Yakutat's Dani Go lays the ball up against Klawock's Ashley Huffine during the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday. Klawock won 37-35.

Yakutat's Dani Go lays the ball up against Klawock's Ashley Huffine during the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday. Klawock won 37-35.

Klawock girls claim Region V title

  • By KEVIN GULLUFEN
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 12:25pm
  • Sports

At Thunder Mountain High School on Friday, the Klawock girls basketball team held Yakutat at bay in the closing seconds of the Region V 1A girls basketball championship.

The Chieftains secured their 37-35 win over the Eagles despite a nerve-wracking fourth quarter, as Yakutat stifled Klawock’s offense in the closing seconds. The intensity built from the tip off, and both teams left every bit of energy out on the floor when the final buzzer sounded.

Yakutat’s dogged defender Sarah Newlun had the unenviable assignment of keeping Klawock point guard Ashley Huffine in check, and gobbled up turnovers that may have single-handedly kept her team in the game. Despite Neulin’s impressive performance, Huffine scored a game-high 19 points to lead her team to victory.

In her first year with the high school team, Klawock head coach Mary Edenshaw is taking her girls to the “big show.”

“I’m so proud of them. I’ve coached some the younger girls since sixth grade,” she said. “The seniors are a little less used to me, so we had a little bit of growing to do but I felt we’ve done it. … This group of girls right now, they’re a great bunch.”

Edenshaw added that the fundamentals brought her team the Region V trophy.

“Defense, boxing out, rebounding and defense,” she said. “It was a low-scoring game and the team that got the last rebound basically won the game.”

Though suffering a tough loss, one that could have easily gone their way, Yakutat’s head coach expressed pride in his team’s play.

“These girls left it all out on the court,” coach Rose Gordon said. “We’re not done yet, we have another game (Saturday) and we still have a chance to go to state. … Couldn’t have asked for a better performance. What a championship game, these girls do everything I ask.”

Behind Klawock’s Huffine, the Chieftains were led in scoring by Raven Chafin with 11.

Yakutat was led in defeat by Janie Jenson with 15, Dani Go with eight, and Sarah Newlun with seven.

Klawock moves on to the 1A state tournament starting on March 16 in Anchorage.

Klawock's Ashley Huffine, left, shoots against Yakutat's Sarah Newlun during the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday. Klawock won 37-35.

Klawock’s Ashley Huffine, left, shoots against Yakutat’s Sarah Newlun during the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday. Klawock won 37-35.

Klawock's Ashley Huffine, center, celebrates with teammates Taya Marvin, right, and Mariah Sanderson after beating Yakutat 37-35 in the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday.

Klawock’s Ashley Huffine, center, celebrates with teammates Taya Marvin, right, and Mariah Sanderson after beating Yakutat 37-35 in the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game at Thunder Mountain High School on Friday.

Klawock's Raven Chafin, center, is stripped of the ball by Yakutat's Shaye Jensen, left, and Dani Go during the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game on Friday. Klawock won 37-35.

Klawock’s Raven Chafin, center, is stripped of the ball by Yakutat’s Shaye Jensen, left, and Dani Go during the 1A Region V Basketball Championship game on Friday. Klawock won 37-35.

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