2A girls: Unalakleet rallies past Bristol Bay

Beth Bragg
A straightaway three-point shot by Jenny Westlake of Kiana, left, astonishes the crowd and brings the Lady Lynx to within a point of Shishmaref with seconds to go in a 1A semifinal game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref hung on to win 50-48.
Erik Hill
Ada Harvey of Unalakleet, left, is congratulated after hitting a three-point shot during first-half action against Metlakatla at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Unalakleet claimed a 50-43 win in 2A semifinal action.
Erik Hill
Monica Hayward of Metlakatla passes while tightly defended by Brianna Katchatag, left, and Ada Harvey of Unalakleet during first-half action at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Unalakleet claimed a 50-43 win in 2A semifinal action.
Erik Hill
Jonisha Wilson of Unalakleet fires a jumper against Metlakatla at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Head coach Tim Shaw encourages his Metlakatla team against Unalakleet at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Season Haugen of Unalakleet fires a three-point shot against Metlakatla at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Kailee Smith of Metlakatla shoots against Unalakleet at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Monica Hayward of Metlakatla scores against Unalakleet at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Cheyenne Nayokpuk of Shishmaref, center, is defended by Jenny Westlake, left, and Linsey Westlake Reich of Kiana during second-half action at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref emerged with a hard-fought 50-48 victory in 1A semifinal action to advance to the championship game.
Erik Hill
Linsey Westlake Reich of Kiana snags a rebound and looks up court as Cheyenne Nayokpuk of Shishmaref defends at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Jessica Kuzuguk of Shishmaref drives to the hoop against Kiana at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref, left, is tightly defended by Martha Wells of Kiana at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Anne Walker of Kiana looks for a teammate as Shishmaref defenders defend the pass at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref threads a pass between Kiana defenders at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref, left, draws a foul from Kirsten Beecroft of Kiana as time runs down in the third quarter at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref emerged with a hard-fought 50-48 victory in 1A semifinal action to advance to the championship game.
Erik Hill
Martha Wells of Kiana hits a three-point shot against Shishmaref at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Amber Barr of Kiana fires a three-point shot against Shishmaref at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Jenny Westlake of Kiana puts up a shot against Shishmaref at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Kirsten Beecroft of Kiana is consoled as she fouls out against Shishmaref at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Joyce Reed of Anchorage cheers her hometown Kiana team as the Lady Lynx battle Shishmaref in 1A action at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Reed played on the high school team herself.
Erik Hill
Debra Hersrud, center, and her Shishmaref teammates appear relaxed as they confer with a one-point lead over Kiana with just over two seconds to go in a 1A semifinal game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref emerged with a 50-48 win.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref is fouled as time runs down in a 1A semifinal game against Kiana at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Shishmaref fans watch Denise Fernandez hit a free throw to give the Lady Northern Lights a 50-48 lead against Kiana in the waning seconds of a hard-fought 1A semifinal game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Kiana was unable to respond, and the lead held as the final score.
Erik Hill
Head coach Susie Rilling shares a hug with some of her Shishmaref players as their 50-48 win over Kiana propels them into the 1A championship game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Dillingham's Drew Carlos and Craig's Marie Yates battle for a rebound during Dillingham's 34-27 victory in the Girls 2A semifinal game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen's McKayla Anelon (11) embraces Ayla Rickteroff while celebrating their 48-40 victory over Buckland in the Girls 1A semifinal game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dillingham defeated Craig 34-27 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dillingham defeated Craig 34-27 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dillingham defeated Craig 34-27 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dillingham defeated Craig 34-27 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dillingham defeated Craig 34-27 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Dillingham defeated Craig 34-27 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Newhalen defeated Buckland 48-40 in the Girls 2A semifinal game during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Angelique Lincoln, who turns 12-years-old on Wednesday, has her face painted in the colors of Toksook Bay by her mother Vanessa Brazell prior to the March Madness Alaska boys 1A game against Alak at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014. Toksook Bay won 79-57.