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  • Braves Force Overtime
    Reprinted with permission from the Daily Sitka Sentinel
        The table is set for a competitive Region Tournament after the final cross-town matchups between the Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe boys basketball teams over the weekend featured one game that went to overtime and another that was decided by 2 points. 
        Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe split the final two games of the Battle of the Bridge with each team winning its home senior night. The Braves had Sitka down 49-47 with 3.7 seconds to play Friday night before Tevin Bayne forced overtime and led Sitka to a 65-53 win with 10 points in the 4-minute overtime. 
        The Braves answered the loss Saturday night with their first win over Sitka of the season. Mt. Edgecumbe came back from being down 11 points in the second half to beat Sitka 44-42. 
        The teams had nothing to gain from the weekend, with the region seeding having already been determined, but neither team played that way. Mt. Edgecumbe coach Archie Young said the last month of the season has shown how close the Region Tournament is going to be. 
        “I still feel like we can get better the next two days but what I think we’ve learned is the region is a lot closer than people thought it would be,” Young said. “We played two tight games with Sitka and split this weekend.” 
        Saturday night the Wolves led 34-27 at the end of the third quarter. Mt. Edgecumbe outscored Sitka 17-8 in the final quarter thanks to 11 points from Donald Edenshaw. The senior scored 24 points on senior night and did most of his work in the fourth quarter off a set the Braves used previously against Petersburg. Mt. Edgecumbe put the ball in Edenshaw’s hands at the top of the key and allowed him to facilitate the offense or go to the basket on an isolation play when he had a favorable matchup in man-to-man defense. 
        The Wolves had the lead with just over a minute to play before the pace of the game shifted to the free-throw line. Jaloni Pepper scored on a putback layup to cut the lead to 40-38. 
        Two possessions later, Kendrick Payton was whistled for an intentional offensive foul when he hit Mt. Edgecumbe’s Skye Shipton with an elbow. 
        Shipton hit both freethrows to tie the game and then Mt. Edgecumbe got the ball back because of the intentional foul. 
        Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe traded free throw attempts in the final seconds with Mt. Edgecumbe hitting on two of the last four freethrows to secure the 44-42 win. 
        Edenshaw scored a game-high 24 points in his last home game with the Braves. Jarred Olin-Duncan, Corby Kasayulie and Daniel Alexie also played their last home game as seniors. 
        Shipton was second in scoring with 10 points. Pepper scored 5 points and Paul Kewan scored 2. 
        Payton led the Wolves with 14 points while shouldering most of the low-post duties for Sitka as Brian Way sat out the majority of the game as a precaution for an injury. Way scored 2 points before leaving the contest. AJ Inman scored 9, Bayne scored 8, Oscar Barragan 5 points and Jaren Sumauang scored 4. Joey Inman sat out the weekend with an injury. 
        This season has been similar to last season for Mt. Edgecumbe, which lost its first three games to Sitka last year before winning on the last night of the regular season. Young said the difference has been time on the court and fewer mistakes. 
        “For one, I think a big thing for us is we had a lot of turnovers (Friday) night and tonight we still had some turnovers but not nearly as many and we did a better job of not giving them up in bunches,” Young said. “Last game we had patches of three or four turnovers in a row and tonight I think we had two in a row, we never really had three in a row so minimizing the runs was really big for us.” 
        In Friday night’s contest, the Wolves were pushed for four quarters but did enough to sneak into overtime where they came on to outscore the Braves 16-4 in the final four minutes. 
        Edgecumbe’s Pepper scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers from the corner. When the Wolves inbounded the ball to Bayne in the post for the game winner, Bayne dropped in a turnaround shot from the right-hand side with 1 second left. The shot was Bayne’s fifth field goal of the night and he continued the run into overtime where he scored the Wolves’ first 6 points. The sophomore led the team in scoring with 21 points on senior night. 
        Way scored 13 points followed by Barragan who had 10. AJ Inman and Payton both scored 9 points and Quentin White scored 2. 
        It was the last home game for seniors Way, Barragan, Payton, AJ Inman, Sumauang, Alec Duncan, Jovani Villanueva, Ryan Samuelson, Quentin White and Joey Inman, who sat to rest an injury. 
