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Alaska girls jump over Nunavut in basketball

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006


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  Alaska's Karen Senette (11) drives past Nunavut's Melissa Aknavigak (5) for a layup. Photo By Allan Rudisill

Alaska's Emaleah Olsen (15) forces her way past Nunavut's Catherine Anayoak (1) and gets away from the crowd.

Photo By Allan Rudisill

The Alaska girls basketball team’s aggressive play and offensive rebounding led them to a 90-44 win over Nunavut Wednesday at Cook Inlet Academy.

The win pushed the girl’s record to 3-1 in this years Arctic Winter Games, while Nunavut fell to 0-4. It’s the second time Alaska has beaten Nunavut in the Games this year, with the previous meeting resulting in a 77-50 Team Alaska win.

The Alaska girls also gained experience and confidence after coming off their first defeat of the games in Tuesday night’s 57-56 loss to undefeated Northwest Territories.

“Last night (Tuesday) was an awesome game for usNWT (Northwest Territories) just outperformed us, but it helped us out emotionally,” Alaska girls coach Deb Lowney said. “This game (Wednesday) gave the kids that weren’t really digging in or stepping up a chance to perform and it really built our bench up.”


Alaska's Karen Senette (11) drives past Nunavut's Melissa Aknavigak (5) for a layup.

Photo By Allan Rudisill

Lacey Wortham led Alaska with a game-high 18 points in Wednesday’s win, while Emaleah Olsen scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half for Alaska.

“We really mixed up our lineup. There were several girls that needed to step up,” Alaska’s Piper Daugherty said.

Alaska shot just shy of 50-percent from the field netting 25-of-57 shots in the second half, while Nunavut was limited to 7-of-34 shooting.

“We tried our best and did all we could,” Aknauigak added. She finished with 11 points. Tanis Peterson pitched in nine points for Nunavut.

Lindsay Layland added 13 points, Hannah Delaney scored 12, Karen Senette scored 11, and April Heffner had 10 for team Alaska.

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