Mount Edgecumbe girls reclaim Southeast crown

Braves beat Vikings in familiar title-game matchup

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

Southeast-Class 3A girls basketball title games are becoming variations on a theme - Mount Edgecumbe vs. Petersburg.

On Friday, for the fourth straight year, the Braves and Vikings met to decide the region championship. This time. Mount Edgecumbe broke away in a low-scoring game to post a 40-23 win at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Petersburg had won the last two region titles, while Mount Edgecumbe won in 2002. The two teams face each other four times during each regular season, leaving few secrets come tourney time.

"It makes for a great matchup at regionals because you pretty much know what (each team) is going to do, and it comes down to execution," Mount Edgecumbe coach Rich Calkins said, noting that it's a friendly rivalry.

"It's intense. They're very good every single year," Petersburg coach Dino Brock said of Mount Edgecumbe. "They're the team everybody is chasing."

Both teams advance to the Class 3A state tournament, to be held March 31-April 2 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

A three-point play by Carlotta Evan and a 3-pointer by Kim Rychnovsky - one of her four in the game - helped Mount Edgecumbe build a 10-6 lead after the first quarter, and the Braves led 20-11 at halftime.

Mount Edgecumbe continued to pull away in the second half. The game was a change of pace for the Braves, who had scored 83 points the night before.

"It showed their depth as a team that they could play a slow-paced game and still prevail," Calkins said.

Rychnovsky scored 14 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe (21-1 overall), while Jennifer Evan added 11 for the Braves.

The win was especially sweet for Braves senior Ellie Jackson, who scored four points. As a freshman, Jackson was on the last Mount Edgecumbe girls team to win a region title, in Juneau in 2002.

"We hadn't done it since my freshman year, and it feels good to do it again my senior year," Jackson said. "I hope this year's freshmen can carry it on the next four years."

"She's been the bedrock to the program," Calkins said of Jackson. "She's a tremendous leader."

Gillian Severson scored eight points for Petersburg (18-7 overall), while Hannah Meucci and Lynsey Richards added four apiece.

The Vikings were unable to get good shots throughout the game.

"We did a good job defensively, but we struggled to shoot the ball," Brock said. "We just never got a lot of looks with their defense."

Third-fourth place game

Glacier Bears 69, Wolves 58

Haines seniors Drew Fossman, Ivanca Jones and Kim Ferrin combined to score 62 points in their final high-school game Friday as the Glacier Bears beat Wrangell 69-58 to claim third place at the region tournament.

Fossman scored 23, Jones added 21 and Ferrin chipped in 18 for the Glacier Bears (5-14 overall), who led by just four at halftime - 31-27 - before breaking away with a 22-10 run in the third quarter. Jones scored 10 points in that period, including two of her four 3-pointers in the game.

Laurie Brown scored 22 points and Tessa Appleman added 12 for Wrangell (9-9 overall). Senior Sarah Helgeson chipped in nine points for the Wolves.

Fifth-sixth place game

Panthers 46, MissChiefs 41

Craig senior Brianne Goheen scored eight of her nine points in the fourth quarter Friday as the Panthers pulled ahead for a 46-41 win over Metlakatla to finish fifth at the region tourney.

The game was tied 18-all at halftime and 28-all after three quarters before Craig (7-11 overall) was able to jump ahead in the final period. Craig senior Jill May scored six of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Emily Haydu added 10 points and Erin Anderson scored eight for the Panthers.

Metlakatla senior Kristy Didrickson scored nine points in her final game for the MissChiefs (3-20 overall). Lindsay Schwehm also scored nine points for Metlakatla, while Brandi Patterson and Susan Thompson added seven apiece.

