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Lady Braves advance, Sitka boys lose in state tourney opener

The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves have advanced to the second round of the state 3A tournament in Anchorage.

The Mt. Edgecumbe girls defeated Nikiski Thursday afternoon, 49-39.

Renatta Olson dominated scoring for the Lady Braves, with 18 points. Center Taryn White put up 12. Mt. Edgecumbe sank a whopping 82-percent of their free throws.

The Lady Braves will meet Barrow in their second-round game, at 3:30 Friday afternoon.

Visit the 3A Girls Tournament Game Center.

Things did not go as well for the Sitka Wolves.

The Sitka boys lost their opening game, 41 – 59, to the Grace Christian Grizzlies.

Sitka had lost once before to Grace Christian, in the season-opening Holland America tournament, but came out of the loser’s bracket to win the title on their home court.

Based on the box score, it looks like cold shooting brought Sitka down. The Wolves shot 33-percent from the field, compared to 39-percent for Grace Christian. The Grizzlies also hit 33-percent of their 3-point shots and 72-percent of their free-throws.

In the single-elimination format used at state, the best the Sitka Wolves can do now is fourth place.

They’ll play next against Delta Junction at 11:30 AM Friday morning.

Visit the 3A Boys Tournament Game Center.

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