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The Sitka High School girls basketball team came close, but couldn't pull off a victory in last weekend's Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.
The Wolves opened the tournament with a 46-32 loss to the No. 3 Chugiak Mustangs on Thursday after trailing by just five points at the end of the third quarter, fell 43-38 to the Bartlett Golden Bears on Friday after entering the fourth quarter in a tie, then lost by two points, 34-32, to the Grace Christian School Grizzlies on Saturday. Chugiak eventually won the tournament with a 31-26 victory over the Service Cougars on Saturday night.
In Thursday's opener against the eventual champions, Sitka was led by Sidney Wyman's 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Miranda Whitson added seven points for the Wolves and Chelsea Young scored six.
Elyse Hartman scored 21 points and made three steals to lead the Mustangs, who were ranked third in the Class 4A rankings in last week's Alaska Media High School Basketball Poll, while Erica Putnam scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
On Friday, Wyman scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Wolves, while Joy Ribao had 10 points, five assists and 10 turnovers for Sitka and Kim Dodson grabbed seven rebounds.
Letricia Castillo led Bartlett with 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Megan Hunsacker had six points and eight rebounds for the Golden Bears.
In Saturday's finale, Wyman led Sitka with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals. Dodson added eight points for the Wolves, while Ribao had four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.
Grace Christian, the only Class 3A team in the tournament, was led by Stephanie Christensen's 11 points. The Grizzlies also had nine rebounds from Shayla Moll.
The Sitka girls travel to Juneau this weekend for a two-game Region V-Class 4A series against the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears. Varsity game times are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while the junior varsity teams play at 6:15 p.m. each night and the C teams at 4:15 p.m.
Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Haines
George Beans made eight of the Mount Edgecumbe High School boys basketball team's 14 3-pointers last Friday, leading the Class 3A No. 2 Braves to a 101-63 victory over the Haines Glacier Bears. On Saturday, Mount Edgecumbe had five players score in double-figures as the Braves won 80-59 to complete a sweep of the two-game Region V-Class 3A series in Haines.
In Friday's series opener, Beans nailed all eight of his 3-pointers in the second and third quarters as Mount Edgecumbe broke open a close game by outscoring Haines 40-8 in the second quarter. Beans finished with 29 points, while Matt Mercier scored 19 points, James Paukan had 14 points and Chris Boskofsky scored 11 for the Braves.
Matt Blood led Haines with 25 points, while Chad Stigen added 13 points and Erik Stickler had nine points. The two teams combined for 26 total 3-pointers, with Blood leading Haines with six treys.
In Saturday's rematch there weren't nearly as many 3-pointers, as the teams combined for 15 total. Boskofsky and Pauken both scored 17 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe, with Pauken hitting five 3-pointers. Mercier scored 13 points, while Beans and Peter Jorgensen added 11 each for the Braves. Stigen scored 14 points and had four 3-pointers to lead Haines, while Tyrell Horton had 10 points and Blood and Stickler both scored nine.
Wrangell boys split with Craig
Tony Marriott scored 30 points, 23 in the second half, as the Wrangell boys basketball team upset the Craig Panthers 92-80 on Friday. In Saturday's rematch, Raymond Douville scored 21 points as the Class 3A No. 3 Panthers knocked off the Wolves 58-36 to earn a split of the two-game Region V-Class 3A series in Wrangell.
In Friday's upset, Marriott scored 15 points in the third quarter as Wrangell rallied from a 50-38 halftime deficit to tie the game at 65-65 entering the final period. Besides Marriott's 30 points, the Wolves got 21 from Mich Michener, 16 from Gordon McCloskey and 12 points from Woddy Woodworth, with all four Wrangell players scoring at least six points in the fourth quarter.
Douville scored 20 points to lead Craig, while Eric Hamilton had 17 points, Fred Hamilton scored 16 and Jordan Savage added 15 for the Panthers.
The pace was much slower in Saturday's rematch, as Craig jumped out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead then held off a Wrangell rally to lead 28-23 at halftime. Craig's defense allowed just 13 points the rest of the game. Besides Douville's 21 points, the Panthers had 15 from Savage and 11 from Fred Hamilton.
Marriott led Wrangell with 12 points and Jeremy Stolley scored 10 for the Wolves, who have only won three games all season.
