Lady Angels net 2A state runner-up honors
The Bristol Bay Lady Angels capped their 2015-16 season with an outstanding effort this past weekend at the First National Bank/ASAA Class 2A state basketball tournament. The Lady Angels reeled off a 2-1 record and earned the state runner-up honors.
It was almost even more than once.
Bristol Bay breezed through the first two rounds of the state tournament and advanced to the state finals to face Petersburg. In the title game, the Lady Angels battled Petersburg to a 29-29 deadlock in the fourth quarter before the Lady Vikings managed to break open the game with a 14-5 spree.
Bristol Bay flexed its defensive muscle in the first eight minutes of the second half and whittled away a 5-point Petersburg lead. Hannah Moorcroft banked a three-point shot off the glass with 28 seconds left in the third and capped a 7-2 run that tied the game at 26-26 heading into the final period.
Petersburg's Emily Chase gave the Lady Vikings the lead back seconds into the fourth with an offensive putback. The PHS Lead turned out to be short lived, however. Rylie Lyon sprinted around a pick-and-roll and drove to the bucket for a layup that pulled the BBHS girls to a 28-28 tie with 7:01 left.
Lyon tied the game again, at 29-29, less than a minute later with a free throw.
Lyon finished with nine points.
Unfortunately for Bristol Bay, the offense went cold from there. The Lady Angels managed just five points over the final 6:06 of the contest.
Despite the loss, Anna Hansen turned in a strong effort. She pushed in 12 points and eight rebounds. Moorcroft added eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Angels more than held their own in the first. Hansen and Ruth Nashookpuk combined for six points in the first 3:56 and powered Bristol Bay to a 6-4 cushion.
Petersburg rallied back in the final minutes and took a slim 14-11 advantage into the second.
The Lady Vikings expanded its lead to nine, at 24-15, in the second before Lyon and Nashookpuk came up big and enabled the Lady Angels to finish strong. Nashookpuk knocked down a clutch three just before the buzzer and pulled Bristol Bay to within five, at 24-19.
Bristol Bay kicked off the tournament with an easy 66-33 romp over Cordova. The Lady Angels reeled off a 21-6 burst in the first quarter and never looked back.
Moorcroft led all BBHS scorers against Cordova with 22 points and seven steals. Hansen and Lyon also recorded double-digit nights with 16 and 14 points. Nashookpuk, a senior point guard, added eight.
Following its win over Cordova, the Lady Angels punched their ticket to the finals with a 60-51 victory over Point Hope. In that game, Hansen flirted with a triple-double with 22 points, 17 rebounds and five steals.
Lyon also reached the 20-point plateau in scoring.