By CRAIG GIAMMONA
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves improved to 7-1 in the 3A Southeast conference with a pair of wins over Metlakatla Oct. 14-15.
The Lady Braves swept the Miss Chiefs both nights and now have an inside track on the top seed at the Region V Tournament, which opens Nov. 3 in Juneau. The MEHS girls have four regular season games remaining in 2011: two in Wrangell (Oct. 21-22) and two against Sitka High (Oct. 19 and 25). If the Lady Braves win three of those games they'll enter the Region V Tournament as the top seed. Petersburg and Craig are other two top teams in Southeast this season, but the Lady Braves swept the Lady Panthers and hold a tiebreaker advantage over the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Braves, looking for their fifth straight Region V title this season, stopped in Ketchikan on their way south from Sitka and swept the 4A Lady Kings Oct. 13. The scores against Kayhi were 25-12, 25-22 and 25-9. The Lady Braves fell behind 22-18 in the second game before rallying for the win. MEHS coach Rich Calkins said the Lady Braves need to keep their focus as the postseason approaches.
“To tell the truth, we’re a little concerned with the consistency factor,” Calkins said. “When we play well we look really good. We have to find a way to do that all the time.”
Playing without senior Brenna Johanson, who was nursing an injury but was expected to return to action this week, Calkins moved junior Mariah Martin to the middle and put freshman Taryn White on the outside for the matches in Ketchikan and Metlakatla. The alignment worked against the Lady Kings and Miss Chiefs as MEHS won three road matches in three days.