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2A Notebook: Family first for Hooper Bay star

Jeremy Peters
Cole Schlagel of Dillingham draws attention from Hooper Bay defenders before passing to a teammate from under the basket during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Hooper Bay claimed a hard-fought 43-42 win.
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Maggie Dinon of Craig, center, is sandwiched by Hannah Heinbaugh, left, and Lexus Martin of Glennallen as time runs down on a Craig win at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Harold Hoelscher disagrees after he is whistled for fouling Kendell Alvarado of Dillingham during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Marie Yates of Craig protects the ball against Glennallen during first-half action at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Raven Krolikowski of Craig puts up a shot while tightly defended during first-half action against Glennallen at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Glennallen coach Jim Lorence instructs his players in a tight game they lost to Craig at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Morgan Lake of Hooper Bay challenges a shot by Macaelin Flensburg of Dillingham during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay leaps to pass out of a defensive trap by Dillingham as time runs down on a 43-42 Warriors win at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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King Cove fans encourage their team against Klawock during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Tyrus Morgan of Klawock rips down a rebound against King Cove during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Klawock led 33-17 at the half.
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Sam Rew draws a foul driving to the basket against King Cove during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Youngsters from Underground Dance Company wait to entertain the crowd at half time of the Klawock game with King Cove during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Everett Moorcroft of Bristol Bay dribbles away from falling Metlakatla defender Tristan Winter during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Tristan Alexander of Metlakatla puts up a shot over Bristol Bay defenders during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Drew Yliniemi of Metlakatla, right, has a shot rejected by Wyatt Babiak of Bristol Bay during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Everett Moorcroft of Bristol Bay leaps high to block an outlet pass by Tristan Alexander of Metlakatla during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Tristan Winter of Metlakatla drives to the hoop through traffic against Bristol Bay during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kayla Stafford of Nikolaevsk drives to the basket against Tierra Wolf of Aniak during first-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Trisha Morgan of Aniak gets a rare block on Nianiella Dorvall of Nikolaevsk during first-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Nikolaevsk owned a 40-16 lead at half time.
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Tierra Wolf of Aniak looks for room against Nikolaevsk during second-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Aniak players including Kaitlin Morrow react as time runs down on a 60-29 NIkolaevsk win at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
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Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bryn Tennyson and Drew Carlos, of Dillingham, hug after their 43-42 defeat of Tikigaq in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Amanda Sage, of Tikigaq, drives past Sydney Dray of Dillingham in state Championship basketball. Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in the 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Amanda Sage is in pain after injuring her knee against Dillingham. Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in the 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Sydney Dray, Tiera Schroeder and Drew Carlos of Dillingham celebrate their 43-42 defeat of Tikigaq in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Chelsea Tooyak, of Tikigaq lies on the floor after Drew Carlos blocked her last ditch shot in the final seconds to seal the win for Dillingham. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bryn Tennyson, of Dillingham, drives for the basket between Emily Oktollik and Chelsea Tooyak, of Tikigaq, in state Championship basketball. Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in the 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay is introduced as dad and coach Albert Green watches before a game with Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. They were recently named 2A Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
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Megan Bauder of Cook Inlet Academy, right, celebrates with teammates following a 46-37 win over Klawock at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Austin Johnson of Su Valley puts up a shot against Hooper Bay at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Isaiah Wilson of Hooper Bay leads cheers as the Warriors defeat Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Dawson Matthews of Su Valley drives through Hooper Bay defenders at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay, left, and Talisan Waterhouse of Su Valley vie for control of the ball at tipoff for their 2A boys state basketball tournament game Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Talisan Waterhouse of Su Valley looks for room against Hooper Bay defenders at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Harold Hoelscher, left, and Albert Simon of Hooper Bay grab a loose ball in front of Tyran Waterhouse of Su Valley during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Newly-honored 2A Coach of the Year Albert Green instructs his Hooper Bay team in a win over Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Hooper Bay fans celebrate a 56-37 win over Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Katherine Ellanak, foreground, was named fan of the game. Action for 1A and 2A boys and girls concludes with championship games on Wednesday, and then the 3A and 4A tournaments run Thursday through Saturday at March Madness Alaska.
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay, right, makes a block on Talisan Waterhouse of Su Valley but is charged with a foul during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The Su Valley bench is stunned as Hooper Bay races to a 32-9 halftime lead at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors won 56-37.
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Madison Orth of Cook Inlet Academy goes to the hoop against Cassi Williams of Klawock at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Sierra Giebel of Klawock looks for space against Cook Inlet Academy defenders at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Klawock coach Julie Horpestad addresses her players during a game with Cook Inlet Academy at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Klawock fans cheer at a game with Cook Inlet Academy at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Nicole Moffis of Cook Inlet Academy launches a shot at the buzzer as the first half winds down in a game with Klawock at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Ashleigh Hammond of Cook Inlet Academy defends as Cassi Williams of Klawock takes a shot at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Cassi Williams of Klawock passes the ball against Cook Inlet Academy at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Jill Carl of Klawock looks for room to put up a shot against Cook Inlet Academy as time runs down at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Cook Inlet Academy claimed a 46-37 win.
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Macaelin Flensburg of Dillingham battles Craig defenders at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Cade Schlagel of Dillingham draws a foul from Lincoln Isaacs of Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Lincoln Isaacs of Craig reaches for a loose ball before it goes out of bounds late in the game against Dillingham at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Abraham Bobbitt of Dillingham reaches back to block a shot attempt by Karl Benolken of Craig during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Cade Schlagel of Dillingham passes the ball ahead against Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kendell Alvarado of Dillingham leaps to defend Tim Glore of Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Dylan Wassily of Dillingham brings the ball up court while defended by Tim Glore of Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kelly Sam of Huslia puts up a shot against Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Shiann Nanalook of Newhalen, center, is tightly guarded by Madison Attla, left, and Ophelia Moses of Huslia during first-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Sara Henderson of Huslia drives to the basket against Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Newhalen fans cheer the Lady Malamutes in a game against Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kelsea Wassillie of Newhalen takes a shot over Madison Attla of Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Rhiannon Nanalook of Newhalen shoots again Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Ayla Rickteroff of Newhalen puts up a shot against Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Sara Henderson of Huslia, right, reaches for the ball while defending Ayla Rickteroff of Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kelly Sam of Huslia draws a foul from Brittany Anelon of Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Huslia fans cheer as the Lady Hustlers take on Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Class 2A boys basketball player of the year Kacy Green had a tough decision to make at the end of last season.

