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Seahawks girls fall to 5th place

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011

ANCHORAGE -- The Seward girls basketball team hadn't lost a game by more than nine points before the Class 3A state tournament.

Photo By Klas Stolpe/Juneau Empire
Photo By Klas Stolpe/Juneau Empire
Seward's Catie Zweifel has her shot blocked by Barrow's Lynette Hepa during the Seahawks' 70-29 semifinal loss to the Whalers during the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Friday.

Certainly hadn't lost by more than 40.

Yet that's exactly what happened Friday night at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, where Barrow steamrolled into the 3A title game with a 70-29 victory over Seward in the semifinals.

On Saturday, Barrow defeated Kotzebue 58-31 to win the championship.

"They are a great team," Seward coach Curtis Berry said. "We knew we were going to have to play well for 32 minutes."

Seward, which lost to Sitka 45-42 in the third-place game Saturday, kept the score close against the top-ranked Whalers.

The Seahawks took a 13-7 lead into the second quarter, and trailed 24-20 at halftime.

Then the Whalers came to life.

They used a 26-1 run in the third to blow the game open behind the shooting of Jaleen Simmonds, who finished 9 of 11 from the field, 5 of 5 from the free-throw line and scored 23 points.

And after hitting 66 percent of their shots in the first quarter, the Seahawks finished the game 5 of 29 overall.

Meg Berry scored a team-high 14, but she was 3-of-14 from the field.

Curtis Berry said Seward's struggles were a combination of fatigue, a lack of confidence in the second half and the fact Barrow has so much talent.

"The girls took it pretty hard," he said. "But they need to realize that just because we missed out on this opportunity, there isn't another one around the corner. That's a life lesson."

Seward nearly capitalized on its chance to earn third place, but fell just shy against Sitka on Saturday.

In that game, Meg Berry scored 11 points, while Tessa Adelmann added 10.

It was a close game all the way through as the Wolves held a 11-9 advantage through eight minutes and a 25-21 lead at halftime.

Sitka had just one player score in double figures, but four who tallied six points or more.

With the loss, Seward settled for fifth place. The Seahawks opened the tournament with a 68-51 win against Craig.

"It means opportunity," Curtis Berry said. "This is how you build programs. The girls know what it feels like to be here, and now they will be motivated to get back."

The chances of that happening are good because the team loses just one senior -- Emily Draper. Four of the five starters return along with a few key reserves, meaning the Seahawks should compete for a Southcentral Conference tournament title in 2011-12.

Curtis Berry expects the league to be strong, however, because every team returns the bulk of its talent, he said.

For the players, making a state-tournament debut is motivation to return.

"It's amazing just to be here," Meg Berry said. "It's been a lot of work, but finally paying off."

Friday

Whalers 70, Seahawks 29

Barrow 7 17 26 20 --70

Seward 13 7 1 8 --29

BARROW (70) -- Brower 1 0-0 3, Bowen 0 0-0 0, Kim 0 2-2 2, Smith 9 5-5 23, Simmonds 5 0-0 13, Miguel 0 0-0 0, Kanayurak 1 0-0 2, Lowery 1 1-4 3, Gerke 2 7-10 11, Hepa 4 1-2 9, Havea 2 0-0 4, Chrestman 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 25 16-25 70.

SEWARD (29) -- Erchinger 0 0-0 0, Lindquist 1 0-0 2, Zweifel 0 0-0 0, VonBorstel 0 2-4 2, Berry 3 6-8 14, Draper 0 1-2 1, Stallings 2 2-4 6, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Clarke 0 0-4 0, Adelmann 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 7 13-25 29.

3-point field goals -- Barrow 4 (Simmonds 3, Brower); Seward 2 (Berry 2). Team fouls -- Barrow 11, Seward 19. Fouled out -- Clarke.

Saturday

Wolves 45, Seahawks 42

Seward 9 12 10 11 --42

Sitka 11 14 11 9 --45

SEWARD (42) -- Erchinger 0 0-0 0, Lindquist 0 0-0 0, Zweifel 2 0-0 5, Berry 4 0-0 11, Draper 2 0-0 5, Stallings 1 4-6 6, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Clarke 2 1-2 5, Adelmann 5 0-0 10. Totals -- 16 5-8 42.

SITKA (45) -- Phippen 0 0-0 0, Ramil 5 2-2 13, Ady 4 2-5 10, Potrzuski 4 0-2 9, Huddlestun 2 3-4 7, Workman 0 0-0 0, Fuller 0 0-0 0, Wathen 2 1-4 6, Reid 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 8-17 45.

3-point field goals -- Seward (Berry 3, Draper, Zweifel); Sitka 3 (Ramil, Potrzuski, Wathen). Team fouls -- Seward 15, Sitka 10. Fouled out -- Clarke.

Class 3A all-tourney team

Girls

Dallas Dickerson, Anchorage Christian

Lynette Hepa, Barrow

Sariah Aady, Sitka

Meg Berry, Seward

Jaleen Simmonds, Barrow

Christina Fields, Kotzebue

Melissa Gerke, Barrow

Melissa Castle, Craig

Heather Gallahorn, Kotzebue

Nicole Smith, Barrow



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