Lady Wolverines narrowly miss trip to state

Cordova’s Lady Wolverines narrowly missed a trip to the State 2A Tournament, falling to Glennallen 39-36 in the crucial consolation game at Interior Conference playoffs on Saturday, March 10 in Nenana.

The Lady W’s lead 24-20 at halftime, and 33-32 after three quarters, in a tense battle for the second berth at State.  It wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that Glennallen rallied to win by a 39-36 final.

Jieller Tabara had big game for CHS, pouring in a season high 14 points; steady Abby Bourgeois added 10.  Gloria Jacobsen led the Panthers with 17.

Cordova opened the tournament with a 43-38 upset of Glennallen on Thursday, March 8.  It was the Lady Wolverines who rallied late to win in another close battle between these well-matched Conference rivals.  CHS trailed 13-12 at the half, tied it 25-25 after three periods, and then poured in 18 points in the final stanza to win 43-38.

Seven different players scored for Cordova in the final quarter.  Bourgeois topped the balanced CHS offense with 12 points. Jacobsen led Glennallen with 17 before fouling out.

Nenana, the top seed, knocked off Cordova 64-32 in the Friday, March 11 game for first place.  The Lynx outscored CHS 28-9 in the second half and went on to place third at the State 2A tournament.

Cordova’s Abby Bourgeois and Edrea Narvarro were named to the All-Conference team.

The Lady Wolverines finished the season with an overall record of 12 wins and 13 losses.    With Samantha Vargas the only senior, CHS will have a strong squad returning next year.

Individual scoring:

Game 1:  Cordova:  Navarro 9, Bourgeois 12, Tabara 3, Mattson 6, Arvidson 2, Vargas, A. 5, Witsoe 2, Vargas. S. 4.   Glennallen:  Lorence 11, Tyone 8, Hutchison 2, Jacobsen 17.  Game 2:  Cordova: Navarro 2, Bourgeois 9, Tabara 5, Mattson 3, Arvidson 2, Vargas, A. 6, Vargas, S. 5.  Nenana:  DelRosa 5, Tremblay 20, Stolla 7, Frankson 6, Nickoli 14, Agwlak 12.   Game 3:  Cordova:  Navarro 4, Bourgeios 10, Tabara 14, Arvidson 5, Vargas, S. 3.  Glennallen:  Sawyer 3, Lorence 5, Tyone 8, Hutchison 3, Jacobsen, Gloria 17, Jacobsen, Grace 2.

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Dick Shellhorn, author, reporter, ref and grandpa, can be reached at 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.