Thunder Mountain junior Jonelle Staveland gave the Falcons a fighting chance early and late in Thursday’s 52-47 home loss to the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves.
Staveland notched the first Falcons bucket of the game and followed with a barrage of three-pointers over the course of the next 30 minutes on her way to a game-high 16 points.
The teams were tied at 10 apiece starting the second quarter. Fouls and turnovers gave the Lady Braves chances at the free throw line and they went 5-5 from the charity stripe to lead 22-19 at the half.
Brandi Hale knocked down consecutive shots from beyond the arch to give the Lady Braves momentum starting the third period. The Falcons drew to within three points on multiple occasions but Mt. Edgecumbe found an answering bucket each time.
Ashley Young added 14 points for the Falcons, six of those coming in the third period to bring TMHS within 35-30 starting the final stanza.
The Falcons tied the score with 4:06 remaining in the fourth period at 40-all and drew to within one again at the 2:40 mark, but Mt. Edgecumbe’s Danielle Fields countered with three’s each time.
Mt. Edgecumbe’s Brandi Hale also tallied 16 points and teammate Fields 10, Scarlett Beaver eight, Taryn White six, Brenna Johanson and Melissa Fisher four each, Venitta Demoski and Francine Tikian two apiece. TMHS hit 3-11 at the charity strip while the Lady Braves were 14-24.