Harpoonerettes finish fifth in Class 1A tourney
The Point Hope Harpoonerettes would have made Gen. George S. Patton proud with their efforts at the Class 2AA girls' state basketball championships on Wednesday. All Point Hope did was take their best shot in regulation.
And in the first overtime period ...
And the second ...
And the third ...
With three Point Hope starters on the bench with five fouls as the third overtime came to a close, the Glennallen Lady Panthers finally managed to claim third place in the overall 2A standings with a 68-61 victory in front of a large crowd at Sullivan Arena.
Glennallen got off to a quick start against the Harpoonerettes. The Lady Panthers outscored Point Hope by a 12-5 margin in the first quarter.
The Harpoonerettes, who had three players score into double figures in the game, answered back in the second. Point Hope posted a 16-8 run in the ensuing game and took a slim 21-20 lead into the half.
Glennallen outscored Point Hope by a 24-23 margin in the final 16 minutes of regulation and sent the game into OT tied at 44-44.
Glennallen kept the pressure on in the first OT frame. The Lady Panthers reeled off a 7-5 run in the first 3:55 of the frame and held a 52-50 advantage.
Jasmine Tooyak spoiled Glennallen's celebration plans. She knocked down a shot with five seconds left in the frame to force a 52-52 tie and force a second OT frame.
The Lady Panthers opened the second overtime frame with a quick 4-0 run that put the Harpoonerettes down 56-52.
Point Hope refused to go away. Chelsea Tooyak drained a three-point shot with a 2:30 left in the frame to cut Glennallen's lead to one at 56-55. Just over a minute later, Jasmine Tooyak hit a pair of free throws that staked Point Hope to a 57-55 advantage.
Glennallen's Kendal Maslen hit a free throw with 50 seconds left that tied the game again.
Unfortunately for the Harpoonerettes, fouls became a huge issue. Point Hope played much of the third OT period without Jasmine Tooyak, Tamera Koenig and LeAnne Henry Ooyuan Lane and Chelsea Tooyak played with four.
Point Hope triple-overtime loss to Glennallen came on the heels of an equally as tough setback to Dillingham in the second round. The Lady Wolverines used a last-second free throw from Brynn Tennyson to claim a 43-42 semifinal win that propelled them into the state finals.
Point Hope set the tempo for the matchup with Dillingham. The Harpoonerettes actually led for much of the game.
Point Hope outscored Dillingham by a 22-21 clip in the first half, and then stretched that lead to 33-31 in the third quarter.
Chelsea Tooyak staked Point Hope to a slim 42-40 lead with 1:05 left in the fourth by hitting two free throws.
Dillingham came back to hit two free throws of their own 20 seconds later to tie the game at 42-42.
Tennyson prevented the game from going into OT by sinking the second of two free throw shots with five seconds left in the game.
Sage led all Point Hope scorers in the game by throwing in 20 points. Chelsea Tooyak and Jasmine Tooyak added nine apiece.
Point Hope didn't have any trouble in collecting a win on the in tournament opener. The team, backed by a 25-point, 11-rebound effort from Chelsea Tooyak, rolled to an easy 59-34 romp over Nenana.
Jasmine Tooyak added 15 points in the win