Metlakatla qualifies for women's final

The Git' Taquan will face today's winner between Juneau Imperial and Ketchikan

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006

Metlakatla Git' Taquan dominated Thursday's Millenial Women's bracket championship semifinal game against Ketchikan, winning 62-54 in the 60th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

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Metlakatla controlled the game from the opening tip, as Stephanie Smiley won the jump ball to help the Git' Taquan take control. With the score knotted at 6-6, Git' Taquan went on a 12-0 run and extended their lead to 25-7 with 8:15 left in the half.

Metlakatla led 37-19 at halftime. Ketchikan trailed the whole game, despite notable efforts by Lelani Finau and Kristie Williams. Finau's hustle helped her rack up 20 points, while Williams tried everything she could to get her team back into contention.

Down 46-26 in the second half, Williams scored 13 of her 17 points during a five-minute run. She made four straight buckets, then stole the ball, converted a 3-pointer and finished her run with one more basket.

Metlakatla had an answer almost every time, however, and led 54-37 with less than eight minutes left.

Metlakatla coach Trudi Refour said, "team play, determination and giving 110 percent," were factors in her team's victory over Ketchikan and Tuesday's triumph over Juneau Imperial.

Metlakatla Git' Taquan will play either Ketchikan or Juneau Imperial in Saturday's championship game. Metlakatla defeated both teams earlier in the tournament, and Refour said her squad will be prepared to face either for the title.

Ashley Hayward led the Git' Taquan with 12 points. Nelly Humpherville scored 11, Smiley had 10, Jennifer Lynch netted nine and Talia Marsden scored seven. For Ketchikan, Joanne Ostrom and Cindy Montgomery each contributed seven points.

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