ANCHORAGE - Kake High School finished in fifth place among Alaska's Class 2A boys basketball schools Thursday after falling 77-57 to Unalakleet at Service High School.
The Thunderbirds' fifth-place finish is their best showing at the state tournament since 2000.
"It's been a great season," Kake senior Derek Knudsen said. "We only lost three games. We won the region. We didn't come to do what we wanted to here, but they'll be strong next season."
Knudsen led Kake with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the defeat.
Much like Wednesday's loss to Bristol Bay, the Thunderbirds fell behind early against a hot shooting tea.
Unalakleet jumped to a 10-1 lead early in the game and went on to take a 36-17 halftime advantage.
Kake shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the first half.
"It's tough when our stuff isn't falling," Knudsen said.
Down 35 points after three quarters, Kake started to find the range from outside.
Dean Cavanaugh hit two 3s while Shawn Jackson and Xavier Friday connected from long range, but the gap proved too wide for the Thunderbirds.
Friday, playing his final high school game, posted 16 points and three steals. Cavanaugh added 16 points and four boards, Jackson posted seven points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Kake.
Lance Doake and Tony Mach also scored in the loss.
CLASS 2A GIRLS Galena 41, Hoonah 32
Hoonah finished sixth in Class 2A after falling to Galena at Service High School.
Galena held the Braves to just two points in the first quarter and coasted to a fourth-place finish.
Jessica Skaflestad led Hoonah with 16 points and seven steals. Amber Lampe had eight points, Jessie Dybdahl posted six points and Kair Ames had two points and four steals for the Braves.
CLASS 3A BOYS Mount Edgecumbe 55, Barrow 39
Mount Edgecumbe started fast and ended strong in a quarterfinal victory over Barrow.
The Braves Zach Klein led all scorers with 19 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Damen Bell-Holter had 18 points and 15 boards, Caleb McGraw posted 10 points and was 8-for-10 from the free throw line and Max Shellabarger scored six points for Mount Edgecumbe.
Also in the win, Jory Peterson hit a field goal.
Mount Edgecumbe took a 8-4 first quarter lead and led 19-16 at halftime.
The Braves extended their lead to 31-25 after three quarters.
The Southeast Conference runners-up will face Cordova at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Sullivan Arena.
CLASS 3A GIRLS Barrow 69, Wrangell 60
Barrow outscored Wrangell 22-11 in the fourth quarter for a comeback victory in the quarterfinals at the Sullivan Arena.
The Wolves, Southeast Conference runners-up, trailed 32-27 at halftime but battled back to take a 49-47 lead with eight minutes left.
Michelle Villarma led the Wolves with 21 points, three rebounds and two steals. Laurie Brown had 17 points, seven boards and two assists, Tessa Appleman added 13 points and seven rebounds and Courtney McCay chipped in with seven points for Wrangell.
Britany Lindley posted two points in defeat.
Jesstinna Pill poured in 25 points for Barrow.
Wrangell will face Seward at 9:40 a.m. today at Sullivan Arena.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at email@example.com.
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