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia Otters' Jon Jensen (24) battles for a rebound against Yakutat Eagles' Jon Jensen, left, and Billy Brown, right, during Seldovia's 55-47 victory in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Toksook Bay defeated Alak 79-57 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Alak Huskies' Burton Nayakik (22) and Toksook Bay Islanders' Isaiah Pitka (30) battle for a rebound during Toksook Bay's 79-57 victory in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Bristol Bay Angels' Rylie Lyon, left, and Unalakleet Wolf Pack's Season Haugen battle for control of a loose ball during Unalakleet's 43-36 victory in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Unalakleet defeated Bristol Bay 43-36 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Seldovia defeated Yakutat 55-47 in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Fans cheer for the Alak Huskies during their 79-57 loss to Toksook Bay in the Boys 1A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig Panthers' Maggie Dinon and Glennallen Panthers Hannah Heinbaugh battle during Craig's 29-21victory in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig Panthers' Marie Yates and Glennallen Panthers' Hannah Heinbaugh reach for the ball during Craig's 29-21 victory in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
Craig defeated Glennallen 29-21 in the Girls 2A bracket during the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Bill Roth
A straightaway three-point shot by Jenny Westlake of Kiana, left, astonishes the crowd and brings the Lady Lynx to within a point of Shishmaref with seconds to go in a 1A semifinal game at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref hung on to win 50-48.
Erik Hill
Ada Harvey of Unalakleet, left, is congratulated after hitting a three-point shot during first-half action against Metlakatla at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Unalakleet claimed a 50-43 win in 2A semifinal action.
Erik Hill
Monica Hayward of Metlakatla passes while tightly defended by Brianna Katchatag, left, and Ada Harvey of Unalakleet during first-half action at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Unalakleet claimed a 50-43 win in 2A semifinal action.
Erik Hill
Jonisha Wilson of Unalakleet fires a jumper against Metlakatla at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Head coach Tim Shaw encourages his Metlakatla team against Unalakleet at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Season Haugen of Unalakleet fires a three-point shot against Metlakatla at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Kailee Smith of Metlakatla shoots against Unalakleet at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Monica Hayward of Metlakatla scores against Unalakleet at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Cheyenne Nayokpuk of Shishmaref, center, is defended by Jenny Westlake, left, and Linsey Westlake Reich of Kiana during second-half action at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref emerged with a hard-fought 50-48 victory in 1A semifinal action to advance to the championship game.
Erik Hill
Linsey Westlake Reich of Kiana snags a rebound and looks up court as Cheyenne Nayokpuk of Shishmaref defends at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Jessica Kuzuguk of Shishmaref drives to the hoop against Kiana at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref, left, is tightly defended by Martha Wells of Kiana at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Anne Walker of Kiana looks for a teammate as Shishmaref defenders defend the pass at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref threads a pass between Kiana defenders at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Denise Fernandez of Shishmaref, left, draws a foul from Kirsten Beecroft of Kiana as time runs down in the third quarter at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Shishmaref emerged with a hard-fought 50-48 victory in 1A semifinal action to advance to the championship game.
Erik Hill
Martha Wells of Kiana hits a three-point shot against Shishmaref at the March Madness Alaska state high school basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill

