1A boys: Klawock, Noorvik to play for title

Beth Bragg
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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The temptation is to say Danny Wells carried Noorvik into the Class 1A state championship boys basketball game, and the numbers back up such a claim.

Wells racked up 37 points and 11 rebounds and unleashed a 19-point fourth quarter that buried Lumen Christi 61-49 in Tuesday’s late semifinal game at Sullivan Arena.

“He’s a phenomenal shooter, and he’s really smart,” Noorvik coach Darren Zibell said. “He’s got the ability to take over. He’s got that drive and that instinct. He knows when it’s time to go to work.”

But behind every senior star, or at least behind this one, are underclassmen also making contributions. In Monday’s opening-round win over New Stuyokuk, it was freshman Quincy Willamson putting up a double-double. In Tuesday’s win over Lumen Christian, it was sophomore Gene Sampson hitting three big 3-pointers, helping to set the stage for Wells’ big finish.

Sampson, a left-handed guard, drained his shots in the third quarter, when the game was close. His first one gave the Bears a 26-23 lead. His second gave them a 29-27 lead. His third gave them a 39-31 lead.

“That really sparked us,” Zibell said. “He got everything going for us in the third quarter.”

And in the fourth quarter, it was all Wells.

A 5-foot-11 senior who said he comes from a family of shooters, Wells swished NBA 3-pointers, drove through traffic for tough baskets and turned steals into easy layups. He scored all but three of Noorvik’s 22 points in the fourth quarter — and the 19 points isn’t even an eight-minute career-high. He scored 25 points in a quarter last season.

“I know whatever I put up is gonna go in — that’s how I play the game, that’s my mind-set,” Wells said.

Wells and the Bears are back in the championship game for the second straight year and will meet Klawock for the title at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

There are a couple of key differences this time for Noorvik. Last season, the Bears won the Class 2A title. This year, they are playing at the 1A level. And last season, the Bears were a senior-dominated team that started four seniors and Wells. Now they have more freshmen, four, than anything else.

Lumen Christi, a private school in Anchorage, starts three seniors and appeared to be taking over the game in the second quarter. Down by five, the Archangels went on a 12-2 run that gave them a 21-16 lead midway through the second quarter, with eight of the points coming from the foul line, including five by 6-3 Hugh Sturgulewski.

But Wells got Noorvik going by scoring the quarter’s final two baskets — a running 3-pointer and a one-handed jumper -- to forge a 21-21 halftime tie.

Sturgulewski (11 points, 9 rebounds), 5-11 Michael Stoll (9 points, 10 rebounds) and 6-1 John Paul Moran (10 points, 7 rebounds) helped Lumen Christi to a slight advantage on the boards, but the smaller Noorvik squad frequently got three or four shots per possession.

“We’ve been the smaller team all year,” Wells said. “It’s lots of hard work, and our assistant coach gets real physical with us in practice.”

 

Klawock 62,King Cove 37

For four years in a row, Klawock’s junior high boys basketball team has reigned as the best in the region, meaning that for almost as many years, the expectation has been that the high school team should rule too. Except it hasn’t.

“They were upset last year in the region tournament so they haven’t proven a thing yet,” co-coach Jim Holien said. “There’s all this talk.

“We’ve got something to prove.”

The Chieftains looked like a team on a mission Tuesday while administering a 62-37 beating to King Cove to advance to Wednesday’s championship game against Noorvik.

After a rocky first quarter that left them down by a point, the Chieftains limited King Cove to four points in the second quarter to grab a 33-17 halftime lead.

Three players finished in double figures for Klawock, with Sam Rew leading the way with 19. Tyrus Morgan racked up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Matthew Peters chipped in 12 points, half of them from 3-point range.

Josh Mack and Paul Hamilton each scored a dozen points for King Cove, which was pressured into 17 turnovers and lost the rebounding battle 40-35.

The Chieftains scored the final basket of the game by running a play to isolate their only senior, Daniel Kennedy, who plays sparingly and didn’t enter the game until the final minute or two.

Kennedy is a heavyweight on the Klawock wrestling team who decided to try basketball in his final year of school. His teammates ran four straight plays to set him up, and the guys on the court and the ones on the bench erupted in cheers when Kennedy finally connected with five seconds remaining.

“It’s a great boost for them,” Holien said. And it says a lot about the kind of team the Chieftains have become, he and co-coach Doug Edenshaw said. Most of the players have been playing together for several years, but sometimes they were more focused on individual efforts than team efforts.

Losing the conference tournament last year, when expectations were great, helped change that.

“It motivated them,” Holien said. “They understood they had to come together as a team.”

 

 


By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn.comAssociated Press