Lady Vikings face tough competition
The Petersburg girls competed in the ACS Tournament, hosted by Anchorage Christian Schools, over the weekend.
This year Bethel, Barrow, ACS, Valdez, Petersburg, Kotzebue, Eielson, and Point Hope attended.
“A lot of the best 3A teams try to make it there because of the competition. It’s who you're going to see if you make it to state,” said Lady Vikings Head Coach Dino Brock.
The tournament is a single elimination style, with a guarantee of playing three games.
In their first game the Lady Vikings faced off against the ACS Lions, who took second at state last year and are currently the number one ranked 3A team in the state.
The Lions’ experience showed and they took the win, 60-38, but Coach Brock was pleased with the game.
“Once we got going, we did a good job against them. I believe ours was the closest score anybody gave them,” he said.
Kylie Wallace led the scoring with 14. Ruby Brock added 12, Kyla Willis had 9, Adanna Kvernvik scored two, and Shalie Dahl got one.
In the second round Petersburg played an intense game against Kotzebue.
“We were down by twenty at one point in the third quarter, and we ended up coming back and winning the game by three. It was pretty darn exciting. The boys team and our fans were just going crazy in the stands,” said Brock.
The final score was 59-56; 29 of the Vikings’ points came in the fourth quarter.
Momentum shifted in Petersburg’s favor when in the third quarter they started pressing Kotzebue with a full court man-to-man defense.
“It was a great comeback. Everything swung in our direction. We got a lead and did a good job maintaining it, hitting some key free throws at the end,” said Brock.
Wallace had 25 points, 22 of which came in the second half. Brock hit three threes for 9 points. Willis had 11, Chase had 5, and Dahl had 9.
The closing game was against Eielson from Fairbanks, a 49-27 win for Petersburg.
“I thought defensively it was far and away our best effort,” said Brock. “We full court pressed most of the game, and our press did a nice job.”
The Lady Vikings steadily grew their lead through each quarter of the game.
Wallace led scoring again with 23, Chase added 10, Brock 6, Willis 6, Dahl 2, and Fran Abbott scored 2 points.
“It was a great way to end the tournament,” said Coach Brock.
The Lady Vikings ended up taking 4th, and Kylie Wallace was named to the All-Tourney Team.
The Vikings host local rivals the Wrangell Wolves for homecoming games on Friday and Saturday.
“The rivalry always makes for a good competitive, fun weekend,” said Brock.