Lady Wolverines challenge SuValley

Lady Wolverine Jacey Pallas drives past a defender during the Valdez Elks Tournament on Feb. 11, 2022. Photo by Joe Prax

Cordova’s Lady Wolverines continue to improve, battling back from a 37-14 loss to visiting Conference rival SuValley on Feb. 23, to make it close in the rematch the next evening.

Playing before a packed gym on Feb. 24, which was Homecoming Night, the Lady Ws displayed depth and improvement in all aspects of their game.

CHS competed all the way, trailing 8-5 at the quarter, 20-15 at halftime, and 33-27 after three quarters before losing by a 42-33 final.

Better ball handling against the SuValley press forced the Rams to drop out of that defense, and CHS also found scoring on the inside which was not there the previous night.

In the Wednesday game, SuValley held Cordova to 14 points total; in the Thursday rematch, Cordova scored 15 points in the first half alone and trailed by only 5 at that juncture.

“I was really proud of the way the girls bounced back,” Cordova coach Stacie Webber said. “They played hard from start to finish, and have come a long way this season.”

Cordova’s Jade Starky pulls down a rebound during the Valdez Elks Tournament on Feb. 11. 2022. Photo by Joe Prax

Senior Amee Hamberger led Cordova with 10 points in the second game.

Scrappy senior Jacey Pallas had 6 of Cordova’s 14 points in the first game. In a testimony to her toughness, at one point in that game, she had a tooth knocked out during a rebounding scrum, left briefly after it was found on the court, and then returned to play the rest of the game.

Now 3-9 overall on the season, the Lady Wolverines will have a chance to recuperate from nine games in fourteen days before heading to Tok for the 2A Interior Conference playoffs on March 10-12, 2022.

Individual scoring:

Game 1:  Cordova:  Hamberger 2, Starky 2, Pallas 6, Estes 4.  SuValley:   Roderick 10, Kehoe 9, Barron 4, Spotts 2, Gosset 6, Morgan 2.  Game 2:  Cordova:  Goss 5, Hamberger 10, Starky 8, Pallas 2, Jacob 5, Tiedeman 3.  SuValley:  Roderick 9, Kehoe 10, Wilson 3, Barron 14, Spotts 2, Gossett 2, Morgan 2.

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Dick Shellhorn is a lifelong Cordovan. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 50 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 2020, and third place in 2017 and 2019. He also received second place for Best Editorial Commentary in 2019. Shellhorn has written two books about Alaska adventures: Time and Tide and Balls and Stripes. Reach him at shorn@gci.net.