Cordova and Wrangell will square off Friday afternoon to determine which school will advance to Saturday’s Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic title games at Dimond High.
The boys and girls teams from both schools were largely untested while rolling through opponents over the first two days of play. All four teams are 2-0 but only two – one boys and one girls – are guaranteed of advancing to Saturday’s championship finals.
On Thursday, Cordova’s girls answered a challenge from Scammon Bay, outscoring the Eagles 17-12 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Abby Bourgeois and Jieller Tabara led Cordova with 12 points apiece. Adam Kaganak’s 15 points for Scammon Bay led all scorers.
Wrangell’s girls followed with a 56-12 romp over Selawik, 56-12. Helen Decker’s 17 points and Kaylyn Easterly’s 13 sparked the winners.
On the boys’ side, Cordova flattened Scammon Bay 67-45 behind 29 points from Christian Adams. Kenneth Ulak and Jackson Charlie had 15 apiece for the Eagles.
Then it was Wrangell’s turn. The Wolves needed just about all of a 21-12 first quarter advantage and Trevor Miller’s tournament high 25 points to hold off Selawik. Joe Foxglove kept Selawik in touch with 24 points.
In Thursday’s other games, the Haines boys and girls teams both posted victories over Tok. The girls won a 33-31 squeaker, and the boys took a 76-64 victory behind Kirby Faverty’s 23 points.
The big games Friday are at noon and 3:30 p.m. The Cordova and Wrangell girls will play first, followed by the Cordova and Wrangell boys.
The losers of those games will still have a chance to make it to Saturday’s title games, thanks to the tournament’s round-robin format.
In the event more than one team finishes with a 2-1 record during round-robin play, a unique tiebreaker will decide which moves into the championship game -- a 3-point shooting contest. Two players from each team will try to make as many triples as they can in one minute.
If needed, the tiebreaking shooting contest would follow the tournament’s potlatch, which is scheduled to begin Friday at 7:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – Selawik vs. Haines (girls)
11 a.m. – Selawik vs. Haines (boys)
12:30 p.m. – Cordova vs. Wrangell (girls)
3 p.m. – Cordova vs. Wrangell (boys)
4:30 p.m. – Scammon Bay vs. Tok (girls)
6 p.m. – Scammon Bay vs. Tok (boys)
7:30 – Potlatch
Cordova 67, Scammon Bay 45
Wrangell 68, Selawik 58
Haines 76, Tok 64
Cordova 46, Scammon Bay 35
Wrangell 56, Selawik 12
Haines 33, Tok 31
Wrangell 55, Tok 26
Haines 53, Scammon Bay 30
Cordova 64, Selawik 40
Wrangell 70, Tok 25
Scammon Bay 54, Haines 31
Cordova 48, Selawik 25