Lady Huskies capture title at Subway Showdown
It might have been by the slimmest of margins, but a title is a title as far as the Kotzebue Lady Huskies are concerned.
Kotzebue won a three-team tiebreaker on Saturday and was named the winner of the 2018 Nome Subway Showdown tournament. Kotzebue, Nome-Beltz and Point Hope all finished the tournament with 2-1 records, forcing officials to resort to a point-differential tiebreaker to determine the champion.
Kotzebue, which is scheduled to begin a three-day trip to Southeast Alaska this weekend, kicked off play in the Subway Showdown on Thursday with a thrilling clutch victory over the Unalakleet Wolfpack. Calia Sieh and Alanna Conwell combined for 29 points in the contest and helped lift the Lady Huskies to a 59-37 victory.
Sieh led all KHS scorers with 15 points. Conwell added 14.
The Lady Huskies, powered by a game-high 20 points from Sieh, picked up their second win of the event with a 54-42 victory over Nome-Beltz in the semifinals.
Conwell also reached double figures for Kotzebue by throwing in 15.
The Point Hope Lady Harpooners threw a wrench into the Lady Huskies' bid for an outright title on Friday by claiming a tense 50-49 decision.
Bridgett Oviok and Terza Oviok keyed the Lady Harpooners' efforts. Bridgett poured in 17 points. Terza added 11.
Caitlin Conwell led all scorers in the matchup with 21 points. Alanna Conwell chipped in 17.
Nome spoiled Point Hope's title hopes on Saturday by grinding out a 53-49 nail-biter.
In the loss to Nome, Bridgett Oviok pumped in 20 points. Nicole Hank added eight.
The Lady Harpooners' other victory came via a 67-43 victory over Unalakleet. In that game, Bridgett Oviok poured in 22 points. Teammate Jordyn Lane added 16.
Nome-Beltz edged Point Hope in the tiebreaker and was tabbed the tournament runner-up.
The Kotzebue boys didn't fair as well as the girls. The Huskies went 0-3 in their outing and finished fourth.
Unalakleet, despite solid outings from Frank Sheldon and Kaesyn Hill, handed Kotzebue a 68-54 setback in the first round of action. Sheldon scored 14 points in the contest, while Hill added 12.
The Huskies dropped a 56-34 decision to Nome-Beltz in their next outing.
Despite the loss, Kotzebue picked up 14 from Sheldon and eight more from Henry Sherman.
Point Hope cemented its third-place finish in the tournament standings with a 66-48 victory over Kotzebue in their final frame.
Jalen Cannon and Henry Kowunna both starred for Point Hope. Cannon finished with 24, while Kowunna chipped in 17.
Hill led all Huskies with 15. Sherman added 10.
Unalakleet edged out Nome to win the boys' championship.
Kotzebue will travel to Sitka this weekend.