Petersburg boys top Metlakatla
Petersburg's 6-foot-8 center Aaron Severson scored 42 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, blocked six shots and added six assists on Friday as the Vikings knocked off the Metlakatla Chiefs 71-67 in a Region V-Class 3A game at Petersburg High School.
The game was a make-up for one in Metlakatla last month postponed by a fatal car wreck on Jan. 10 that took the life of a female Petersburg High School student and another young man. The two teams played the other game of the series on Jan. 10, just before the wreck happened in Petersburg. The two teams had an informal scrimmage on Saturday, since the squads were at their game limit for the season.
Danny Montgomery added 11 points for Petersburg, while Kyle Skinner had nine points. Chris Bryant scored 27 points to lead Metlakatla, Beau Hayward added 15 points and Jarret Leask chipped in nine for the Chiefs.
Petersburg girls sweep Metlakatla
The Class 3A No. 5 Petersburg girls basketball team didn't have anybody score more than seven points, but the Vikings still beat the Metlakatla Misschiefs 43-24 on Friday in a Region V-Class 3A game at Petersburg High School.
Friday's game was a make-up game for the Jan. 10 fatal car wreck that occurred right after the two teams last played. On Saturday, the two teams played a non-conference game and Petersburg won 70-39.
In Friday's region counter, Britni Birchell and Kayleigh Short both led the Vikings with seven points each, while Brandy Cole and Katrina Berg had six points apiece for Petersburg. Danann Blandov led Metlakatla with eight points and Latonya Galles added six.
On Saturday, Birchell scored 19 points and Berg added 10 to lead Petersburg, which had all 11 of its players score points. Blandov led Metlakatla with 19 points and Galles added eight.
Mount Edgecumbe girls sweep Haines
The Class 3A No. 2 Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team gave coach Rich Caulkins a happy homecoming to Haines, as the Braves swept a two-game Region V-Class 3A series from his former Haines Glacier Bears. Mount Edgecumbe 62-36 on Friday and 57-38 on Saturday. Caulkins, who took over as Mount Edgecumbe's coach this season, taught at Haines last year and coached the Glacier Bears two years ago.
In Friday's game, Meredith Akaran scored 16 points to lead a balanced Mount Edgecumbe offense that had six players with at least seven points each. Jennifer Evan, Ellie Jackson and Grace Stickman scored eight points each for the Braves, while Ella Morris and Bunky Keyes added seven apiece. Drew Fossman scored 14 points to lead Haines, while Lori Sele added eight points and Ivanca Jones had seven.
On Saturday, Evan scored 18 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe, while Akaran had 11 points and Morris added 10 for the Braves. Fossman led Haines with 15 points, while Sele scored 12.
Craig girls sweep Wrangell
The trio of Heather Douville, Jerian Kampnich and Vanessa James combined to lead the Craig girls basketball team to a two-game Region V-Class 3A series sweep of the Wrangell Wolves in Craig over the weekend. The three Panthers combined for 44 points as Craig won 59-44 on Friday and they had 46 points as the Panthers won 61-27 on Saturday.
In Friday's opener, Douville scored 20 points, Kampnich added 14 and James scored 10 for the Panthers, while Andria Skaflestad chipped in nine points. Laura McCay scored 15 points to lead Wrangell, while Alesha Cooper scored eight.
On Saturday, Kampnich had 23 points to lead the way for Craig, with Douville adding 13, James 10, and the duo of Skaflestad and Jill May scoring eight points each. McCay led Wrangell with 10 points and Michelle Michner scored eight for the Wolves.
Skagway boys sweep Porter Creek
Jarrett Brown and Kyle Fairbanks combined for 73 points as the Skagway boys basketball team scored a school record 128 points Friday in a 128-72 victory over Porter Creek Secondary School in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. In Saturday's rematch, the Panthers didn't play Brown or Fairbanks but they still hit the century mark with a 113-68 victory as they completed the non-conference sweep over the Rams.
In Friday's game, Brown and Fairbanks only scored two points total in the fourth quarter. Scott Lesh scored 15 points, Jerod Moore had 11 points, Jordan Kasler added 10 and Thomas Knorr had nine for the Panthers. Luc Dumas led Porter Creek with 20 points and Scott Price added 15.
