KETCKIKAN – The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves are facing elimination at the Region V tournament after a first-round loss Wednesday to Metlakatla.
It was the first upset of the 3A tournament as the sixth-seeded Miss Chiefs knocked off the third-seeded MEHS girls 49-45.
Freshman Theresa Wellington-McGilton led the Miss Chiefs with a game-high 19 points, including a three with 38 seconds to go that put Metlakatla up for good at 47-45. Two late free throws by Shante Hudson salted the game away for the Miss Chiefs. Hudson ended with 14 points. Brandi Hale had 11 for MEHS, Taryn White scored 10 and Danielle Fields added 9.
The loss dropped Mt. Edgecumbe into an 8 a.m. elimination game Thursday against Petersburg. The Miss Chiefs, meanwhile, will play Craig in the semifinals. The Lady Panthers, seeded second, put away a scrappy Petersburg team in the final two minutes of their first-round game Wednesday and won 53-44. Jeneata Johnson scored 14 for Craig, while Katie Dinon and Melissa Castle had 13 each. Castle shot 7 of 9 from the free-throw line in the game. Petersburg got 19 from center Carolyn Kvernvick.
Wednesday Sitka and Haines were set to meet in the other semifinal game Thursday.
KETCHIKAN – The chalk is holding through two games at the 3A Region V tournament. The morning after a pair of upsets by the Thunder Mountain teams in the 4A girls and boys brackets, the favored seeds held serve as the small-school action got underway.
In a game that tipped off at 8 a.m. this morning at Kayhi, the Haines girls knocked off Wrangell 48-32. The score was 12-5 after the first quarter and Haines did not trail the rest of the way as Jamie Messerschmidt led the way with 12 points. With the win, the Haines girls advanced to play Sitka tomorrow in the second round.
The Lady Wolves, the top seed with a 12-0 record, earned a first-round bye. The Lady Wolves beat the Glaciers Bears twice in Haines during a January road trip, but a 41-35 win was one of the tougher Southeast games the SHS girls faced all season.
Hannah Wing and Marnie Rasmusen eached scored 8 points for Haines. Loni Bunness got 9 to lead Wrangell.
Wrangell is headed to the losers bracket, with an elimination game set for Friday morning.
In the second 3A game Wednesday, Metlakatla topped Craig 60-45. The game was tied 24-24 at the half and was knotted 38-38 as the fourth quarter opened. But the Chiefs owned the final eight minutes, outscoring the Panthers 22-7 to salt the game away. Metlakatla had three scorers in double figures, led by Erik Hudon, who had 16, including 9 in the final period. Tristan Alexander scored 14 for the Chiefs and Tristin Winter got 12. Ethan Enright chipped in with 7.
Karl Benolken led Craig with 17 points, while Dave Nelson had 15.
With the win, the Chiefs earned a date with top-seeded Sitka tomorrow afternoon. Craig will play an elimination game Friday.