Ames leads Skagway girls over Angoon

Southeast Alaska hoops roundup

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Skagway's Savannah Ames scored 30 points - as much as the entire opposing team - as the Panther girls beat visiting Angoon 55-30 on March 2 to complete a sweep of the Region V-Class 2A series.

Ames had 18 points in the Panthers' 57-16 win over the Eagles on March 1.

Skagway, ranked third in the most recent Alaska Sportswriters Class 2A state poll, improved to 12-3 overall, 9-1 in region play. Angoon fell to 3-11 overall and region.

In the March 2 game, Ames scored 23 of her points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, as the Skagway girls took a 32-19 lead at the break. The Panthers closed the game on a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter.

Audrey Neitzer and Crystal Ketterman added six points apiece for Skagway, which hosts Kake this week. Regardless of the outcome of that series, the Panthers - along with the Yakutat Eagles - will be one of the top two seeds at the Region V-Class 2A tournament in Ketchikan on March 18-20.

Teresa Dyson scored 11 points to lead Angoon, while Sophie George chipped in eight and Abby Jack scored six.

On March 1, Skagway led 27-12 at halftime and held Angoon to four points over the final two quarters.

Tiffanie Potter netted 10 points and Candi Ketterman added nine for the Panthers. Dyson led the Eagles with six points.

Angoon boys sweep Skagway

Bailey Johnson scored 51 points over two games as the Angoon boys swept host Skagway last week in a two-game Region V-Class 2A series.

Johnson scored 27 points as the Eagles beat the Panthers 60-44 on March 1, and he scored 24 in Angoon's 91-50 win on March 2.

In the first game, Skagway (3-14 overall, 3-9 region) stayed close with Angoon (10-7 overall, 7-5 region) for three quarters. The Panthers led 11-9 after the first quarter and trailed by just three - 39-36 - entering the final period before Angoon closed the game on a 21-8 run.

Stephen Johnson added 14 points and Loren Sands added 13 for Angoon.

Garrett Henry scored 14 points and Henry Burnham netted 13 for Skagway.

On March 2, the Eagles broke away with a 24-13 run in the second quarter. Loren Sands finished with a game-high 28 points, and Stephen Johnson scored 27 - including four 3-pointers - for Angoon, which has won five straight.

Henry scored 19 points to lead Skagway, while Thomas Knorr added 13 and Burnham scored 10.

Craig boys split with Metlakatla

Eric Hamilton and Alexei Gamble scored 24 points apiece as the Craig boys jumped out to a big lead, then held off a fierce rally from the Metlakatla Chiefs to claim a 70-65 victory on Friday, handing the Chiefs their first region loss of the season and first loss overall since Jan. 9.

In Saturday's rematch, the No. 2 Chiefs knocked off the defending Class 3A state champion Panthers 84-58 to gain a split of the weekend Region V-Class 3A series in Craig.

In Friday's game, Craig led 58-35 entering the fourth quarter but the Chiefs (20-2 overall, 13-1 region) outscored the Panthers 30-12 in the period. Louis Isaacs added 19 points for Craig (9-13 overall, 6-8 region). Metlakatla's Chris Bryant scored 32 points - 18 in the fourth quarter - to lead all scorers in the game, while Shane Martinez added 16 points for the Chiefs, who had won 13 straight games.

On Saturday, Beau Hayward scored 22 points and Bryant added 21 as four Metlakatla starters reached double figures. Martinez scored 14 points and Gilmore White chipped in 10 for the Chiefs. Eric Hamilton scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Panthers, while Gamble added 12 points.

Craig, Metlakatla girls split

Vanessa James hit six 3-pointers and scored 30 points to lead the Craig girls over the Metlakatla MissChiefs 67-48 on Friday to open a Region V-Class 3A series in Craig. The MissChiefs knocked off the Panthers 54-49 in Saturday's rematch to earn a series split.

In Friday's game, Jill May added 11 points and Stacia Miller scored 10 for the Panthers (9-13 overall, 6-8 region), who outscored the MissChiefs 24-14 in the third quarter to break open the game. Kristy Didrickson scored 20 points to lead Metlakatla (10-9 overall, 9-5 region), Aleasha Hayward scored 11 and Jodi Boyd chipped in 10.

On Saturday, Didrickson scored 20 points and Hayward nailed a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to lead Metlakatla. Hayward had nine points, while Boyd and Christina Brendible added eight each for the MissChiefs. James scored 19 points to lead Craig, while May added 11 and Miller recorded 10.

Mount Edgecumbe boys sweep Haines

Josh Thomas scored 24 points, all in the third quarter, as the Mount Edgecumbe boys beat visiting Haines 82-52 on Saturday to complete a sweep of the Region V-Class 3A series.

