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2A girls: Dillingham, Unalakleet to battle for crown

Mike Nesper
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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

Scoring 30 points in basketball might not seem like a tough task. But when two teams with a history of low-scoring games meet, reaching that mark can mean the difference between winning and losing.

That was the case for defending champion Craig, which edged Dillingham 31-29 in last year's 2A girls state title game.

The same proved true in the Panthers-Wolverines rematch in Tuesday's semifinals at Sullivan Arena.

This time around, it was Dillingham eclipsing 30 points as the Wolverines earned a 34-27 victory and will face Unalakleet, winners of a 50-43 semifinal over Metlakatla, in Wednesday's championship.

A tight, defensive battle was just what Craig head coach D.J. Hansen expected.

"The team with 30 points was going to win," he said.

Just as Craig did a year ago.

"Basically, it was a replay of last year only with a different team winning," Hansen said.

Dillingham held Craig to just two points in the second quarter and took a 21-11 lead into the half.

The Panthers made it a five-point game heading into the fourth.

Craig's Maggie Dinon hit a jumper just inside the arc midway through the fourth to make it a one-possession game - 26-23 Dillingham. It stayed a three-point margin after Kaley Rolf made two free throws for Dillingham followed by a Marie Yates layup for Craig.

Senior Drew Carlos gave Dillingham a 31-25 lead when she converted a three-point play with 1:25 to go. The Wolverines made three of four free throws in the final 42 seconds to seal the win.

Head coach Sean Carlos credited Dillingham's defense for helping the Wolverines survive Craig's late-game push.

"Our defense kind of saved our bacon today," he said.

Drew Carlos, the 2A girls player of the year, finished with a game-high 13 points. Rolf added eight points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines, who got eight points from Tiera Schroeder.

Yates' 12 points led all Craig scorers. Katie Dinon hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds for the Panthers.

Dillingham has to enter the championship relaxed if it wants to claim the crown, Drew Carlos said.

"We can't let the nerves get to us," she said.

Limiting turnovers is crucial, coach Carlos said.

Unalakleet's game plan is simple: work as one unit.

"Our goal is to play as a team every possession," Wolf Pack head coach Peter Johnsen said.

Teamwork isn't just a team motto, but a theme for Unalakleet's entire program, senior Roberta Walker said.

"That's what we run off of. Every year, every game," she said.

Walker grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for the Wolf Pack, who were led in scoring by Ada Harvey (14 points) and Jonisha Wilson (13).

Alecia Henderson and Monica Hayward each recorded double-doubles for Metlakatla. Henderson owned the glass, pulling down 20 rebounds to go along with her 11 points while Hayward pumped in 16 points and 11 boards.

Nearly half of Unalakleet's points (24) came from 3-pointers while the MissChiefs were 0 for 11 from beyond the arc.

The championship will come down to defense and, of course, teamwork, Johnsen said. Unalakleet hasn't faced Dillingham this season, making it even more crucial the Wolf Pack play their game, he said.

"When we play well, we can play with anyone," Johnsen said.

Reach Mike Nesper at mnesper@adn.com or 257-4335

Consolation round

Nenana withstood a fourth-quarter rally to nip Bristol Bay 43-41 and Glennallen held Point Hope to 12 points in the first three quarters of a 48-28 win in Tuesday's consolation round.

Nenana outscored Bristol Bay 13-6 at the foul line and forged a narrow 36-30 advantage on the boards. Raquell Salas scored a game-high 15 points for Nenana, while Rylie Lyon led the Angels with 13 points.

In Glennallen's win, Ariana Dougall scored 15 points and Carley Crow supplied 11 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers. Helen Minx led Point Hope with eight points and six rebounds.

 


By MIKE NESPER
mnesper@adn.com