Klawock Girls Fall in State Semifinal, Boys End Season with Win

    The Klawock Chieftains girls team earned the Academic Award on Friday at the state tournament. (l-r) Zoey Edenshaw, McKinley Holien, Isabella Hoppa, Lea Armour, Kaiya Marvin, Kenai Holien. (photo courtesy Klawock Chiefta

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Klawock High School girls basketball team fell in the semifinals of the 2021 March Madness Alaska Basketball State Championships on Friday in Wasilla, while the Klawock boys finished their season with a consolation bracket win.

      The Chieftains girls team had a brief shooting miscue against the Shishmaref Northern Lights, champions of the Bering Sea Conference, and could not make up the difference in a 51-35 loss, while the Chieftains boys team beat the Upriver Hunter boys 83-57. The boys played their game at Colony High School in Palmer.

      “Our inexperience may have hurt us,” Klawock Chieftains girls coach Mary Edenshaw said. “But being young, we will be back.”

      The Klawock girls’ roster boasts six underclassmen. Freshman McKinley Holien scored the Chieftains first bucket and junior sister Kenai Holien hit a shot at the first quarter buzzer to keep Klawock within two points of the slightly more experienced Shishmaref girls, 8-6.

      After Northern Lights junior Rena Kiyutelluk hit a three-point shot to open the second quarter, Klawock went on a 11-0 run, including a Zoey Edenshaw rebound basket and Kenai Holien getting an old fashioned three-point play after being fouled on a made layup and sinking the free throw.

      Shishmaref hit the final two buckets of the second quarter to cut Klawock’s lead to 17-14.

      Klawock found itself in a tournament dilemma in the third quarter, as they could only hit two baskets while Shishmaref found the net from beyond the arch for 17 points and made the Chieftains come out and foul. The Northern Lights held a 31-21 lead when the two teams took to the court for the final eight minutes. Klawock could not close the deficit, and Shishmaref earned a berth in the championship game Saturday against the Aleutian Chain Conference champion Newhalen Malemutes.

      Klawock hit 12 of 57 field goals (21%), 2-10 three-point shots (20%) and 9-9 free throws (100%). The Chieftains had 26 rebounds, five steals and an uncharacteristic 18 fouls and 16 turnovers.

      Shishamaref went 18-53 field goals (33%), 5-15 three pointers (33%) and 10-20 free throws (50%). The Northern Lights had 28 rebounds, 14 steals, 13 fouls and just 5 turnovers.

      Klawock earned one of the tournament’s coveted honors after the game, being presented with the All Academic Award for the highest grade point average in the tournament.

    Scoring Line -

    Klawock: Kenai Holien 15 (9 rebounds, 3 steals); McKinley Holien 8 (6 rb, 1 stl); Kaiya Marvin 6 (2 rb);  Zoey Edenshaw 6 (5 rb); Lea Armour 0 (2 rb); Isabella Hoppe 0 (2 rb, 1 stl).

    Shishamaref: Timary Stenek 11 (9 rb, 3 stl); Tricia Weyanna 11 (1 block, 5 rb, 4 stl); Autumn Barr 10 (3 blk, 7 rb, 3 stl); Vicki Olanna 10 (1 rb, 1 stl); Renee Kiyutelluk 6 (5 rb, 2 stl); Rena Kiyutelluk 3 (1 rb, 1 stl); Kaitlyn Moses 0; Clarissa Nayokpuk 0; Makayla Nayokpuk 0.



      The Southeast Conference Klawock Chieftains boys team ended their state tournament with an 83-57 consolation game win over the Upriver Hunter boys from the Northwest Arctic Conference.

      Klawock senior Nevan Yockey again led the Chieftains, scoring a game-high 32 points and grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds.

      Senior Taan Smith added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Marley Kness scored 16 points and pulled down 16 boards. Sophomore Emett Fairbanks had a game-high five assists.

      Klawock led 20-14 after the first quarter, 38-34 at the half, and 57-44 after three quarters.

      Upriver lost senior scoring star Julian Pungalik and junior Bryant Sun to five fouls apiece in the fourth quarter, and Klawock rolled in their absence.

      Klawock’s 71-33 rebounding advantage and the Upriver Hunter boys hitting just 21 of their 74 attempted field goals were crucial in the game.

      Klawock hit 35 of 74 field goals (47%), 5-15 three pointers (33%) and 8-19 at the free-throw line (42%). The Chieftains had 71 rebounds, 13 steals, 15 fouls and 22 turnovers.

      Upriver hit 21-76 field goals (27%), 9-48 three pointers (18%) and 6-12 free throws (47%). They had 33 rebounds, 11 steals, 18 fouls and 13 turnovers.

    Scoring Line -

    Klawock: Nevan Yockey 32 (3 assists, 17 rebounds, 5 steals); Taan Smith 20 (1 ast, 1 block, 12 rb); Marley Kness 16 (2 ast, 16 rb, 1 stl); Emett Fairbanks 4 (5 ast, 1 blk, 4 rb, 3 stl); Kestin Stadurs 4 (1 ast, 5 rb); Jacob Isaacs 4 (9 rb, 2 stl); Martin Guthrie 3 (1 rb); Dalton Wysykowski 0 (1 ast, 1 rb, 1 stl); Donald Yates 0 (2 ast, 2 rb, 1 stl).

    Upriver: Julian Pungalik 26 (5 ast, 5 rb, 1 stl); Bryant Sun 17 (4 ast, 8 rb, 7 stl); Brian Gomez 10 (1 ast, 3 rb); Brent Sun 2; Keon Barr 2 (1 ast, 2 rb); Trent Barr 0 (1 ast, 3 rb, 2 stl); Dominic Cleveland 0 (2 ast, 9 rb, 1 stl); Ethan Davis 0.

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