January 3, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 1

Viking girls take Metlakatla in Christmas hoops tourney

The Petersburg Viking girls traveled to Ketchikan for the CCCC Tournament over the Christmas break and won against Metlakatla but fell to Ketchikan and Palmer.

“I thought the tournament went really well because the girls played hard,” Head Coach Dino Brock said. “We always hope that tournaments like this will show us where we are and what we need to work on.”

Petersburg began this tournament against Ketchikan with an ending score of 35 to 54.

“Ketchikan pressed us all over the floor, it just made our life difficult and we struggled early with that,” Brock stated. “Once we got familiar with the pace of the game we did a nice job though. We ended up losing, but we played against a good 4A team and no one will press us quite like that.”

Leading the scoring in the first game was Kyla Willis with 10 points followed by Ruby Brock with eight; Kylie Wallace with five points; Grace Weller and Fran Abbott put up four points each and Sierra Streuli and Adanna Kvernvik brought in two points each for the 35 points made by the Viking team.

The girls faced Metlakatla in the second game and came out the winner with a score of 57 to 43.

“Metlakatla sat in a two-three zone and really slowed down the pace of the game,” Brock stated. “We played really well against them and the fact that we were able to adjust to the different style so quickly was really promising.”

Brock led the Vikings in scoring against Metlakatla with 16 points followed by Streuli and Wallace with 10 points each. Weller brought in eight points; Kvernvik shot for six and Abbott and Becca Madsen brought in two points each to finish the second game of the tournament.

The Viking girls faced Palmer in their third and final game of the tournament and played well but ended up losing 52 to 45.

“Palmer is a 4A school and they are a lot bigger than us and they had a couple of really good players and we battled them all night,” Brock stated. “We did a great job with them on the board and their press didn't bother us at all after facing Ketchikan and I feel this was our best game of the tournament.”

Brock explained that Palmer had a girl that scored 29 points against them.

“It wasn't that we did a bad defensive job, but every time we left her for one second it seemed that they found her and scored.”

Wallace led the Vikings in scoring against Palmer with 20 points followed by Willis with 11 and Strueli with seven points. Weller, Jael Swanson and Kvernvik each brought in two points and Abbott finished with one in this final game.

“I like the fact that we had three different leading scorers in the tournament,” Brock said. “Our scoring balance is nice because if one or two players are scoring all the points it makes it easier to zero in on them and cur them off, but our balance gives us more opportunity to score and get points in other ways.”

The Viking girls will face Wrangell, in Wrangell Jan. 4 – 5.

“I am so happy with the season so far,” Brock stated. “These girls are dedicated and they play hard. They are a wonderful group of kids to work with.”

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