Angoon’s Ladonna Byers fights for the rebound against Hoonah on Wednesday night for an elimination game in the W bracket for this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament. Byers would finish the game with 11 points. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Angoon’s Ladonna Byers fights for the rebound against Hoonah on Wednesday night for an elimination game in the W bracket for this year’s Gold Medal basketball tournament. Byers would finish the game with 11 points. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Angoon knocks Hoonah out of Womens Bracket

Angoon vs. Kake at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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Hoonah and Angoon faced off for an elimination game inside the Womens Bracket for the last game on Wednesday for the Gold Medal basketball tournament.

Hoonah did their best to hold on, however, Angoon proved to be the more dominant opponent on the court, resulting in a 40-22 finish.

Angoon’s Carmaleeda Estrada said while the team is excited to advance, the history of these games and the people you share the experience with over the years is the real celebration behind the time honored tradition.

“We’re a multigenerational team, we all have played together at some point whether it was from coming home to Angoon or coming here and watching these girls that have come up from high school to play, so it’s not completely foreign to us,” Estrada said. “With playing teams like Hoonah who we’re familiar with, we’ve been playing against these people since we were in eighth grade. We have some new players coming up which is really exciting but there’s also some familiarity to it, as well.”

Tasha Heumann led Angoon in scoring and for Hoonah’s team Jonelle Staveland led with 9 points and Olivia Morrison had 8 points.

Angoon next played Kake at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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