Lady Huskies earn split with Bethel in final road swing
Colleen Snyder and the Kotzebue High School Lady Huskies found a reason to smile this past weekend, earning a split of their final series with the Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors.
Kotzebue, which nailed down third in the regional tournament seeding, used a solid fourth-quarter run to claim a stunning 32-20 victory on Friday. The Lady Huskies, sparked by seven points from Snyder, outscored Bethel by a 12-4 clip in the final eight minutes.
Snyder and Paeton Schaeffer helped Kotzebue get off to a quick start. Both knocked down three-pointers in the first period and led Kotzebue to an 8-7 edge.
The KHS defense came up huge for the Lady Huskies in the second. Kotzebue limited Bethel to just one shot from the field in the frame and paved the way for the Lady Huskies' 16-9 halftime advantage.
Bethel fought its way back in the third. Backed by five points from Rebecca Brink, the Lady Warriors reeled off a 7-4 run in the stanza and pulled to within 20-16 heading into the fourth.
Stephanie Sampson was Kotzebue's second-leading scorer with six points. Schaeffer added five.
Bethel, the No. 4 seed in the regional tournament, rallied back to salvage a split of the series on Saturday. Rianna Joseph pumped in 21 points and led the Lady Warriors to a slim 41-37 come-from-behind decision.
Kotzebue got off to a quick start against the BRHS defense. Snyder keyed a 13-7 first-quarter run by throwing in three three-point shots in the opening frame.
The Lady Huskies extended their lead to eight in the second with a 10-8 effort and took a 23-15 cushion in the half.
The Lady Warriors roared back to tie the game in the third, sending the contest into the final frame knotted at 28-28.
Joseph led a 13-9 run in the final eight minutes by pumping in seven of her points.
Snyder led all KHS scorers with 16 points. Mary Sue Hyatt added six, while Sampson and Magdeline Booth chipped in four.