Nicole Fenumiai and Margaret Sekona scored 11 points apiece as they led the HoopTime 'A' Team into today's championship game of the inaugural Gold Medal Basketball Tournament girls middle school bracket.
HoopTime beat Sitka Tribe 40-30 on Thursday morning to advance to the title game, which takes place at 1 p.m. today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
Amaza Whittington added six points and Sasha Frye had four for HoopTime, which is a program for Juneau middle school basketball players run by Edd Webb.
Lela McArthur scored 15 points to lead Sitka, which can still win the title by coming through the losers' bracket.
Sitka plays at 11 a.m. today against Dzantik'i Heeni, which beat the Hoonah Braves 18-12 on Thursday night. The winner of the Sitka-Dzantik'i Heeni game will advance to play HoopTime for the championship today.
Holly Bennett scored eight points to lead Dzantik'i Heeni. Kelli Dietering scored eight points to lead Hoonah.
In boys action on Thursday afternoon, the Hoonah Braves beat Yakutat 52-44 to advance to today's noon championship game for the boys middle school bracket.
D.J. Lindstrom scored 22 points to lead Hoonah, while Michael Koenig added 12 points. Kyle Derek led Yakutat with 26 points.
In Thursday's boys losers' bracket game, Sitka Tribe eliminated HoopTime 37-36.
Bryn Calhoun led Sitka with 19 points and Elmer Diaz added eight.
Talisa Rhea, the only female on the HoopTime boys team, scored 12 points to lead her team in scoring, while Carlo Ebron added six points. Rhea had a chance to win the game, but missed two free throws with three seconds left and Daryl Lew missed his tip-in shot off a rebound of her second miss.
Sitka Tribe and Yakutat will play at 10 a.m. today for the right to play Hoonah for the title at noon. HoopTime finished the tournament in fourth place.
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