No state crowns for Southeast

Lumen Christi dethrones Hydaburg in boys Class 2A title game

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

There won't be any state high school basketball titles residing in Southeast for the next year.

The defending state champion Hydaburg boys fell to a powerful Lumen Christi squad of Anchorage 49-33 on Saturday night in the Class 2A boys state tourney title game at Anchorage's Service High School.

The Skagway girls lost to Galena 41-37 on Saturday and took fifth place in the girls Class 2A state tournament, while the Angoon boys and Yakutat girls went two-and-out to tie for seventh place in their respective tourneys.

Southeast teams also failed to win titles in the Class 3A and 4A tournaments, although the Juneau-Douglas High School girls were Class 4A runners-up.

Last season, the Hydaburg boys (2A) and Craig boys (3A) won state crowns.

Hydaburg fell behind early in Saturday's game - the Warriors trailed 8-4 after one quarter - before tying the game at 9-all on a Reginald Nathan basket with 4:34 left in the first half.

Fifty-one seconds later, a 3-pointer by George Peratrovich gave Hydaburg a 12-9 lead. But the Warriors were unable to score again in the half, and Lumen Christi took a 19-12 lead into halftime.

The Archangels pulled away with a 23-9 run in the third quarter. Lumen Christi shot better than 46 percent from the field in the game; Hydaburg shot 25 percent.

"We just missed a ton of baskets that we don't miss normally," Hydaburg coach Jim Holien told the Anchorage Daily News. "We had good shots, good looks. Hats off to Lumen Christi. They're a good team."

Peratrovich finished with 14 points, Ben Young added six and Demmert scored five for the Warriors (18-4). Noah Brauner scored 20 points for the Archangels (27-1).

The Skagway girls - knocked out of title contention with a loss to Ninilchik on Friday - let a lead slip away against Galena in the third-fifth place game.

The Panthers (17-5) led 11-4 after the first quarter and were up 22-17 at the half. The Hawks went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter, but Skagway clawed back into the game and led into the final minute.

But the Hawks (19-6) scored the last five points of the game - four by Janice Arkell - over the final 42 seconds for the victory.

Savannah Ames and Candi Ketterman each scored 10 points to lead Skagway, which was making its first state tournament appearance in 20 years. The Panthers will not lose any players to graduation this year. Ames had five steals, and Ketterman grabbed eight rebounds.

Jennal Burgett scored 13 points and Arkell added 12 for Galena.

In the Class 2A girls final, Ninilchik won became the state's first team to win five straight state titles, beating Bristol Bay 43-37. The Wolverines had been tied with the Ketchikan boys (1965-68, before size classifications existed in Alaska) and the East Anchorage boys (1992-95 in Class 4A), who each won four state titles in a row.

Ninilchik (25-1) avenged a loss to Bristol Bay earlier in the month at their region tournament.


Hydaburg boys 55, Bristol Bay 48

The Warriors staged a remarkable second-half rally to beat the Angels and advance to the championship game.

Hydaburg trailed 32-17 at halftime Friday, and was behind 41-30 entering the fourth quarter before staging a comeback.

"It was a wild one," Warriors coach Jim Holien said after the game. "We just couldn't score in the first half and we sort of got frustrated and imploded. But after the half I thought we settled in a little bit more and started hitting those open looks that we were missing. It was a good lesson learned for us."

George Peratrovich, who scored a game-high 28 points for Hydaburg, and David Edenshaw (14 points) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the final period, and Curtis Demmert made a layup - his first points of the game - to draw the Warriors within three - 41-38 - with 6:43 to go.

With 2:24 to play, Peratrovich hit another 3-pointer to draw Hydaburg within a point, 45-44. Ten seconds later, Reginald Nathan stole the ball and fed Edenshaw for a basket to give the Warriors a lead they would not relinquish.

Bristol Bay did not score again until Corey Lind hit a 3-pointer with three seconds to play. The Warriors outscored the Angels 25-7 in the fourth quarter.

Ninilchik girls 37, Skagway 25

After an outburst of offense in Thursday's win over Tri-Valley, the Panther girls got off to a very slow start against the Wolverines and could not recover.

Ninilchik led 10-5 at halftime, and the Wolverines jumped ahead 19-6 with 3:17 left in the third.

That was a marked difference from Skagway's first-round win over Tri-Valley, when the Panthers jumped ahead 37-12 at halftime.

Skagway rallied to close within four - 26-22 - on a basket by Savannah Ames with 4:07 left in the fourth on Friday, but could come no closer to Ninilchik.

"They played good defense," Skagway coach Lara Labesky said of her team. "(But) Ninilchik is a good team. They've been to state nearly every year for the past 10 years. That definitely showed."

Ames led Skagway with 16 points. Labesky praised the inside play of Crystal Ketterman, who scored three points. Kendra Moerlein led the Wolverines with 13 points.

Point Hope-Tikigaq boys 87, Angoon 83

Angoon led 83-82 on a basket by Loren Sands with 42 seconds to play Friday, but Point Hope scored the last five points of the game to eliminate the Eagles.

The Harpooners' Dennis Frankson hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds to play, and Billy Joe Weber hit two free throws with six seconds left to seal the win.

Stuart Jack scored 24 points, Stephen Johnson added 22, Sands chipped in 20 and Bailey Johnson scored 15 points for Angoon (14-10). Frankson and Weber scored 20 apiece to lead Point Hope (11-4).

Unalakleet-Degnan girls 48, Yakutat 26

Yakutat was unable to score in the first quarter and trailed 21-7 at the half as Unalakleet cruised to the win.

Jacquoi James scored nine points and Rose Porter added five for the Eagles (17-7), who were eliminated from the state tourney with the loss. Barbara Towarak scored 17 points to lead the Wolfpack (17-10).

• Nick Firchau of the Ketchikan Daily News contributed to this report.

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