The Wrangell High School boys basketball team made the most of its Monday layover in the Capital City.
Dwight Yancey scored 22 points to lead the Class 3A Wolves to a 63-47 win over a Class 4A Juneau varsity/junior varsity mixed squad at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
Gordon McCloskey added 18 points for Wrangell, which trailed 28-26 at halftime before taking the lead with an 18-6 run in the third quarter.
Junior Ryan Fagerstrom scored 15 points, junior Scott Lesh added 11 and sophomore Clae Baker scored six points for Juneau, which struggled with turnovers in the second half. Thirteen Crimson Bear players saw action in the game. Juneau's five varsity seniors did not play.
Monday's win was the last game of a drama-filled trip for the Wolves, who were passing through Juneau on their way home from a weekend conference series split at Haines.
On Friday in Haines, Wrangell's Chris Haggard hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lift the Wolves to a 52-50 victory. Yancey scored 18 points and Haggard scored 13 points for Wrangell.
Nathan Narum scored 17 points to lead Haines, while David Berry and James Blilie scored 13 points apiece for the Glacier Bears.
On Saturday, Haines' Bryan Combs hit a free throw with 0.4 seconds left to give the Glacier Bears a 51-50 victory. Haines coach Dave Lougee - taking over this season from Greg Stigen - said he had Combs intentionally miss the second attempt to run out the clock.
Berry had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Narum added 18 points for Haines (1-1 overall), which overcame a 30-point performance by Wrangell's Yancey. Wrangell (2-1 overall) trailed 38-35 entering the fourth quarter, but Yancey scored 11 points in the period to keep the Wolves close. Nic Howell added 10 points for Wrangell.
In other action Monday, Juneau's Nick Andrews made a layup with two seconds left to give a Crimson Bear JV/C team mixed squad a 73-71 victory over the Wrangell JV at JDHS. Mike Jacobsen hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter for Juneau; complete scoring was not available.
The Crimson Bear boys play in the annual Crimson/Black intrasquad game at 8 p.m. Saturday at the JDHS main gym. Juneau's first full varsity game of the 2004-05 season will be on Dec. 27 at home against Service on the opening day of the Capital City Classic.
The Capital City Classic runs Dec. 27-30, and the boys field also includes Dimond and North Kitsap (Poulsbo, Wash.).
The Juneau girls will play an intrasquad game at 6 p.m. Saturday and an alumni game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, both in the JDHS main gym. The Crimson Bears open the season on Dec. 27 at home against Chugiak in the Capital City Classic. The Classic girls field also includes North Kitsap and Nathan Hale (Seattle).
Season previews for the Juneau boys and girls teams, along with a preview of the Capital City Classic, will run in the Empire later this month.
Wrangell girls sweep Haines
Tessa Appleman scored 23 points in three quarters before leaving with an injury as the Wrangell High School girls beat Haines 65-56 on Friday night in Wrangell.
On Saturday, Appleman's teammates covered for her absence with three Wolves players reaching double figures in a 56-40 win over the Glacier Bears to complete the sweep.
Laurie Brown scored 14 points, Jessica Blunt added 11 and Tasha Peterman scored 10 to lead Wrangell (2-0 overall) on Saturday.
Haines (0-2 overall) got 23 points from Kim Ferrin and 21 from Drew Fossman in Friday night's game, which was tied 31-all at halftime. On Saturday, Fossman scored 13, Ivanca Jones added 12 and Ferrin had 11 for the Glacier Bears. Fossman, a senior, is returning to action after missing last season with a shoulder injury.
Ketchikan boys sweep Craig
Tyler Richardson scored 20 points and Thomas Montgomery added 14 as the Ketchikan High School boys basketball team beat visiting Craig 71-51 on Saturday to complete a season-opening weekend sweep.
On Friday in Craig, the Kings beat the Panthers 86-61 behind 25 points from Derek Clark.
Ketchikan (2-0 overall), the defending Southeast Class 4A boys champion, used strong second-quarter runs to pull away from Craig in both games - 25-12 on Friday and 25-10 on Saturday.
Eric Hamilton led the Panthers scoring both nights, with 26 points on Friday and 20 points on Saturday - including three 3-pointers - for Craig (0-2 overall).
Ketchikan girls take two from Craig
Tory Edwardson led the Ketchikan High School girls basketball team in scoring Friday and Saturday as the Kings completed a season-opening sweep of the Craig Panthers.
Edwardson poured in 14 points and teammate Larissa Otness added 11 as the Kings beat the Panthers 51-37 on Friday in Craig. Edwardson had 15 points and Katie Geldaker added 14 in Kayhi's 70-36 win on Saturday in Ketchikan (2-0 overall).
Emily Haydu scored 20 points for Craig (0-2 overall) on Friday night, and Jill May led the Panthers with 18 points on Saturday.
Petersburg hosts new tournament
The Petersburg High School boys and girls basketball teams will host the inaugural Little Norway Invitational on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Petersburg.
The tourney's boys field includes host Petersburg, Nome, Cordova and Kake. The girls teams include Petersburg, Nome, Cordova and Heritage Christian.
The Juneau Empire's weekly Southeast Hoops Roundup feature is compiled by Charles Bingham and Andrew Krueger from results sent to the Empire by school athletic directors and team coaches. Scoresheets and/or game highlights should be faxed to (907) 586-3028 (attention sports) or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday so this feature and region standings can be compiled. For more information, call the Empire sports desk at (907) 586-3740.
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