The girls from Unalakleet saw lots of friendly faces in the bleachers and lots of familiar faces on the basketball court Monday afternoon at Sullivan Arena, all of which helped the Wolf Pack survive the first round of the Class 2A state tournament.

Cheered on by several dozen villagers who made the trip to Anchorage, Unalakleet turned to a four-year starter to rally past Bristol Bay 43-36 and grab a spot in Tuesday's semifinals.

Also advancing were Craig, a 29-22 winner over Glennallen, and Metlakatla, a 63-42 winner over Nenana. Dillingham beat Point Hope 56-28 in the late game.

Unalakleet's Jonisha Wilson, one of three seniors who have been with the team since they were freshmen, scored six straight points to fuel her team's game-winning 9-0 run in the fourth quarter.

"The most important thing is we work as a team, and I love that," senior Roberta Walker said. "We've been playing together since we were little kids -- first, second, third grade.

"We reach goals every day. That's what teamwork's all about."

Wilson, Walker and Laurel Katchatag are the seniors who have been with the Wolf Pack since they were freshmen. Two other seniors are part of the crew too -- Brianna Katchatag, who transferred this school year from Togiak, and Season Haugen, who attended the Mt. Edgecumbe boarding school until last season, when she returned to Unalakleet so she could graduate with her friends.

The newcomers quickly became part of the family, Wilson said.

"It feels like they've been with us all four years," she said.

That familiarity helped Unalakleet survive a 19-2 run by Bristol Bay that covered portions of the second and third quarter.

The Angels scored the last eight points of the second quarter to forge a 19-19 halftime tie and opened the third quarter with a 9-2 spurt that put them ahead 28-21.

But the Wolf Pack didn't go away.

"They can weather those runs," Unalakleet coach Peter Johnsen said. "They don't get upset, and they don't get frustrated. Some of them have been together since they were freshmen, so they've developed a trust."

Unalakleet finished the quarter on a 9-2 run to tie it 30-30 going into the fourth quarter. Bristol Bay's Hannah Moorcroft scored 23 seconds into the quarter for a 32-30 lead, but Unalakleet roared back with nine straight points -- a free throw by Brianna Katchatag, a layup by Haugen and three straight baskets by Wilson, whose fast-break layup gave the Wolf Pack a 39-32 lead halfway through the quarter.

Bristol Bay finally answered when Promise Smith converted a rebound after the Angels missed six shots on the same possession. That made it 39-34 with 89 seconds left, but the Angels never came closer than five points the rest of the way.

Wilson finished with a game-high 18 points, Haugen added 11 and Walker nine. Brianna Katchtag grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, and Wilson and Walker each hauled down five.

Rylie Lyon's 15 points and Smith's 11 rebounds and five steals sparked Bristol Bay.

Lyon is a freshman and part of a young team, even though the Bristol Bay roster features five seniors. Two of them have never played before, including Smith. She is home-schooled and only became eligible this season because of changes to the Alaska School Activities Association rules that govern eligibility for home-schoolers.

Gabriella Hill is the other first-year senior. "I've been trying to talk her into playing since she was a freshman," coach Heath Lyon said.

Lyon said he has eight first-year players on his squad of 14, including four freshmen.

"This has been my funnest year, probably," said Lyon, who is in his 13th season as the girls coach. "Everyone's wanting to learn.

"I've been excited to go to practice every day."

Metlakatla 63, Nenana 42

Alecia Henderson made good use of her height advantage to help lift Metlatakla to a 63-42 triumph over Nenana.

Henderson, a 5-foot-10 senior who was a couple of inches taller than anyone on Nenana's team, blocked seven shots, grabbed 14 rebounds and poured in 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting.

Monica Hayward added 13 points for the MissChiefs, who built a 24-9 lead in the first quarter.

Henderson helped Metlakatla to a 45-26 rebounding advantage, an effort that included seven boards apiece from Holly Guthrie and Theresa Wellington.

Edna Standifer posted a double-double for Nenana with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Craig 29, Glennallen 22

Maggie Dinon and Marie Yates produced half of the rebounds and more than 75 percent of the points in Craig's 29-22 win over Glennallen.

Dinon, a senior guard, provided 12 points and nine rebounds. Yates, a junior forward, supplied 10 points and seven rebounds.

Craig never trailed, leading 9-2 after the first quarter and 17-10 at the half.

Lexus Martin's nine points and Hannah Heinbaugh's six rebounds led Glennallen.

Dillingham 56, Point Hope 28

Dillingham limited Point Hope to three baskets the entire first half to sail into the semifinals with a 56-28 victory.

Player-of-the-Year Drew Carlos pumped in 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots for the Wolverines.

Tiera Schroeder tossed in a game-high 18 points and Kaley Rolf pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for Dillingham. The Wolverines racked up 20 steals, with Rolf and Sydney Dray getting five apiece.

Dillingham led 39-13 after three quarters. Point Hope, which shot 17.6 percent in the first half, was held to five points in the first quarter, three in the second quarter and five in the third quarter.

Leading the Harpoonerettes were Helen Minx (7 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Erika Tippin (7 points).

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.


By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn.com