The Nikiski girls basketball squad opened up the new season with a 36-33 nonconference loss to Mt. Edgecumbe Thursday in Sitka.
Senior Rachel Thompson had a big night, leading the Bulldogs charge with 20 points, while teammates Chena Litzen scored six and Allison Litke added five. The Braves were led by Tori Thomas with 11 points, while teammate Renatta Olson had 10.
After a slow start, the Bulldogs held the Braves scoreless in the second quarter while notching 12 points, resulting in an 18-11 lead at halftime.
However, Mt. Edgecumbe struck back, outscoring Nikiski 17-3 in the third to lead by seven points heading into the fourth. Even though Nikiski clawed several of those points back with a 12-8 effort in the fourth, the Braves held on for the win.
Results from the Nikiski boys game were not available as the Clarion went to press. Check www.peninsulaclarion.com for updated scores.