Lady Vikings lose two hard fought games
Matt Hagen / Chilkat Valley News
Rebecca Madsen looks for a shot on the baseline in Haines.
The Lady Vikings took a long boat ride up to Haines to face the Glacier Bears on the basketball court.
In the varsity’s first game on Friday night, Petersburg’s girls had a final score of 39-59.
According to Lady Vikings Head Coach Dino Brock, Haines kept their lead at around 13 points for most of the game and made a run at the end to raise it to twenty.
“We played really hard, battled with them,” said Brock. “There were just a couple of little stretches where we weren’t taking care of the basketball.”
“They’re fast and athletic. They press the heck out of you,” said Brock of the Haines players. “They’re not as tall, but they’re quick.”
Carolyn Kvernvik had a pretty big weekend, thanks in part to her height advantage. She ended Friday’s game with 18 points.
Emily Luczak was the second leading scorer with 9.
Saturday game was another battle.
The Petersburg girls did a nice job of keeping themselves in the game, but there were a couple stretches where Haines went on 8 and 10 point runs and by the end of the third quarter the Lady Vikings were down by 20.
“But we kept battling and battling, and got ourselves back to within 7 at the buzzer,” said Brock.
The Lady Vikings outscored the Bears 18-5 in the final quarter of Saturday’s game making the final score 45-52, a Haines win.
“We didn’t quit and actually started playing harder and harder,” said Brock. “We continued to improve in all the areas that we know we need to.”
Kvernvik led the Petersburg ladies with 21 points, Krissa Davis was the next leading scorer with 6 and Luczak added 5.
“I was really happy with those two games,” said Brock.
While in the neighborhood on Sunday, the Lady Vikings played Juneau’s JV team and beat them 40-32.
“Overall it was our best weekend, especially offensively,” said Coach Brock.
“We’re doing a better job of understanding our offensive execution.”
It’s home games for the Lady Vikings this weekend.
Mt. Edgecumbe’s Lady Braves come to town for games Friday and Saturday night.
The Edgecumbe girls are always a regional powerhouse.
“They’ve gone to state something like 17 out of the last 20 years,” said Dino.
So far the season has been nothing but tough matchups for the young Lady Vikings squad.
The first three weeks of early season play had been against three of the best teams in the league, and add to that a grueling travel schedule.
But it’s good experience for the girls.
“It’ll get you ready quick,” said Brock.