Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves beat Metlakatla in two close games on Japonski Island this Feb. 10-11 to quietly improve their conference record to 6-2.
The Lady Braves won 49-45 Friday, with Brandi Hale scoring 14 points. Freshman Taryn White added 13 and Mariah Martin and Brenna Johanson had 9 each.
Metlakatla, much improved this season, got 23 points from Shante Hudson and 7 each from Theresa Wellington-McGilton and Jennifer Caspersen. The game Saturday was tied 18-18 at the half, but the Lady Braves took control in the third quarter as they exploded for another 18 points. The MEHS girls led 36-28 heading into the fourth, but Metlakatla made a move and cut the lead to a point at 45-44 with 1:25 to go. Hale had a big bucket on the next possession, scoring with 44 seconds left to make it 47-44. Hale’s bucket would constitute the final two points scored by either team.
After Edgecumbe failed to ice the game at the free throw line, Metlakatla got the ball back with 25 seconds to go. Coach Sonda Lundvick called a timeout with 12 seconds left to set up a play, but the Miss Chiefs missed a shot in the lane and time expired with the Lady Braves ahead 47-44. Johanson had 13 for the Lady Braves, while Hale scored 12. White chipped in with 8, Martin had 7, Venita Demoski chipped in 4 and Scarlett Beaver had 3. Wellington-McGilton, a freshman, scored a game-high 24 points for Metlakatla and Caspersen added 9.
The Lady Braves have four tough conference games remaining, including two against unbeaten Sitka. But with the Region V tournament now just over two weeks away, the MEHS girls are right in the middle of a competitive conference battle for two state berths. So far this season, Mt. Edgecumbe has split with Craig and Petersburg and swept Wrangell and Metlakatla. They are 10-4 overall.