Klawock Girls Advance in State Tourney, Chieftains Boys Fall

    The Klawock Lady Chieftains (left to right) Isabella Hoppe, Zoey Edenshaw, Kaiya Marvin, Kenai Holien, McKinley Holien, and Lea Armour. (ASAA courtesy photo)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Klawock High School girls basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 March Madness Alaska Basketball State Championships in the Matanuska-Susitna area on Thursday, while the Klawock boys team lost a tight game to fall into the consolation round.

      The Southeast Conference Klawock Lady Chieftains defeated the Alakanuk Lady Braves, from the Yukon Delta Conference, 56-19, while the Klawock Chieftains fell to the Shaktoolik Wolverines, from the Bering Sea Conference, 47-40.

    "It was a great start to the tournament," Klawock coach Mary Edenshaw said. "Good to get my young girls some experience."  

    The Lady Chieftains jumped to an 18-7 first quarter lead over the Lady Braves behind 10 points from junior Kenai Holien and strong inside rebounding from eighth grader Kaiya Marvin.

      Klawock kept the run going into the second quarter as Marvin and Holien hit back-to-back shots and soon, after a steal by Holien and pass to Zoey Edenshaw for a layup, the Lady Chieftains were up 31-11 with two minutes left in the half.

      Holien and freshman sister McKinley Holien hit back-to-back jumpers and Kenai Holien added a fast break score for a 37-11 lead at the break.

      Klawock scored nine points in the third quarter while holding Alakanuk to just two points for a 46-13 advantage to start the fourth. The Lady Chieftains were never threatened in the fourth quarter.

    "I have two juniors who have played at the state tournament in the past," Edenshaw said. "But I also have two freshmen and two eighth graders without any or limited experience in a high school tournament let alone the state tournament."

      Klawock hit 20 of 52 field goals (38%), 2-6 three-point shots (33%) and 14-26 free throws (53%). They had 43 rebounds, 13 steals, 13 fouls and 19 turnovers.

      Alakanuk went 7-52 field goals (13%), 3-33 three pointers (9%) and 2-9 free throws (22%). The Lady Braves had 36 rebounds, 11 steals, 16 fouls and 24 turnovers.

      Klawock advances to a Friday semifinal, while Shaktoolik falls into a consolation game.

    Scoring Line -

    Klawock: Kenai Holien 26 (5 assists, 12 rebounds, 6 steals); Kaiya Marvin 14 (6 rb, 1 stl); McKinley Holien 8 (3 ast, 13 rb, 3 stl); Zoey Edenshaw 4 (5 rb, 1 stl); Lea Armour 2 (1 ast, 5 rb, 1 stl); Isabella Hoppe 2 (1 stl).

    Alakanuk: Jocelyn Chikigak 9 (9 rb, 2 stl); Karen Patrick 3 (1 ast, 6 rb, 2 stl); Sierra Chikigak 3 (4 rb); Regina Sage 2 ( 2 ast, 1 block, 2 rb, 2 stl); Kelly Tyson 2 (1 stl); Alexandra Sage 0 (2 ast, 10 rb, 2 stl); Abigail Agathluk 0 (2 rb, 2 stl); Haley Tagoai 0 (2 rb); Hazel Patrick 0; Dayna Stanislaus 0.


      The Klawock boys ran into a Shaktoolik press that forced 29 Chieftains turnovers and left the Southeast Conference team on the short end of the 47-40 score.

      The Chieftains led 7-6 after the first quarter but the Wolverines outscored Klawock 8-3 in the second period for a 14-10 lead at the half.

      Klawock narrowed that lead to one, 21-20, as senior Nevan Yockey hit one of two free throws. But Shaktoolik freshman Marcus Evan hit a three pointer for a 24-21 lead at the end of the third quarter. Shaktoolik had been 0-21 from outside the three-point line up to that point.

      Shaktoolik opened a 32-23 advantage at the 6:35 mark of the fourth quarter and Klawock battled back to trail by four points, 36-32, with 4:28 remaining as Yockey hit a string of free throws and a jumper.

    Yockey added three more jumpers and senior Taan Smith a free throw as Klawock cut the Shaktoolik lead to two points, 41-39, with 1:17 left to play.

    Shaktoolik junior Kaden Jackson, junior Dean Paniptchuk and Evan finished out the scoring while Klawock got one more free throw from Smith.

      Shaktoolik hit 39 of 59 field goals (22%), 3-28 three pointers (10%) and went 18-27 at the free-throw line (66%). The Wolverines had 34 rebounds, 19 steals, 23 fouls and 12 turnovers. They advance to a Friday semifinal.

      Klawock hit 13-51 field goals (25%), 3-18 three pointers (16%) and 11-23 free throws (47%). They had 59 rebounds, nine steals, 26 fouls and 29 turnovers. The Chieftains next play a Friday consolation game.

    Scoring Line -

    Shaktoolik: Marcus Evan 15 (6 rebounds, 2 steals); Dean Paniptchuk 13 (2 blocks, 5 rb, 4 stl); Kaden Jackson 10 (5 assists, 4 rb, 8 stl); Travis takak 5 (9 rb, 3 stl); Isaiah Andrew 2 (2 rb); Dawson O’Connor 2 (5 rb, 1 stl); Jordan Sagoonick 0 (1 rb); Alexander Sookiayak 0 (1 rb, 1 stl); Ray Sagoonick 0; Devin Rock 0; Ricky Paniptchuk 0.

    Klawock: Nevan Yockey 22 (1ast, 22 rb, 3 st); Marley Kness 6 (1 ast, 1 blk, 7 rb, 2 stl); Emett Fairbanks 4 (1 ast, 14 rb, 1 stl); Kestin Stadurs 3 (2 rb, 1 stl); Dalton Wysykowski 2 (3 rb, 1 stl); Taan Smith 2 (2 blk, 3 rb); Jacob Isaacs 1 (1 ast, 3 rb); Donald Yates 0 (3 rb, 1 stl); Martin Guthrie 0.

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