KETCHIKAN - When Ketchikan's Anne Elliott went out, her teammates stepped up.
The standout senior player was sidelined with foul trouble for a portion of Thursday's Region V-Class 4A girls tournament game against the Sitka Wolves, but several of the Kings' younger players filled in on offense to lead the Kings to a 55-41 victory at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
The victory sends Ketchikan into tonight's championship game against the top-seeded Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears.
"We have a lot of younger players on our team (and) they're nervous as sophomores starting in Southeast," said Elliott, who still finished with a game-high 18 points. "I'm happy with the way they played."
Elliott picked up four fouls in the first half - though a miscommunication from the scorer's table delayed the team in realizing that fact for some time. She did foul out - but with just eight seconds left in the game.
While she was on the sidelines earlier in the game, Kayhi sophomores Raquelle Pahang and Tori Edwardson each scored 10 points.
"We executed our game plan early," Sitka coach Rich Krupa said of the Wolves shutting down Elliott, "but number 22 (Edwardson) stepped up and made some big shots."
Sitka (5-17 overall, 1-7 region) was led by 14 points from Sidney Wyman and 11 from Kim Dodson.
The Wolves jumped out to an early 10-8 lead after the first period, but Ketchikan's diversified offense grabbed the lead a minute-and-a-half into the second quarter and never relinquished it.
The Kings (15-6, 3-5) led 25-20 at halftime and 37-30 after the third.
"I thought we played good team basketball," Ketchikan coach Doug Nausid said. "We executed in the second half when we had to."
But, Nausid said, the Kings gave up to many rebounds to the Wolves - something they'll have to work on before tonight's game.
"We can't survive against Juneau if we let them do that," he said.
Ketchikan and Juneau will play 7:30 p.m. tonight, with the winner earning the region's lone Class 4A state tournament berth and a spot in Saturday's Southeast championship game against the girls Region V-Class 3A winner.
"It will be difficult to play Ketchikan on their home court in front of their home crowd," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said after Thursday's game.
But, she said, she feels the Kings are easier than Sitka to defend with one main focus - Elliott - instead of a varied scoring attack.
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KINGS 55, WOLVES 41
Thursday's Region V-4A girls semifinal from Ketchikan
SITKA (41) - Joy Ribao 0 1-3 1, Tawny Hoyt 0 0-0 0, Cameo Padilla 0 1-2 1, Chelsea Young 0 2-4 2, Ashley Norman 0 0-1 0, Kim Dodson 5 1-5 11, Miranda Whitson 3 0-1 6, Natalia Potrzuski 2 1-2 6, Sidney Wyman 6 2-4 14. Totals 16 8-22 41.
KETCHIKAN (55) - Raquelle Pahang 3 4-4 10, Katrina Pattison 0 0-0 0, Tori Edwardson 3 2-2 10, Anne Elliott 5 8-12 18, Terra Delong 2 1-4 5, Maria Swaim 1 0-0 2, Whitney Hofstedt 1 0-0 2, Katie Geldaker 1 1-2 3, Lindy Henrick2 0-0 5. Totals 18 16-24 55.
SITKA 10 10 10 11 - 41
KETCHIKAN 8 17 12 18 - 55
3-point goals - Sitka 1 (Potrzuski), Ketchikan 3 (Edwardson 2, Henrick). Fouled out - Elliott. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Sitka 23, Ketchikan 17.