Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Lady Braves will face Metlakatla at 8 a.m. Saturday morning in another elimination game, the third straight for coach Carl Blackhurst’s squad. The Lady Braves lost 49-45 to the Miss Chiefs in the first round. If they can avenge the defeat, the MEHS girls will play the loser of the championship game between Sitka and Craig in Saturday’s state play-in game. Today’s game was not particularly sharp, as both teams struggled with turnovers. Edgecumbe led 14-13 at the half and 23-22 after three quarters. The biggest lead for either team came in the third quarter, when Edgecumbe was up 21-16.
Brandi Hale made a free throw with 2:31 to play in the game that tied the game 32-32. Edgecumbe got free throws down the stretch from Brenna Johanson and Scartlett Beaver to go up 34-32. Haines had the ball with 19.7 seconds left and after nearly turning the ball over Riley Erekson just missed a shot in the lane. The ball rolled around the rim and nearly dropped before falling off. But Haines grabbed rebound and junior Alisha Young was fouled underneath with 4.1 seconds left.
Young missed the first shot, but made the second to pull Haines within a point at 34-33. After a timeout, Edgecumbe got the ball into Brenna Johanson. Johanson got past an overextended defender and dribbled ahead as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Haines was not able to foul before the buzzer and Mt. Edgecumbe won the game.
Daniell Fields had 10 points to lead Edgecumbe and Beaver added 9, including 5 in the final period. Brandi Hale had 5 and Taryn White had 4. White was injured on a collision with Hannah Wing late in the third quarter and did not return. Wing ended up with 10 points to pace Haines and Erekson scored 8. Young added 7 for the Glaciers Bears, who were eliminated with the loss.