Tough competition in Valdez for Cordova girls

It’s been a tough season for the Cordova girls basketball team, and one look at the bracket for the 40th Annual Elks Tournament foreshadowed more of the same.

In the opening round on Feb. 9, Cordova High School fell to Seward 60-18. Shaunessi Schandel led Cordova with 6 points.

The next day the Lady Wolverines played their best game against Redington. Trailing 8-15 at halftime, they came out with solid defensive pressure to gain a 23-22 lead at the end of the third quarter. But Redington rallied, outscoring Cordova 14-10 in the final stanza, to win by a 36-31 final.

Jade Sharky and Schandel topped the CHS scoring with 6 points apiece.

“We played much better in the second game,” said CHS Coach Stacie Chappell. “The team chemistry was there, and we just kept getting better as the game went on.”

“However, come the fourth quarter we kind of fell apart,” added Chappell. “Trying too hard and forcing passes.  But I’m very proud of the effort.  Our turnovers were down and our rebounding on both ends was up.”

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On Saturday, Jan. 11, Cordova faced former Aurora Conference Delta. The Huskies prevailed 44-28.

Alayna Goss and Sharky topped Cordova scoring with 6 points apiece.

The long stretch of road games continues on Feb. 16, as the Wolverines travel to Ninilchik for a 3-day invitational tournament featuring Ninilchik, Bristol Bay, Nenana and Cordova.

Then Cordova finishes the regular season versus Tok at home on Feb. 24-25.

The good news is that all four teams in this tournament are from 2A schools, similar in size to Cordova.

Chappell remains upbeat despite a rugged schedule. “The girls are keeping their heads up and have grown so close throughout the season. We might not have the wins, but we have become a solid team.”

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