by Tommy Wells
Courtney Williams did everything she could to help the Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors stand toe-to-toe with the Barrow Lady Whalers this past weekend.
Unfortunately for her, Barrow had more than enough weapons on the floor to withstand a Herculean effort on her part.
Barrow swept both ends of their weekend series with Bethel, winning 59-34 on Friday and then by a 60-32 clip on Saturday.
On Friday, the Lady Warriors struggled to keep pace with the Barrow offense. The Lady Whalers, powered by the inside-outside game of Rose Mongoyak and Alaina Wolgemuth, raced to an early lead and never looked back.
Williams led Bethel in scoring in Game 1 with 14 points. Katie Crow added six, while Deja Jackson and Amber Wade both chipped in four. Brittney Boney, Marissa Crow and Sabrina Crow all finished with two.
Barrow’s offense continued to roll on Saturday. The Utqiagvik girls built a 41-16 lead midway through the third quarter and looked as if they were on their way to a blowout win.
Williams brought that notion to a quick end. The BRHS standout scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the third period and helped Bethel fight its way to within 13, at 43-30, at the start of the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, the BRHS offense ran out of steam from there. After fighting to within 45-32, the Whalers closed out the game with a 15-0 run over the final 5 minutes of play.
Katie Crow netted four points in the win. Boney and Jackson both added two.
Wolgemuth and Mongoyak paced Barrow with 18 and 16, respectively. Kuutuuq Danner added 15.
The Lady warriors will make their final home appearance of the 2016-17 season this weekend when they host Kotzebue.