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11/20/2013
Knights battle tough teams in Sitka

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Schoenbar Middle School basketball teams took their show on the road this past weekend, traveling to Sitka to play Blatchley Middle School in a bevy of closely contested games.

Of the 15 games the schools played, Schoenbar won 10, led by the boys B team winning all four of its contests.

The boys A teams split the four-game series, with Schoenbar winning by scores of 49-21 and 46-18, while Blatchley took a pair of games via 49-37 and 40-29 victories.

In the first victory, the Knights got a game-high 18 points from Marcus Lee to go along with a double-digit performance from Griffin Effenberger, who had 14. Also scoring for Schoenbar were Joey Rhoads (nine points), Kyle Smith (four) and Damiyen Porter (four).

Rhoads led the way in the second win with 14 points, as Effenberger (10 points), Largim Zhuta (eight), Smith (six), Lee (six) and Porter (two) also got in on the scoring action.

Lee scored a team-high 14 in the 49-37 defeat while Effenberger led the way with 11 in the 40-29 loss.

The Schoenbar girls A team reeled off three straight victories by scores of 35-32, 34-32 and 33-24 before being tripped up in a 31-23 defeat.

In the first win, Lezille Sagrado scored a team-high 13 points to go along with eight points from Brittany Slick, six from Mackenzie Fousel and four each from Payton Simmons and Alyssa Hert.

Slick led the way in the second victory with 15 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Simmons had 11 points, Hannah Maxwell had five, Hert had two and Melea Greaves had one.

Slick knocked down a pair of 3-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points in the 33-24 victory for the Lady Knights. Fousel chipped in seven points, and rounding out the score sheet were Simmons (five points), Hert (two) and Maxwell (two).

In the loss, Slick scored a team-high 11, including eight in the third quarter.

Balanced scoring paved the way for the Schoenbar boys B team to win all four of its games against Sitka. The Knights won by scores of 46-27, 58-19, 40-20 and 41-29 while getting scoring from at least five different players in each game.

Carlos Orta led the scoring in two games, pouring in a game-high 21 points — 14 in the first half — in one win before scoring a team-high 12 in the other.

Chris Smith was the top scorer in the other two games, with 17 points in one and 11 in the other.

Damiyen Porter, Cody Kemble, Gavin Salazar and Cole Caparas each registered points in at least one game.

While all four matchups saw close games, perhaps none were more dramatic than the three contests the girls B teams played.

Schoenbar lost two, 28-18 and 20-18, but came back to win a thrilling overtime game 34-31, thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Melea Greaves.

Greaves had 15 points in the game, including the winning shot after a layup from Nora Agoney forced the extra period.

Agoney finished with six points. Also scoring for the Lady Knights were Kaitlyn Smith (seven points), Chanell Browne (two), Emmie Smith (two) and Megan Webb (two).

Both Blatchley and Schoenbar will play in Ketchikan this weekend, as the Knights host the Schoenbar Shootout Thursday through Saturday.

The event will feature teams from 10 different middle schools, with some games being played Thursday and Friday at the Gateway Recreation Center — as there is only one court inside Schoenbar.

In addition to the Knights, teams will be coming from the following areas: Sitka, Metlakatla, Craig, Coffman Cove, Thorne Bay, Hydaburg, Kasaan, Klawock and Juneau’s Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Games run Thursday at Schoenbar from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and at the Recreation Center from noon to 4 p.m. The event continues all day Friday with games at Schoenbar running from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and over at the Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a gap from noon to 2 p.m.

A single-elimination tournament will be played Saturday at Schoenbar and Fawn Mountain Elementary School starting at 8 a.m.