JUNEAU (KDN) — It was a tale of two halves for both the Metlakatla High School Miss Chiefs and Craig High School Lady Panthers.
On one hand, the Miss Chiefs needed 16 more minutes to wake up after the 8 a.m. start.
On the other hand, the Lady Panthers had early morning energy but hit a wall two quarters into the Region V 2A semifinal on Thursday.
And the upshot was a 26-21 final in favor of Metlakatla.
With the win, the Miss Chiefs advance to the regional championship set for 3 p.m. on Friday. Craig bounces down to the consolation bracket, and will play that semifinal on Friday morning.
Craig sophomore Savannah Bird helped the Lady Panthers jump out to an 8-2 lead after the first quarter, and she scored five of her team-leading 10 points in the first half.
Craig carried a 10-6 lead at the break. But then the Miss Chiefs heated up.
Metlakatla senior Alexis Russell knocked in eight of her game-high 14 points after the intermission. And freshman Chloe Guthrie followed suit, scoring all eight of her points in the final two quarters, as well.
And the Miss Chiefs jumped ahead, outscoring the Lady Panthers 20-11 in the second half.
Neither team hit a 3-pointer, but both teams had their chances at the free throw line.
Metlakatla was successful 59% of the time, hitting 10-of-17, including 8-of-9 in the second half. Craig shot 64%, going 9-14 in the contest.
Metlakatla will play the Petersburg High School Lady Vikings for the Region V championship at 3 p.m. on Friday.
After falling to the Miss Chiefs, Craig hopes to gave two more games under its belt by the time the double-elimination tournament concludes on Saturday.
A win Friday morning would bump the Lady Panthers into the regional runner-up game Saturday morning. Opponents for both games are yet to be determined.
Metlakatla: Alexis Russell 14, Chloe Guthrie 8, Allison Booth 3, Samantha Marsden 1.
Craig: Savannah Bird 10, Jazmynn Bird 6, Alissa Durgan 3, Shaylee Johnson 2.
*Names and stats courtesy of official scorebook.