Yakutat boys, girls 2A basketball teams roll

Kake girls squad knocked out of tourney; boys fall to Unalakleet

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2007

Yakutat (girls) 41, Ninilchick 39

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The Yakutat women's basketball team won a close game against Ninilchick. With the score 24-16 in favor of Yakutat at halftime, Ninilchick fired back with 17 points in the third quarter to take the lead 33-30.

Ninilchick, however, could not stop Heidi Esbenshade, who scored 23 points for Yakutat. Yakutat owned the paint with 10 rebounds as a team to Ninilchick's five. Yakutat will now face Point Hope for the girl's 2A state championship today.

Kake (girls) 34, Cook Inlet Academy 40

The Kake girls basketball team was knocked out of the tournament on Wednesday after giving up 22 points as a result of turnovers. Kake led at halftime with a score of 19-16, but couldn't stop the Cook Inlet Academy, which outscored Kake 24-25 in the second half.

Yakutat (boys) 60, Cook Inlet Academy 50

Yakutat beat Cook Inlet Academy thanks to a solid performance from Kyle Dierick, who scored 28 points, leading all scorers. Yakutat never gave up the lead after the first quarter by outscoring the Cook Inlet Academy in the paint 26-14. Yakutat will now play for third place against Unalakleet today.

Kake (boys) 45, Unalakleet 56

Unalakleet won a decisive game over Kake by never relinquishing their lead after the first quarter. Although Lance Doake had a solid performance with 19 points, Kake couldn't catch up with Unalakleet's solid shooting of 43.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.



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