March 8, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 10

Season ends for Lady Viking hoops at Region V tournament Ketchikan

The Lady Vikings ended their season in Ketchikan last week at the Region V 3A/4A Tournament.

Petersburg’s girls started tournament play on Wednesday with a game against Craig.

The girls started out the game a little slow according to Lady Viking Head Coach Dino Brock.

They were down 5-9 at the end of the first and 12-19 at halftime.

“It was a very good defensive first half…we didn’t give up many open looks,”

said Brock.

The pace picked up in the second half as both teams turned up the offensive pressure.

Craig maintained a 6-point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Lady Vikings were able to get within a couple points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t quite pull off a win.

The final score was a Craig win of 53-44.

“[Craig] is a good team. They ended up coming in second in the region and we gave them everything they could handle,” said Brock.

Carolyn Kvernvik led Petersburg’s scoring with 19 points. Jael Swanson scored 11, Emily Luczak added 6, Sierra Streuli had 5, Elena Fitts scored 2, and Krissa Davis had 1.

Jael Swanson played her best game of the year, according to Coach Brock, scoring 9 of her points in the first half.

“When we were struggling to score she did a nice job of keeping us in the game.”

The next day at 8 o’clock in the morning the Lady Vikings took the court to face Mt. Edgecumbe.

The Edgecumbe girls are consistently top finishers in the conference, but having beat them once during the regular season the Lady Vikings came out confident.

The Lady Vikings and Lady Braves matched point for point at the start of the game, and went into the second quarter tied 8 – 8.

Petersburg’s girls pulled ahead in the second and had a 20-14 lead going into halftime.

Petersburg maintained a lead through the 3rd quarter, with the Lady Viking defense holding the Lady Braves to 8, 6, and 7 points per quarter.

Things took a turn in the final quarter.

The Lady Braves knocked down a couple of huge three pointers and cranked up their defensive pressure successfully causing a few critical Petersburg turnovers.

“They did a good job of getting themselves back into the game,” said Brock.

Mt. Edgecumbe rampaged through the 4th quarter, unstoppable, scoring 22 points and managing a 42-37 win over the Lady Vikings. Edgecumbe went on to earn third place in the tournament.

The Lady Viking scoring broke down as follows: Kvernvik scored 23, Luczak 5, Fran Abbott 4, Swanson 3, and Fitts 2.

“We went in with a goal of playing our best and seeing what happens. We ended up playing two of the better teams in the region and we played them very well. The girls are happy with the way we played,” said Brock.

Carolyn Kvernvik and Emily Luczak were named to the All-Conference Team.

Both girls were also on the All-Academic Team.

Kvernvik and Becca Madsen were honored with Good Sport awards at the tournament.

This ends the 2011/2012 basketball season and the Lady Vikings say farewell to some important leadership on the team as Carolyn Kvernvik, Emily Luczak, and Bessie Johnson graduate this year.

Looking to next year Coach Brock said, “we’ll be smaller, but we’ll be very athletic. A lot of kids got some very valuable experience this year.”

“Our seniors did a great job this year leading us. Sometimes it’s hard to say, when you lose your leaders, who’s going to step up. We’ll see who spends the summer getting ready,” said Brock.

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