The Sitka High School Lady Wolves are the 2021 Region V 3A girls basketball champions. The Lady Wolves defeated the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves in the final game of their best two-out-of three championship series on Thursday night on the Lady Wolves home court.
JUNEAU, ALASKA (KINY) - The Sitka High School Lady Wolves are the 2021 Region V 3A girls basketball champions. The Lady Wolves defeated the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves in the final game of their best two-out-of three championship series on Thursday night on the Lady Wolves home court.
Sitka never trailed in the 50-38 win.
“After playing Mt. Edgecumbe as many times as we did this year, our team defense was key,” Sitka coach Mindy Bartolaba said. “The kids came ready and motivated to play.”
Sitka senior forward Jocelyn Brady and her sophomore sister Ava Brady combined for 11 points in the first quarter and along with junior post Chloe Morrison established an inside defensive presence that controlled the paint.
Sitka led 16-7 starting the second quarter and 24-12 at the half.
Mt. Edgecumbe junior Lisa Strom scored 10 of her team high 13 points in the second half as the Lady Braves closed to within six, 32-26, starting the fourth quarter.
Sitka junior guard Tawny Smith scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the final eight minutes of play, including going eight for eight from the free-throw line.
“Our free throws were big,” Bartolaba said. “Especially since we did not shoot well from the line the night before.”
Sitka hit 19-25 from the charity stripe, while Mt. Edgecumbe was 14-20. The Lady Wolves had one three-point shot (Makenna Smith), the Lady Braves hit two (Lisa Strom).
Sitka won game one of the series at home on Tuesday, 43-22; Mt. Edgecumbe won game two Wednesday 40-39 at B.J. McGillis Field House.
The Lady Wolves advance to the ASAA 3A/4A State Basketball Championships in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough outside Anchorage, March 25-27.
Scoring Line -
Sitka: Tawny Smith 12; Jocelyn Brady 11; Ava Brady 9; Makenna Smith 6; Chloe Morrison 6; Rean Famini 2; Maitlin Young 2; Naia Nelson 2.
Mt. Edgecumbe: Lisa Strom 13; Laci Prince 7; Carliese O’Brien 6; Mia Anderson 6; TeHana Baldwin 4; Tessa Anderson 2.