Daily Sitka Sentinel
KETCHIKAN – Both Sitka High teams had to wait more than two days to get on the court at the Region V tournament. And both Sitka High teams, each the top seed, shook off the rust Thursday afternoon at Kayhi and won second-round games in workmanlike fashion. The Wolves and Lady Wolves will each play for a Region V title Friday.
There aren't many easy games in Southeast this time of year and both the 11-1 Wolves and the 12-0 Lady Wolves were pushed by their opponents Thursday. Both answered the challenge. The Lady Wolves never trailed and beat a scrappy Haines team 56-40.
The Wolves also led wire-to-wire, but Metlakatla didn't let Sitka get comfortable until the final few seconds. The Chiefs hung tough, but never got the Sitka lead under 7 in the second half and the Wolves won 61-48. Senior Bae Widmier led the Sitka boys with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the athletic forward recorded another double-double. Sophomore Brian Way got 10 points in his first Region V tournament game, Devan Romine added 8, Mik Potrzuski had 7 and Jon De La Cruz and Hunter Lee had 5 apiece.
Erik Hudson led Metlakatla with 15 points, most of which came on hard drives to the lane. Ethan Enright added 11 points for the Chiefs and Tristan Alexander had 8.
The Wolves battled foul trouble throughout the game, but coach Andy Lee said his squad showed toughness as the did what they had to do to win a physical in front of a pro-Metlakatla crowd.
“We kind of got into a grind mode,” Lee said. “We've had to do that the last few weeks.”
The win by Sitka set up a championship game re-match with the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. The Braves beat the Wolves three times in 2011 as they captured the Region V title. Now, the Wolves will look to turn the tables. The Braves edged Haines 27-24 in a tight defensive struggle Thursday to earn a trip to their third straight Region V title game.
The Lady Wolves are also making a return trip to the Region V championship game, their fourth straight. The Lady Wolves fell to Craig last season and will face the Lady Panthers Friday in a rematch Friday. Craig knocked off Metlakatla 59-38 to earn a spot in the championship game.
Sitka got off to a quick start against Haines, jumping out to a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sitka was up 20-10 in the second, but a Haines surge tied the game 23-23 before the half. A steal and a bucket by freshman Sidney Riggs put Sitka up 26-25 heading into the lockerroom.
The Lady Wolves slowly but surely pulled away in the third quarter. Leading 34-30, Sitka went on a 12-3 run to push their advantage into double digits, where it remained the rest of the way. Megan Reid had 17 points to lead Sitka, including 10 in the third as the Lady Wolves found their offensive rthymn. Sariah Ady faced physical defense from Haines all game but ended up with 13 points. Riggs chipped in 9, Katina Wathen had 6 and Karly Fuller scored 5. Haines got 12 from Amey Messerschmidt and 11 from Riley Erekson. Hannah Wing had 7.
The loss dropped Haines into the losers bracket, where they were set to face the MEHS Lady Braves at 11:15 p.m. Friday.