The Panther basketball teams closed out the regular season with four tough losses in Yakutat Feb. 21-22, and next week move on to region tourney.
The Skagway girls (13-4, 11-3 conf.) played the defending state champ Eagles tight the first night. The Lady Panthers actually led by five at one point in the second half, but the Eagles got their inside-outside game working to take the lead. The score remained close until the final minute, when the Eagles drained some 3-pointers to push their lead up to 15 points by games end. On Friday night, Yakutat broke open a close game with a string of six 3-pointers in the third quarter, and won easily, 61-39.
The Skagway boys (7-10, 4-8 conf.) nearly came back against the Eagles the first night. After being down by 20, Skagway chiseled the Eagles lead to five by the end of the game. The Panther boys played tough in a tight second contest but never could get closer than four points, as the Eagles prevailed, 69-59.
The boys are seeded fifth in their bracket and will open tourney play in Ketchikan next Wednesday at 3 p.m. The girls will be seeded second and will play at 4:40 p.m. Their opponents were to be determined this weekend. Tourney games will be broadcast on KHNS.
Update: Both teams finished in third place at the SE 2A Tourney. The girls won their first two games over Angoon and Kake to make it to the championship game, where they lost to Yakutat, but they lost again in the new runner-up game to Kake, and missed a trip to State. After dropping its first game to Yakuat, the boys battled back in the consolations round with wins over Kake and Klawock, and then lost to Hoonah in the boys runner-up game. See game reports in March 14 issue.
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