Lady Wolverines win pair in Fairbanks

From left, Edrea Navarro and Inga Arvidson block out a taller Valdez player to secure a rebound for the Lady Wolverines. Photo by Mikie McHone/For The Cordova Times
December 22, 2017 photo: From left, Edrea Navarro and Inga Arvidson block out a taller Valdez player to secure a rebound for the Lady Wolverines. Photo by Mikie McHone/For The Cordova Times

Despite traveling to Fairbanks with only six players, Cordova’s Lady Wolverines swept Effie Kokrine in a pair of 2A Interior Conference games on Jan. 5 and 6.

In the first game, Cordova poured in a season high 61 points, winning 61-23. The Lady W’s doubled Effie, 38-19, in the second contest.

Cordova’s Edrea Navarro had 22 points the first night and 16 the next.

Nailea Martinez, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, continued to be a key contributor, with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the opener, followed by 12 points and 9 rebounds in the rematch.

Keyona Mattson, a transfer from Houston High in the MatSu area, had eight points the first night.

Abby Bourgeois sat out both games with injuries from the Rally the Regions tournament a week earlier. Despite the long travel, the remaining five girls “managed to play well without fouling out both days,” said CHS Coach Brad Sjostedt.

The Lady Wolverines have now won three games in a row, and will enter the Cordova Tipoff with a 3-5 overall record.

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Dick Shellhorn, author, reporter, ref and grandpa, can be reached at shorn@gci.net. Shellhorn was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and has lived there his entire life. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 40 years. In his Cordova Chronicles features, he writes about the history and characters of this Alaska town. Alaska Press Club awarded Shellhorn first place for Best Humor column in 2016 and third place in 2017.