The Sitka girls pulled off a double-overtime stunner against tournament favorite — and defending state champion — Barrow on Thursday in a quarterfinal game of the 3A girls state basketball championships at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.
The game featured 12 ties and was knotted at 14 all after one period of play. Sitka held a 27-25 halftime lead and trailed 39-37 to start the final period. After four quarters the score was tied at 45. The first overtime ended tied at 51 and the Lady Wolves outscored the Whalers 6-1 in the second extra frame for a 57-52 win.
Sid Riggs led Sitka with 18 points, Megan Reid added 13 and Katina Wathen 10. The Lady Wolves shot just 49 percent at the charity stripe but were at the line 51 times and converted 25 Barrow hit just 3 of 13 free shots. Barrow’s Hilary Lowery scored 17, Lynette Hepa added 15 and Dana Chrestman 10.
Sitka moves into the semifinal game against the winner of Hutchison and Anchorage Christian and Barrow gets the loser in the consolation bracket.
Sitka boys fall to Nome 45-41
The Sitka boys lost a heartbreaker to the Nome-Beltz Nanooks after leading by four with under a minute remaining in the game.
Nome led 13-9 after one period and 26-23 at the half. Sitka took a 34-33 lead into the final period.
Mik Potrzuski led Sitka with 10 points, Devane Rominie added nine and Bae Widmier eight. The Whalers were led by Nathan Blandford’s 15 and Tyler Eide added 12.
Sitka was 2-for-5 from the free throw line, while Nome finished 10-for-14.
Sitka falls into the consolation bracket and plays the loser of Monroe Catholic and Grace Christian.
Mt. Edgecumbe Braves shock Barrow in overtime
After trailing 22-6 in the first quarter, the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves followed the advice of coach Archie Young, got their heads in the game, and put the Barrow Whalers into the consolation round with a 65-61 win.
The Braves went on a 15-8 second-quarter binge to trail just 30-21 at the half and scratched the margin down to one, 40-39, to start the final period. The teams were tied at 54 at the end of regulation.
Cody Sherman hit a game-high 20 points, Jaylin Prince added 16 and Donimique Hall 15 to lead Mt. Edgecumbe. The Braves’ Kacy Green hit four free throws in OT to ice the game. Mt. Edgecumbe shot 25-for-34 at the charity stripe, Barrow was 6-for-10. Colin Long and Edward Benson had 19 apiece for the Whalers and Eben Olemaun added 12.
Mt. Edgecumbe advances to the semifinals and plays the winner of Anchorage Christian and Hutchison. The Whalers play the loser in the consolation bracket.
Craig Lady Panthers fall to Dillingham 47-40
The Craig Lady Panthers fought from behind all game, but fell short in a spirited fourth quarter comeback against the Lady Wolverines.
Craig trailed 12-7 after one period and 25-15 at the break. Dillingham increased the lead to 40-27 to start the final period.
University of Alaska Anchorage recruit Melissa Castle led the Lady Panthers with a game-high 17 points. Dillingham was led by Kristin Smeaton’s 15. No other player reached double figures for either team. Craig hit 7 of 12 for a 58 percent finish at the free throw line, Dillingham went 13-for-20, or 65 percent.
Craig falls into the consolation bracket and plays Seward. Dillingham advances to the semifinals against Galena.