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Schoenbar, Metlakatla square off on the court: Knights, Lady Knights travel to Sitka this weekend
Schoenbar Middle School’s Mya Milner (32) and Tasha Llanos (31) jump for a rebound on Oct. 24 during the school’s Blue & White Night at Schoenbar gymnasium. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek


KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Schoenbar Middle School made the trek to Metlakatla this past weekend, for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

On the boys’ side, both the A and B teams from the Knights’ program swept their four games against the Braves from Charles R. Leask Middle School, as each squad won two games.

The Lady Knights’ A team dropped both of their games against Metlakatla. But the B squad picked up a pair of wins over the Lady Braves on Friday and Saturday.

Schoenbar will travel to Sitka this weekend, before taking a break over the Thanksgiving holiday. Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will close out their seasons on Dec. 6-7 in Juneau.

Here are recaps of Schoenbar’s games against Metlakatla:

Girls A team

Metlakatla 52, Schoenbar 21

Right out of the gate, Metlakatla jumped out on top against Schoenbar, and before the first half was over the Lady Braves had a pair of players in double digits.

Both Ryley Booth and Randi Schleusner scored 10 points apiece before the intermission. Booth finished with a game-high 14 points, and Schleusner knocked in a dozen to help the Lady Braves to a 52-21 win over Schoenbar.

Metlakatla’s Bree Chavez also scored 12 points, doing most of her damage after the break. She scored eight of the Lady Braves’ 20 points in the second half.

Metlakatla carried a 32-12 lead into the break. Along with Chavez, Booth and Schleusner, Metlakatla’s Kennedy Cook and Kendall Booth scored four points apiece in the first half. Cook finished the game with six points. And Rose Periovich scored two points for the Lady Braves in the second half.

Meanwhile, Schoenbar’s offense struggled to gain any traction. The Lady Knights made seven shots all game, with only two of those buckets falling after the break.

Schoenbar scored one-third of their points from the free throw line, hitting 7-of-14. Taylor Jackson sunk all four of her freebies, as well as a field goal after the break, finishing the game with six points.

Molly Sivertsen had a team-high nine points, scoring eight of those before the break. She nailed a free throw in the second half.

Vienna Pahang and Johanna Werth also hit freebies for Schoenbar. Werth finished the game with three points. The Lady Knights’ Alyanna Dela Cruz also hit a bucket, finishing the game with two points.

Metlakatla 39, Schoenbar 17

The Lady Braves carried a 10-point lead at the break over Schoenbar, and ultimately won 39-17 on their home court.

Metlakatla’s Randi Schleusner, Ryley Booth and Bree Chavez all finished the game in double digits. Schleusner led the way with 12 points. Booth and Chavez scored 10 apiece.

Schoenbar’s Molly Sivertsen had a team-high six points. She scored a sequential trifecta on the offensive side, hitting a free throw in the first half, followed by back-to-back field goals after the break. She sunk a shot inside the arc and a 3-pointer.

The Lady Knights’ Sophie Agoney finished right behind Sivertsen on the scoreboard, tallying four points. Agoney hit a pair of buckets in the first half to help inch Schoenbar closer to Metlakatla. But the Lady Braves held their 18-8 lead before solidifying the win in second half.

Girls B team

Schoenbar 32, Metlakatla 4

Schoenbar’s Johanna Werth led the way for the Lady Knights, scoring a quarter of the team’s total against Metlakatla, and the Lady Knights cruised to a 32-4 win over the Lady Braves.

Werth scored six of her game-high eight points in the first half, helping Schoenbar carry a 10-3 lead into the break. Lilli Goodwin and Nisa Trotter also hit buckets in the first frame.

Goodwin finished the game with seven points, capping off her scoring spree with a 3-pointer in the second half. Seven different Lady Knights scored in the win.

After the break, Schoenbar’s Shyla Abajian tallied five points. Both Mya Milner and Azriah McGarrigan scored four points, and Carol Frey hit a basket.

Despite the ball not bouncing in Metlakatla’s favor, the Lady Braves Elizabeth Anderson hit a pair of free throws. Trisha Lindsay also hit a basket.

Schoenbar 22, Metlakatla 8

Schoenbar carried a slim 6-2 lead into the break against Metlakatla. But after the intermission, the Lady Knights found their groove, hitting seven shots, including a pair of threes, and won 22-8.

Nisa Trotter hit a game-high nine points, all of which came after the break. She drained one of the team’s threes — Lilli Goodwin hit the other — and the duo helped cap a 16-point second half.

Tasha Llanos, Mya Milner and Johanna Werth accounted for the Lady Knights’ six points in the first half. Werth finished the game with four tallies. Shyla Abajian also hit a basket to help secure the win.

Metlakatla’s Elizabeth Anderson led the way for the Lady Braves, scoring six of the team’s eight points.

Boys A team

Schoenbar 53, Metlakatla 38

Schoenbar carried a tight 23-19 lead at the half, but poured on the points in the second frame en route to its 53-38 win over Metlakatla. The Knights’ RC Lorenzo finished the game with 10 points, sinking a pair of threes in the contest. Leonaj Thomas also knocked in double figures, and finished the contest with 10 points.

Schoenbar’s Marcus Stockhausen drained a 3-pointer in the second half, and had five points in the game. Both Jace Booth and Jared Rhoads had four points for the Knights.

Metlakatla didn’t shy away from the long ball either, as the Braves sunk four 3-pointers. But it wasn’t enough to catch up to Schoenbar.

Schoenbar 64, Metlakatla 31

The Knights’ RC Lorenzo and Jared Rhoads both scored 14 points, and Leonaj Thomas tacked on 12 points, as Schoenbar rolled to a 64-31 win over Metlakatla.

The trio of double-digit scorers were offensive threats all game, as they hit at least three buckets apiece in each half.

Schoenbar’s Andrew Kleinschmidt knocked in eight points, as well. And Marcus Stockhausen drained three shots, including a first-half 3-pointer.

The Braves also did some damage from behind the arc, knocking in four 3-pointers. But Metlakatla was unable to keep pace against the Knights, as Schoenbar continued to score. All eight Knights on roster tallied points in the victory.

Boys B team

Schoenbar 61, Metlakatla 20

The Knights kept their foot on the gas pedal, offensively, against Metlakatla, and drained 27 shots in their 61-20 win over the Braves. Only three of those buckets came from beyond the arc.

Quinn Hudson drained a pair of threes. And Juan Coronel hit a long ball, to account for three of his nine points.

Both Jace Booth and Taryn Perez scored double digits, finishing the game with 10 apiece.

Schoenbar’s Kyler Secrest tallied eight points, splitting them evenly between the two halves. And Killian Connolly scored his four points in the second half.

Schoenbar 53, Metlakatla 18

Kyler Secrest and Juan Coronel scored double digits for the Knights in their 53-18 win over Metlakatla. Secrest finished the game with 16 points, splitting those evenly between the two halves. Coronel had 13 tallies, hitting a 3-pointer in the first half, and capped off the game with a pair of buckets after the break.

Ricky Colbert also hit a pair of buckets, finishing with four points. Taryn Perez had four points, as well, and Killian Connolly tallied two points.

Metlakatla drained three threes against Schoenbar, with two of those sinking after the intermission. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit, as the Knights rolled to victory.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.