Skagway senior Trevor Cochran shoots a runner in the middle as Angoon Eagles fly out of his way. Jeff Brady

Not so memorable senior night

Panthers try to rebound from key injuries

Maybe it was because it was so early in the season. Maybe the injuries affected the scores. Regardless, the final home basketball series in Skagway was not very special for this edition of the Panthers – aside from the usual accolades before the final game for seniors Trevor Cochran, Tiffanie Potter and Michelle Harris, who presented flowers to their parents.
“It’s been great coaching those kids the last four years,” said co-coach Lara Labesky. “They are hard workers and team leaders. It’s been a pleasure to have them on the team. We’ll miss them.”
Senior cheerleader Candi Ketterman also was honored by her advisor/grandmother, Linda Calver.
But when the seniors hit the court Saturday night, one of the them, Cochran, was sorely missed. The Panthers clearly needed his on-court leadership.
During the opening game with Angoon the night before, both Cochran and forward Tom Littlefield were sidelined with ankle injuries. Littlefield went down with a sprain early in Friday’s game, but the Panthers were able to stay within 10 points of the Eagles behind a pair of key 3-pointers by Cochran in the first half and some key steals and conversions by Harris and Cochran in the third quarter.
However Angoon stepped up its defense to open the final quarter with a 9-0 run, and then Cochran went down with 6:53 left in the game. After that, Angoon cruised to a 46-20 win.
Cochran’s right ankle was put in a splint and he was taken out by EMTs on a stretcher, but the X-rays came back negative for a break. Still, he was out with a bad sprain for his senior night, and neither he nor Littlefield would practice until late this week.
During Saturday night’s game, the Panthers were getting some good shots, but hardly any were falling. Skagway was held to just one field goal by reserve Makeah Twitchell in the fourth quarter and a free throw by Potter.
The 53-3 score reminded some of the 100-8 hurt Skagway put on a Yukon team a few years ago, the lid on our bucket this time.
There were tears, but the team was back working hard in practice two days later, determined to get a league win on the road.
Co-coach Mark Jennings said the team is foregoing a previously scheduled tournament in Haines this weekend. Only a Yukon all-star team was coming, and Skagway had already played them and Haines, he said. Plus, staying home gives Skagway more time to heal and practice for upcoming games on Prince of Wales Island Feb. 6-8. – JB

Jan. 13 at Yakutat 82, Skagway 13
: (leaders only): YAK- Dierick 29, Jackson 13, Vale 10; SGY- Henricksen 7.
Jan. 14 - Yakutat 74, Skagway 36: (leaders only): YAK- Adams 14, Jackson 13, Ivers 12, Ross 10; SGY- Cochran 13, Cotton 7, Harris 6.
Jan. 20 Angoon 46, at Skagway 20: ANG- Croosman 12, Kearns 11, Jamestown 9, M. Howard 7, Bell 4, Frank 2, Kookesh 1; SGY- Cochran 10, Harris 4, Cotton 2, Twitchell 2, Moran 2.
Jan. 21 Angoon 53, Skagway 3: ANG- Croosman 21, Bell 10, M. Howard 8, Jamestown 7, Kearns 4, J. Howard 3; SGY- Twitchell 2, Potter 1.