From left to right: Crystal Ketterman pulls down a rebound against the Rams; Skagway freshman Scott Lesh defends against Thorne Bays David Sawyer. - JB
By JEFF BRADY
The Skagway High School basketball teams are riding impressive mid-season win streaks. Both teams posted league road wins over Hoonah Jan. 31-Feb. 1, and then cruised to victories over Whitehorse schools and the Thorne Bay boys.
The boys have scored more than 100 points for four straight games, and the girls havent lost since Jan. 11 (see boxscores).
The Skagway girls (10-1) were ranked number four in the statewide 1A-2A poll last week. Coach Jeff Kasler said his team is playing well, but still has the tough part of its schedule ahead.
Klawock will be a big test here, then the Tok tourney and Yakutat here, Kasler said. Well find out how good we are by the time we head to Kake and Angoon in March.
Theyre playing better as a team on offense. During Mondays game with Porter Creek, there were offensive sets when the ball touched all five players before going in the basket.
The girls have always depended on the scoring of sophomore Savannah Ames, who is averaging better than 25 points a game, but she is getting more and more help, Kasler noted. Four other girls are starting to register double-figure games. Tiffanie Potter and Candi Ketterman are hitting their jump shots, Crystal Ketterman is turning her defense into more points, and Michelle Harris is still all over the court but making more shots. She won a bet with her dad in Whitehorse when she scored 20 points and earned $20 American!
Its a whole lot more fun to watch more kids score in double figures, Kasler said.
The Panther boys (9-3) won decidedly against a good Hoonah team on the road in a hostile environment, Coach Lee Hartson said. Jarrett Brown returned to score 62 points in two games over his former team, and some in the crowd didnt take it too well.
Skagway has not let up and is playing well, Hartson said this week, although the games against Porter Creek and Thorne Bay didnt test them much. The boys racked up 128 points in their first game against the Whitehorse team, and then still scored 113 with senior scoring leaders Brown and Kyle Fairbanks (69 points between them) sitting out, as sixth man Scott Lesh lit it up for 28. At home against Thorne Bay, Hartson played his starters about half of each game, and the team still scored 112 and 113 points against the young Wolverines, coached by former Skagway teacher-coach Frank Pickett. Brown and Fairbanks were joined in the double-figure column by Jerod Moore, Aaron Neitzer, Lesh, Jordan Kasler, and Thomas Knorr.
Next weeks games against Klawock will be huge, Hartson said. Klawock was ranked third in the state last week, just behind Cook Inlet Academy and Hydaburg.
They are a big, physical team, Hartson said. These are games we have to win to set us up well for tournament.
From left to right: Aaron Neitzer drives the middle against Thorne Bay; Candi Ketterman nails a jump shot versus PC. - JB
Varsity Boys (9-3 overall, 4-2 conf.)
Jan. 31 - Skagway 93, at Hoonah 44: SGY- Brown 41, Fairbanks 23, Moore 8, Lesh 8, Neitzer 5, Kasler 4, Knorr 2, Kilburn2; HNH- Bowen 14, B. Mills 9, Moritz 8, Smith 5, G. White 3, Skeek 3, D. White 2.
Feb. 1 - Skagway 60, at Hoonah 42: SGY- Brown 21, Fairbanks 15, Moore 11, Lesh 5, Neitzer 5, Knorr 2, Kasler 1; HNH- Bowen 16, Kveum 8, B. Mills 6, Moritz 6, Smith 4, Skeek 2.
Feb. 7 - Skagway 128, at Porter Creek 57: SGY- Brown 42, Fairbanks 31, Lesh 15, Moore 11, Kasler 10, Knorr 9, Neitzer 6, Heger 2, McCluskey 2; PC- Dumas 20, Hager 8, King 8, Smith 7, Miles 6, Hackey 5, Price 3.
Feb. 8 - Skagway 113, at Porter Creek 72: SGY- Lesh 28, Moore 19, Kilburn 17, Knorr 14, Neitzer 13, Kasler 13, Heger 7, McCluskey 2 (Brown and Fairbanks sat out this game); PC- Smith 18, King 15, Price 11, Hager 9, Hackey 11, Miles 6, Lauren 2.
Feb. 10- at Skagway 112, Thorne Bay 27: Lesh 29, Fairbanks 24, Moore 15, Brown 13, Neitzer 9, Kasler 7, McCluskey 7, Kilburn 6, Heger 2; TB- M. Howell 12, Gray 9, J. Howell 2, Steele 2, Sawyer 2.
Feb. 11- at Skagway 113, Thorne Bay 32: SGY- Brown 20, Moore 18, Fairbanks 15, Neitzer 15, Knorr 14, Kasler 12, Lesh 10, Kilburn 7, McCluskey 2; TB- Carl 10, J. Howell 10, Gray 6, Sawyer 4, M. Howell 2.
Varsity Girls (10-1 overall, 4-0 conf.)
Jan. 31 - Skagway 57, at Hoonah 30: SGY- Ames 38, Cr. Ketterman 10, Potter 4, Harris 3, Nyhagen 2; HNH- B. Skaflestad 10, Peters 7, Yandell 6, Lampe 4, Wright 3.
Feb. 1 - Skagway 44, at Hoonah 27: SGY- Ames 27, Cr. Ketterman 7, Harris 5, Potter 2, Ca. Ketterman 1, Co. Ketterman 1, Nyhagen 1; HNH- Wright 8, Yandell 5, B. Skaflestad 4, K. Skaflestad 4, Lampe 4, Peters 2.
Feb. 7 - Skagway 71, at Porter Creek 30: SGY- Ames 36, Harris 20, Ca. Ketterman 6, Co. Ketterman 3, Potter 2; PC- names unavailable, only one player dbl. figures with 10.
Feb. 8- Skagway 60, at Vanier 26: SGY- Ames 28, Potter 10, Ca. Ketterman 8, Harris 6, Co. Ketterman 4, Cr. Ketterman 2, Nyhagen 2; VAN- names unavailable, none in dbl. figures.
Feb. 10- at Skagway 60, Porter Creek 16: SGY- Ames 25, Harris 14, Ca. Ketterman 10, Co. Ketterman 6, Cr. Ketterman 5; PC- Gladish 14, Dixon 2.
Feb. 11- at Skagway 52, Porter Creek 12: SGY- Ames 19, Ca. Ketterman 12, Potter 7, Cr. Ketterman 6, Harris 5, Neitzer 2, Co. Ketterman 1; PC- Leary 4, Gladisn 3, Ball 2, Mullan 2, Dixon 1.
Feb. 17-18: host Klawock; Feb. 20-22: at Tok Invitational Tournament
Feb. 24-25: host Yakutat (moved up on schedule from Feb. 28 - final home games)