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Photo by M. Scott Moon Cook Inlet Academy’s Ashleigh Hammond loses control of the ball under Nikolaevsk’s Serafima Kalugin in the second quarter Thursday at the Cook Inlet Classic.

CIA girls topple Nikolaevsk at Cook Inlet Classic

Warriors boys blow past Eagles

Posted: December 16, 2011 - 12:54am  |  Updated: December 16, 2011 - 12:59am

The host Cook Inlet Academy girls came to life after a slow first half, blitzing Nikolaevsk with a 25-1 run during the third quarter in a 44-25 victory Thursday on the opening night of the Cook Inlet Classic.
The Eagles implemented a full-court press on defense following halftime, when they led 13-8, and the Warriors didn’t make another field goal until early in the fourth.
In the boys game, Nikolaevsk buried Cook Inlet 63-25.
“We made that quick adjustment and everything fell into place,” Cook Inlet coach Rustin Hitchcock said of the press. “Once we were effectively running it, good things happened.”
Cook Inlet continues the tournament against the Soldotna junior varsity squad at 6:30 p.m. Friday, concluding the event against Skyview at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Nikolaevsk faces Skyview at 3 p.m. Friday and SoHi JV at noon Saturday.
It was a quiet first half Thursday as the teams combined for 21 points on eight field goals, with Cook Inlet taking a five-point lead into the break.
The momentum quickly shifted in the third.
Cook Inlet opened on a 16-0 run, scoring 11 unanswered over the first 1:51.
The Warriors’ lone point during the eight-minute frame came on a free throw.
Megan Bauder scored 10 of her game-high 15 points during the quarter for the Eagles, who also received seven from Nicole Moffis during the span.
Hitchcock was pleased with the effort, saying good things will come if the Eagles continue this play.
“Our execution was far better than anything last year or the year before even,” the coach said. “We have a lot of basketball-savvy people. It’s just a matter of getting them together and trying to run our system.”
Nikolaevsk’s most productive stretch came in the fourth, when it outscored Cook Inlet 16-6.
Coach Bea Klaich said it was nice to see her team fight back, crediting eighth-grader Nadja Gordeev, who scored eight points. Nianiella Dorvall also scored eight.
Despite the low output on offense, Klaich said she is most concerned with her side’s play on the defensive end of the floor.
“We got a little lazy on defense and we have to play consistently for four quarters defensively,” she said. “I’m not worried about the offense.”
The Warriors are a young team with five eighth-graders and no seniors, while the Eagles are two-time defending Peninsula Conference champions, placing third at the Class 2A state tournament last season.
That disparity was evident Thursday, but Klaich said it’s good for her squad to face the best early in the season.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge we are ready for,” the coach said. “I like having a tough game right at the beginning because it shows where we are at, where we need to go. I think it’s a good thing.”
Hitchcock, meanwhile, said expectations are higher than ever for the Eagles, who got six points from Keely Powers and seven from Kelsie Leaf.
“We’re not finishing third anymore,” the coach said, referring to last season’s state tournament. “But it’s a tough region, so we’ve got to be ready to play.”
Nikolaevsk boys 63,
Cook Inlet 25
The Warriors built a 17-2 lead through one quarter and never looked back, leading by double digits the entire way in what coach Steve Klaich said was the team’s first win over Cook Inlet since he could even remember.
Eric Mametieff paced the Warriors with 21 points, while Andre Tipikin and Blake Klaich scored 15 and 10, respectively.
Nikolaevsk continues the tournament against Skyview at 4:15 Friday and faces SoHi’s JV at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. Cook Inlet, meanwhile, gets SoHi’s JV at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Skyview at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.
“I was pleased,” Steve Klaich said. “They played hard, the defense is starting to jell. They played a nice game.”
Steve Klaich said it made a huge difference that the Warriors got off to a quick start, leading by as many 24 in the first half.
Mametieff hit three 3-pointers over the first 16 minutes, while Tipikin dropped eight points over the same span.
The Eagles, on the other hand, struggled to generate offense. They were led by the seven points of Koebryn Mlynarik and the six of Scott Habermann.
Steve Klaich said it’s too early to say how his team stacks up against the rest of the region, but if the defense stays strong, the Warriors should remain competitive.
“We’ve got a long ways to go,” the coach said. “Defense is the key to us playing well. We’re working hard on defense and they are starting to understand their rotations. I was pleased.”
The Warriors got strong efforts from a pair of eighth graders in Jonah Fefelov and Neil Gordeev, who combined for eight points.
Riley Smithwick and Austin Osborn each added four points for Cook Inlet, which generated 18 points in the second half compared to just seven in the first.
Soldotna JV boys 53,
Skyview JV 15
Josiah Martin had 10 points to lead the Stars past the Panthers on Thursday.
Soldotna JV girls 33,
Skyview 30
Kelsey Jackson and Serena Prior each scored eight points as the Stars notched a victory over the Panthers. Stefany Malatesta had 12 points for the Panthers.

