Lady Wolves struggle in Metlakatla, drop two
The Lady Wolves basketball team faced a tough series against the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs as they fell in two games 48-29 and 47-22 respectively on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
The first period held hope for the Wrangell squad on Friday as they rallied to a one-point deficit at 11-10 in Met’s favor, but a second period run by the Lady Miss Chiefs – where they outscored Wrangell 10-3 –led to a halftime score with Wrangell down 23-13.
Wrangell was able to put 13 points on the board in the third period, courtesy of three treys apiece by Katie Barger, MiKayla Stokes and Taylor Bean, and 4 points coming from sophomore Darian Meissner.
The Lady Miss Chiefs were able to put up only nine points of their own during the third period and with less that a minute to go in the third period, the Lady Wolves brought the score to 32-26, recovering from their bigger halftime deficit. Meissner’s defense was spectacular as she blocked and defended to keep Wrangell in the game.
The fourth quarter was too much for Wrangell, however, as Met outscored them 16-3 for a final score of 48-29.
Meissner led the Lady Wolves with 14 points and scored in each of the quarters. Stokes put up 5 points, with Bean adding four of her own and Marsha McCay and Barger giving three toward the effort.
Even though the Lady Wolves trailed during the entire game on Wednesday, head coach Dane Vincent said his players did the best they could, given the competition.
“Overall, I think we played all right,” Vincent said. “We went in with two seniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. We really missed having Kayla Rooney’s speed and the way everyone feeds off her energy. But, I think we did okay and executed mostly what they had to. We just couldn’t hit the shots.”
Stokes led the scoring drive for Wrangell on Saturday night with 11 points, including a 3-pointer in the final period. Bean added five to the board, while Barger, McCay and Teresa Flores each had deuces when the final buzzer sounded.
Free throws were a major problem for Wrangell on Saturday as they shot only 25 percent from the line, compared with a 63 percent average on Friday.
The Lady Wolves face off against Klawock tonight at 6 p.m. The results of Wednesday’s game were not available by press time.