The Region V basketball tournament opened in Sitka on Tuesday. Twenty teams will spend the week competing for state tournament berths in the 2A, 3A, and 4A classifications.
The Sitka Lady Wolves won the first game of the 3A regional tournament Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Wolves defeated the Petersburg Lady Vikings 40 – 35. Sitka will advance in the winners bracket and meet the top-seeded Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves this evening at 6:30 PM.
Sophomore Sid Riggs led scoring for the Lady Wolves with 14 points. Juniors Megan Reid and Isa Ramil scored 12 and 5 points respectively.
Petersburg freshman standout Kylie Wallace led all scorers with 16 points. Junior Grace Weller scored 11.
The Lady Vikings are not out of the running in this double-elimination tournament. They’ll play the loser of today’s contest between Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe, and have a shot at the finals.
The Petersburg boys also went down in the first round of the Region V tournament, losing to the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves, 41 – 25.
Mt. Edgecumbe took an early lead over the Vikings in the first quarter, and extended it to 32 – 16 at halftime. At the opening tip-off of the second half, the Braves went into a delay offense which kept the ball on their side of the court for much of the play in the third and fourth quarters. When they did get the ball, the Vikings had trouble getting it into their big men at post, and could not use their size advantage.
The Braves will take on the top-seeded Sitka Wolves tonight at 8:15 PM. Petersburg will play the loser of that game, for a chance to play in the final.
All games will be played at the Mt. Edgecumbe gym. Tickets for individual games, and tournament passes are available at the door.