The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team finally got its first Region V-Class 4A victory of the season Friday as the Kings came from behind to beat the Sitka Wolves 62-56 in Ketchikan. On Saturday, Sitka won 67-51 to earn a split of the two-game series.
In Friday's game, Ketchikan trailed by three points with two minutes left to play when Kenny Terpsma hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 54-54. With 1:48 to go, Brandon Nicholas took a pass from Calin Bjur and was fouled as he went up for a lay-up, then hit his free throw for a three-point play and a 57-54 Ketchikan lead.
Bjur and Sitka's Jason Mooney each hit a pair of free throws to make it 59-56 Ketchikan, then T.J. Milner added another free throw to make it 60-56 Kings. Bjur scored on a breakaway in the final seconds for Ketchikan's final bucket.
The victory was Ketchikan's first of the season over an Alaska Class 4A squad. Terpsma scored 23 points to lead the Kings (7-12 overall, 1-5 region), while Milner and Bjur added 12 apiece.
Brett Haavig and Brian Friske scored 12 points each to lead Sitka (12-6 overall, 3-3 region), while Colin Kambak chipped in 11 points for the Wolves.
On Saturday, Sitka gained some revenge as Kambak scored 17 points to lead the Wolves. Friske added 15 points for Sitka and Greg Blankenship scored 11.
Terpsma scored all 12 of his points in the first half for Ketchikan, which also picked up 12 points from Nicholas. Jesse Richardson scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Kings.
The Wolves host the Region V-4A leading Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend, and the Crimson Bears (12-6 overall, 4-0 region) can clinch the top seed for the region tournament with a victory in either of the two games on Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School. The Region V-4A and Region V-3A tournaments are both being held March 14-17 at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.
Ketchikan girls sweep Sitka
The Ketchikan girls basketball team regained the top spot in the Region V-Class 4A standings with a two-game sweep of the Sitka Wolves last weekend in Sitka. The King Salmon won 62-41 on Friday, then held on to edge Sitka 40-37 in Saturday's series finale.
In Friday's game, the Kings were led by Kelly Nausid's 13 points, which included three 3-pointers. Cassie White added 11 points for Ketchikan (12-3 overall, 5-1 region), while Amanda Kolanko scored 10 points.
Sid Wyman scored 13 points Friday to lead Sitka (8-9 overall, 0-6 region), with Kim Uddipa adding 12 points for the Wolves, who have lost nine of their last 10 games.
On Saturday, Sitka put up a better fight but still came up short. Nausid again led Ketchikan, this time with 12 points and three 3-pointers, while Kolanko added 11 points for the Kings. Breanne Erickson scored 15 points to lead the Wolves.
Sitka travels to Juneau this weekend to play the Crimson Bears (12-5 overall, 3-1 region), who are trying to stay even with the Kings in the region race. Juneau hosts Sitka at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights at the JDHS main gym, with these being the last home basketball games (boys or girls) of the season for Juneau.
Sitka girls beat Petersburg
The Sitka girls basketball team ended a seven-game losing streak last Thursday with a 46-30 non-conference victory over the Class 3A Petersburg Vikings in Sitka.
Breanne Erickson scored 21 points to lead the Class 4A Wolves, who started the season 7-0 before going on the skids, and Sid Wyman added seven points for Sitka. Amber Beardslee and Karna Williams both scored six points to lead Petersburg.
Juneau JV boys sweep Haines
The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity boys basketball team swept the winless Haines Glacier Bears varsity team last weekend, winning 89-30 on Friday and 58-31 on Saturday in Juneau.
In Friday's game, which featured the full JV team, Bryan Hamey scored 16 points to lead the Crimson Bears with Alex Heumann adding 11 and Adam Nelson 10. Jim Lampkins scored eight points to lead Class 3A Haines.
On Saturday, Juneau brought up several members of its C team as Adam Peterson scored 12 points to lead the Crimson Bears, with Nelson and Heumann each adding eight. Luke Land and Eli Heintz both scored seven points to lead Haines.
Juneau JV girls sweep Haines
The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity girls basketball team struggled, but still managed to sweep the Haines Glacier Bears varsity last weekend, pulling out a 31-27 victory on Friday and a 34-27 decision Saturday in Juneau.
The Crimson Bears trailed 12-11 at halftime in Friday's game, but Krista Staveland scored six of her team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Juneau JV pulled out the victory. Jessica Hahnlen added six points for Juneau's JV. Haines was led by 12 points from Lori Sele and 11 from Lisa Sele, who scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter.
In Saturday's game, Alida Bus scored eight points to lead the Juneau JV, which also picked up six points from Heather Dillon. Lisa Sele scored 10 points to lead Haines and Penny Fossman added eight.
