Lady Huskies sweep games
Kotzebue opened the weekend series with a 29-25 win in overtime on Friday?The Lady Huskies took a 13-11 lead into halftime, and neither team could stretch to a two-point lead all game?With 1:20 to play, Calia Sieh hit a three-pointer to give Kotzebue a 25-23 lead, but Bethel would answer with a layup by Courtney Williams to send the game into overtime.
"That was a big-time shot by Calia," said Kotzebue head coach Jade Hill? "We're trailing by one, approaching one minute to play and she had played tremendous defense for nearly the entire game, and none of it phased her at all."
Sieh drew the assignment of defending Williams, Bethel's top scorer, and held her to nine points for the game, but wasn't as confident as she appeared.
"It was a big relief," said Sieh?"My shots weren't dropping all game."
In the extra period, Tina Conwell went 2-2 from the free-throw line and Sieh and Alanna Conwell each added a free throw. The Lady Huskies' defense held the Warriors scoreless to secure the win.
Conwell finished with nine points? Sieh and Ashley Ramoth had eight each.?"It's been a good season," said Hill? "But after blowing a lead late against Bethel at the Anchorage Christian Tournament to lose by one, it was good for our confidence to finally come out on top against them."?The Lady Huskies were able to start a streak of their own on Saturday. Kotzebue held Bethel scoreless in the second quarter and took a 20-10 lead into half-time.
The Warriors made a run in the third quarter, but the Lady Huskies stemmed the tide with a key three-pointer by Ramoth and an offensive rebound and put-back by Payton McConnell? Caitlin Conwell provided the spark in the final period with four points, two coming on a steal at midcourt and finish through a hard foul for an "and-one" opportunity.
"This may have been Payton's best game of the season," said Hill? "Tina is showing a lot of improvement late in the season, and I don't know where we'd be without the twins (Maite and Belen Nelson)?They are so athletic, give great energy on defense and are dynamic scorers."
Alanna Conwell led the Huskies with 13 points and Ramoth added 11, including her third and fourth 3-pointers of the weekend.
Kotzebue is scheduled to close out the regular season Friday and Saturday when they host the Barrow Whalers, ranked first in the latest Winning Percentage Index, a formula the Alaska School Activities Association uses to seed and fill out the field for the state tournament?
Kotzebue High School will also be hosting the 1A Regional Tournament, in what figures to be a great atmosphere.