Lady Wolves win one against Haines
MiKayla Stokes does her best to get around a double-team effort by the Haines Lady Glacier Bears. The Lady Wolves won their Saturday night game 38-35.
The Lady Wolves split the difference against Haines over the weekend by taking away a 38-35 win on Saturday – after a close game on Friday night that saw Wrangell fall by only three points in a 36-33 loss to the Lady Glacier Bears.
Wrangell senior Alyssa Allen led the Lady Wolves on Saturday with 14 points, including two buckets and a successful three-pointer. Her greatest contribution, however, came at the line where she went 7-for-10. Teammate MiKayla Stokes was also in double digits with 10 points and a trey of her own from deep behind the arc.
Shooting from the line was Wrangell’s secret weapon on Saturday as they went 16-for-28 for a 57-percent rating from free-throw range.
The Lady Wolves came close on Friday, falling only by three points – and the team even led 29-25 at the end of the third period. The lead came after a devastating series of shots by Stokes and Erica Smith to tie the game 19-19 at the half.
Head coach Dane Vincent said having one of his key players out of the lineup was a big part of the team’s loss on the first night of competition.
Taylor Bean turns the corner for a shot against Haines as teammate Kyla Teat blocks out for her last Friday night.
“On Friday we lost by three and a lot of that had to do with Kayla Rooney’s ankle being sprained,” he said. “I think that hurt a little bit on defense. We see so much off of her on that side of the ball, but it was also good to have Erica Smith back for her first night and had a really good game. She lit the boards up in a big way.”
Smith led the team on Friday night with 15 points off six buckets and going 3-for-4 from the line. Allen and Stokes each added 7 points to the final score, with Caroline Ward adding a pair of deuces of her own.
Vincent added that he is looking forward to the coming weekend and a chance to add more wins to the Lady Wolves 2013 season record.
“I am just glad everyone will be back,” he added. “If we can get Kayla’s ankle taped up and her back on, and keep Darian (Meissner) healthy, we’re looking at going up there adding a few more wins and back into the ‘W’ section.”
The Lady Wolves will travel to Haines this weekend for a rematch. Their next home appearance will be Feb. 8-9 when they face Metlakatla.