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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Entering the fourth quarter of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic seventh-place game on Saturday, the Craig High School Lady Panthers held an 11-point lead over its fellow 2A rival, the Metlakatla High School Miss Chiefs.
But as the Lady Panthers’ offense went stone cold, only tallying five points in the fourth quarter, the Miss Chiefs’ Uniquea Clark would put her teammates on her back. And the junior guard would lead Metlakatla with nine points in the final frame to force overtime. Metlakatla hit six of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to help tie the game at 31 apiece. And the Miss Chiefs carried that momentum into the extra period, outscoring Craig, and eventually winning 41-38.
Meanwhile, Craig was unable to find the basket, as shots wouldn’t fall in the Lady Panthers favor.
Craig’s Shaylee Johnson would give the Lady Panthers a quick lead in overtime on their first possession, but Metlakatla took over the rest of the way.
The Miss Chiefs’ Alexis Russell and KayAna Buxton nailed shots, and Samantha Marsden sunk a free throw to edge Metlakatla ahead for the 41-38 win.
Scoring Line: Metlakatla — Uniquea Clark, 11; Victoria Studstill, 11; Alexis Russell, 9; Samantha Marsden, 3; Allison Booth, 3; KayAna Buxton, 2; Myra Guthrie, 2. Craig — Ashley Hansen, 11; Sarah Yates, 10; Johanna Allen-Skan, 8; Sarah Burnham, 6; Shaylee Johnson, 3.