Feb. 27-March 2 – Region V 1A Tourney in Juneau

SHS GIRLS (10-7 league, 13-8 overall)

Quarterfinal – Skagway 47, Yakutat 18: SGY- Wagner 16, Sager 10, Cox 9, Rodig 6, E. Myers 4, Hisman 2; YAK- G. Hoadley 12, Harry 6. SGY 6-16-13-12=47, YAK 4-3-5-6=18.

Lady Panthers overcome slow start to wear down Yakutat and dominate in second half for big opening win, 47-18, at Region V tourney. Girls advance to semifinal on Thursday

Semifinal – Kake 43, Skagway 30: KAK- W. Jackson 12, Ross-Shaquanie 11, Copsey 5, Beer 5, James 4, Crookes 4, Rose-Wooten 2; SGY- E. Myers 12, Wagner 8, J. Whitehead 6, Cox 3, Hisman 1. KAK 15-8-11-9=43, SGY 6-8-10-6=30.

The Skagway girls then had a tough outing in its semifinal game against Kake. After taking an early 6-4 lead, Skagway went into a scoring drought for about 8 minutes while the T-Birds built a 9-point lead at halftime and never looked back. Final score was Kake 43, Skagway 30. The Lady Panthers now enter the consolation round with hopes of battling back to the second place game on Saturday. But they have to get by Angoon first on Friday.

Consolation Rd. 1 – Skagway 40, Angoon 31: SGY- Wagner 20, Sager 12, Cox 4, Myers 2, J. Whitehead 2; ANG- Bales 11, S. Kookesh 7, George 2, George-Frank 6, C. Kookesh 4, T. Kookesh 2, Jamestown 1. SGY 6-12-5-17=40, ANG 4-4-12-11=31.

Panther girls hold on to beat Angoon 40-31 to advance to Saturday’s consolation semifinal. Angoon battles Skagway all the way cutting an 11-point Skagway lead down to 2 twice down the stretch but Panthers get some key defensive stops and big free throws in final two minutes to pull away. Skagway will face Hydaburg Saturday at 11:15 am for right to play in consolation final that night.

Consolation Semi   Skagway 49, Hydaburg 46: SGY- Cox 15, Wagner 14, Sager 14, E. Myers 6; HYD- Borromeo 34, Snodgrass 12. SGY 14-11-4-20=49, HYD 6-16-17-7=46.

Lady Panthers advance to consolation final with thrilling 49-46 win over Hydaburg. Skagway led early by as many as 8 but shut down in the third quarter as the Warriors outscored the Panthers 17-4 to take a 10 point lead into the final quarter. But Skagway has a huge run of its own and tied the score 3 times before finally getting the lead in the final 35 seconds and then sealing it at the free throw line. Up next Saturday night is Kake in the tourney finale, a rematch of Thursday’s semifinal. Kake lost in the championship by 1 to Klawock Friday night. Skagway will be aiming for second place and a state tourney berth.

Consolation Final  Kake 40, Skagway 30: KAK- W. Jackson 19, James 7,  Beer 6, Crookes 5, Ross-Shaquanie 3;. SGY- Cox 11, Sager 8, E. Myers 6, Wagner 5. KAK 14-11-10-5=40, SGY 11-13-0-6=30.

Skagway Panther girls fall in tourney finale 40-30 against Kake to finish 3rd in the region. The game was back-and-forth in the first half, seeing four lead changes as Kake took a 25-24 lead at the break. But Skagway had trouble generating any offense in the second half as the T-birds turned Panther turnover into points. They built a 10-point lead and held on to that margin the rest of the way to claim second place and a trip to State Tourney. These two teams very well could be in the championship next year. The only senior on either squad was Skagway’s Maddy Cox, who led the Panther scoring in her final game.

Girls Awards – All-Academic: Madison Cox; Good Sports: Eliza Myers, Jessica Whitehead; All-Conference: Cox, Myers, Faith Wagner.

SHS BOYS (10-9 league, 11-15 overall)

Quarterfinal: Hydaburg 43, Skagway 35: HYD- Sanderson 12, Peele 10, Washington 8, Olsen 7, Warren 6; SGY- Goebel 13, S. Myers 12, Brady 6, Bricker 2, Belisle 2. HYD 18-14-3-8=43, SGY 4-12-5-14=35.

Panther boys comeback falls short vs Hydaburg, 43-35. Skagway got off to slow start and fell behind by as many as 18 in first half, but slowly battled back in second half. Skagway finally got some 3- pointers to fall in the 4th quarter and cut the lead to 5 with about 2 minutes left in the game. But some missed opportunities down the stretch forced Skagway to foul and put the Warriors on the line, where they converted enough free throws to hold off the Panthers.

Consolation Rd. 1 – Skagway 44, Yakutat 31: SGY- Goebel 12, S. Myers 9, Brady 6, Bricker 3, Belisle 2, Ozuzun 1; YAK- Fletcher 24, Glace 2, Ridlington 2, Marsh 2, Plicendo 1. SGY 15-10-9-10=44, YAK 6-5-8-12=31.

Panther boys take down scrappy Yakutat team in the early riser game, 44-31, and advance to a second consolation round game that day against Hoonah at 1:15 pm.

Consolation Rd. 2 – Hoonah 42, Skagway 32: HNH- Watkins 14, Gray 11, Wright 6, Ross 5, Woodbury 4, Austin 2; SGY- S. Myers 17, Goebel 14, Brady 10, Belisle 10, Ozuzun 2;  HNH 7-11-13-11=42, SGY 10-9-2-11=32.

The Skagway boys played a great first half against Hoonah, holding a 1-point lead at halftime, but the shots just would not fall for the Panthers in the second half. Hoonah was able to pull out a 42-32 win, ending the season for the Skagway boys. The boys lose a couple of key seniors, Wyatt Belisle and Danny Brady, but have a good group of young players returning next year.

Boys Awards – All-Academic: Wyatt Belisle, Danny Brady; Good Sports: Nathan Ozuzun, Benjamin Burnham; All-Conference: Gavin Goebel, Silas Myers.

– Compiled by Jeff Brady in Juneau