Lady Vikings win three of four away games
James Poulson / Daily Sitka Sentinel
Grace Weller battling to keep the ball from an aggresive Lady Wolves defender on Thursday.
The Lady Vikings brought home three wins after last week's grueling four games in four days against Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe.
The Lady Vikings defeated Mt. Edgecumbe last Wednesday in overtime 50-49.
"It was a great game," Head Coach Dino Brock said. "The score went back and forth."
The Petersburg squad jumped out to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Mt. Edgecumbe squad fought back and were only down six at the half.
The back and forth battle continued during the third quarter but the Lady Vikings maintained the edge with a five point lead going into the fourth.
Mt. Edgecumbe caught a second wind though and narrowed the margins.
"In the fourth they (Mt. Edgecumbe) went on a run," Brock said. "We struggled to score for awhile."
High scorer Kylie Wallace fouled out and with only seconds left in the game, a Mt. Edgecumbe player fouled Lady Viking Adanna Kvernvik.
Mt. Edgecumbe was up 45-44 with Kvernvik at the line. She hit one out of two free throws, tying the score and sending the game into overtime.
Mt. Edgecumbe came out strong and scored four points but the Lady Vikings fought back. Grace Weller knocked down a three-pointer and Kyla Willis hit two free throws, sealing the game for the Lady Vikings, 50-49.
"Both teams played hard," Brock said. "It was a very physical game."
Wallace scored 16 points. Willis scored 9 and Ruby Brock put eight points on the board.
The Lady Vikings went on to defeat Sitka 56-46 on Thursday.
"Sitka came out and full court pressed us early," Brock said. "They got a couple steals to start with but we started breaking the press by throwing the ball into the middle to Wallace. She had a huge night for us."
Wallace drove to the basket again and again, taking many fouls in the process. Nineteen of her 37-points were scored from the free throw line.
Despite a shaky start at the beginning of the first quarter, the Lady Vikings maintained the lead for the rest of the game.
Brock scored 10 points and Weller scored four.
The Lady Vikings and Mt. Edgecumbe battled it out again Friday but the Mt. Edgecumbe squad came out victorious, 23-21.
"It was completely different than our other games in that this was just a defensive battle from the very start," Brock said. "We held a team that had been averaging 50 points a game against us to 23."
Brock said the possession-by-possession game consisted wholly of trying to get a good look at the basket and two to three Mt. Edgecumbe players swarmed Wallace whenever she touched the basketball.
The Lady Vikings couldn't get the ball to drop in the last several minutes of the game, allowing Mt. Edgecumbe to take the game.
Wallace scored 12 points, Weller dropped five and Willis scored four points.
The girl's squad faced off against Sitka during its final game of the weekend and the pressure again didn't let up.
James Poulson / Daily Sitka Sentinel
High scorer Kylie Wallace drives to the basket during Thursday's 56-46 win over Sitka.
The two teams played an offensively slow first quarter with Sitka leading 6-4. But the Lady Vikings hit it hard in the second. Brock hit a couple three-point shots, and, between the two of them, Wallace and Weller put up another nine points on the board helping the Petersburg squad take the lead 21-16 by the half.
The girls maintained the lead throughout the third, with Brock hitting an impressive 40ft three pointer before the buzzer sounded.
The fourth saw more action though as Sitka came back and was only down by one with a couple minutes left to go.
Willis hit a layup putting the Lady Vikings up three. Sitka got one more chance but missed a shot at the buzzer securing the win for Petersburg, 39-42.
"It was a very good weekend," Brock said. "We came away tested and we learned to play when we were tired."
The Lady Vikings play Sitka in their first game at the regional tournament in Juneau next week.