Lady Whalers take 2nd at West Valley Invitational
Kuutuuq Danner and Crystalynn Tuia'i both turned in outstanding performances this past weekend and helped power the Barrow Lady Whalers to a second-place finish at the West Valley Invitational in Fairbanks. The BHS girls finished the two-day tournament with just a single loss.
Barrow dominated pool play on Friday, reeling off a perfect 9-1 record in a series of one-game matches. Among the wins was a 25-22 victory over West Valley, the team they would face in the tournament championship the following day. With their pool-play effort, Barrow entered Saturday's Gold Division as the top seed.
Barrow easily advanced to the championship game by downing Eagle River in the semifinals. West Valley earned its way into the championship game via a win over Kodiak in the other semifinal.
Barrow got off to a quick start against West Valley in Game 1 of the best-of-three match. The Lady Whalers pounded out the first two points and held a 2-0 advantage.
West Valley stormed back on their first possession, scoring seven unanswered points to take the upper hand. They finished off Game 1 with a 18-9 spree.
After fighting its way through a tough 16-15 start to Game 2, West Valley sealed the win with a 9-0 spree in Game 2.
Danner and Tuia'i were both named to the all-tournament squad, as was West Valley's Jozey Martellaro, Eva Heinrichs and Lane Pomeroy. Martelaro was the tournament's MVP. In addition to the West Valley and Barrow players, Eagle River's Kaylee Barch and Shelby Dunn, Lathrop's Maria Dickinson, Kathryn Carstens and Kyla Nocon, of Kodiak, were also named to the all-tournament team.