Lady Whalers split twinbill with Bethel
Milya Wright scored 13 points and Kuutuuq Danner added 10 more on Friday and helped lead the Barrow Lady Whalers to a thrilling 49-38 victory over the Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors in a Western Conference showdown in Bethel.
With the victory, the third-ranked Lady Whalers salvaged a split of their two-game series with Bethel.
Barrow hushed the large crowd in Bethel's WarriorDome by reeling off a 12-4 run in the first eight minutes of the contest. Wright and Lewanne Brower helped spark the Lady Whaler run by burying clutch three-point shots.
Danner, Jordan Ahgeak and Crystalynn Tua'i also added baskets in the frame.
Barrow continued to roll offensively in the second. Danner, Brower, Wright, Ahgeak, Tua'i and Martha Kagak all pushed in points in the frame and helped lead Barrow to a 27-20 halftime cushion.
The Lady Whalers finished off the win with a 22-16 run in the second half.
Tua'i narrowly missed becoming the third Lady Whaler to reach double figures, finishing with nine points. Ahgeak added five while Becca Gerke tallied four - all from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Bethel managed to fight its way back for a win on Saturday, using a 14-6 run in the second quarter to key a 47-41 decision.
After battling to a 10-10 deadlock in the first quarter, Barrow's offense went cold. The Lady Whalers managed just two shots from the field in the second and went into the half trailing 24-16.
Wright and Sara Wolgemuth brought Barrow to life in the third. Both scored three points in the frame and spearheaded a 15-11 run that cut Bethel's lead to 35-31 at the start of the fourth.
Despite the loss, Barrow collected points from eight different players. Danner led the BHS attack with nine points. Wright added eight, while Tua'i and Wolgemuth chipped is six apiece. Ahgeak finished with four, while Brower and Chloe Mongoyak-Brower tallied three. Gerke penciled in two.
Barrow will compete in the Dimond tournament this weekend in Anchorage.