14 points for Unalakleet.

Atoruk scored 14, Rychnovsky added 12 and Carlotta Evan scored 11 for Mount Edgecumbe on Saturday. Marilyn McDonald led Bethel with 14 points.

Craig girls sweep Metlakatla

Emily Haydu scored 15 points as the Craig girls beat visiting Metlakatla 49-27 on Saturday for a sweep of their Southeast Conference-Class 3A series.

In Friday's opener, Jill May scored 17 points for Craig as the Panthers beat the MissChiefs 49-38.

May and Liz Thomsen added eight points apiece on Saturday for Craig (4-6 overall, 4-4 SE), while Kristy Didrickson scored a game-high 19 points for Metlakatla (1-9 overall, 0-6 SE).

Haydu scored 12 points on Friday for the Panthers, while Didrickson scored 15 for the MissChiefs.

Skagway girls sweep Haines

Savannah Ames scored 27 points and Candi Ketterman added 23 as the undefeated Skagway girls beat Haines 55-32 on Friday in a non-conference game.

On Saturday in Haines, Ames scored 17 points as the Class 2A Panthers beat the host Class 3A Glacier Bears 44-35. The series was organized after both teams' original weekend plans fell through - Haines canceled its trip to Hoonah, and Klawock forfeited its Skagway games due to travel concerns.

Ames and Ketterman combined for all but five of their team's 55 points on Friday, as Skagway improved its season record to 11-0 overall, 6-0 Southeast Conference-Class 2A. Drew Fossman scored 18 points to lead Haines (3-9 overall, 3-7 SE-Class 3A).

Tiffanie Potter added 10 points and Michelle Harris scored nine for the Panthers on Saturday. Fossman scored a game-high 19 points for the Glacier Bears, while Teslyn Visscher added 10.

With its forfeits, Klawock fell to 3-7 overall and 2-6 SE-Class 2A.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches, along with regional media reports. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled. For more information, call the Empire sports desk at 1-907-586-3740.

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