On Saturday, Lesh scored 28 points to lead six Skagway players in double-figure scoring. Moore added 19 points, Jeremy Kilburn had 17, Knorr scored 14 and the duo of Aaron Neitzer and Kasler had 13 points each for the Panthers. Riley Smith led the Rams with 18 points, Jon King scored 15 and Price chipped in 11 points for Porter Creek.
Skagway boys sweep Thorne Bay
The Skagway boys basketball team made it four straight game with more than 100 points as the Panthers swept a pair of Region V-Class 2A games from the Thorne Bay Wolverines in Skagway. Skagway won 112-29 on Monday and 113-32 on Tuesday.
In Monday's game, Scott Lesh led the Panthers with 29 points and Kyle Fairbanks added 24. Jerod Moore scored 15 points and Jarrett Brown added 13 for Skagway. Matthew Howell led Thorne Bay with 12 points and Donny Gray had nine. On Tuesday, Brown scored 20 points, Moore had 18, Fairbanks and Aaron Neitzer scored 15 each, Thomas Knorr added 14, Jordan Kasler scored 12 and Lesh chipped in 10 points as seven Skagway players hit double figures. Gerald Carl and Jacob Howell scored 10 points each to lead the Wolverines.
Kake boys sweep Yakutat
Kyle Anderson scored 16 points as the Kake boys basketball team held off a late rally by the Yakutat Eagles to win 54-50 last Tuesday in Kake. On Wednesday, Cyrus Mills led the Thunderbirds with 29 points as Kake completed the two-game Region V-Class 2A series sweep with a 60-49 victory.
In Tuesday's game, Shane Padgett added 11 points and Mills had eight for Kake. Bailey Johnson scored 24 points, nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Eagles, while Russell Ramey added 14.
On Wednesday, Anderson had 10 points for Kake, while Tim Demmert and Josh Jackson scored seven each for the T-Birds. Michael Hills scored 16 points and Ramey added 11 for Yakutat, which also got nine from Johnson.
Yakutat boys sweep Thorne Bay
The Yakutat boys basketball team swept a two-game Region V-Class 2A series from the winless Thorne Bay Wolverines on Friday and Saturday in Yakutat, but scoresheets and game details were not available.
Skagway girls win four against Whitehorse teams
The Class 2A No. 4 Skagway girls basketball team knocked off a pair of teams from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, as the Panthers swept a pair of two-game non-conference series from the Porter Creek Rams in Skagway and Vanier Christian School Crusaders in Whitehorse. The Panthers beat Vanier Christian 71-30 on Friday and 60-26 on Saturday, then returned home to beat Porter Creek 60-16 on Monday and 54-12 on Tuesday.
In Friday's opener, Savannah Ames scored 36 points and Michelle Harris added 20 to lead the Panthers. On Saturday, Ames led Skagway with 28 points and Tiffanie Potter had 10. The names of the Vanier Christian players were not available.
Back home on Monday, Ames scored 25 points to lead Skagway, while Harris added 14 and Candi Ketterman scored 10. Naomi Gladish scored 14 of Porter Creek's 16 points. On Tuesday, Ames had 19 points and Ketterman chipped in 12 to lead the Panthers. No Porter Creek player had more than four points.
Kake girls sweep Yakutat
Danielle Knudsen was the top scorer in both games as the Class 2A No. 3 Kake girls basketball team swept a midweek two-game Region V-Class 2A series from the Yakutat Eagles in Kake last week. Knudsen scored 25 points as the Thunderbirds won 61-24 on Wednesday, which followed a 20-point performance on Tuesday as Kake won 61-22.
In Wednesday's game, Crystal Shaquanie added 13 points for Kake while Hannah Esbenshade led Yakutat with 13 points. On Tuesday, RoseAnn Jackson scored 12 points for the T-Birds, while injury-plagued Yakutat was led by Shivonne Johnson's seven points.
Klawock girls top Hydaburg
Kaleigh Ryno scored 23 points to lead the Klawock girls basketball team to a 39-18 victory over the Hydaburg Warriors on Friday in Klawock. The game was an Alaska School Activities Association Endowment Fund Game, meaning it doesn't count as a Region V-Class 2A game even though both teams are in the region.
Erin Anderson added nine points for the Chieftains, while Destiny Bell led Hydaburg with nine points in her first game without double-figure scoring all season.
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