Yakutat’s Sharnel Vale-Dries (40) drives the lane for a 2-point shot against Angoon on Friday for W bracket Gold Medal basketball at JDSH. Vale-Dries finished the game with 2 points. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Yakutat’s Sharnel Vale-Dries (40) drives the lane for a 2-point shot against Angoon on Friday for W bracket Gold Medal basketball at JDSH. Vale-Dries finished the game with 2 points. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Yakutat leaves Angoon behind for W bracket championship game

POW vs. Yakutat at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Yakutat and Angoon faced off for one more game against one another in the Women’s Bracket to determine who would advance to Saturday’s championship game against Prince of Wales in this year’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at ​​Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé.

Angoon played with a lot of heart but as the game progressed, Yakutat managed to stay in front by at least 15 points for the last three quarters for a 50-33 finish.

Yakutat’s Trinity Jackson said she’s excited to be going on to the final game on Saturday, especially because this was her first experience in playing on a Gold Medal team. Jackson was previously a standout on the JDHS girls basketball team.

“I love playing with these girls,” Jackson said. “All of us are very comfortable with each other, we all trust each other with the ball and we don’t have to worry about anyone throwing it away because of the level of trust we all have. For Saturday, we’ll be more focused on more boxing out and making sure we shut down their dribblers, No. 23 Michaela Demmert on POW is really good, they have a lot of talent on that team, so it’s just a matter of shutting down their main players and getting our offense and defense together.”

Nadine Fraker led in scoring for Yakutat with 13 points, and for Angoon, Frances Dowd led with 8 points.

Yakutat now advances to Saturday’s championship game at 2 p.m. against Prince of Wales.

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

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