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Class 1A state basketball tournament tips off with 16 winners

Russian Mission's Aaron Minock and Klawock's Josh Marvin Looney try to grab a loose ball on the floor. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tyrus Morgan dunks after a breakaway in the second half. Russian Mission's Steven Pitka and Enakentry Stephanoff Larsen chase at right. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tyrus Morgan takes a shot in the first half. His teammate Josh Marvin Looney is at right. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tyrus Morgan tries to grab a rebound at center. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Matthew Peters taks a shot over the defense of Russian Mission's Steven Pitka. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Russian Mission's Aaron Minock heads to the hoop past defense from Klawock's Sam Rew. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Aaron Minock drives to the basket. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tyrus Morgan lays the ball up as Russian Mission's Steven Pitka defends. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tyrus Morgan rebounds at center. Russian Mission's Steven Pitka is at left and Klawock's Matthew Peters is at right. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Matthew Peters keeps the ball from Russian Mission's John Housler. Klawock's Dylan George is at right. Klawock faced Russian Mission in the opening round of the 1A State Championship boy basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Mountain Village's Sharon Hunter lines up with her team before the start of the game. Mountain Village played Klawock in the opening round of the 1A State Championship girls basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Mountain Village's Denise Hunter is introduced before tipoff. Mountain Village played Klawock in the opening round of the 1A State Championship girls basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Jill Carl dives after the ball. Mountain Village played Klawock in the opening round of the 1A State Championship girls basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tonya Busse tries to work around defense from Mountain Village's Georgianna Landlord, left, and Sharon Hunter. Mountain Village played Klawock in the opening round of the 1A State Championship girls basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Mountain Village's Minnie Alexie lays the ball up as Klawock's Jill Carl defends at right. Mountain Village played Klawock in the opening round of the 1A State Championship girls basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Klawock's Tonya Busse takes a shot over Mountain Village's Georgianna Landlord. Mountain Village played Klawock in the opening round of the 1A State Championship girls basketball tournament in Anchorage on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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The defending champion Newhalen girls were among 16 Class 1A basketball teams to earn victories Saturday in the first round of the Alaska School Activities Association state tournament. South and West High each hosted four girls games and four boys.

Saturday's winning teams advance to a championship bracket and will begin battling for a state title at Sullivan Arena on Monday. Saturday's losing teams move into a single-elimination consolation bracket and will play at West High on Monday.

The Newhalen girls rolled to an 81-36 win over Golovin in an early game at South High, highlighted by 21 points apiece from Ayla Rickteroff and Kelsea Wassillie.

The Klawock boys, led by 23 points from Tyrus Morgan, turned in one of the biggest wins of the day, downing Russian Mission 75-36 at South High.

The narrowest victory on the girls side came from Aniak, Trisha Morgan pumping in a team-high 15 points to help edge Noorvik 48-46 in a late game at West High.

The Scammon Bay boys also escaped with a two-point victory, slipping past Alak 53-51 in a late game at South High. Hubba Jay Charlie led the way for Scammon Bay with 20 points.


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