Mount Edgecumbe girls sweep Petersburg
The Mount Edgecumbe girls basketball team remained perfect in Region V-Class 3A action this season as the Braves swept a two-game series from the Petersburg Vikings last weekend, winning 53-43 on Friday and 42-31 on Saturday in Sitka.
The Mount Edgecumbe and Petersburg boys also played a two-game series in Petersburg over the weekend, with the two teams splitting the games. But no scoresheets were available for the boys.
In Friday's girls game, Mount Edgecumbe only led 35-33 entering the fourth quarter but Adrienne Taalak scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the period to help the Braves pull away. Sara Squartsoff added a career-high 16 points for the Braves on Friday, while Melanie Beans added nine points. Brandi Cole scored 12 points to lead Petersburg, while Amber Beardslee and Tyna McCay added eight apiece.
On Saturday, Mount Edgecumbe used a 13-4 run in the third quarter to break open what had been a three-point game at halftime. Squartsoff scored 14 points to lead the Braves, with Beans adding 12 and Pauline Tutiakoff chipping in eight. Karna Williams scored 12 points to lead Petersburg and Beardslee added eight.
Craig, Wrangell boys split
Cole Appleman scored 25 points Friday as the second-ranked Wrangell Wolves upset the top-ranked Craig Panthers 91-72 in a battle between the top two teams in the Region V-Class 3A boys basketball standings in Wrangell. On Saturday, Ryan Savage scored nine of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as Craig came from six points behind to win 64-59 to gain a split of the series.
In Friday's game, Wrangell jumped out to a 33-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 59-36 at halftime. Tony Marriott scored 15 of his 18 points in the first quarter for the Wolves, who also picked up 16 points from Brad Angerman and 13 from Mike Villarma. Raymond Douville scored 25 points to lead the Panthers and Craig Carter added 18 points.
On Saturday, Craig trailed 48-42 entering the fourth quarter but outscored Wrangell 22-11 in the period. Besides the 19 points from Savage, the Panthers also got 18 from Douville and 17 from Carter. Angerman scored 22 points to lead Wrangell and Marriott added 13.
Wrangell, Craig girls split
Kaelene Wilson scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Wrangell girls basketball team to a 38-24 victory over the Craig Panthers last Wednesday in Craig. The Panthers gained a split of the two-game Region V-3A series by winning 52-39 on Thursday behind 23 points from Heather Douville.
In Wednesday's game, Laura McCay added 10 points for Wrangell and MacKenzie Byrd added six points and 11 rebounds for the Wolves. Meggie Haydu and Jarian Kampnich both scored seven points to lead Craig.
On Thursday, Craig picked up 18 points from Vanessa James to go with Douville's 23. Wilson led Wrangell with 11 points and 11 rebounds, McCay added nine points and nine boards and Byrd grabbed eight rebounds.
Skagway boys go 2-1 in Tok
The Titus brothers helped the Minto Lakers, the No. 4 team in the state's Class 2A boys basketball poll, upset the top-ranked Skagway Panthers 78-66 in the first round of the Tok Invitational last Thursday at Tok High. The Panthers recovered to claim a 78-66 victory over the Lathrop junior varsity team on Friday and needed overtime to beat the host Wolverines 73-63 on Saturday night.
Mitchell Snyder led Skagway in scoring each night and earned tournament MVP honors, while Snyder and teammate Ray Hosford both made the all-tournament team. Skagway won the tournament last year.
In Thursday's loss, which was Skagway's first outside Region V this season, the Lakers went on a 17-2 run early in the fourth quarter and outscored the Panthers 27-15 for the period.
The game had been tied 51-51 entering the final quarter. Marcus Titus scored 27 points to lead Minto, while Craig Titus added 19, Stuart Charlie had 15 and Jesse Charlie scored 11. Snyder scored 29 points to lead Skagway, while Thomas Cochran added 14.
Friday, Snyder scored 33 points to lead Skagway over the Lathrop JV. Ryan Shaver scored 21 points to lead the Malemutes. In Saturday's game, Snyder scored 40 points as the Panthers outscored Tok 13-3 in overtime. Chevie Roach scored 35 points for the Wolverines before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Skagway girls go 0-3 in Tok
The Skagway girls basketball team was winless in its three games at the Tok Invitational last weekend, but that didn't stop the Panthers from bringing some hardware home from the tournament.
The Skagway girls won the team sportsmanship award and Kristina Knorr was on the all-tournament team for the Panthers, who dropped a 54-40 decision to Minto on Thursday, lost 70-35 to the Lathrop JV on Friday and fell 55-48 to Tok on Saturday.
