The Yakutat High School girls basketball team caught fire and hung at least 18 points on Northway in every quarter Tuesday, burning to an 80-48 semifinal victory at the 2A State Championship Tournament in Anchorage.
The two-time defending state champion Eagles doubled up Northway 18-9 in the first quarter and maxed out with a 23-point third quarter in the easy win.
Yakutat's hot shooters connected on nine of their 18 three-point attempts in the game, led by a 6-of-9 performance from behind the arc by Rose Fraker. The hot-shooting Fraker posted a team-high 26 points, adding three steals and a pair of assists.
Esther Esbenshade chipped in 13 points of her own to lead a trio of double-digit scorers who assisted Fraker's effort. Katrina Fraker also pumped in 12 points and seven rebounds, while Ellen Esbenshade added 11 and a team-high 12 boards.
Kayli Albert led Northway with a game-high 34 points and finished as the only Warriors player in double figures. Tasha Demit chipped in six points in support.
Yakutat moves on to play the winner of Tuesday's late semifinal game between Skagway and Point Hope in today's championship at 7:30 p.m.
GIRLS - MONDAY
Skagway 49, Ninilchik 45
The Panthers converted on all but two of their 19 total free throw attempts to hold off a late Ninilchik charge and escape with the opening-round win.
Skagway led 41-28 after three periods, but was outscored 17-8 by the Wolverines in the final quarter as the score got interesting late.
Kaylie O'Daniel piled up 15 of the Panthers' free throw attempts herself, hitting 12 of them. O'Daniel ended up with a game-high 20 points despite shooting just 4-for-15 from the field. Jesse Ellis added 12 in the win.
Skagway played in Tuesday's late semifinal game against Point Hope, and results were not available prior to deadline.
Yakutat 40, Noorvik 35
The Eagles bounced back from a 7-4 deficit after the first quarter to put up 30 points over the next two periods, hanging on for the opening-round win over Noorvik.
Justyne Wheeler led the Yakutat effort with 10 points and three rebounds. Rose Fraker chipped in nine points, while Ellen Esbenshade and Katrina Fraker added eight apiece.
Klawock 68, Bristol Bay 47
The Chieftains outscored Bristol Bay 24-15 in the second quarter Tuesday to break open a 12-12 tie and cruised to an elimination bracket victory Tuesday.
Sean Hall led four Klawock players in double figures with 19 points and added a team-high six rebounds. Ryan Armour added 14 points, Deion Jackson 12 and Rick Carle 10 in the victory.
Klawock moves on to face Southeast foe Yakutat in the fourth-place game Wednesday at 9:40 a.m.
Yakutat 69, Chevak 46
The Eagles jumped out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter Tuesday and controlled the game the rest of the way, knocking the Comets from the elimination bracket.
Shea Jackson led Yakutat with 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Stephen Adams chipped in 18 points and Isaac Brillhart added 12 in the win.
Yakutat faces Klawock for fourth place on Wednesday.
Noorvik 80, Klawock 66
The Chieftains clawed back within 52-49 entering the fourth quarter, but Noorvik pulled away late for the opening-round win.
Sean Hall did his best for Klawock, finishing with 28 points after hitting on 13 of 17 field goal attempts. Ryan Armour added 14, Rick Carle 11 and Deion Jackson 10 in the losing effort.
Timothy Field led Noorvik with 37 points and 10 rebounds in the paint.
Cook Inlet 51, Yakutat 42
Stephen Adams pumped in 23 points, including a trio of three-pointers, but a late Yakutat run fell short in an opening-round loss to Cook Inlet.
Clinton Ivers chipped in six points, Rex Newlun five and David Brown four in the losing effort.
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