Despite losses, coach proud of Lady Wolves
Junior MiKayla Stokes shoots as Mt. Edgecumbe opponents try to block during Friday’s home game.
While the Wrangell girls varsity basketball suffered two losses this past weekend to Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Lady Wolves Coach Dave Silva said his players stayed positive, kept good attitudes and “kept their heads up.”
“I have nothing but praise for how the girls handled things,” he said.
The Lady Wolves lost Friday night on home court 39-67. The following night, Wrangell was beaten 37-52. However, the Lady Wolves persevered, Silva said, and tried their best.
“I got to give it our girls, not once in our two nights did they give up,” he said.
During Friday night’s game, Silva said the team tried to do “as much and as many different options as possible” defensively, but Wrangell could not slow down the Lady Braves of Mt. Edgecumbe.
“It didn’t seem like too much of what we were doing was working,” Silva said.
Offensively, Silva commended senior Loni Buness and juniors MiKayla Stokes and Alyssa Allen. Buness was the team’s high scorer Friday, with 17 points.
Junior Alyssa Allen takes the ball down the court and looks to pass to a teammate at Wrangell’s home game Friday night against Mt. Edgecumbe.
On Saturday, Silva said his team played man-on-man defense in hopes of stopping Mt. Edgecumbe from reaching the basket. The strategy proved successful as it prevented Mt. Edgecumbe’s high scorer from scoring as much Saturday night. Friday, Lady Braves Melissa Fischer scored 16 points, but on Saturday scored just 6 points for her team.
Despite the weekend’s losses, Silva said something positive came from the weekend.
“What’s exciting about this, is when you play a good team, you definitely figure out what you need to do as a team to get better,” he said.
This weekend, the Lady Wolves face off against the Valkyries of Petersburg on home court. Silva is expecting the big match-up of the season to make for a fun weekend.
“It makes for a lot of excitement,” he said.
The Lady Wolves play at 7:45 p.m. Friday, and at 6 p.m. Saturday.