The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team took second place Saturday in the Whaler Invitational after posting a 2-1 record in the round-robin tournament at Barrow High School.
The Braves, who entered the tournament ranked fourth in the state's Class 3A poll, clinched second place with a 43-31 victory over the second-ranked Eielson Ravens. Earlier in the tournament, Mount Edgecumbe beat unranked Barrow 54-40 on Thursday and lost 53-47 to tournament champion Kenai Central on Friday. Kenai, which was ranked second in last week's Class 4A poll, was the only non-Class 3A team in the tournament.
Mount Edgecumbe improved to 14-3 overall this season, with all three of its losses coming to teams ranked among the top-three in either the Class 3A (No. 1 Nikiski and No. 3 Valdez) or Class 4A (Kenai) polls.
Besides taking second place in the tournament, the Braves won the team sportsmanship award and the team free-throw shooting championship. Adrienne Taalak, who comes from the North Slope village of Nuiqsut near Barrow, and Prema Warren both made the all-tournament team for Mount Edgecumbe.
Mount Edgecumbe coach Paul Johnson said his team had a strong first quarter against Kenai on Friday, but lost a lot of ground in the second quarter (the Kardinals outscored Mount Edgecumbe 18-4 in the second quarter). The Braves held their own in the third quarter and totally outscored Kenai in the fourth (22-10), Johnson said, but Mount Edgecumbe ran out of time.
Johnson said if Mount Edgecumbe played Kenai again he "would wish for one of two things, either a second chance at our first half or two extra minutes. With either one of those we probably would have won."
In Saturday's game against Eielson, Taalak scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Braves, who used a 12-4 third quarter to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Warren and Pauline Tutiakoff both added nine points for Mount Edgecumbe. Denisha Lamb scored 15 points to lead Eielson and no other Ravens player had more than five points.
In Friday's loss to Kenai, Taalak scored 19 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe which included a 13-for-14 performance from the free-throw line. Melanie Beans added eight points for the Braves, while Sara Squartsoff and Tutiakoff both chipped in seven. Erica Shinn scored 16 points to lead Kenai and Karli Knudsen added 10.
On Thursday, Taalak scored a career-high 29 points including 15 points in the second quarter as the Braves outscored the Whalers 22-12. Beans and Warren both scored nine for Mount Edgecumbe, which beat Barrow for the third straight year in the Whaler Invitational. Bernadette Suvlu scored nine points to lead Barrow.
Sitka boys top Mount Edgecumbe
Karel Uddipa scored all 21 of his points in the second half as the Sitka boys basketball team came from five points down in the fourth quarter to claim a 73-66 victory Friday over the Mount Edgecumbe Braves in a non-conference game at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.
Uddipa hit five 3-pointers to lead the Wolves, who trailed 53-48 entering the fourth quarter. Brett Haavig and Jason Mooney both scored 14 points for Class 4A Sitka, while Greg Blankenship added 12 points and Colin Kambak scored 11.
Eric Alstrom scored 16 points to lead the Class 3A Braves, with Coleman Stanford and Peter Anderson both adding 13 points and Chris Bokofsky scoring 12.
Petersburg boys split with Wrangell
The Petersburg boys basketball team, which has been near the bottom of the Region V-Class 3A standings this season, celebrated its homecoming with an upset victory over the defending region champion Wrangell Wolves, 67-56, Friday in Petersburg. On Saturday, the Wolves beat the Vikings 62-53 to earn a split of their two-game series.
Eric Corl scored 18 points to lead Petersburg to victory on Friday, with Dan Montgomery adding 13 points and Nick Boggs 11. Brad Angerman scored 34 points to lead Wrangell and Cole Appleman added 10 points.
On Saturday, Appleman scored 24 points to lead Wrangell, which also picked up 17 from Tony Marriott and 14 points from Angerman. Corl scored 18 points to lead Petersburg and Boggs added 11.
Petersburg girls sweep Wrangell
Amber Beardslee, who recently returned from an ankle injury, led the Petersburg girls basketball to a sweep of its homecoming two-game Region V-Class 3A series with the Wrangell Wolves, winning 59-39 on Saturday and 52-45 Friday in Petersburg.
Beardslee scored 16 points to lead the Vikings in Saturday's victory, with Tyna McCay adding 10 points. Petersburg led 35-13 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way. Mackenzie Byrd scored 11 points to lead Wrangell, which also picked up 10 points apiece from Laura McCay and Kaelene Wilson.
In Friday's game, Beardslee scored 10 of her team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Vikings rallied from a 30-27 deficit to win. Tyna McCay scored 13 points for Petersburg and Karni Williams added eight. Wilson scored 20 points to lead Wrangell, Laura McCay added 10 and Byrd scored nine for the Wolves.
Craig boys sweep Metlakatla
Raymond Douville scored 27 points Friday as the Craig boys basketball team held on to claim a 63-59 victory over the Metlakatla Chiefs in the first game of a two-game Region V-Class 3A series in Craig. The Panthers also won on Saturday to sweep the series, but no score was available.
Besides the 27 points from Douville on Friday, Craig picked up 11 points from Fred Hamilton, nine from Jordan Savage and eight from Craig Carter. Amos Hudson scored 21 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead Metlakatla while Apollo Marsden added 15.