        Sitka gets a bye in the first game of the Region tournament and will play the winner of the Petersburg/Mt. Edgecumbe game on Wednesday morning. Mt. Edgecumbe, this year’s three seed, won last year’s 3A Southeast title after entering the tournament as the two-seed. Young said the 2A, 3A and 4A levels are all going to be close tournaments. 
        “I think across the board it’s going to be a very interesting Regional tournament. I’m looking forward to it,” Young said.
    Posted Mar 4, 2014, 12:28 PM by Web Master
  • Lady Braves Beat Sitka In Final Seconds
    Reprinted with permission from the Daily Sitka Sentinel
        Tied at 31 with six seconds to go and the length of the floor to cover, what did Mt. Edgecumbe coach Dane Vincent draw up for the Lady Braves’ game-winning shot to beat Sitka? 
        “Something totally different from what they did,” Vincent said with a laugh. 
        The Lady Braves forced a jump ball with six seconds left in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. After taking a timeout to draw up a play, Mt. Edgecumbe took three passes to advance the ball to JoAllyn Johnson, who hit a 3-pointer from deep on the right wing as time expired to give Mt. Edgecumbe their fourth win over Sitka this season.
        “I wish I could take credit for it,” Vincent said. “It’s not necessarily one person all the time who has to make a play on our (team) but somebody always seems to stand up and take advantage of it.” 
        Renatta Olson led Mt. Edgecumbe in scoring with 11 points including the game-tying free throw with 1:10 seconds left in the fourth quarter. 
        Olson’s free throw came on the heels of an Isa Ramil shot that gave Sitka a 31-30 lead with 1:37 seconds to play. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe led much of the night starting with a Brittany Akaran layup that finally put the first points on the board 4 minutes into the game. Akaran, the only Edgecumbe senior on senior night, went on to score 4 points.
        “It’s really been fun working with Brittany. She’s going to be missed on the team – she’s really a big part of it,” Vincent said.
        Mt. Edgecumbe led by 4 points at the end of the first quarter and by 2 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Lady Braves stretched their lead to 26-21 before Sitka started a comeback in the final period. 
        The Lady Wolves outscored Mt. Edgecumbe 10-8 in the fourth quarter thanks to 4 points from Megan Reid and a 3-pointer from Sid Riggs, who returned to action Friday night after missing time with a wrist injury. 
        Riggs scored 9 points Saturday night to lead Sitka. Reid finished with 8 points after being held to two field goals through the first three quarters. Kalene Koelling hit a pair of three pointers for her 6 points, Ramil scored 4, Sophie Mudry 3 and Zoe Krupa scored 1. 
        Johnson and Payton Weisz finished with 5 points each for the Lady Braves behind Olson’s game-high 11 points. Taryn White and Akaran each scored 4, Julie Amaktoolik 3 and Tori Thomas scored 2. 
        The Lady Braves swept Sitka in both games this weekend to wrap up the regular season. Friday night’s contest at Sitka High School was similarly low-scoring and closely contested with Mt. Edgecumbe winning 34-28. 
        Sitka trailed by 5 points to start the third quarter. Riggs scored 6 of her 7 points in the fourth quarter starting with a 3-pointer on an assist by Sophie Mudry that closed the gap to 25-23. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe pushed the lead back up to 7 points behind points from Thomas, White and Olson. Riggs and Reid then narrowed the gap to 4 points and, with 39 seconds left, Riggs stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a layup that cut Mt. Edgecumbe’s lead to 30-28. 
        Sitka played the foul-game the rest of the quarter and was unable to complete the comeback as Mt. Edgecumbe pulled ahead 34-28 on foul shooting. 
        It was senior night for Reid, Mudry, Ramil, Hannah Davis and Farrah Davis. 
        Reid, Ramil and Hailey Denkinger scored 4 points each. Koelling, Krupa and Mudry scored 3 each and Kyla Young scored 2. 
        White led Mt. Edgecumbe with 16 points followed by Akaran and Thomas who each had 4. Johnson scored 3 points and Olson hit a 2-point bucket in the fourth quarter. 
