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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Wrangell High School girls basketball team defeated Craig High School by a final score of 64-60 in the opening round of the Region V (2A) basketball tournament on Wednesday afternoon at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
In what was a close contest throughout, the Lady Wolves used a late scoring surge to put just enough distance between themselves and the Lady Panthers.
Craig grabbed an early lead, but quickly lost it, and Wrangell would follow suit, but the Lady Wolves eventually gained a bit of breathing room from the Lady Panthers with 31-23 halftime lead.
The initial back-and-forth style of play returned as the game folded into the second half, and would last until the very end of regulation.
After establishing the late lead in the first half, Wrangell saw Craig come back to tie the game at 56 points a piece with only 3:38 left in the final frame.
With no more than five points separating the two schools for the game's final minutes, the outcome ultimately came down to which team had possession of the basketball when the clock hit zero seconds.
In the end, that team was Wrangell.
With the win, Wrangell moves on to the winner's bracket of the 2A girls tournament, and will take on either Metlakatla or Petersburg on Friday afternoon.
The Miss Chiefs and Lady Panthers are scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Wrangell: Kaylyn Easterly 21, Abby Gerald 13, Anna Allen 11, Helen Decker 9, Elizabeth Armstrong 6, Maddy Harding 4.
Craig: Sarah Yates 21, Pia Dinon 10, Ashley Hansen 10, Johanna Allen 7, Mary Bolling 6, Jazmynn Bird 5, Madison Coats 1.