BY JEFF BRADY

The Skagway High girls opened their 2015-16 season with a pair of losses to a strong Angoon team last weekend.

The Lady Panthers showed a lot of improvement over last year. They were much more active on both ends of the court but just could not stop Angoon’s best player, nor put up enough points to keep up with their opponent.

The Eagles beat Skagway 46-20 the first night. SHS gave up a lot of second chance points, but came on in the fourth quarter with better rebounding and a press that almost got them back in the game. Hailey Jensen led the Panther charge, while the O’Brien sisters led the Eagles.

In the second game, Skagway was all over the boards and took an early lead, but they could not stop Patricia O’Brien, who hardly ever missed a shot, scoring 35 in the 46-13 Angoon win.

Skagway coach Mike Swasey said they threw everything at O’Brien, including double-teaming her, but she always got free to make a shot. They did stop the other Angoon scorers.

“We certainly came out of the gate defending hard, but there was a lid on the basket for us,” Swasey said.

He said he was proud of how hard his team worked.

“It was a game effort,” he added. “We have to work on cutting down the turnovers and making baskets. Those are the things we have to do because defensively we are pretty strong. And we did a lot better rebounding tonight.”

He said they have good momentum going into their next home sets against Hoonah and Kake and the Don Hather Tournament in early January.