The Kake High School girls basketball team will be making another trip to the state tournament at Service High School in Anchorage next weekend.
The top-seeded Thunderbirds showed they are a force to reckon with by blowing out Angoon 65-42 in Saturday's Region V-Class 2A championship game at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
"I think we are a better team than last year," Kake head coach Glenn Padgett said. "I think we showed we are a true 16-2 team."
Kake sisters Robin and Danielle Knudsen were too much for Angoon to handle. In the first half, it was all Robin and in the second -- all Danielle.
Senior Robin Knudsen scored all of her 17 points in the first half while sophomore Danielle Knudsen scored 19 of her game high 25 points in the second half.
"Robin is a real quick starter and probably the best player in the state," Padgett said. "Danielle takes a little bit to get going, but gets tougher as the game goes on. I think the difference in the game was Robin's quick start."
The Knudsens not only led Kake to victory, but they both landed on the all-conference team along with teammate Cassandra Martin. Amber Jamestown and Carmen Estrada made the all-conference team from Angoon, while Klawock put Jessica Peters and Rebecca Duncan on the squad. Yakutat, which won the tournament last year, had three players on the team -- Stephanie Johnson, Lindsey Hershey and Sheena Nelson. Alice Lee of Hoonah and Kristina Knorr of Skagway completed the all-conference team.
Angoon never led in the game, but managed to keep it close until late in the third quarter when one of the Eagle's top players, Angela Kearns, went down with a knee injury with the score 45-32.
The Thunderbirds took advantage of Kearns' absence by going on a 18-1 tear to put the game out of reach for the Eagles.
Angoon was led in scoring by Jamestown with 13 points and Estrada and Katherine Howard added six points each. Angela Kearns, Rose Williams and Melinda Joseph scored five points each for the Eagles.
Tough defense: Klawock's Amber Demmert (32) tries to drive around Angoon's Marie Parkin (44) during Fridays Region V-Class 2A semifinal game. The Kake girls won the title.
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Kake's Stacy Earnest scored 11 points, while Martin contributed eight points.
Both teams will make the trip next week to Anchorage as Region V is allotted two slots for the Class 2A state tournament.
"We played real well. Going to state is great but I really wanted to win the tournament. It means a lot to the team," Padgett said. "I thought it would be closer. Angoon is a talented bunch and when they get the feeling of winning, it can take them a long way."
Third-fifth place game Chieftains 42, Braves 31
Klawock's defense held Hoonah to just eight first half points and cruised to a victory for third place.
Hoonah got as close as 26-21 at the end of the third quarter but the Chieftains pulled away in the final quarter.
Jessica Peters led all scorers with 15 points for the Chieftains and teammates Natalie Wangerin and Rebecca Duncan pitched in 12 and 10 points respectively.
Trissa Barros led a balanced Hoonah scoring attack with eight points and Alice Lee added seven.
Fourth-sixth place game Eagles 48, Panthers 44
Yakutat exploded for 20 points in the final period to overtake Skagway for fourth place.
The Eagle's Sheena Nelson scored nine of her team high 15 points in the deciding fourth quarter while teammates Stephanie Johnson and Sam Johnson scored 10 apiece. Lindsey Hershey and Gloria Anderstrom rounded out Yakutat's scoring with seven and six points respectively.
Skagway was led by Ashley Law with 17 and Kristina Knorr with 16, while Crystal Ackerman contributed seven.
Friday's semifinals Eagles 66, Chieftains 47
Angoon's Angela Kearns and Melinda Joseph combined for 35 points to lead the third-seeded Eagles past Hydaburg.
The win put the Eagles into the 2A finals but most importantly earned them the right to play in next weeks state tournament at Service High School.
Joseph scored 19 and Kearns added 16 while teammate Amber Jamestown knocked in 11 to lead the Eagles.
Hydaburg was led in scoring by Jessica Peters with 18 and Stlaay Morrison and Rebecca Duncan each scored eight points.
Friday's semifinals Thunderbirds 58, Braves 31
Kake will once again represent Region V in the state tournament with a victory over Hoonah on Friday.
The Thunderbirds found themselves down early in the game and held just a 23-21 lead at halftime before outscoring the Braves 35-10 in the second half.
Kake's Danielle Knudsen led all scorers with 21, while Robin Knudsen scored 14.
Hoonah was led in scoring by Katie Lee with 11 points, and Alice Lee and Amy Wright put in seven and six points, respectively.
Friday's consolation Panthers 65, Warriors 24
Skagway's Ashley Law and Kristina Knorr each scored 21 points to lead the Panthers to a win over Hydaburg on Friday.
Leah Thomas of Skagway pitched in 12 and Crystal Ackerman added five points.
Hydaburg was led in scoring by Stephanie Booth with 14 points, while Maggie Vasquez added four and Nicole Corle and Karmen Edenshaw scored three each.
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