        With the wins, the Lady Braves finished the season 15-3 with a 7-1 conference record. Their only loss in Region V came via Petersburg in February. As a result, Mt. Edgecumbe will get a bye in the first round of the Region tournament, which starts Wednesday. 
        The Lady Wolves will play Petersburg’s Lady Vikings at 8 a.m. Wednesday to open the tournament. Mt. Edgecumbe will play the winner of that game Thursday in the double-elimination tournament. 
        Vincent said he’s pleased with how his team has been playing defensively but he’s hoping to get back to the offensive success they had earlier in the season. 
        “I want us to get back into our offense that we ran earlier in the season. We need to slow it down,” Vincent said.
    Posted Mar 4, 2014, 12:24 PM by Web Master
  • Girls Basketball Against Petersburg
    Republished with permission of the Daily Sitka Sentinel
        The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves opted for defense over offense in their 23-21 win over Petersburg Friday night at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. 
        Head coach Dane Vincent said the team made some adjustments following their 50-49 overtime loss to the Lady Vikings last Wednesday. The result, Vincent said, was two solid defensive teams grinding out a low-scoring contest. 
        “Did our offense work like it normally does? No. Their defense was strong. Did their offense work as well as it normally does? No We’re strong,” Vincent said. 
        Vincent said his team opted to show multiple defensive looks and to better defend Petersburg’s leading scorer Kylie Wallace. Wallace scored 16 points against Mt. Edgecumbe on Wednesday and 37 against Sitka a day later. 
        “We made a little adjustment on our defense from what we ran the last game and tried to get out on their shooters a little bit more,” Vincent said. “We planned something more specific for (Wallace) tonight. I basically had Taryn (White) get on her one on one and stay on her right hand side.” 
        The Lady Braves defense gave up one basket at the 7-minute mark in the first quarter and then held Petersburg scoreless for more than a quarter. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe had an equally difficult time scoring but did put together a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to some opportunities in the transition game. Tori Thomas gave the Lady Braves a 5-2 lead when she hit on a 3-point play with 2:15 to play in the first quarter. Payton Weisz stole the ball and passed ahead to Thomas for the assist. 
        The second quarter was nearly halfway finished when Petersburg scored their second basket of the game on a Kyla Willis shot. By the end of the first half, neither team had cracked double digits with the Lady Braves leading 9-5. 
        Petersburg climbed back into the contest in the third quarter, tying the game at 12 halfway through the quarter. Mt. Edgecumbe went on a run behind a Weisz 3-pointer but Petersburg closed it to 17-16 when Grace Weller stole the ball and hit a layup with 13 seconds left. 
        Petersburg never led in the contest but missed a few opportunities to do so in the second half. The Lady Vikings tied the game at 19 on a layup and foul with 5 minutes to play but missed the free throw. Petersburg had previously tied the game at 2 and 12 earlier in the game without being able to take the lead. 
        The score stalled at 19 for the next two minutes of game time before Olson hit a layup off of a JoAllyn Johnson steal and assist to make it 21-19 with 2:44 to play. 
        Petersburg’s Wallace tied the game sometime later with a layup, which was answered immediately by White to give Mt. Edgecumbe a 23-21 advantage with less than a minute to play. 
        White led the Lady Braves in scoring with 9 points. Weisz scored 6 points, all in the third quarter. Thomas finished with 5 points and Olson scored 3 points. 
        Similar to Wednesday night’s game, Petersburg had the ball with a chance to tie with 36 seconds remaining. Mt. Edgecumbe forced two jump balls in the next 30 seconds, eventually gaining possession with 3 seconds to go. 
        By splitting the homestand with Petersburg,the Lady Braves improved their record to 13-3 with a 5-1 record in the conference. They need to play Sitka twice more to finish out the conference regular season. Petersburg is 5-3 in the conference having swept Sitka and beaten Mt. Edgecumbe once. The team with the best conference record in the regular season will get a bye in the first round of the Region Tournament next week in Juneau. Should Mt. Edgecumbe lose to Sitka twice, they will tie Petersburg with a 5-3 conference mark but have the tiebreaker by virtue of having beaten Petersburg three times this season. 
