Sage, Harpoonerettes break down Lady Bears in finals
Nothing was going to stop Amanda Sage on Saturday afternoon. Not even a broken nose that ached painfully throughout a three-day slugfest at the 18th Annual Noorvik Elders Invitational Basketball Tournament.
"We did really well," said Point Hope head coach Ramona Rock. "We had a couple injuries but the girls stepped up. I'm really proud of all the girls, especially Amanda who played well with a broken nose."
Claiming the tournament crown was anything but easy for the Harpoonerettes. Noorvik managed to stay close throughout the contest, thanks in part to the team's familiarity with Point Hope and the play of Hannah Cleveland and Emily Outwater.
Noorvik and Point Hope had played twice earlier this season, prior to meeting in the finals of the NEIT tourney.
Chelsea Tooyak and Sage managed to get hot late in the contest, and enabled the Harpoonerettes to pull away.
Tooyak finished the championship game with 31 points.
Despite the loss, Noorvik head coach John Hersrud said he was pleased with the team's effort overall effort.
"We played excellent," he said. "We had three solid wins."
Kiana claimed third in the overall standings by edging out Selawik on Saturday.
Kiana, which had a height advantage, was sparked by the play of Amber Barr and Lindsey Westlake Reich.
Selawik was paced by Justene Henry.
Kivalina, backed by the inside punch of Lanette Adams, finished fifth.
Teams competing in the tournament included Noorvik, Selawik, Point Hope, Kiana and Kivalina.