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Sieh powers Lady Huskies to Husky Shootout title

February 9th 7:08 pm | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

Calia Sieh wanted to bring something special to her last appearance in the annual Husky Shootout on Friday. To that end, she dug into her closet and dug out a pair of retro Air Jordans on Saturday.

After that, she took the air out of the Nome-Beltz Lady Nanooks by knocking down an impressive array of shots, leading Kotzebue to a convincing 53-31 victory that handed the Lady Huskies their second straight Husky Shootout championship.

"I just wanted to do something since I am a senior and this is the last time I'll play in the tournament," laughed Sieh. "It (her ability to score from almost anywhere on the floor) had to be the shoes. I'll probably have to wear them again."

Sieh finished the game with 22 points, including 15 from five three-point shots. She also contributed several key rebounds en route to helping the Lady Huskies claim their second win over Nome this season.

She didn't waste any time in putting Nome on the defense. After Nome's Lisa Okboak had rattled in a shot to open the game, Sieh provided the spark that singed the Nanooks all evening. Just 1:29 into the contest, she took a pass at the top of the key and drained a three that put Kotzebue on top to stay. Moments later, after fellow senior Payton McConnell had put back an offensive rebound for the Lady Huskies' second basket, Sieh pushed home another shot and upped Kotzebue's lead to 7-2.

Alanna Conwell finished off the Lady Huskies' 9-0 run seconds later with a coast-to-coast layup off a Nome turnover.

The Lady Nanooks fought back a bit from there. Nome's Kerry Ahmasuk bagged a three-point shot with 1:58 left in the first and pulled N-BHS to within 11-6.

Kotzebue put the final nail in the Lady Nanooks' coffin from there. After Conwell and Sieh had pushed home four shots from the free throw line to balloon the lead to 15-6, Sieh took a pass from Conwell in the corner and drained her second three-pointer of the period.

Sieh's basket was part of a 7-0 run by Kotzebue to end the first eight minutes of the contest.

The Lady Huskies didn't slow down from there. They opened the second with points from Conwell, McConnell and Tina Conwell and pushed their lead to 17, at 23-6, with less than five minutes remaining in the half.

Sieh was a one-person wrecking crew for Kotzebue in the first period. She scored 10 of KHS' 18 points in the frame.

Nome, which did not score a basket from the field in the second half, managed to end a 12-0 scoring run that spanned more than six minutes at the end of the first and the start of the second quarter, at the 3:23 mark of the second on a pair of free throws by Okboak.

Kotzebue held a comfortable 24-8 lead at the half.

Nome's nightmare got even worse at the start of the third. Sieh opened the second half with a three-point shot and a quick layup that ignited a 7-0 run to begin the frame. Angela Simmons added to the run with a pair of free throws.

After Nome buried its first shot from the field with 2:34 left in the third - ending a span of 15 minutes, 24 seconds in which they had failed to score a basket, Sieh knocked down another long-range trey that pushed Kotzebue's lead to 36-14.

Simmons, who finished the game with seven points, tacked on a pair of shots from the charity stripe with 56 seconds left in the frame to send KHS into the fourth with a 38-16 cushion.

Kotzebue continued to push its advantage in the fourth. Backed by five points from Tina Conwell, the Lady Huskies posted 13 points in the final stanza and cruised to a 17-point win.

The win over Nome capped an impressive three-day run by the Lady Huskies, who have won four of their past five games and improved to 9-6 overall. During their three-game appearance in the Husky Shootout, Kotzebue outscored its three opponents by a 198-115 margin.

"I thought we played pretty well," said Kotzebue head coach Jade Hill. "I was pleased with a lot of the things we did."

The Lady Huskies tipped off play in the tournament on Thursday with a 63-25 victory over Redington in the first round. They followed that with a 72-54 romp over Unalakleet on Friday.

Kotzebue will return to action this weekend when they travel to Homer to participate in the Homer Winter Carnival tournament.

 

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