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

SOUTHEAST-CLASS 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

BRAVES 40, VIKINGS 23

Friday's championship girls game from JDHS

PETERSBURG (23) - Gillian Severson 4 0-0 8, Hannah Meucci 2 0-0 4, Lynsey Richards 2 0-0 4, Brenna McMahon 0 0-0 0, Emily Moran 0 0-1 0, Callie Bell 1 0-0 2, Sarah Aiken 0 3-6 3, Lauren Susort 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Berg 0 0-0 0, Ruby McMahon 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 3-9 23.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (40) - Ellie Jackson 1 2-4 4, Jennifer Evan 5 1-2 11, Jolene Jackinsky 0 0-0 0, Nicole Akaran 2 0-0 4, Kim Rychnovsky 5 0-0 14, Carlotta Evan 2 1-1 5, Skeeter Atoruk 1 0-4 2, Glendora Chunak 0 0-0 0, Victoria Smeaton 0 0-0 0, Sara Morris 0 0-0 0, Lori Ann Wallace 0 0-0 0, Sasha Akaran 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 4-11 40.

PETERSBURG 6 6 5 6 - 23

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 10 10 7 13 - 40

3-point goals - Petersburg 0, Mount Edgecumbe 4 (Rychnovsky 4). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Petersburg 11, Mount Edgecumbe 12.

GLACIER BEARS 69, WOLVES 58

Friday's third-fourth place girls game from JDHS

WRANGELL (58) - Sarah Helgeson 4 1-3 9, Laurie Brown 8 2-2 22, Tessa Appleman 6 0-2 12, Amy Versteeg 2 0-1 4, Brittany Lindley 1 0-0 3, Dawson Fairbanks 0 0-0 0, Courtney McCay 3 1-4 7, Jessica Blunt 0 0-0 0, Kim Buhler 0 0-0 0, Randi Pullman 0 0-0 0, Jill Privett 0 1-2 1, Krystal Schultz 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 5-14 58.

HAINES (69) - Kim Ferrin 6 6-8 18, Drew Fossman 9 5-6 23, Ivanca Jones 8 1-1 21, Kelly Hansen 1 0-0 2, Breanna Bagley 0 0-0 0, Christine Hansen 1 0-1 3, Teslyn Visscher 0 0-0 0, Brianna Phillips 0 2-2 2, Veronica Kasper 0 0-0 0, Alix Goodman 0 0-0 0, Amelia Blilie 0 0-0 0, J.J. Lende 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 14-18 69.

WRANGELL 12 15 10 21 - 58

HAINES 19 12 22 16 - 69

3-point goals - Wrangell 5 (Brown 4, Lindley), Haines 5 (Jones 4, C. Hansen). Fouled out - Wrangell 1 (Brown), Haines 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Wrangell 18, Haines 18.

PANTHERS 46, MISSCHIEFS 41

Friday's fifth-sixth place girls game from JDHS

METLAKATLA (41) - Kristy Didrickson 3 2-2 9, Hannah Henderson 2 0-3 4, Amber Dundas 2 0-0 4, Lindsay Schwehm 1 7-13 9, Susan Thompson 2 3-4 7, Brandi Hayward 0 1-4 1, Ashley Benson 0 0-0 0, Brandi Patterson 3 0-1 7, Katrina Moran 0 0-0 0, Brittany Booth 0 0-0 0, Mystique Darling 0 0-0 0, Giovanna Scudero 0 0-0 0, Raeme James 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 13-28 41.

CRAIG (46) - Erin Anderson 3 1-2 8, Brianne Goheen 1 6-9 9, Jill May 6 2-3 14, Nicole Packer 0 0-0 0, Emily Haydu 4 2-2 10, Jennifer Haydu 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Sheakley 0 0-0 0, Keala Durgan 0 0-0 0, Liz Thomsen 2 1-2 5, Aimee Castle 0 0-0 0, Beccy Moots 0 0-0 0, Nicole Moots 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 12-18 46.

METLAKATLA 11 7 10 13 - 41

CRAIG 10 8 10 18 - 46

3-point goals - Metlakatla 2 (Didrickson, Patterson), Craig 2 (Anderson, Goheen). Fouled out - Metlakatla 0, Craig 2 (Durgan, Thomsen). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Metlakatla 16, Craig 24.



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