The Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe girls’ basketball teams will meet in a rematch for the Region V 3A championship Friday evening.
The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves defeated the Petersburg Lady Vikings 54 – 33 in the third round of the regional tournament Thursday morning.
The Lady Vikings handled the top-seeded Lady Braves throughout the early part of the game. Thanks to three-pointers by freshman Ruby Brock and Kylie Wallace, the score was tied at 12 at the end of the first period, and the Lady Vikings led 24 – 18 at the half.
But the Mt. Edgecumbe girls regained their footing in the second half as junior Scarlett Beaver found the basket and scored 8 of the team’s 17 points in the third period, while holding Petersburg to only two points. The Lady Braves extended their lead to twenty in the fourth.
Beaver led all scorers in the game with 16. Sophomore Taryn White scored 13, the reliable senior Mariah Martin put up 11.
For the Lady Vikings, only Kylie Wallace made it into double digits, with 13.
Mt. Edgecumbe now moves into the final against the Sitka Lady Wolves Friday evening. Since this is a double-elimination tournament and Sitka has yet to lose, a win by Mt. Edgecumbe over Sitka on Friday would force a playoff game on Saturday.
The winner of that game will represent the region in the 3A state tournament in Anchorage.
The 3A boys will also see a rematch in the final. The Sitka Wolves will meet the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves in the championship game Friday evening. Like the girls, a win by Sitka — in this case — would force a playoff between the same two teams on Saturday night.
Sitka handed Petersburg its second loss Thursday afternoon, 67 – 48, in the losers bracket.
Sitka’s lone senior Jon De La Cruz led all scorers with 17 points in only three periods. Coach Andy Lee benched De La Cruz and his other top scorer, junior Brian Way, in the fourth period to rest them for the final. Way put up 12 points for the Wolves. Fellow junior Kendrick Payton scored 10.
Junior Tristan Welton was the top scorer for the Vikings, with 14. Junior Michael Brock also made it into double-digits with 12 points.
The second loss eliminates the Vikings from this year’s tournament.
The 3A Region V Basketball Tournament is being held simultaneously with the 2A and 4A regional tourneys — all at Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School. View tournament brackets, results, game times, and pictures.