Sitka Girls Cage Kenai Kardinals at State Tourney

    The Sitka Lady Wolves won their opening game at the ASAA March Madness Alaska 3A Girls Basketball State Championships on Thursday and play in the semifinals Friday. (Photo Courtesy ASAA).

    JUNEAU, ALASKA (KINY) - The Sitka High School Lady Wolves unleashed their offensive arsenal against the Kenai Central Kardinals in the opening game of the 2021 March Madness Alaska 3A Girls Basketball State Championship on Thursday at Palmer Middle School.

      The Lady Wolves, representing the Southeast Conference, were never threatened in their 57-27 win over the South Central Conference Kardinals team.

      “The girls came ready to play and focused,” Sitka coach Mindy Bartolaba said. “They are excited to be playing here. Offensively, we focused on pushing the ball up the floor and getting the boards. Kenai rattled us a bit coming out of the half with their press, but we were able to regain our composure.”

      Sitka built a lead of 18-4 after eight minutes of action and led 32-7 at halftime. They held a 42-15 advantage after three quarters.

      The Lady Wolves advance to play the Aurora Conference Champion Monroe Catholic Rams in a 2 p.m. semifinal Friday at Wasilla High School. Monroe defeated Nome-Beltz 64-39 in their opening game.

      Sitka improves to 12-7 on the season, Kenai falls to 7-13.

    Scoring -

    Sitka: Jocelyn Brady 16; Ava Brady 8; Maitlin Young 8; Tawny Smith 7; Naia Nelson 6; Makenna Smith 6; Michele Winger 3; Rean Famini 2; Chloe Morrison 1.

    Kenai: Emma Beck 13; Logan Satathite 7; Erin Koziczkowski 4; Michal Keyes 2.

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