The Petersburg Lady Vikings traveled to Valdez to take part in the Valdez Elks Invitational and came home with a sixth place win out of eight teams.
“We did a great job,” Head Coach Dino Brock said. “We started out facing the number one team in the state, Anchorage Christian, who hasn't lost a game all season.”
The Lady Vikings were down five to 20 at the end of the quarter and 39 to 15 at the half.
“They ended up beating us 70 to 38,” Brock stated. “But it was a good game, we continued to battle throughout and we kept our composure. I was really happy with our efforts, they are just a very good team.”
The girls were led in points by Kyla Willis with 13, followed by Kylie Wallace with 12, Adana Kvernvik with six, Grace Weller with five and Jael Swanson with two points.
Petersburg faced Glennallen for their second game of the tournament which is a 2A team that just dropped from a 3A status.
“The game went back and forth throughout the whole game,” Brock stated. “They ended up winning 38 to 35. We had the ball at the end but just couldn't get the score. It was a really good game and the crowd found the action exciting.”
According to Brock, the two teams worked very hard against each other.
Wallace led the team in scoring with 14 points followed by Ruby Brock with seven, Willis with six, Weller and Swanson each scored three and Sierra Streuli finished with two.
Saturday found the Lady Vikings facing Cordova in a morning game.
“We all said it would come down to whichever team woke up first,” Brock stated. “This was a really physical game to start with and we were down five to 12 at the end of the first quarter.”
The girls held Cordova scoreless in the second quarter and were up by half time.
“We took the time in the locker room to see how we could change things up,” Brock said. “The game changed dramatically in the third quarter and we caught some big fouls.”
The Lady Vikings won this game 38 to 34.
“We worked really hard and it came together in the end,” Brock said. “It was a great game and both teams played hard.”
The girls were led in scoring by Willis with 12, Weller with nine, Wallace with five, Brock and Kvernvik each brought in four points and Streuli and Swanson each finished with two.
“One of our biggest strengths all season has been the scoring by different members of the team,” Brock stated.
The Lady Vikings will face Wrangell this weekend for Homecoming beginning Friday night.
“These are always good games to watch because of the intense rivalry,” Brock said. “I know both teams will battle it out until the end and the crowd is always great at these games.”