Alumni blowout Lady Wolves roundballers
Alumni from as far away as Denver descended on the Wrangell High School gym floor to take on the Lady Wolves in the annual alumni game Jan. 3.
The event featured a half-court contest, a baked goods silent auction, and the game itself, in which a motley crew of alumni and quasi-alumni (head coach Edna Abella-Nore contributed critical passing and outside shooting at points, though she attended Kodiak High School) thrashed the varsity squad 60-16.
Despite the fact that the game had nothing but pride on the line, alumni said they hadn't taken it easy on the varsity players. For at least one member of the alumni, sisterly rivalry might have fueled the competition.
Courtney McKay, sister of Marsha McKay, dominated the inside during the game, and is a junior at an Oregon university.
"They came out strong today," she said. "They had control of the tempo, they made it quick, they were quicker today than we expected. That kind of took us by surprise, but we've been playing together a long time."
Courtney McKay has been helping out at practice with the varsity team, and might have had an unfair advantage as a result.
Another alumna, Alyssa Allen, a freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. was in town for the holidays and decided to play.
"I was just home for the holidays," she said.
Allen and McKay both played intramural ball at their respective schools, which meant they were unlikely to slow things down against the high-schoolers.
Money raised from the event went toward helping defray travel and other expenses over the course of the basketball season.
The Lady Wolves' season continues this weekend in Petersburg against the Lady Vikings.