In Thursday's game, Heather Alexander scored 17 points to lead Minto, while Candace Titus added 11 and Leslie Alexander had 10. Skagway had three players scored in double figures Crystal Ackerman with 14, Ashley Law with 13 and Kristin Brown with 11.
On Friday, Tawnie Attla scored 14 points and Alisha Cofey added 13 to lead the Lathrop JV (no scoring leaders were available for Skagway). In Saturday's game, Nisha Sanford scored 19 points and Katrina Albert added 12 to lead Tok over Skagway, which picked up a game-high 30 points from Law.
Angoon boys go 3-0 in Icy Straits
The Angoon boys basketball team posted a perfect 3-0 record in the Icy Straits Tournament at Hoonah last weekend. Hoonah and Kake both posted 2-1 records in the tourney, while Porter Creek of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, went 1-2 and the Mount Edgecumbe junior varsity team was 0-4.
The Angoon boys beat Kake 74-63 on Friday, then beat Porter Creek 64-46 and topped the Mount Edgecumbe JV 86-60 in a pair of games played Saturday afternoon. Hoonah beat Porter Creek 62-53 on Thursday and beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 65-49 on Friday, while Kake topped the Mount Edgecumbe JV 86-46 and edged Hoonah 60-53 on Saturday. Porter Creek edged the Mount Edgecumbe JV 59-56 on Friday.
In Angoon's victory over Kake, Ozelle Jamestown scored 20 points, Mike Pitka and Stephen Johnson both added 19 and Clayton Edwin scored 10 for the Eagles, who beat Kake in last year's Class 2A state championship game. Anthony Dolan led Kake with 19 points and Jesse Reese scored 18 for the Thunderbirds.
Against Porter Creek, Pitka scored 18 points to lead Angoon and Jamestown had 12 points. Nick Rodgers scored 22 points to lead the Rams. Pitka scored 23 points as the Eagles beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV, with Travis Woodbury adding 20, Jamestown 15 and Johnson 12 for Angoon. Garrette Anelon scored 17 points and J.J. Paukan added 10 for the Braves.
Hoonah beat Porter Creek behind 18 points from Donald Dybdahl and 14 from Jarret Brown. Mike Horton scored 17 points to lead the Rams and Rodgers added 15. In beating the Mount Edgecumbe JV, Hoonah had Brown score 18 points, Dybdahl add 13, and the duo of Sean Kveum and Kevin Skeek both score 10 points. Paukan led Mount Edgecumbe's JV with 15 points.
Dolan scored 27 points to lead Kake over Mount Edgecumbe's JV, while Reese added 16 points and the trio of Malik Karim-Oko, Kyle Anderson and Shane Padgett each scored 10 points for the Thunderbirds. Carl Lestenkof scored 15 points to lead the Braves and Peter Jorgensen added 14. Dolan scored 33 points as Kake beat Hoonah, with Reese adding 14 for the T-Birds. Dybdahl scored 15 points to lead Hoonah, which is also called the Braves, while Brown had 13 points and Skeek added 12.
Porter Creek beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV behind 28 points from Horton and 10 from Mark Baven. Paukan led the Braves JV with 22 points, Jorgensen added 12 anmd Lestenkof scored 11.
Kake girls go 3-0 in Icy Straits
The Kake girls basketball team posted a perfect 3-0 record in the Icy Straits Tournament in Hoonah over the weekend. The Hoonah and Angoon girls both went 1-1 in the tourney, while the Mount Edgecumbe JV was 0-3.
Kake beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 62-37, then topped Angoon 56-46 on Friday. The Thunderbirds closed out the tourney with a 54-29 victory over Hoonah on Saturday. In the only other girls games in the tourney, Hoonah beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 65-49 on Friday and Angoon beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV 63-39 on Saturday.
The Thunderbirds beat the Mount Edgecumbe JV behind 12 points each from Danielle Knudsen and Natalie Hughes, while Stacy Earnest added 10. Gwennie Francis led the Braves JV with 14 points. In beating Angoon, Danielle Knudsen led Kake with 20 points and Robin Knudsen added 17. Amber Jamestown scored 12 points to lead the Eagles. Danielle Knudsen scored 23 points and Robin Knudsen added 16 as Kake beat Hoonah, which was led by Alice Lee's seven points.
Stacie Skaflestad scored 16 points and Branda Skaflestad added eight as Hoonah held off a late rally by the Mount Edgecumbe JV, which picked up 15 points each from Gwennie Francis and Ruby Aiken. Rose Williams scored 16 points to lead Angoon over the Braves JV, while Carmen Estrada added 13 points and the duo of Jamestown and Angela Kearns scored 10 each for the Eagles. Kris Sampson scored seven points to lead the Mount Edgecumbe JV.
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