Thursday's afternoon snow flurries didn't prevent the Class 2A Southeast Conference girls basketball tournament from getting off to a hot start as the Hydaburg Lady Warriors overcame Hoonah's full-court defense in a first-round win.
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The Lady Warriors, ranked fifth in the latest Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll, won 50-33 behind Mary Cline's 3-point shooting and a strong team effort to break the pressure of Hoonah's defense. Good ball movement by Hydaburg helped keep the Lady Braves' relentless defensive pressure.
Mary Cline developed a hot-hand from behind the 3-point arc to pace Hydaburg's offense.
As a team, the Warriors shot 60 percent from 3-point range with Cline sinking 5 of 9 attempts. She finished with a game-high 24 points.
In the second half, Hoonah's scrappy defense led to foul trouble, which sent Hydaburg to the free-throw line. The Lady Warriors made 12 of 19 free-throw attempts to put the game out of reach.
Stasha Guthie made 3 of 4 from the line and finished with nine points while Lydia Fawcett scored six points and dropped in 4 of 6 free throws in the win.
Hoonah's crowd support helped keep the Lady Braves fighting hard, but Hydaburg proved too much.
The Braves' Jessica Skaflestad finished with a team-high eight points, Gina Norris added seven points, Treana White scored six points, and Brooke Lampe had five points.
Hydaburg's purple and yellow clad fans ended the night chanting their fight song in celebration of the Lady Warriors' first-round victory. Hydaburg will face Kake at 6:45 p.m. today in the semifinals.
In the first half, Guthrie distributed several assists to help break Hoonah's press. Though the Lady Braves led Hydaburg by two after one quarter, Cline and company fought back to take a 24-17 halftime lead.
Skaflestad set an aggressive defensive tempo and forced a variety of turnovers before she found herself getting into foul trouble late in the first half. Meanwhile, Norris helped keep Hoonah close in the first half by converting a number of long passes into easy lay-ups.
Hoonah will take on Thorne Bay at 11:15 a.m. today in the consolation round.