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Eagle River prevails over Craig

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Wolves from Eagle River High School played off aggressive performances by Mikayla Johnson and Lila Wegener, who each scored six points during a 21-2 third quarter run to beat out the Craig High School Lady Panthers for seventh place in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic on Sunday morning.

The Eagle River Wolves were led in the first quarter with six points by Johnson, who was taken out of the game before the end of the first quarter with three fouls. Johnson played little of the second quarter, and the Wolves were outscored 6-8. However, Wegener kept the team alive with four points, two steals, and a block on the defensive end.

Trinity Scheidecker led the Panthers with four points in the second quarter, and went on to lead the team with 8 points, all coming in the first half. Alissa Durgan and Sara Burnham added a basket each for the Panthers, closing the gap to 17-18 at halftime.

The Wolves started the second half with a 21-0 run, made possible in part by their full-court defense.

Johnson had three steals and three baskets, including a breakaway layup after a steal, making the score 30-17 before getting her fourth foul with 4:41 left in the period, and sitting down on the bench.

Wegener had six points in the quarter and Kaycee Chavez added four points for the Wolves.

Craig’s only points in the quarter came from Durgan with less than a minute left.

Wegener hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter. On the other end of the floor Wegener was guarding Halli Bennett.

“Lila, she’s a lefty, don’t forget,” the Wolves coach yelled from the bench, but Bennett got the step on Wegener and flicked it up with her left hand to score two.

Kamryn Perry on the Wolves fouled out in the fourth quarter with about 3.5 minutes left. Then, Johnson fouled out with 2:12 left in the game, her team up 50-27. The final score was 50-29, Eagle River.

Scoring Line

Eagle River: Lila Wegener 17; Mikayla Johnson 16; Kiki Sherman 4; Kaycee Chavez 4; Kamryn Perry 3; AJ Pennington 2; Madison Barlow 2; Amaya Hudson 2.

Craig: Trinity Scheidecker 8; Alissa Durgan 8; Sara Burnham 6; Halli Bennett 3; Laci Lowery 2; Alexis Lawnicki 2.