JUNEAU (KDN) — Offense seemed to be difficult to come by throughout the game — for both Metlakatla and Petersburg high schools.
It was just a matter before one of them broke through and went on a run to stretch a lead in the Region V 2A title contest Friday. And the first team to do so was the Petersburg Lady Vikings, as they won the championship, 28-25.
Metlakatla carried an 11-10 lead into the half. Miss Chiefs’ senior Alexis Russell completed a pair of three-point plays the old fashion way — knocking down a basket and a free throw — to lead the Miss Chiefs with six points at the half. She finished the game with 13 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.
But Petersburg’s Kaili Simbahon matched Russell on the scoreboard, also tallying a baker’s dozen and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. She scored all six freebies in the second half — which also was when the Vikings began to piece their offense together.
Trailing 20-14 after three quarters, Petersburg knocked in 14 points in the final frame, jumping ahead of Metlakatla, and went 8-for-12 from the free throw line in the quarter.
The Miss Chiefs could only muster five points — all coming from the free throw line — in the final quarter, as the Vikings edged ahead.
As a team, the Miss Chiefs shot 69% from the line, going 11-for-16. Petersburg went 12-for-20 in the game.
With the win, the Petersburg Lady Vikings are the Region V 2A champions, and will be the region’s first seed at the state tournament if the state tournament is played.
Metlakatla was originally scheduled to play Wrangell High School for the region's second-place prize on Saturday morning. But Wrangell opted to head home early for precautionary reasons due to COVID-19.
The Miss Chiefs, who will return home with the boys' team later this weekend, finish as the region's second-place winners.
Metlakatla: Alexis Russell 13, Samantha Marsden 6, Allison Booth 4, Chloe Guthrie 2.
Petersburg: Kaili Simbahon 13, Ines Laron 9, Adrianna Stough 6.
*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.