Barrow girls cruise past Seward

The Seward girls basketball team was dismantled by the Barrow Whalers en route to a 50-30 loss on the first day of the Class 3A state championship Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.


The loss drops the Seahawks into the consolation bracket against Southcentral conference opponent Houston on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Seward coach Mark Clemens acknowledged that the difference in the game for Seward was the turnovers. The Seahawks committed 25, compared to 18 for Barrow, which translated to 23 points off turnovers.

“We had 25 turnovers which is too many, and they had 23 points on that,” Clemens said. “We scored seven on their turnovers. It’s a big part of the game right there, it’s half the points they got, off of turnovers. We knew they had a transition game, so we tried to close the game out and keep them down on that aspect. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Seward had seven players score Thursday, led by Ashley VonBorstel with seven points (and nine rebounds) and Tessa Adelmann with six.

Two of Barrow’s players — point guard Hilary Lowery and 6-foot-4 center Lynette Hepa — caused the majority of Seward’s frustration. Lowery ended up with 18 points on numerous drives to the basket, and Hepa had 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds as she towered over the competition.

“They are key players, and we need them to have a good game,” said Barrow coach Jordyn Danner. “It’s always nice to get that first game out of the way.”

The Whalers got the jump from the start by scoring seven quick points, then hitting a 12-4 point streak in the second quarter, which eventually gave them a 30-15 lead at halftime.

Seward was outscored 11-4 in the third quarter, and missed every field-goal attempt, which essentially sealed the win for Barrow.

“Those girls form a very good team,” Clemens said. “They have a good inside outside game, they got a lot of seniors so they’re very disciplined, they’ve been here before. We have one senior, a couple juniors and sophomores. We knew they were going to push the ball inside and they have Lowery, of course, which we did OK with. We just didn’t execute on offense.”

Clemens said he thinks his team will be more prepared to face off with Houston, a familiar foe, Friday.

“Hopefully the jitters are out of our system,” he said. “We went 1-1 with Houston this year and it’s going to be a good game.”

Thursday girls

Whalers 50, Seahawks 30

Barrow 15 15 11 9 —50

Seward 7 8 4 11 —30

BARROW (50) — H. Lowery 6 4-4 18, Miguel 5 1-2 12, Hepa 5 1-2 11, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Kim 0 0-0 0, Bowen 0 2-2 2, Telfair 0 0-0 0, Kaleak 0 0-0 0, A. Lowery 0 2-2 2, Suvlu 0 0-0 0, Chrestman 2 0-0 5. Totals 18 10-12 50.

SEWARD (30) — VonBorstel 1 4-6 7, Adelmann 2 1-2 6, Kromrey 1 3-5 5, Honebein 0 0-0 0, Stallings 0 0-1 0, Brockman 0 2-3 2, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Whiteshield 0 0-1 0, Jackson 2 0-0 4, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Clemens 1 0-0 2, Perea1 2-4 4. Totals 8 12-22 30.

3-point goals — Barrow 4 (H. Lowery 2, Chrestman 1, Miguel 1); Seward 2 (VonBorstel 1, Adelmann 1).

Team fouls — Barrow 20; Seward 11. Fouled out — none.


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