        Vincent said he knew Petersburg was going to be a challenge this weekend and he expects that to be the case in the Region Tournament as well.
        “I told the girls Tuesday, you guys don’t take them for granted just cause we beat them by 8 or 9, because they can come out and beat us by 10 or 20 and he (Dino Brock) does a great job coaching their team,” Vincent said.
    Posted Feb 25, 2014, 3:11 PM by Web Master
  • Girls Basketball
    Reprinted with permission from the Daily Sitka Sentinel
        The Mt. Edgecumbe High Lady Braves basketball team took the first installment of the Battle of the Bridge on their home floor Tuesday night with a 57-32 blowout win over Sitka High. 
        The Lady Braves led most of the way but it was in the third quarter when the team ran away with the game. The Lady Braves took a 6-point lead into halftime after Sitka rallied from a slow start. 
        The Lady Wolves didn’t record their first point until 5:30 into the first quarter when Ellie Cagle hit on a layup. In the second quarter the team, playing without Sid Riggs, found their offensive stride as four different players hit field goals in the second quarter en route to a 9-point showing. 
        Sitka outscored Mt. Edgecumbe 9 to 8 in the second quarter after starting out 7 points in the hole. The Lady Wolves had the deficit down to 4 points at times near the end of the second quarter but Mt. Edgecumbe was able to ride 6 points from Taryn White in the second quarter to a 20-14 halftime lead.  
        In the third quarter the Lady Wolves hit a shooting drought around the same time Edgecumbe got hot. The Lady Braves outscored Sitka 22-5 in the third quarter led by White with 10 points. The Lady Wolves couldn’t convert on some open looks early in the third quarter and Mt. Edgecumbe was able to capitalize in the transition game. 
        Megan Reid provided some spark for the Lady Wolves in the fourth quarter with 9 points. As the Lady Wolves were trying to mount a comeback, Renatta Olson hit a three-pointer to push the lead back over 20 points and Reid responded with a quick three of her own at the other end to keep the comeback hopes alive. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe’s defense held the rest of the quarter, however. The last theatrics of the game came with 2:23 left when Edgecumbe’s Ashley Mute left the floor on a gurney following a collision with another player going for a loose ball. Mute was conscious when taken away by emergency responders and Mt. Edgecumbe school officials said she was carted off as a precautionary measure. 
        Following the injury, the teams returned to the floor to close out the game. Seven players worked their way into the score book for the Lady Braves led by White’s 24 points. Payton Weisz was second in scoring with 13 points followed by Olson, who had 10. JoAllyn Johnson scored 4 and Julie Amaktoolik, Tori Thomas and Jessica Mute had 2 each. 
        It was the first game against Sitka for Mt. Edgecumbe coach Dane Vincent, and he said he liked the match-up. 
        “I like the match-up pretty good. They got the tall girl down low (Reid) who does a pretty good job. We got to stop them from driving down into the middle and penetrating with their guards,” Vincent said. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe is 5-2 on the season following the win Tuesday and 3-0 in conference play. Vincent said he’s proud of the effort the girls are showing and of how much they’ve been able to do so far this season. 
        “All in all I think our offense went really well. The girls are really buying into it and understanding it more. Defensively we switch between the zone and the man-to-man and they matched up well in both directions with it,” Vincent said. 
        The Lady Braves switch defensive strategies frequently during games and Vincent expects that trend to continue. 
        “It’s kind of a situation-by-situation because we like switching back and forth, and that way the offense doesn’t know what we’re going to do the next time down the court,” he said. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe left this morning on an early flight to Barrow for a tournament that will take them through the weekend. Vincent said it’s a tough turnaround for his team, which has played four games in the last six days. 
        “The girls are going to be tired. I know that going into it, especially coming off this last road trip, but the way they’re playing now and the confidence they have in each other, I think is going to pull us through it,” Vincent said.
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 11:21 AM by Web Master
  • Boys Basketball
    Reprinted with permission from the Daily Sitka Sentinel
        The Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka High boys basketball teams picked up where they left off last season Tuesday night as the Wolves came out on top of a close game in the teams’ first cross-town match-up of the season.
