Angoon boys, Yakutat girls capture Class 2A regional championships

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008

The top-seeded Angoon High School boys basketball team won two straight games to take the Class 2A Southeast Conference Tournament title on Friday at Ketchikan High School.

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Tom Miller / Ketchikan Daily News
Tom Miller / Ketchikan Daily News

The Eagles knocked off Yakutat 54-37 in Thursday's semifinals and then beat Hoonah 48-40 for the title.

In Friday's final, Angoon capped an undefeated season with a win over the Braves. John Croasmun scored 21 points to lead the Eagles. For Hoonah, Kristian Geise and Brandin HIll tallied nine points each.

The loss sent the Braves to the loser's bracket. Hoonah then defeated Skagway 49-34 in the second-place game, securing a spot with Angoon in the state championships in Anchorage. Hoonah beat Skagway 49-34 in Saturday's second-place contest.

Hoonah will take on Point Hope at 9:40 a.m. March 18 at the Sullivan Arena in the state quarterfinals while Angoon will battle Seldovia at 3:30 p.m. March 18.

In the girls' title game, defending Class 2A state champions Yakutat toppled Skagway 45-36. The Eagles raced to a 32-13 halftime lead and held off the Panthers for the championship.

Sharnel Vale led the Eagles with 14 points while Rose Fraker had 11 points and Esther Esbenshade chipped in 10 points. Kaylie O'Daniel and Paige Hahn had 11 points each to pace Skagway.

Skagway fell to the second-place game with the loss and then were knocked off by a red-hot Kake team 37-30. The Thunderbirds had to win three elimination games in a row to secure a spot at the state championships.

Kake lost to Skagway 41-30 in the semifinal, but then beat Klawock 50-38 and Angoon 58-42 to secure a rematch with the Panthers.

Tanea Alsup led Kake with 11 points, including two 3-point shots. Nicole Wooton scored eight points, Jovane Friday had seven points, Paulette Aceveda chipped in five points, Jasmine Howard had four points and Charley Johnson scored two points in the second-place game.

Skagway's Hahn led her team with 10 points.

Kake will take on Point Hope at 11:20 a.m. March 18 in the state quarterfinals while Yakutat will tangle with Cook Inlet Academy at 8:30 p.m. March 18. All Class 2A games will be played at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

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