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Lady Wolves play hard at Region V tournament

 

James Poulson / Sitka Daily Sentinel

Erica Smith makes her move around a defender from Craig at the Region V tournament.

The Lady Wolves varsity squad traveled to Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka last week to take part in the 2013 Region V 2A basketball tournament – and nearly came away with a trip to the Alaska State basketball tournament, missing the chance by only a handful of points.

Entering the tournament in the 4th seed, the Lady Wolves began their jaunt with a tough 38-31 loss to 3rd seed Craig. During the game, high scorer Darian Meissner went 8-for-12 from the free throw line, and put up a bucket for 12 points to lead for Wrangell.

Senior Alyssa Allen followed Meissner with 7 points, including a pair of three-pointers and a shot from the line. MiKayla Stokes also had a pair of treys for 4 points, while Caroline Ward also put up four of her own. Shayna Schultz and Erica Smith each added two points.

After the loss on Thursday night, the Lady Wolves had to make a quick turnaround and face the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs on Friday morning. The matchup was even closer for Wrangell, who ended up losing by only three points for a 31-28 final score.

Meissner once again led the charge for Wrangell with 11 points on Friday off three buckets and a 5-for-7 go at the line. Stokes put up 6 points of her own while Allen added 5 points to the board off a bucket and the only successful downtown shot of the game for the Lady Wolves.

Meissner also pulled off the double-double with 11 rebounds each night as well as five steals over the weekend.

James Poulson / Sitka Daily Sentinel

Sophomore Darian Meissner takes her chances at the free throw line for Wrangell on Friday morning.

While Metlakatla led throughout the game, Wrangell was able to come back in the second half by outscoring the Miss Chiefs 7-1 and 12-9 in the third and fourth periods.

Meissner said she was happy with the season and felt that the team did the best they could.

“I think, throughout the season, we could have had more wins,” Meissner said. “We pulled off some wins but it would have been nice to get farther and place in Regionals. The play was a lot more aggressive as the season went on, they were physical but there were some tacky calls, I think. It didn’t really help in the end, but I think the level of competition made us better players and we’re looking forward to next season.”

Stokes was named as a Region V All-Conference player during the tournament.

 

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