Eastern Conference Tournament Underway in Sitka

    Mt. Edgecumbe's Ranen Wassillie (25-Wasilla) and Shane Angnaboogok (13-Anchorage) defend TMHS' Thomas Baxter (33), on Feb. 23. Mt. Edgecumbe won their Eastern Conference Tournament opener Wednesday. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The first-year 3A Eastern Conference Basketball Tournament is underway at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

      In opening girls action on Wednesday the No. 1 seed Sitka Lady Wolves defeated the No. 4 Houston Hawks 66-30 and the No. 2 seed Redington Huskies tipped the No. 3 Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves 38-33.

      SITKA 66, HOUSTON 30

      The Sitka girls led 16-13 after eight minutes and 33-20 at the half. The Lady Wolves were up 46-29 after three quarters and only allowed one Houston point in the fourth quarter.

      Ava Brady led the Lady Wolves with 28 points, including 12 in the first quarter. Chloe Morrison added 15 points, Maitlin Young eight, Tawny Smith and Nail Nelson five apiece, Andrea Winger three and Harlee Nelson two.

      Sitka hit 8-10 at the charity stripe, Houston 3-6.

      Anna Whitted led the Hawks with 15 points. Abbie Baird added 12 points and Grace Gillespie three.

      REDINGTON 38, MT. EDGECUMBE 33

      The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves held an 8-7 lead after eight minutes of action and led 15-13 at the half. Redington held a 25-23 advantage after three quarters and held on for the win with Lexi Seymore scoring 11 of her game-high 25 points in the final stanza.

      Alizae Crume added seven points for the Huskies, and Destiny Simmons, Kodie Milnes and Delaney Reavis two each.

      Redington hit 3-11 at the charity stripe, Mt. Edgecumbe 2-6.

      Naomi Savetilik led the Lady Braves with nine points. Tessa Anderson added seven points, TeHana Baldwin five, Kathy Jones four, and Mia Anderson, Shady Barr, Jelsey Gologargen and Genneva Kamkoff two each.

      Mt. Edgecumbe and Houston play in an elimination game at 5 p.m. today. Sitka and Redington play in a semifinal at 8:30 p.m.

      In boys action the No. 1 seed Houston Hawks topped the No. 4 Sitka Wolves 69-24 and the No. 3 seed Mt. Edgecumbe Braves nipped the No. 2 Redington Huskies 70-68.

      HOUSTON 69, SITKA 24

      The Houston boys jumped out to a 23-6 first quarter advantage behind five shots past the arc. Braden Cork scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the stanza and Keldin Niedl eight of his 22.

      Houston hit five more arc breakers in the second quarter and led 47-15 at the half and led 62-20 after the third stanza.

      Cody Wyrick added six points for the Hawks, Noah Whitted five, Brandon Hina and Hunter Jefferson four apiece, Deegan VanDussen three and Cole Taylor two.

      Houston hit 5-8 at the charity stripe, Sitka 7-8.

      Dylan Crenna led the Wolves with seven points. Wes Urias and Jaden Costelo added four points apiece, Tray Demmert three, and Nick Calhoun, Shane Webb and Jason Young two each.

      MT. EDGECUMBE 70, REDINGTON 68

      The Mt. Edgecumbe Braves and Redington Huskies had the game of the opening night, using every minute of the contest to determine the victor.

      The Braves took a 24-23 first quarter lead behind nine points from Denine Prentice and some deep shooting by Ranen Wassillie and Mason Ivanoff. The Huskies had five players find the scorebook in the stanza with Wayde Bowman and Logan Seymore hitting from past the arc.

      Mt. Edgecumbe led 36-33 at the half and 56-42 after three quarters. Redington outscored the Braves 26-14 in the final stanza but came up two points short.

      Prentice led the Braves with 18 points. Wassillie and Mason Ivanoff added 15 points apiece, Rylan Armstrong 13 and Keenan Kashevarof nine.

      Mt. Edgecumbe hit 22-40 at the charity stripe, Redington 14-20.

      Trevor Bowman led the Huskies with 16 points. Doyle Bond added 13 points, Seymore and Bryce Murdock 10 apiece, W. Bowman nine, Cort Sander eight and Mason Brouillet two.

      In boys action today Sitka plays Redington in an elimination game at 3:15 p.m. and Houston faces Mt. Edgecumbe in a semifinal at 6:45 p.m.

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