Viking girls finish second in Little Norway Tournament
Kylie Wallace, the Vikings top scorer, stretches for an offensive rebound against the Wrangell Lady Wolves on Friday night.
Petersburg played host to Wrangell, Craig, Klawock, Haines and Angoon for the tenth Little Norway Tournament over the weekend. The girls finished second behind Klawock.
“It was a great tournament,” Head Coach Dino Brock stated. “The school and everyone involved had done a wonderful job putting this tournament on.”
Brock explained that the girls started out playing Haines on the first night.
“We came out from the start playing really hard and we shot the ball really well,” Brock said. “We ended up winning that game 45 to 19.”
Scoring was led by Kyla Willis with 17 points, followed by Kylie Wallace and Sierra Streuli with eight points each; Fran Abbott and Ruby Brock brought in three points each; Becca Madsen and Grace Weller scored two points each and Jael Swanson and Adanna Kvernvik finished with one point each.
“We have some really great balance with these girls,” Brock stated. “Nine of the 11 girls scored and it's really great to have that kind of talent on the team.”
Friday night found the Viking girls coming against Wrangell.
“Wrangell came out just attacking us and it took us a while to get going,” Brock explained. “We were actually down 13 to seven at the end of the first quarter and then kind of got it going. We ended up winning that game 45 to 27 which was a nice turn-around for us.”
The scoring was led by Wallace with 14 points followed by Brock and Willis with eight points each; Kvernvik with five and Madsen, Weller, Xayirah Ramirez, Swanson and Lakota Hilburn with two points each to finish the game.
“Saturday we started out a little sluggish against Klawock,” Brock stated. “This was the third game in three days and we play hard so three games in three days at this point in the season is asking a lot.”
He explained that once they got started they were doing pretty good and at the end of the first quarter they were down 13 to six again and then they began playing better.
“We struggled shooting the ball and Klawock is a very good team,” Brock said. “They are a talented and experienced team and we ended up losing 23 to 30 in just a really defensive game.”
Leading for points against Klawock was Streuli with five points followed by Brock, Swanson and Wallace with four points and Abbott, Weller and Willis finished the game with two points each.
“I am very happy with where we are in the season right now, they showed great effort and dedication,” Brock stated. “I am also happy with the way the older girls are stepping up to lead and teach the younger girls.”
Brock explained that this will be a challenging season because the Vikings play in a league with some really good teams.
“The only teams in our league are Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka and this a pretty tough league,” Brock stated. “Mt. Edgecumbe has gone to State the last three years and Sitka came in second last year. I have every confidence in my team and know that with this challenge they will step up and answer.”
Willis and Wallace were also named All-Tournament winners for the tournament.
“Overall this was a great weekend,” Brock said. “This is a really great way to start the season this year.”