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Schoenbar Shootout tips off with 6 schools: Games continue Friday, Saturday at Schoenbar, Rec Center, Kayhi
Schoenbar Middle School seventh-grader Katie Shull (5) shoots on Oct. 24 during the team’s Blue & White Night at Schoenbar gymnasium. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — It was a full day of basketball at Schoenbar Middle School on Thursday — and the tournament is just beginning.

The Schoenbar Shootout jump started with with boys’ and girls’ basketball games between Schoenbar and middle schools from Craig, Sitka, Klawock and Metlakatla at Schoenbar’s gymnasium.

Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School, from Juneau, will join the three-day event on Friday.

Overall, 40 games will be played, with several contests taking place at the Gateway Recreation Center.

Ketchikan High School will host Saturday’s games, in both Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium and the Craig Family Auxiliary Gymnasium.

Friday’s competition

The Knights’ B team will kick start Friday’s competition against Klawock at 8 a.m. at Schoenbar. The girls’ B team will play Klawock at 9 a.m.

Schoenbar’s A teams will follow, with the boys playing Metlakatla at 10 a.m., and the girls playing at 11 a.m.

Craig and Klawock will lock up at Schoenbar at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., with the boys’ teams leading off those contests.

And Sitka and Metlakatla will play at Schoenbar at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., again with the boys’ teams starting in the earlier slot.

Schoenbar’s squads will play Juneau’s teams, beginning at 4 p.m.

The boys’ B team will tip off first, with the girls’ B squad following at 5 p.m.

The boys’ A teams will start at 6 p.m., and the girls’ A squads are slated for 7 p.m.

Games at the Rec Center

Craig and Juneau Gateway Recreation Center on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m.

The boys’ teams will play first, followed by the girls at 9 a.m.

Sitka’s boys will play Juneau at 10 a.m., followed by the girls’ squads at 11 a.m.

Here are game recaps from Thursday:

Girls Basketball

Schoenbar (B team) 28, Craig 2

Carol Frey led the Lady Knights with eight points, and Tasha Llanos knocked in seven to help lead Schoenbar to a 28-2 win over Craig on Thursday afternoon.

The two teams led off the Schoenbar Shootout, in what will be a three-day, 40-game event.

Frey split her eight tallies evenly between the two halves. Llanos finished the first half with five points, including the game’s only 3-pointer.

Schoenbar’s Lilli Goodwin tipped in four points, hitting a bucket in each half. And Mya Milner scored three points. Milner scored the game’s only free throw, as she was 1-for-2 from the line.

The Lady Knights’ Azriah McGarrigan, Shyla Abajian and Nyssa Trotter also hit baskets, tallying two points each.

Schoenbar (A team) 26, Sitka 24

Just as the B squad had done, the Lady Knights’ A team won its first game of the Schoenbar Shootout. But it certainly came in dramatic fashion, as Schoenbar fell behind 14-12 at the half to Sitka.

Sitka’s Naia Nelson scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the first frame, helping lead Sitka to its lead at intermission.

But the Lady Knights poured the points on in the second half, eventually winning 26-24.

Schoenbar’s Bree Johnson led the Lady Knights with eight points, including the game’s only 3-pointer.

And Sophie Agoney chimed in with seven points, including 3-for-6 from the free throw line.

Schoenbar’s Molly Sivertsen hit a pair of buckets in the first half, finishing the game with four points. And Vienna Pahang had two points. Taylor Jackson and Carol Frey each finished the game with one tally.

The Lady Knights’ Alyanna Dela Cruz shot 75% from the free throw line, sinking 3-of-4 freebies. As a team, Schoenbar shot 50% from the line, hitting 9-of-18.

In addition to Nelson’s 15 points for Sitka, Adrianna Denleinger, Aalilah Callahan and Meeca Goldsberry each scored two points.

Sitka’s Kaetlyn Skulkta went 1-for-2 from the free throw line.

Boys Basketball

Craig 30, Schoenbar (B team) 28

From the get-go, Craig jumped out on top of Schoenbar’s B team on Thursday. And by the end of the first half, Craig had a 20-8 lead.

Even though the Knights rallied back, and outscored Craig 18-10 in the second half, the deficit was too much to overcome. And Craig won the game 30-28.

Schoenbar’s Taryn Perez led the Knights with nine points. He was 3-for-6 from the free throw line.

And Jace Booth knocked down seven tallies for Schoenbar, including the game’s only 3-pointer.

Schoenbar shot 50% from the free throw line, as Jonathan Scoblic sunk his two freebies. He finished the game with four points.

And the Knights’ Ricky Colbert, Kyler Secrest and Juan Coronel all tallied two points.

Schoenbar (A team) 31, Sitka 29

Sitka certainly gave Schoenbar a run for its money on Thursday.

But the Knights’ RC Lorenzo swiped the ball away from Sitka in the final seconds. And the steal sealed the deal, as Schoenbar escaped with a 31-29 win over Sitka.

Lorenzo finished the game with six points, knocking down a pair of threes.

Schoenbar’s Andrew Kleinschmidt also hit a long ball, as the Knights drained a trio of 3-pointers in its win.

Leonaj Thomas led the Knights with 15 points. Kleinschmidt finished the game with seven points, and Jared Rhoads knocked in three.

Schoenbar carried a 17-10 lead into the half, but Sitka hit a pair of 3-pointers of its own after the break, outscoring the Knights 19-14 in the frame.

Sitka hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Schoenbar was just 2-of-9 from the line.

*Names and stats courtesy of

the official scorebook.

**Games between Klawock and Metlakatla will be published in a forthcoming issue.