Lady Panthers sweep Hoonah; Braves too strong for SHS boys

The Lady Panthers remained unbeaten with a sweep at Hoonah last weekend, while the Skagway boys dropped a pair to the undefeated Braves boys.
The girls series pitted two Southeast 2A teams that had gone unbeaten against Juneau and Yukon competition at the Don Hather Tourney here earlier this month.
Skagway made a statement in the first game that it was the better team, winning 68-22.
“The first night was the game I expected from our team,” said Skagway coach Lara Labesky. “Everyone played, the freshmen were in there half the game.”
Skagway had balanced scoring led by Candi Ketterman’s 21 points and Savannah Ames with 14.
Hoonah, with just six players suited up due to an injury and eligibility issues, lost two players to fouls in that first game. The Lady Braves performed better the second night, Labesky said, but Skagway was off its A-game.
“We were so cold, missing lay-ups left and right,” she said. “It was difficult to watch but the end result was we got a win.”
Final score was 32-25, and the Panthers were led by Ames with 11 and Michelle Harris’ 10 points.
That kind of low-scoring game showed they have things to work on to be more consistent, Labesky added, “keep up the intensity and play smart.”

Candi Ketterman shoots a three-pointer as teammates on the bench hold up three fingers.

The Panther boys fell pretty hard to the unbeaten Hoonah boys, 75-10 and 79-21. Skagway knew the Braves would be tough after seeing them sweep the Hather Tourney field.
Boys coach Mark Jennings said the Braves are the best Southeast 2A boys team he has seen in the four years he has either refereed or coached here.
“They play great defense, are scrappy, and that Dustin (Bowen) kid is something else,” Jennings said. “He had a dozens assists each game.”
Skagway was down a couple of boys due to injury and eligibility issues, Jennings said, and they had problems turning the ball over against Hoonah’s pressure, which never let up.
Trevor Cochran led Skagway in scoring, hitting double figures the second night, and Lachlan Dennis knocked down a couple of three-pointers. Skagway welcomed the addition to the lineup of freshman Josh Cotton, who did not turn the ball over. Another highlight was seeing Trevor Van Houten get his first basket of the season, Jennings said.
“The kids are still learning, but they are getting better,” Jennings said. “They are starting to understand with game experience what they need to do.... They’re trying, they don’t give up.”
Jennings said he hopes to have everybody back by the Klawock series at home on Feb. 4-5. Both teams are scheduled to travel to Kake for games this weekend.

UPDATE: The teams were unable to fly to Kake and those games will be made up later in the season. Skagway has added two games against Whitehorse schools at home on Feb. 8-9.

Varsity Girls (7-0, 4-0 conf.)
Jan. 21 - Skagway 68, at Hoonah 22: SGY- Can. Ketterman 21, Ames 14, M. Harris 9, Potter 8, Neitzer 7, E. Harris 4, Cry. Ketterman 2; HNH- Peters 14, Lampe 6, J. Skaflestad 2.
Jan. 22- Skagway 32, Hoonah 25: SGY- Ames 11, M. Harris 10, Can. Ketterman 9, Cry. Ketterman 2; HNH- Peters 11, Lampe 7, J. Skaflestad 5, Mills 2.

Varsity Boys (0-7, 0-4 conf.)
Jan. 21 - Hoonah 75, Skagway 10: HNH- Bowen 20, Moritz 13, Smith 10, White 8, Skeek 6, W. Lindoff 6, Hinchman 4, Koenig 4, Lindstrom 2, A. Lindoff 2; SGY- Cochran 5, McCluskey 4, Dennis 1.
Jan. 22- Hoonah 79, Skagway 21: HNH- Moritz 18, Smith 17, Bowen 8, White 7, Koenig 6, A. Lindoff 6, Lindstrom 5, Skeek 4, Norris 4, K. Skaflestad 2, W. Lindoff 2; SGY- Cochran 10, Dennis 6, Cotton 4, Van Houten 1.