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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Staff Writer
The Metlakatla Chiefs basketball team defeated Unalaska 50-43 on Friday afternoon in a semifinal playoff game in the 2A state tournament in Anchorage, and will now play for the state title.
Coming off of a 42-35 win against Glenallen in the opening round of the 2A portion of the tournament, the Chiefs stuck to their winning ways in a tightly contested matchup.
The Chiefs and Raiders traded the lead multiple times throughout the game, with neither team able to take control early on.
Metlakatla shot 58 percent from the field and Unalaska made 40 percent of its attempted 3-pointers.
All of Unalaska’s 15 points in the first quarter came via 3-pointer.
Sophomore Trevor Wilson went 4 for 5 from beyond the arc in the game’s opening frame for 12 points. He led the Raiders in scoring with 22 points in total.
“We’ve been more traditional in the past with the post inside but these guys (Unalaska) are too tough for that,” Metlakatla Head Coach Tony Scott said.
“We shot the ball well from the perimeter.”
The Chiefs held onto a 3-point lead at halftime.
Leading the way in the win for the Chiefs was junior Danny Marsden, who scored 17 points and came down with 11 rebounds.
Marsden’s teammate, senior Trenton Clark, led Metlakatla in scoring with 17 points.
With the win, Metlakatla will play at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday for a chance to play in the 2A boys’ championship.
“It’s so rewarding for these kids to actually see all of their hard work pay off,” Scott said.
Unalaska will play at 12:30 p.m. with a shot at third place overall in the tournament on the line.
Metlakatla: Trenton Clark 17, Danny Marsden 11, Desmond King 6, Carsen Winter 5, Tyler Henderson 4.
Unalaska: Trevor Wilson 22, Carey Boston 5, Matthew Faoasau 5, Carter Price 5, Dallas Lane 4.
Craig girls 53, Chevak 34
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Craig High School Lady Panthers basketball team defeated Chevak School 53-34 in a consolation matchup Friday at the 2A state tournament.
With the win, Craig will play rival Metlakatla High School at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center at Anchorage to determine the fourth-place finisher in the 2A bracket of the tournament.
Craig led Chevak 14-10 after the first quarter and secured a 28-23 advantage by halftime. The Lady Panthers returned in the third to hold Chevak to seven points, limiting the Lady Comets to four points in the fourth quarter.
Craig: Aspen Hansen 22, Mary Bolling 10, Ashley Hansen 9, Dior Vaughan 8, Pia Dinon 4.
Chevak: Margaret Chayalkun 9, Monica Slats 8, Charity Boyscout 6, Tyra Brown 6, Thomasina Tall 5.
Metlakatla girls 52
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Trailing Dillingham High School after the first three quarters, the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs basketball team rallied late for a 52-38 2A state playoff victory on Friday against the Lady Wolverines.
Metlakatla will move on to play Craig High School at 8 a.m. Saturday in the fourth-place game of the 2A state tournament, which is held at Anchorage.
For the Friday matchup, Dillingham gained a narrow 6-5 edge after the first quarter and continued to lead at halftime, 22-14. Metlakatla then posted 17 points in the third quarter to narrowly trail Dillingham 34-31 at the end of it. The Miss Chiefs then rolled to a 14-point lead through the final minutes of the game.
Metlakatla: Drena Hayward 14, Alexis Russell 13, Marissa Yliniemi 12, Jocelyn Casperson 6, Tenisha Nelson 3, Victoria Studstill 4.
Dillingham: Britney Dray 10, Kylee Sifsof 8, Kendra Kapotak 5, Emily McArthur 4, Katarina Mowrer 4, Theresa Williams 3, Abbey Whitcomb 3.