Daily Sitka Sentinel
ANCHORAGE – They had hoped to be playing later in the day, in the 3A state semifinals, but the Sitka High Wolves licked their wounds and rebounded from a tough first-round loss to Nome with a 57-51 victory over Grace Christian Friday in an elimination game at Sullivan Arena.
With the win, the Wolves advanced to the fourth-place game Saturday, where they’ll face the winner of a game today between Barrow and Hutchison. The Wolves were deflated after losing to Nome Thursday, but did not panic when a scrappy Grace team jumped out to an early lead.
“That’s a pride game,” SHS coach Andy Lee said after the game. “It says a lot about the kids.”
The Wolves, trailing by 8 after the first quarter, took over the lead for good with an 11-0 run that spanned the latter part of the second quarter and the first part of the third.
The Wolves were down 27-24 at the half and scored the first six points of the third quarter to take a 30-27 lead. And while the Wolves had the lead the rest of the way, Grace did not go quietly. Each time it looked like the Wolves might pull away, the Grizzlies answered back, staying close until late in the fourth quarter. With Sitka leading 49-46, Devan Romine made two free throws with 1:45 left that put Sitka up 51-46. And the Wolves held on from there and survived to play another day.
Mik Potrzuski had 17 points and 13 boards for the Wolves, while Bae Widmier chipped in with 14 points. Devan Romine had 11 and Brian Way added 5 in a game that saw coach Lee use all 12 of Sitka’s players.
Hans Karlberg had a game-high 22 to pace Grace. Nik Bouman chipped in 13. The loss eliminated the Grizzlies from state play.