        Mt. Edgecumbe sophomore Jaloni Pepper scored a game-high 21 points but he needed 24 as the Braves went down 56-53. 
        Late in the fourth quarter, Mt. Edgecumbe was down 52-44 but Skye Shipton triggered a run for the Braves with a three-point play when he was fouled making a layup. Shipton, who scored 15 on the night, hit the free throw to bring the Braves within 5 points. After some missed free throws, Pepper scored to make it a one-possession game, and before Sitka could advance the ball past half-court, Mt. Edgecumbe senior Corby Kasayulie stole the ball and scored a layup to complete a 7-0 run for the Braves that narrowed the game to 52-51 with 1:43 seconds to play. 
        The teams traded baskets to make the score 54-53 and a Mt. Edgecumbe turnover gave Sitka the ball with 35 seconds to play. The Braves fouled senior Brian Way to stop the clock sending Way to the line for two free throws.
        Way was hurt last week and it was uncertain whether or not he would be cleared to play Tuesday night. The 6’6” post player did not start the game but did play significant minutes and scored 19 points including 5 in the fourth quarter. Way entered the game midway through the first quarter and was triple-teamed the first time he caught the ball, leading to an inadvertent elbow that sent him back to the bench with bleeding. 
        Way, who sported a bandage on the bridge of his nose the rest of the game, hit both his pressure free throws after the Wolves had gone 4-9 from the line in the fourth quarter up until that point. 
        The free throws gave Mt. Edgecumbe the ball with 3 points worth of work to do in under 30 seconds. The Braves couldn’t connect on a pair of three-point tries by Shipton and Pepper but the ball was ruled out of bounds with 1 second left so Mt. Edgecumbe got a final try at tying the game. 
        Pepper rolled off a number of screens and caught the ball in the corner but the sophomore from Anchorage, who had hit five threes up to that point in the game, couldn’t find the bottom of the net for number six and the tie.
        Sitka coach Andy Lee said he was happy to see his defense rise to the occasion when it mattered. 
        “I like that Brian hit clutch free throws and in the end we really relied on our defense. It was more of an individual performance that hurt us than it was bad defense,” Lee said. “It was just an outstanding individual performance.” 
        Oscar Barragan shouldered much of the load for guarding the hot-shooting Pepper, and Lee said he was impressed by what Barragan did to try to slow down the attack. 
        “Oscar did a tremendous job. I love that Oscar has made that transition into a tough defender,” Lee said. 
        Way and Kendrick Payton combined for Sitka’s only scoring of the fourth quarter (10 points) while the Braves got points from four different players. 
        Sitka led much of the way although the Braves did hold a halftime lead following a 17-point second quarter. The squad has played only a handful of games since the winter break and the team continues to struggle with turnovers. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe played Sitka close the entire game and it took the Wolves until the 6:10 mark of the third quarter when AJ Inman scored on a steal and assist from Barragan, giving them a 30-29 lead. 
        The teams traded the lead until Payton pushed Sitka out in front with 4 consecutive points. 
        Sitka played tight during portions of the game, which Lee said was a result of a number of factors including a long stretch of games coming to a close as well as the renewal of the cross-town rivalry. 
        “I think it’s the battle of the bridge thing a little bit and then Brian came back injured ... his timing is off, he hasn’t been practicing and we tried to work him in and he played very well all things considered, but we were a little sluggish and I just think the whole atmosphere – it was a physical game,” Lee said. 
        Shipton’s 15 points were second to Pepper in scoring for the Braves. Kasayulie dropped in 6 points and Jarred Olin-Duncan, Paul Kewan and Ermogen Mercuelif scored 2 each. 
        For Sitka, Way led with 19 points followed by Payton with 13 and Barragan who had 9. AJ Inman scored 6 points and Jaren Sumauang had 5 and  Joey Inman had 4. 
        Mt. Edgecumbe left for Barrow this morning and Sitka is off until next week when it hosts Barrow. 
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 11:20 AM by Web Master
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