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Hoops squads 3-1 in Wrangell series


Haines varsity basketball teams tallied a 3-1 record against Wrangell last weekend, highlighted by a last-second three-pointer that propelled the boys to victory.

Sophomore Hudson Sage drained a three-pointer at the buzzer in Friday’s game at Wrangell to clinch a 54-52 Glacier Bear win.

“We had a great time after the game and were fired up in the locker room,” said coach Steve Fossman.

Sage’s trey gave him 8 points for the night. Senior Trevor Cox was the top scorer for Haines, with 23 points, and sophomore Dylan Swinton added a dozen. Cox shot 11-for-12 from the foul line.

The Wolves stormed back the following night with fierce full-court pressure that led to an 83-44 win. Cox and Swinton again led in scoring, notching 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the Glacier Bear defeat.

Haines traveled to Petersburg Jan. 13, before the Wrangell series. The Vikings took the win, 68-30. Cox poured in 19 points in the losing effort.

Fossman said he appreciated getting another game in on the way to Wrangell.

“It went well playing Petersburg, and having a day off was fine,” he said. “It went by pretty quick for me, and I wasn’t on the court.”

The Haines girls went 2-0 against Wrangell at home.

Senior Kayley Swinton scored 22 points in Friday’s 58-38 shellacking of the Wolves. Senior Destinee Cowart had 10 points and sophomore Brittney Bradford added 8.

Swinton torched the Wolves for 30 points the next night, including 10 points from the free-throw line, as the Glacier Bears won game two, 58-52. Cowart scored 14 points and senior Autumn Gross had 8.

Coach Greg Brittenham noted Cowart also reached double-figure rebounds each night, and senior Jenae Larson played strong defense.

He said Wrangell narrowed the margin with better rebounding on Saturday. “That’s important for us, that we need more offensive and defensive boards.”

The junior varsity girls head to Whitehorse this weekend, and the boys’ and girls’ squads will be off to Metlakatla the following weekend for a conference series.


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