TREE LIGHTING – Sitkans gather next to a decorated spruce tree across from City Hall Saturday. Scores turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration that included caroling, a tree lighting hosted by Mrs. Santa Claus, and remarks by Chamber of Commerce member Loren Olsen and City Administrator John Leach encouraging people to shop in town during the holiday season. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lady Braves Ground Lady Mariners

By KLAS STOLPE
Sentinel Staff Writer
    Mt. Edgecumbe High Lady Braves used their entire roster to defeat the visiting Homer Lady Mariners 46-24 Thursday in the B.J. McGillis Fieldhouse.
    Using an aggressive full court press, Mt. Edgecumbe (4-7), from the 3A Southeast Conference, pulled out to a 13-4 lead over Homer (4-6), 3A Southcentral, in the first quarter behind scores from senior Catherine Sunny (Nightmute), sophomore Elizabeth Allen (Dillingham), so. Autumn Beans (St. Mary’s), sr. Brystel Charlie (Kwethluk), sr. Sanora Bell (Yakutat), and junior Maggie Miller (Nome).
    Homer struggled to get points over the taller Lady Braves and so. Laura Inama and jr. Marina Carroll managed the Lady Mariners’ only baskets in the opening stanza.
    “I am pleased with the amount of rebounds we got,” Mt. Edgecumbe coach Kathy Forrester said. “Homer is a physical team and we have been working hard on staying strong inside and getting more action from our bigs.”
    The Lady Braves scored just 7 points in the second quarter, with Allen, Beans and Charlie joined in the score book by jr. Vernae Ramoth (Ambler). The Lady Mariners were sparked by Inama, jr. Rylee Doughty, and jr. Kelli Bishop and trailed 20-12 at the half.
    The two teams also combined for 20 turnovers in the first quarter, and Mt. Edgecumbe would total 15 turnovers in the first half and register 23 for the game.
    “We only had 8 turnovers in the second half which is a record for us this year,” Forrester said.
    Also in the second half the Lady Braves defensive stopper Charlie hit her offensive potential, scoring 13 points in the second half.
    With Bell, Ramoth, Miller, and sr. Tyra Brown (Chevak) cleaning up the glass inside, Charlie benefited from the perimeter to notch a game-high 17 points on the night.

Mt. Edgecumbe sophomores Elizabeth Allen (14) and Autumn Beans (20) pursue a loose ball with Homer sophomore Laura Inama (3) during the Lady Braves 46-24 win over the Lady Mariners at the B.J. McGillis
Gymnasium Thursday. (Sentinel Photo by Klas Stolpe)

    Mt. Edgecumbe outscored Homer 16-6 in the third quarter for a 36-18 lead, and went error free in the final eight minutes for the 42-24 win.
    “Hopefully, we can start to keep the turnovers to a minimum for the games against Ketchikan coming up,” Forrester said. “Brystel stepped up her scoring game tonight. I told her after the game I was super proud of her. She deserves a game like this because she works so hard at practice and in games.”
    Mt. Edgecumbe was led by Charlie’s 17 points, Beans added 11, Bell 6, Sunny and Ramoth 4 apiece, and Allen and Miller 3 each.
    The Lady Braves were 8-21 at the charity stripe, the Lady Mariners 5-13.
    Bishop led Homer with 7 points, Carroll 6, Inama 4, Doughty, sr. Alia Bales, and Kaylin Anderson 2 each, and sr. Rylyn Todd 1.
    Bell and Ramoth grabbed 9 rebounds apiece for Mt. Edgecumbe, Charlie 5, Sunny 4, Allen 2, Beans, Miller and Sherilyn Johnson-Edwards (St. Mary’s) 1 each.

Mt. Edgecumbe senior Leticia Skaflestad and junior Maggie Miller battle for a loose ball with Homer junior Marina Carroll (20) during the Lady Braves 46-24 win over the Lady Mariners at the B.J. McGillis Gymnasium Thursday. (Sentinel Photo by Klas Stolpe)

    Charlie led the Lady Braves with 7 steals, Beans 4, Allen and Bell 2 apiece, Sunny, Miller and Brown 1 each.
    The Lady Braves host the 4A Ketchikan Lady Kings (6-6) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. McGillis Gymnasium following the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves against the 4A Lathrop Malemutes at 6 p.m.
    On Saturday the Lady Braves play Ketchikan at 6 p.m. and the Braves play Lathrop at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Braves lost twice to the Lady Kings this season at Ketchikan by scores of 55-31 and 64-36.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-3-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:21 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 312

Total statewide – 146,558

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,117

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 13 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 152.52 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,142

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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20 YEARS AGO
December 2001

Photo caption: Cathy Hanson shovels snow off the sidewalk in front of Russell’s today. What started as a few flakes Monday evening had mounted to an estimated half-foot by noon today. More was forecast but rain is possible Wednesday.

50 YEARS AGO
December 1971 

Several fish fatalities resulted Monday night when a car apparently went out of control, ran off Halibut Point Road and slammed into the rear of Sitka Petland Store. Vibrations shattered fish tanks, and several hundred dollars worth of tropical fish were casualties.

 

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