THE PREMIERE WOMEN'S BRACKET
Rose Adams scored 23 points to lead Yakutat to a 72-42 victory over Hoonah in the second round of the Premiere Women's Bracket in Tuesday's Gold Medal Tournament action.
In other Women's Bracket games, Juneau DK Mining defeated Sitka 56-55 and Klawock knocked Angoon out of the tournament with a 107-63 trouncing in Tuesday mornings losers' bracket game.
The game was fairly close throughout the first half with Yakutat holding a modest 35-24 lead at the break. But the second half was dominated by Yakutat as they outscored Hoonah 37-18 behind Adams and Connie Klushkan who scored 18 points.
"Yakutat looked real tough," Hoonah coach Louie White said. "They say they don't practice but they sure look like they do."
Klushkan denied White's claim and said they do practice.
"We practice a lot individually," Klushkan said. "We run and lift the weights. Condition was a factor in the game since we don't have any size."
Hoonah was led in scoring by Deborah Barry with 12 points, Krissy Bean added 11 and Yolanda Snively scored 10.
Hoonah was stymied by a pressing Yakutat defense much of the game and looked little like the team that beat Angoon 63-55 on Tuesday.
"We had no continuity today," White said. "We also miss Haley Martin who is out with a broken foot. But even Michael Jordan had a bad game every now and then. We'll be back."
Yakutat will play Juneau on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for a spot in the championship game. Hoonah will face a powerful Sitka team tonight at 10 p.m. in the losers' bracket.
Juneau 56, Sitka 55
Juneau DK Mining's Yvonne Harris was silent throughout most of the game against Sitka Daughters of the American Legion in Tuesday's Women's Bracket game, but she broke that silence late in the second half and scored Juneau's final three points for a dramatic 56-55 come-from-behind victory.
The handful of fans left for the last game of the night were entertained by one of the closest and well-played games of the tournament so far.
Juneau trailed 55-53 with 18 seconds to go when Harris hit a jumper from the corner to tie the game at 55-55.
Sitka pushed the ball down the court but turned the ball over with eight seconds to go, giving Juneau a golden opportunity to win the game with the last shot. However, Sitka's Karen Krupa was called for a foul on the press and Harris was sent to the foul line for a one-and-one with 0.8 seconds remaining.
The first free throw hit nothing but the center of the net, giving Juneau a 56-55 lead. A lane violation was called on Juneau on the second foul shot, but one point was all DK Mining needed as Sitka did not have enough time to get off a final shot.
"I was kind of feeling some pressure," said Harris who finished the game with five points. "It was a pretty good game."
Nobody really stood out in the Juneau's boxscore as Karn Hickock and Jennifer Dossman led the team in scoring with 10 points each, while Brooke Toll and Liz O'Leary each added nine points.
Krupa led Sitka's scoring attack with 19 including two 3-pointers and Stephanie Miller added 15 points.
Klawock 107, Angoon 63
Klawock Prince of Whales put on a scoring show in Tuesday's 11:30 a.m. losers' bracket game, defeating Angoon and knocking the Kwaan out of the tournament.
Klawock jumped out to a 56-28 halftime lead and never looked back.
Everyone on Klawock's roster scored, led by Jean Jackson with 22 and Polly Hamilton with 20 points. Joyce Moore and Christina Hamilton each added 16 points.
Reanne Kookesh and Shgen George led Angoon with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
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