Though he enjoyed his three seasons playing basketball for Mt. Edgecumbe, a Class 3A boarding school in Sitka, he opted to return home and play his senior season at Hooper Bay, a coastal town in Southwest Alaska.

"I thought about my decision all summer," Green said. "It all just came down to being with family."

Albert Green, the Class 2A boys coach of the year, is Kacy's father. He coached the Warriors to a 16-3 record in the regular season and to a 56-37 win over Su Valley in the first round of the state tournament at Sullivan Arena on Monday. Kacy did his part, racking 20 points, eight rebounds, six steals and six assists in the win.

"I'm happy to have him," Albert said. "He really makes our team that much better. He carries our team, especially during our region tournament, he carried our team."

The 6-foot-2 Kacy is the biggest player on the Hooper Bay team, so he plays center while on defense. But his ball skills allow him to do a little of everything on offense. Kacy called himself a streaky shooter and said his best attribute is court vision. He looks just as comfortable setting up a teammate for an open layup as he does pulling up and draining a 3-point jumper.

"He's letting me do my own thing," said Kacy "I play freely. I'm having a good time out there."

Practice sessions aren't always as fun as games, because Albert tends to be a little harder on Kacy than the rest of the players.

"I expect more from him," Albert said. "I'm always pushing the boys, especially Kacy."

 

Six is enough

At times it might look like the Craig girls are stalling, but passing the basketball around the top of the key is really just a methodical way to take a breather. With only six players on the team, the Class 2A Panthers have to conserve energy where they can.

"If we're gonna rest, we need to rest on offense," Craig coach D.J. Hansen said. "We don't rest on defense. We go hard on defense."

The defense was in fine form during Monday's 39-21 first-round win over Unalakleet. Sophomore Marie Yates, Craig's youngest player, is also the team's best defender, Hansen said. She is always assigned the opposition's best offensive player and came up with four of the team's 18 steals Monday.

"Our defense is what sparks our whole game," Yates said. "If we have good defense, we'll have a good game."

At times during the season, the team had seven players, but it has played the last five games with six. The Panthers are well-conditioned and not intimidated by teams with greater numbers, Yates said. In some ways, playing with such a small unit might even be an advantage.

"I think with having such a small team, we're used to playing with the same four people and we just have good chemistry," Yates said.

 

 


By JEREMY PETERS
Anchorage Daily News