Daily Sitka Sentinel
KETCHIKAN – The Sitka High Lady Wolves won their second 3A Southeast title in three years Friday, knocking off Craig 48-37 in a rematch of the 2011 girls championship game.
The Sitka High were also part of a championship game rematch Friday and they too exacted revenge on their 2011 opponent. The Wolves played what may have been their best game of the season and beat Mt. Edgecumbe 53-45 to claim the first Southeast title for the SHS boys program since 2002, when Sitka was a 4A school. It was the first 3A title for the SHS since they joined the conference before the 2008-09 season.
Both the Wolves and Lady Wolves will be the top seed out of Southeast at the 3A state tournament, which opens March 15 in Anchorage.
After their wins Friday, the SHS boys and girls were facing possible crossover games against Juneau-Douglas Saturday night at Kayhi.
The Lady Wolves lost the 2011 title game to Craig in Juneau. This time around the Lady Wolves were too much for the Lady Panthers as Sitka finished an undefeated conference season at 14-0. The Lady Wolves were down 12-11 after the first quarter, but took the lead at 16-14 and never trailed again. Twice in the third quarter Sitka went up 9 points only to have Craig answer back with two straight buckets to get back with 5. But a three at the end of the third quarter by Kelsi Kubik put the Lady Wolves up 36-27 and seemed to finally take the wind out of the Lady Panthers' sails.
Craig rallied again and scored two straight buckets to again get within 5, this time with about 6 minutes left. Leading 38-33, the Lady Wolves scored the next 4 points and pushed the final margin to 11 points.
Megan Reid had 12 points for Sitka, while Sariah Ady and Sidney Riggs each had 9. Karly Fuller got 7 points, Kubic ended up with 5 and Katina Wathen had 4. Maggie Dinon got 12 to pace Craig, but Sitka held Lady Panthers leading scorer Melissa Castle to 5 points. Castle hit a three in the first minute of the game, but managed just one bucket the rest of the way.
The Sitka High Wolves came into Friday's championship game looking for a third straight win over the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. Both regular season games between the two teams were tight, with MEHS holding a fourth quarter lead each time. On Friday, the Wolves led wire-to-wire. Edgecumbe got wihtin 4 early in the third quarter, but the Wolves stayed in control, pushing their lead to 11 at 49-38 late in the fourth quarter. Dominique Hall hit a three from halfcourt that beat the final buzzer to cut the Sitka lead to 8.
The Wolves played an outstanding defensive game, using their man-to-man set to slow down Mt. Edgecumbe's dribble-drive game. And the Wolves were patient against Mt. Edgecumbe's zone, as they avoided the trap of settling for outside jumpers. Mik Potrzuski led Sitka with 14 points, Devan Romine scored 13 and Bae Widmier got 9. Hunter Lee chipped in 6 and Jon De La Cruz added 6 of his own. Hall and Kacy Green had 13 each for MEHS, while Jaylin Prince added 9.
With the loss, Mt. Edgecumbe fell into the state play-in game Saturday. The Braves will battle either Metlakatla for Craig for Southeast's second state berth. The Braves beat Sitka in the 2011 3A Region V championship game and were playing in their third straight title title Friday at Kayhi.