Thomas posted a game-high 16 points in Mount Edgecumbe defeated Haines 82-35 on Friday.

On Saturday, the Braves led 27-14 at halftime before exploding for 35 points in the third quarter to the Glacier Bears' eight. Thomas hit five 3-pointers in the period.

Warren Kushin added 12 points and Matt Mercier scored 11 for Mount Edgecumbe (18-4 overall, 11-3 region). David Berry and Brian Combs scored eight apiece to lead Haines (5-13 overall, 1-13 region).

Twelve of the Mount Edgecumbe's 13 players scored in Friday's victory, which saw the Braves ahead 43-17 at the half. Mercier added 14 points and Teddy Cruise added nine for Mount Edgecumbe.

Berry scored 15 and Erik Stickler added nine for Haines.

Haines girls sweep Mount Edgecumbe

Ivanca Jones and Lilly Ward scored 14 points apiece as the Haines girls defeated visiting Mount Edgecumbe 46-32 on Saturday to complete a sweep of the Region V-Class 3A series.

Jones scored 19 points in the Glacier Bears' 52-26 win on Friday.

Mount Edgecumbe (11-9 overall, 8-6 region) sent its junior varsity team to play in Haines; due to the long trip, there were concerns about the varsity squad making it back in time to prepare for this week's region tourney. Mount Edgecumbe is hosting the event and the tournament seeds for each team had already been clinched.

But the games still counted, and the Haines girls (4-14 overall, 2-12 region) picked up their first region wins of the season.

Kim Ferrin added 16 points and Ward scored 12 in the Glacier Bears' win on Friday. Rebecca Church and Pam Edwards scored eight apiece for the Braves.

On Saturday, Ferrin added 13 points for Haines. Leanne Sommer scored seven points to lead Mount Edgecumbe.

Kake boys sweep Thorne Bay

Shawn Jackson scored a team-high 11 points - including four in the fourth quarter - as the host Thunderbird boys held off a Thorne Bay rally to beat the Wolverines 45-44 on Friday.

Kake beat Thorne Bay 75-31 on Thursday and claimed a sweep of the Region V-Class 2A series.

The Thunderbirds (11-8 overall, 9-5 region) led 39-26 after three quarters on Friday before the Wolverines (5-13 overall, 1-9 region) rallied in the fourth.

Thorne Bay scored 18 points in the final period - including 10-of-13 free throws - but Kake scored six points to fend off the charge.

Larry Jackson and Tracy Jackson each scored 10 points for the Thunderbirds. Donny Gray scored a game-high 15 points for Thorne Bay - including eight in the fourth quarter - and Ryan Gray added 14.

On Thursday, Kake built a 41-22 halftime lead and kept sailing. Tracy Jackson scored a game-high 28 points for the Thunderbirds, while Larry Jackson and Xavier Friday added 11 points each. Ryan Gray led Thorne Bay with 12 points.

Yakutat boys sweep Hoonah

Kyle Dierick scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in a second-quarter run as the Yakutat boys pulled away from visiting Hoonah for a 54-47 win on Saturday to complete a sweep of the Region V-Class 2A series.

The Eagles beat the Braves 55-47 on Friday behind 16 points from Jack Klushkan.

On Saturday, Dierick hit four of his five 3-pointers in the second period as the Eagles outscored the Braves 24-7. Klushkan added 12 points for Yakutat (12-11 overall, 7-7 region).

Dustin Bowen led Hoonah (9-8 overall, 6-6 region) with 16 points, while Josh Dybdahl and Devin Moritz added 11 apiece.

Alin Vale scored 11 points for Yakutat, and Adam Johnson and Ben Dunbar added 10 apiece in Friday's win. Bowen scored 16 points to lead Hoonah, while Moritz scored 12 points and Brion Mills netted eight for the Braves.

Yakutat girls sweep Hoonah

Hannah Esbenshade averaged 20 points a game as the Yakutat girls swept visiting Hoonah last weekend in a Region V-Class 2A series.

Esbenshade scored a game-high 21 points as the Eagles beat the Braves 54-32 on Friday, and she had 19 points in Yakutat's 43-24 win on Saturday.

Yakutat led 24-18 at halftime on Friday before breaking away with a 30-14 scoring edge in the second half. Jacquoi James added 14 points for the region-leading Eagles (15-4 overall, 11-1 region). Cassandra Peters scored 13 points and Kristi Skaflestad added seven for the Braves (11-5 overall, 8-4 region).

On Saturday, Yakutat outscored Hoonah 19-2 in the first quarter on their way to the win. James added 12 points and Ashton Schmidt scored seven for the Eagles. Amber Lampe led the Braves with eight points, and Peters added seven.

• The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to 1-907-586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled.

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