Sitka’s Sid Riggs and East Anchorage’s Taira Page battled outside and inside for their respective teams as the Wolves downed the Thunderbirds 66-59 in the second day of action at the Capital City Classic on Friday.
Riggs scored a team high 24 points on an assortment of guard animated shots and Page a game high 25 points on nifty work around the basket.
A 20-point second quarter in which six players scored helped the Wolves turn a 15-13 first quarter deficit into a 33-23 halftime lead.
Riggs went six-for-six at the free throw line in the third quarter and teammate Megan Reid was four-for-four and hit the only Wolves basket from the field, while East upped the defensive pressure to close within six, 47-41, starting the final period.
The Wolves’ Kalene Koeling won the tournament free throw shooting contest earlier in the day and hit 2-4 in the third quarter.
East closed to within three points twice in the final stanza but the Wolves hit 11 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. East’s Vaasaumamao Pedro and Togafiti Manu fouled out in the quarter. Sitka lost Kendal Phippen to the whistle as well.
Reid added 15 points for Sitka, Phippen eight, Hailey Denkinger six, Kalene Koeling and Sophia Mudry four apiece, Kyla Young three and Mihn Iwamoto two.
East’s Page added 12 rebounds to her 25 points, Dajah Motuga scored 13, Manu nine, Shanterria Gillion six, Pedro four and Jasmine Richard two.
East was whistled for 31 fouls, Sitka 18. The Thunderbirds hit 9-14 at the charity stripe while the Wolves connected on 31-49.
The win gave Sitka a chance to stop ACS on Saturday and muddy up the tourney championship, the loss kept East undefeated heading into their final game with JDHS.