Thursday girls
Eagles 44, Warriors 25
Nikolaevsk    4    4    1    16    —25
Cook Inlet    6    7    25    6    —44
NIKOLAEVSK (25) — Klaich 0 0-0 0, Kojin 1 0-0 2, Tipikin 0 0-0 0, So. Kalugin 2 1-2 5, Kulikov 0 0-0 0, Mametieff 1 0-0 2 Se. Kalugin 0 0-0 0, Dorvall 4 0-1 8, Gordeev 4 0-0 8, Hickman 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 1-3 25.
COOK INLET (44) — Davidson 0 0-0 0, Doss 0 0-0 0, Nelson 1 0-0 2, Moffis 3 1-2 8, Bauder 7 1-2 15, Jackits 1 0-0 2, Bunts 0 0-0 0, Hammond 0 2-2 2, K. Powers 2 0-0 6, M. Powers 0 0-0 0, Leaf 3 1-2 7. Totals — 18 5-9 44.
3-point goals — Cook Inlet 3 (K. Powers 2, Mofis). Team fouls — Nikolaevsk 11, Cook Inlet 11. Fouled out — Davisdon.

Stars JV 33, Panthers 30
Soldotna JV    8    7    4    14    —33
Skyview    10    4    4    12    —30
SOLDOTNA JV (33) —Shaw 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Blossom 1 1-2 3, Jackson 4 0-1 8, Hendricks 2 2-3 6, Prior 3 2-3 8, Miller 1 1-4 3, Tachick 1 1-2 3. Totals — 13 7-15 33.
SKYVIEW (30) — Halverson 1 1-2 3, Ramsell 1 0-0 2, Ahlers 2 0-0 4, A. Derflinger 0 0-0 0, D. Derflinger 0 1-2 1, Tromblee 0 4-4 4, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Malatesta 6 0-1 12, Schoessler 0 0-0 0, Pearson 2 0-2 2.
3-point goals — none. Team fouls — SoHi JV 14. Fouled out — Reynolds.

Tuesday boys
Warriors 63, Eagles 25
Nikolaevsk    17    12    18    16    —63
Cook Inlet    2    5    9    9    —25
NIKOLAEVSK (63) —J. Fefelov 1 0-0 2, A. Fefelov 1 2-2 4, Yakunin 0 3-4 3, Holub 0 2-4 2, Klaich 5 0-0 10, Gordeev 3 0-0 6, Mametieff 7 4-6 21, Tipikin 6 2-2 15. Totals – 23 13-18 63.
COOK INLET (25) – Mlyarnik 2 2-2 7, Boudreaux 0 0-0 0, Smithwick 2 0-0 4, Osborn 1 2-4 4, O’Dell 1 0-2 2, Habermann 3 0-1 6, Chumley 0 0-1 0, Taplin 0 0-0 0, Grinestaff 1 0-2 2. Totals – 10 4-12 25.
3-point goals — Nikolaevsk 4 (Memetieff 3, Tipikin), Cook Inlet 1 (Mlynarik). Team fouls — Nikolaevsk 13, Cook Inlet 14. Fouled out — Taplin.

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