The Skagway High School basketball teams are past the midpoint of the regular season. The boys have a 6-3 conference record, while the girls are 2-4.

Skagway vs. Angoon Jan. 22-23: Panther teams split their home stand with the Angoon Eagles. After sweeping Yakutat on the road last week (52-42, 66-44), the SHS boys had an off night in their home opener against Angoon Sunday night, falling 45-38, but they bounced back big-time Monday morning with a 69-34 win. In their opener, the Lady Panthers came from behind in the final quarter to overtake the Eagles 37-34 for their first conference win, but the Eagles withstood Skagway in the finale, prevailing 59-40. 

Skagway vs. Gustavus boys Jan. 29: The Panthers overwhelmed the Foxes 54-12 on Sunday night. (The second game on Monday was cancelled due to a visiting player testing positive; the game may be made up prior to region tourney in early March.)

Skagway vs. Kake Feb. 3-4: Kake took three of the four games in the series. The T-Bird boys stretched their lead over Skagway in the second half of the opener 56-33, but the Panthers were much stronger Saturday in an overtime thriller won by Kake 53-51. In the girls’ games, Kake also won easily Friday 59-34, but Skagway took charge on Saturday and held on for a 42-35 victory. This was Skagway’s final home stand, and senior boys Austin Bricker, Josh Cochran and Paul Cooper were honored during Senior Night. There are no seniors on the girl’s team this year.

The teams travel to Prince of Wales island this weekend for games against Klawock, Hydaburg and Craig. 

Photos and update by Jeff Brady

Josh Cochran defends against Gustavus. Photo by Jeff Brady

Ava Myers shoots from the baseline. She led Skagway with 22 points in the Lady Panthers’ win over Kake. Photo by Jeff Brady

Royce Borst scores in traffic during a game against Kake. The freshman led Skagway with 20 points in the overtime thriller. Photo by Jeff Brady