Metlakatla girls sweep Craig
Candra DeGuzman scored 15 of her team-high 25 points in the second quarter Saturday as the Metlakatla girls basketball team pulled away from the Craig Panthers in the second game of a two-game Region V-3A series in Metlakatla. The Miss Chiefs also won on Friday to sweep the series, but no score was available.
Ashley Hayward chipped in 10 points for Metlakatla, which trailed by one point entering the second quarter but outscored Craig 26-10 to take a 44-29 halftime lead. Heather Douville scored 37 points, including making 19 of 26 free throws, to lead Craig while Aimee Demmert added seven points.
Skagway boys sweep Klawock
The top-ranked Skagway boys basketball team swept a two-game Region V-Class 2A series from the visiting Klawock Chieftains early this week, winning 82-51 on Tuesday and 72-49 on Monday.
In Tuesday's game, the Panthers were led by Mitchell Snyder's 26 points and 14 points off the bench from Kyle Ellis. David Ryno scored 26 points to lead Klawock.
On Monday, Snyder scored 20 points to lead Skagway, which picked up 17 points from Ray Hosford and 10 from Thomas Cochran. Shawn Kato-Yates scored 21 points to lead the Chieftains.
Klawock girls sweep Skagway
The Klawock girls basketball team withstood an early upset bid by the Skagway Panthers on Tuesday, winning by 19 points, 55-36, to complete a sweep of a two-game Region V-2A series in Skagway. On Monday, the Chieftains beat Skagway 62-36.
Skagway jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in midway through the first quarter of Tuesday's game and only trailed by three points at halftime, 22-19. Jessica Peters scored 22 points to lead Klawock and Natalie Wangerin added 14 points for the Chieftains. Ashley Law scored 15 points to lead the Panthers and Kristina Knorr added 13 points.
In Monday's game, Jessica Peters scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as Klawock led by 20 points at halftime, 34-14. Rebecca Duncan added 14 points for the Chieftains and Wangerin scored 11. Knorr and Law both scored 15 points to lead Skagway.
Angoon, Kake boys split
Anthony Dolan scored 25 points as the Kake boys basketball team knocked off the defending Class 2A state champion Angoon Eagles 74-62 Saturday in Angoon in a rematch of last year's state championship game. On Friday, Angoon claimed a 67-61 victory over the Thunderbirds to gain a split of the two-game Region V-Class 2A series.
Matt Appel scored 16 points for Kake on Saturday, while Jesse Reese added 13 points and Kyle Anderson scored 11. Ozelle Jamestown led Angoon with 32 points and Travis Woodbury added 11.
On Friday, Clayton Edwin scored 25 points to lead Angoon, while Woodbury scored 19 points and Jamestown had 16. Dolan scored 30 points to lead the T-Birds and Reese added 11.
Kake, Angoon girls split
Marcie Kookesh scored 17 points Saturday as the Angoon girls basketball team claimed a 63-51 victory over the visiting Kake Thunderbirds to earn a split of their two-game Region V-2A series in Angoon. On Friday, Kake claimed a 61-45 victory.
In Saturday's game, Rose Williams added 16 points for the Eagles and Amber Jamestown scored 10. Robin Knudsen scored 27 points to lead Kake and Danielle Knudsen added 10.
On Friday, Robin Knudsen scored 14 of her game-high 28 points in the first quarter as Kake took a 24-12 lead and cruised the rest of the way. Danielle Knudsen added 17 points for the T-Birds and Natalie Hughes scored eight. Kookesh led Angoon with 16 points and Carmen Estrada added nine.
Yakutat boys sweep Klawock
Skye Endicott scored 27 points by the end of the third quarter as the host Yakutat boys basketball team claimed an 81-47 victory over the Klawock Chieftains on Saturday. Friday, the Eagles claimed a 63-47 victory for a sweep of the two-game Region V-2A series in Yakutat.
Martin Sensmeier scored 17 points on Saturday for Yakutat, while Dustin Endicott added 16 and Jay Johnson had 11. Curtis Demmert scored 15 points to lead the Chieftains, Shawn Kato-Yates added 14 and P.J. Bush had 10.
On Friday, Skye Endicott led the Eagles with 24 points, Sensmeier added 11 and Derek James scored nine. David Ryno scored 17 points with five 3-pointers to lead Klawock, which also had 15 points from Kato-Yates.
Yakutat, Klawock girls split
The Klawock girls basketball team edged the Yakutat Eagles 30-29 Saturday night to earn a split of their two-game Region V-2A series in Yakutat. On Friday, Yakutat claimed a 45-44 victory as the team's swapped one-point victories.
Stlaay (Shy) Morrison scored 10 points to lead Klawock to a come-from-behind victory on Saturday, with Jessica Peters adding nine points. Sheena Nelson scored 10 points to lead Yakutat, which led 25-20 entering the fourth quarter, and Sam Johnson added eight.
On Friday, Yakutat picked up 11 points apiece from Johnson, Nelson and Lindsey Hershey as the Ealges held off a late rally by Klawock. Jessica Peters scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Chieftains, who trailed 36-28 entering the period. Rebecca Duncan added eight points for Klawock.
The Juneau Empire's Southeast Hoops Roundup is a weekly feature that rounds up the region's high school basketball results and usually runs on Wednesdays. Coaches should fax all of their boxscores to 1-907-586-3028 by Monday afternoon so standings can be updated each week, and they can also e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org (please no text attachments).