Emily Herbig dives for a hoop. Mickey Wilson dives on the floor to scoop up a loose ball. Jeff Brady

Lady Panthers finish regular season undefeated

Tourney awaits top seed girls, third place boys after teams pound Kake

 The Skagway girls capped its first-ever undefeated regular season with a pair of easy victories over Kake, while the Skagway boys solidified third place in the region with two convincing wins of their own last week.
The Panther teams head to the Southeast Region 2A Tourney in Juneau March 3-6. The boys will play on Wednesday, while the girls have a first-round bye and will hit the court on Thursday. Opponents were undetermined at press time. Look for brackets on the News website this weekend.
The Skagway boys jumped out to big leads against Kake in their home finale Feb. 17-18. After opening up a quick 11-2 lead in the series opener, the boys added to the barrage with a pair of three-pointers from Logan Weber. In the final minute of the first quarter, led off by a steal and three-pointer from senior Quinn Weber, the boys did not let the Thunderbirds get across the half court line, scoring eight unanswered points for a 27-4 lead.
The rest of the way, it was all Skagway as the team placed four starters in double figures and all but one player on the roster scored in the 74-48 win. On senior night, with upperclassmen Mickey Wilson, Thomas Etue, and J.R. Madden hitting for 25, 17 and 11 points respectively, Skagway rambled to an 80-57 win.
Skagway was impressive in both games playing pressure defense, scoring quickly on the break, and crashing the boards for offensive rebounds and put-backs. All key elements for the tourney ahead.
The girls have been in cruise control all season, using their own relentless pressure defense to score points in bunches and take opponents out of games early. They outscored Kake 20-2 in the first quarter of their series opener in route to a 53-17 win. Jesse Ellis and Kaylie O’Daniel led a balanced attack with 16 and 14 points respectively.
The Lady Panthers got off to a slightly slower start on senior night – 8-0 in the first quarter – but had built a 30-8 lead by halftime and cruised to a 47-28 win. Rori Leaverton was the only Panther in double figures with 10, but the team’s four seniors got on the board, led by Kayla Henricksen with 5 points, Amanda Jensen with 4, and Elise Doland and Emily Herbig with 2 each.
The News will have extensive coverage of the Region Tourney in the March 12 issue. Listen to games on KHNS and watch for updated results on the SHS Basketball Page on our website. – JB

Above, Thomas Etue hugs his mom Jean after presenting his senior rose. Link to more photos from the SHS Basketball Page