Mt Edgecumbe’s Lady Braves came to town last weekend to face off with the Lady Vikings.
Friday’s game was a triumph for the Petersburg girls.
“It was our best game of the year,” said Vikings girls coach Dino Brock. “We played with a lot of confidence and focus.”
After doing what Brock described as a better job of taking care of the basketball, getting into the offense and rebounding, the Lady Vikings finished the game 51-44.
Scoring was nicely balanced across the team. Carolyn Kvernvik with 12 and Emily Luczak with 17 were the leaders, but there were good contributions from Elena Fitts with 4, Sierra Strueli had 6, Fran Abbott had 8 and Jael Swanson and Rebecca Madsen each had 2.
“Of course we still need to work on eliminating turnovers, but we shot 40% from the field, which is very good,” said Brock.
Saturday the home team didn’t start out quite as strong.
The Braves began the game with an intense full court press defense and that successfully generated some Viking turnovers.
At one point Mt. Edgecumbe was up by 18, but the Lady Vikings turned up their defensive pressure and mounted a very exciting comeback.
“The Braves were very aggressive on Saturday, in their press, and once we responded to that and played as aggressively as they did we were able to cut back into their lead,” said Brock.
“Our pressure really bothered them. We got lots of steals and did a nice job running the court and getting the ball in to our post players,” said Brock. “I was really happy with our effort. We didn’t quit. We kept playing harder and harder.”
With a minute left in the game the Lady Vikings were within two points, but the Braves managed to hold them off.
Saturday’s final score was a win for Mt. Edgecumbe, 48-44.
Carolyn Kvernvik led the scoring with 20 and Emily Luczak had 12. Both girls had big scoring weekends and Coach Brock attributed that largely to good passing throughout the team.
Lady Viking defense noticeably stepped things up this weekend.
“We had a lot of comments from people in the stands saying we looked a lot better than three weeks ago,” said Brock.
“Fran Abbott and Jael Swanson came into the game and provided great defensive energy, got a lot of steals and pressed the ball,” said Brock.
“We are a fast athletic team and we’re starting to learn how to play that way. When we can match other team’s intensity and play the way we’re capable, you saw what is possible,” Brock stated.
Up next is a trip to Sitka for the Lady Vikings, followed by a week off.