Haines advances past Metlakatla

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Isaac Henderson had the hot hand for the Metlakatla High School Chiefs in the opening quarter of the Chiefs’ Region V 2A tournament game, scoring seven points against Haines High School on Wednesday.

And a trio of threes from Metlakatla’s Coleton Hayward, Elijah Casperson and Aidan Rolando helped give the Chiefs a 20-17 lead at the half.

But as soon as the third quarter began, Metlakatla struggled to find its rhythm again, and the Haines Glacier Bears jumped out on top.

The Chiefs were held to just six points in the third frame, as the Glacier Bears posted 14 tallies, taking a 31-26 lead. And Haines won 48-40.

The loss drops the No. 2 Chiefs to the loser’s bracket, and they will square off against the Craig High School Panthers at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.

No. 3 Haines advances to the regional championship at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, although the Glacier Bears’ opponent is yet to be determined.

Haines’ Kirby Faverty led the Glacier Bears with 18 points in their victory over Metlakatla. He was one of three double-digit scorers for the Glacier Bears, as Carson Craiger and Mark Davis finished with 12 and 10, respectively.

On the flipside, Rolando was the Chiefs’ only player to hit double figures, as the Metlakatla junior finished with 11 points.

Both Henderson and Hayward had nine points.

Haines shot 69% from the free throw line, nailing 9-of-13. Metlakatla was 3-of-5 from the line.

Up Next

Metlakatla will play the Craig High School Panthers at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. Metlakatla was 3-1 against Craig this season. The Chiefs’ lone loss came in the form of a 41-40 final on Jan. 4. But the Chiefs beat the Panthers by more than 20 points in two other matchups throughout the season.

Scoring Line

Metlakatla: Aidan Rolando 11; Isaac Henderson 9; Coleton Hayward 9; Elijah Caspersen 7; Brady Milne 2; Harvey Booth 2.

Haines: Kirby Faverty 18; Carson Craiger 12; Mark Davis 10; Luke Davis 3; Wesley Verhamme 3; David Strong 2.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.

Craig up short against Wrangell

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Down 35-28 after three quarters in the Region V 2A opening matchup against the Wrangell High School Wolves, the Craig High School Panthers tried to mount a comeback in the final frame.

Craig opened the fourth quarter at Juneau-Douglas High School with a 5-0 run through the first two and a half minutes, cutting the deficit to two, 35-33.

But that was as close as No. 5 Craig could cut it, as they eventually lost 57-39 to the No. 4 Wrangell Wolves.

The loss bumps the Panthers to the losers’ bracket in the regional tournament. They’ll play Metlakatla at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Wrangell advances to play the top-seeded Petersburg High School Vikings in the Region V semifinal at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday.

After the Panthers’ 5-0 run, the Wolves flipped the script, outscoring Craig 22-6 the rest of the way.

Wrangell junior Brett Abrahamson finished the game with 20 points, and senior Trevor Miller scored 16.

Craig seniors Wayland Patton and Tim Benolken both knocked in 11 for the Panthers.

Senior teammate John McKinley chimed in with nine points, as well.

The Panthers jumped out to a quick lead over the Wolves, carrying a 19-11 lead after the first eight minutes, and Craig had a 26-22 lead at the half.

But a two-point third quarter was the lone hiccup for the Panthers, which allowed Wrangell to jump ahead to that 35-28 score.

Wrangell finished the game with seven threes, hitting shots behind the arc in every quarter. Three different Wolves hit 3-pointers, with both Abrahamson and Miller draining three apiece.

The Panthers shot three 3-pointers in their 19-point opening quarter. But their rhythm behind the arc went silent after that, as Craig struggled to hit a three the rest of the way.

At the line

Both Craig and Wrangell were fairly even at the free throw line.

The Wolves were an even 50%, hitting 10-of-20. The Panthers hit 10-of-19, nailing 53% of their freebies.

Looking ahead

Craig still has a road to the Region V title, but the Panthers would have to win four games in the next three days to claim a championship in the double-elimination tournament.

They’re 1-3 against the Metlakatla Chiefs this season.

Scoring Line

Craig: Tim Benolken 11, Wayland Patton 11, John McKinley 9, Rogan Hanson 5, Julius Mackie 3.

Wrangell: Brett Abrahamson 20, Trevor Miller 16, Sean Gillen 6, Ryan Rooney 4, Skylar Lofftus 4, Jacen Hay 3, Makai Allen 2, Devlyn Campbell 2.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.