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New faces, same result

Petersburg girls qualify for state after losing last year's entire starting lineup

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2005

The two-time defending region champion Petersburg girls entered this season having lost their entire starting lineup to graduation.

On Thursday, the new-look Vikings took another step in their quest to keep the team's title streak alive.

Petersburg overcame a slow start to beat Wrangell 47-32 on Thursday in their Southeast Conference-Class 3A girls tournament semifinal at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

"Losing five seniors, five starters - we've brought in a whole new group of girls who have worked hard from the beginning ... trying to get better," Petersburg coach Dino Brock said.

"At the beginning of the year, there were some questions about whether or not we could (make it back to state), so it's a great reward for the girls."

In Thursday's other semifinal, Mount Edgecumbe defeated Haines 83-52 to claim Southeast's second Class 3A girls state tournament berth. Mount Edgecumbe and Petersburg will square off at 3:30 p.m. today for the Class 3A girls region title.

Wrangell (9-8 overall) jumped out to an 11-2 lead over Petersburg (18-6 overall) after the first quarter of Thursday's game; the Wolves' Laurie Brown scored five points in that run. But the Vikings rebounded, and Hannah Meucci's three-point play with 6:45 left in the second drew Petersburg within two, at 11-9. The Vikings tied it up 45 seconds later when Lynsey Richards made a shot. The teams see-sawed back and forth to a 19-19 tie at halftime.

"Wrangell came out really strong, and it took us awhile to find our rhythm on offense," Brock said. "Once we did that, the kids shot the ball really well."

Petersburg jumped ahead to stay on two baskets by Meucci to start the third quarter. The Vikings' Gillian Severson converted a three-point play to put Petersburg up 28-20 with 1:38 left in the third period. The Vikings maintained their edge the rest of the way to follow in the path of last year's team.

"Everyone came together, and everyone has a part they contribute to the team," Meucci said of the season. "It feels good (to qualify for state). All the hard work we've done has paid off."

Severson and Richards scored 10 points apiece to lead Petersburg, while Meucci added nine. Tessa Appleman scored 12 points and Brown added 10 for Wrangell.

Petersburg now turns its attention to Mount Edgecumbe. The Braves won their regular-season against the Vikings 3-1, but that one loss was Mount Edgecumbe's only loss of the season.

"Mount Edgecumbe is tough, They've got five kids on the floor at all times who can shoot and score," Brock said. "We're going to have to play very well, but if we continue playing the way we have the last month, it will be a good game."

Braves 83, Glacier Bears 52

Kim Rychnovsky scored 21 points - including five 3-pointers - to lead the Mount Edgecumbe girls to an 83-52 win over Haines on Thursday in their Southeast-Class 3A girls semifinal.

With the win, Mount Edgecumbe qualified for a return trip to the state tournament. But the Braves have their sights set on today's Class 3A region title game against Petersburg.

"It feels good to get that first game out of the way - but we didn't come here with the goal of just qualifying," Braves coach Rich Calkins said.

On Thursday, Mount Edgecumbe jumped to a 46-29 lead at halftime, and went on a 21-4 run in the third quarter. Jennifer Evan added 19 points for the Braves (20-1 overall), while Sara Morris - younger sister of former Mount Edgecumbe standout Ella Morris - was a strong rebounding presence.

Drew Fossman scored a game-high 29 points - including four 3-pointers - for Haines (4-14 overall), while Ivanca Jones added nine points for the Glacier Bears.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com.

SOUTHEAST-CLASS 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

BRAVES 83,GLACIER BEARS 52

Thursday's semifinal girls game from JDHS

HAINES (52) - Kim Ferrin 1 2-5 4, Drew Fossman 9 7-11 29, Ivanca Jones 3 2-3 9, Kelly Hansen 1 0-0 2, Breanna Bagley 0 0-0 0, Christine Hansen 0 2-2 2, Teslyn Visscher 0 1-2 1, Brianna Phillips 0 1-2 1, Veronica Kasper 0 0-0 0, Alix Goodman 0 0-0 0, Amelia Blilie 1 2-2 4. Totals: 15 17-27 52.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (83) - Ellie Jackson 2 0-0 4, Jennifer Evan 8 1-1 19, Jolene Jackinsky 0 0-4 0, Nicole Akaran 0 3-4 3, Kim Rychnovsky 8 0-0 21, Carlotta Evan 1 4-4 6, Skeeter Atoruk 4 1-6 9, Glendora Chunak 1 1-2 3, Victoria Smeaton 1 1-4 3, Sara Morris 2 2-11 6, Lori Ann Wallace 2 0-0 4, Sasha Akaran 2 0-2 5. Totals: 30 13-38 83.

HAINES 15 14 4 19 - 52

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 21 25 21 16 - 83

3-point goals - Haines 5 (Fossman 4, Jones), Mount Edgecumbe 7 (Rychnovsky 5, J. Evan 2). Fouled out - Haines 1 (Bagley), Mount Edgecumbe 2 (Jackinsky, Atoruk). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Haines 24, Mount Edgecumbe 24.

BRAVES 83, GLACIER BEARS 52

Thursday's semifinal girls game from JDHS

WRANGELL (32) - Sarah Helgeson 1 0-1 2, Laurie Brown 4 1-2 10, Tessa Appleman 4 4-6 12, Amy Versteeg 1 0-0 2, Brittany Lindley 2 0-0 4, Dawson Fairbanks 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 5-9 32.

PETERSBURG (47) - Gillian Severson 4 2-5 10, Hannah Meucci 4 1-1 9, Lynsey Richards 5 0-0 10, Brenna McMahon 0 0-0 0, Emily Moran 3 0-0 6, Callie Bell 4 0-0 8, Sarah Aiken 1 0-1 2, Lauren Susort 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Berg 0 0-2 0. Totals: 22 3-6 47.

WRANGELL 11 8 1 12 - 32

PETERSBURG 2 17 10 18 - 47

3-point goals - Wrangell 1 (Brown), Petersburg 0. Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Wrangell 11, Petersburg 14.



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