JUNEAU (KDN) — Craig High School sophomore Syvannah Bird carried the Lady Panthers for the first eight minutes of the Region V 2A consolation semifinal on Friday.
The Lady Panthers’ sharpshooter scored nine points against the Wrangell High School Wolves, as Craig had a 13-7 lead after the first quarter at Juneau-Douglas High School.
But Craig’s momentum stopped there, as Wrangell jumped ahead in the second quarter, taking a 19-17 lead at the half. And Wrangell eventually won 51-42.
The Wolves’ offense grew hotter as the game continued. Wrangell posted 14 more points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth. Four different Wolves hit double figures.
Wrangell senior Kaylyn Easterly led the way with 14. Junior Ashlee Olsen and sophomore Jamie Early scored a dozen apiece. And senior Maddy Harding knocked in 11.
Bird finished with 15 for Craig, and Lady Panthers’ freshman Alexis Lawnicki scored 10.
After scoring two in the first quarter, Lawnicki lit up the scoreboard in the second half for the Lady Panthers. She knocked in seven in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer. It was Craig’s lone three of the game.
Harding knocked in all three of Wrangell’s three-point shots. She hit every one of them in the second half.
Wrangell carried a 33-32 lead after three quarters, and continued to roll along in the final frame.
The loss ultimately ended the Lady Panthers’ season.
Wrangell was originally scheduled to play Metlakatla 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.
Craig: Syvannah Bird 15, Alexis Lawnicki 10, Jazmynn Bird 6, Halli Bennett 5, Sara Burnham 4, Shaylee Johnson 2.
Wrangell: Kaylyn Easterly 14, Ashlee Olsen 12, Jamie Early 12, Maddy Harding 11, Kiara Harrison 2.
*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.