Lady Whalers nap top seed in WC tournament with sweep
When Dana Chrestman was whistled for her third personal foul early in the third quarter on Saturday, more than a few Barrow Lady Whalers winced in pain.
Fortunately for Barrow, Chrestman made Nome-Beltz pay dearly for the whistle. The 5-foot-10 senior helped the Lady Whalers break open a tight game in the final eight minutes and cruise to a 53-46 come-from-behind win and a sweep of their two-game series in the Nome-Beltz gym.
Chrestman helped spark a 19-13 fourth-quarter barrage by highlighting a 7-0 run midway through the frame with a three-point bomb. The 7-0 run broke open a 38-36 battle.
Nome, which was led by the play of Devyn Johnson, refused to go down quietly.
After Barrow senior Lynette Hepa had pushed in her third basket of the third quarter in the closing seconds of the third to stake the Lady Whalers to a 32-30 lead, Nome-Beltz flexed its muscle.
The Lady Nanooks opened the fourth quarter with baskets from Shayla Johnson and Addie Ahmasuk and tied the game at 34-34 with 6:10 to play.
Barrow managed to regain a slight lead from there as Angela Miguel and Hilary Lowery both pushed in shots that enabled the BHS girls to grab a shaky 40-36 cushion.
Chrestman all but punched out Nome's hopes from there. She took a pass off the wing and drilled a trey that staked the Lady Whalers to a nine-point cushion, at 45-36, with 3:30 left in regulation.
Moments later, she drove the final nail into Nome's coffin by picking off a pass and passing the ball into Lowery for a basket that put Nome on the ropes.
Lowery finished the game as Barrow's top scorer with 18 points. Hepa and Miguel chipped 14 and 12, respectively, while Chrestman added nine.
Nome's Devyn Johnson led Nome. The N-BHS standout scored a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half to keep the Lady Nanooks within striking distance.
Barrow claimed a 59-43 win over Nome on Friday in the opener of the series.
Four BHS players scored into double figures in Game 1 for the Lady Whalers. Leading the way with 18 points was Lowery.
Miguel and Hepa tallied 15 and 12, respectively. Chrestman added 11.
With the win, Barrow clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Western Conference Basketball Tournament. Nome-Beltz will enter the event, which will be held next weekend at Dimond High School in Anchorage.
Bethel and Kotzebue will also be competing in the tournament.