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Tawny Hoyt only scored four points on Saturday night, but she scored them at the best time for the Sitka High School girls basketball team.
Hoyt scored four of Sitka's last five points of the game, helping the Wolves claim a 46-43 upset victory over the Ketchikan Kings at Ketchikan's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. The victory helped the Wolves earn a split of their two-game Region V-Class 4A series, since Ketchikan won Friday's game 48-39.
"We had other girls step up in crunch time, and that was the difference tonight," Sitka coach Rich Krupa told the Ketchikan Daily News on Saturday. "It was a great team effort for us. We'd lost a bunch of games in a row and we weren't feeling great, so to come in here and get a split is huge."
In Saturday's game, Ketchikan jumped out to a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Sitka tied the score 22-all at halftime. Sitka led 33-31 at the end of the third quarter and the Wolves made 9 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter as the Kings began fouling. Ketchikan made 8 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Kim Dodson scored 22 points to lead all scorers, while Miranda Whitson added nine points for the Wolves (6-12 overall, 2-4 region). Joy Ribao scored six points for Sitka and Hoyt was the only other Wolf with more than two points.
Destiny Bell scored 15 points to lead Ketchikan (11-4 overall, 2-2 region), while Tori Edwardson added nine points.
In Friday's game, Bell scored eight of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as Ketchikan pulled away from Sitka. The Kings led 28-24 entering the fourth quarter. West added 10 points and Edwardson added nine for the Kings.
Dodson scored 18 points to lead Sitka, while Whitson had nine points for the Wolves.
Ketchikan will host the Juneau-Douglas High School girls team (11-5 overall, 2-0 region) in a pair of region games this weekend in Ketchikan. The varsity, junior varsity and C teams all will see action.
Mount Edgecumbe girls go 1-2 in Barrow
Ellie Jackson and Amber Vaska both made the all-tournament team as the Mount Edgecumbe High School girls basketball team posted a 1-2 record at the Barrow Whalers Invitational tournament in Barrow this weekend.
The Braves opened the tournament with a 55-52 loss to the Grace Christian Grizzlies on Thursday, but they followed it up with a 50-44 victory over the Class 4A Soldotna Stars on Friday. Mount Edgecumbe had a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter of its finale against the host Whalers, but Barrow rallied to claim a 58-43 victory on Saturday.
In Saturday's game, Piggy Pili scored 10 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as Barrow outscored Mount Edgecumbe 22-4 after trailing 39-36 at the end of the third quarter. Bunky Keyes scored 14 points to lead the Braves (9-5 overall, 6-2 Region V-Class 3A), while Jackson and Vaska had eight points each.
On Friday, Vaska scored 16 points, Keyes added 13 and Jackson had 12 for Mount Edgecumbe. Brittany Howard led Soldotna with 13 points.
In Thursday's game, Mount Edgecumbe again led 39-36 at the end of the third quarter only to see the lead disappear in the final period. Rachel Daly scored 18 points to lead Grace Christian. Jackson led Mount Edgecumbe with 16 points and Keyes added 15.
Petersburg girls sweep in Wrangell
The Petersburg High School girls basketball team spoiled Wrangell's homecoming celebration with a Region V-Class 3A sweep of the Wolves Friday and Saturday at Wrangell. The Vikings claimed a 58-36 victory on Friday and won 55-26 on Saturday.
Saturday's game was tied 14-all at halftime. But Petersburg outscored the Wolves 17-1 in the third quarter and 41-12 for the second half.
Britni Birchell scored 10 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots to lead the Vikings (15-1 overall, 11-1 region), while Kayleigh Short added 13 points, five assists and three steals. Laura McCay scored 11 points to lead Wrangell (5-10 overall, 4-10 region) and Laurie Brown added nine points.
On Friday, Short scored 19 points and Tessa Bergmann added 12 points to lead Petersburg, while Autumn Streuli chipped in eight points. Brown led Wrangell with 14 points and McCay added 10 for the Wolves.
Craig goes 1-2 in Valdez
The Craig High School girls basketball team won its opener in the Valdez Elks Tournament, but lost its next two games to finish in fifth place in the weekend tourney in Valdez.
Craig opened the tournament with a 40-32 victory over the Cordova Wolverines on Thursday, but lost 47-34 to the Class 2A Bristol Bay Angels on Friday. In Saturday's third-fifth place game, the Houston Hawks claimed a 55-30 victory over the Panthers.
In Saturday's game, Houston led 36-28 entering the fourth quarter but outscored Craig 19-2 in the final period. Cynthia Sieben scored 14 points to lead the Hawks. Vanessa James scored 12 points to lead Craig (4-12 overall, 1-7 Region V-Class 3A), while Emily Haydu added seven points.
On Friday, the Panthers had similar problems in the fourth quarter as the Angels led 34-28 and outscored Craig 13-6 in the final period. Danica Wilson scored 29 points to lead Bristol Bay. Jill May scored 12 points to lead the Panthers, while Haydu and James chipped in eight points apiece.
The Panthers didn't suffer a fourth-quarter fade on Thursday, as they took a 30-26 lead into the final period and outscored Cordova 10-6. James scored 25 points with five 3-pointers to lead Craig, while May and Stacia Miller added six points each. Lynsey Adams scored 17 points to lead the Wolverines.
Yakutat splits with Skagway
Jacquoi James and Sylvia Schumacher scored all five of the Yakutat High School girls basketball team's points in overtime on Friday as the Eagles handed the Skagway Panthers their first loss of the season with a 35-32 victory in Yakutat. On Thursday, the Panthers beat Yakutat 42-36 to earn a split of the Region V-Class 2A series.
In Friday's game, Yakutat trailed 24-22 entering the fourth quarter but rallied to tie the score at 30-all at the end of regulation. James scored three of her team-high 12 points in overtime, while Rose Porter scored 10 points and Hannah Esbenshade added nine for Yakutat (9-4 overall, 5-1 region). Savannah Ames scored 20 points and Tiffany Potter added eight for Skagway (9-1 overall, 7-1 region).
On Thursday, Ames hit three 3-pointers and scored 25 points, while Candi Ketterman added seven to lead the Panthers. Esbenshade led the Eagles with 17 points and Schumacher added 11 points while hitting three 3-pointers.
Kake sweeps Hydaburg
The Kake High School girls basketball team had little trouble sweeping a pair of Region V-Class 2A games from the Hydaburg Warriors over the weekend in Kake. The Thunderbirds won 53-15 on Sunday and claimed a 60-23 victory on Saturday.
In Sunday's game, Stacy Earnest scored 26 points and LaKrista Ekis added 15 to lead Kake (6-6 overall, 5-5 region). Marcie Grant scored 11 points for Hydaburg (0-8 overall, 0-8 region).
On Saturday, Ekis scored 24 points and made six 3-pointers to lead the T-Birds while Earnest added 12 points. Grant again led the Warriors, this time with 13 points.
Hoonah sweeps Hydaburg
The Hoonah High School girls basketball team used a balance attack to claim a midweek two-game Region V-Class 2A series sweep over the Hydaburg Warriors in Hoonah. The Braves had all eight of their players score in Thursday's 63-17 victory, and seven of the eight players scored in Wednesday's 58-11 decision.
In Thursday's game, Augustine Hinchman scored 15 points, while Mina Mills and Jessica Skaflestad added 10 points each for the Braves (9-2 overall, 6-2 region). Marcie Grant scored five points to lead the winless Warriors.
On Wednesday, Jessica Skaflestad led Hoonah with 12 points and Candy Keown added 11. Grant scored six points to lead Hydaburg.