Hank, Lane lead Harpoonerettes past Glennallen for third
ANCHORAGE - The Point Hope High School Harpoonerettes walked off the Wells Fargo Sports Complex floor on Saturday with mixed emotions. On one hand, they were happy with a 48-40 victory over the Glennallen Lady Panthers that cinched third in the final standings at the 2017 ASAA Class 2A State Basketball Championships.
On the other hand, they felt as if they let an opportunity to play for their fifth state title since 1993 slip away.
"I honestly believe they should have been in the championship game," said head coach Ramona Rock. "I believe they are one of the better teams here. We just had an off game (against Nenana) and you can't have those type of games at state. We're happy with third, but I believe we could have done more."
Glennallen probably wouldn't argue with Rock's suggestion too much. The Lady Panthers watched Nichole Hank and Jordyn Lane put together a 17-4 run in the final 8 minutes of regulation en route to guiding the Harpoonerettes to the win.
After Glennallen had taken a 38-36 lead with 6:20 left in regulation, Hank found "her spot" and gave Point Hope the spark it needed to squash the Lady Panthers' hopes. Hank knocked down three 15-foot jumpers from the elbow and sparked an 8-2 run that all but sank Glennallen.
"That is my spot," said Hank, a slick-shooting sophomore. "Whenever I can get there, I look to shoot it."
All three of her shots found the bottom of the net and pushed the PHHS girls to a 42-38 lead. Lane tossed in a left-handed floater from within the paint and a layup moments later to cement the Harpoonerettes' win.
For Lane, the team's success in rebounding from Friday's 44-30 loss to Zenana was simple: They played with more energy.
"Our energy level was higher today," said Lane, who finished with a team-high 16 points and four assists. "Yesterday, our energy level was pretty low, but this morning we got our energy up and we were able to play much better."
We didn't even look like we knew how to play ball yesterday," she said. "I think we could have done better. I would have rather played for the championship, but it is what it is. We can't do anything about it. We just have to get back to work and get ready for next year."
Against Nenana, Terza Oviok and Hank led the Point Hope attack. Ovoid tallied nine points in the loss. Hank and Bridgett Oviok added eight and seven, respectively.
The Harpoonerettes opened the tournament on Thursday with a rousing 53-48 victory over Metlakatla.
In the first-round win, Lane poured in a game-high 18 points and dished out five assists. Hank added 14 points.