Nikiski girls, SkyHi boys collect wins

Nikiski’s Sienna Wallis goes up for a shot in the first period Thursday against Skyview.

First-day action of the 23rd annual Nikiski Tip Off Tournament ended with the Nikiski girls and Skyview boys claiming victory Thursday night at Nikiski. 

 

The girls game ended 49-21, while the boys ended 50-44. 

The Nikiski boys were leading 28-21 at the half, and continued to do so at the end of the third, with a four-point lead. However, Skyview turned on the heat in the fourth quarter, outscoring Nikiski 17-7 and effectively sealing the win with a layup by senior Jordan Jones with 28 seconds remaining.  

“Altogether we did a good job, and played a complete game tonight,” Jones said. “We’re doing a better job with trusting each other, and the win tonight was good momentum for tomorrow.”

Jones had 12 points in the game, while teammate senior DJ Diaz racked up 15 points.  

One of Skyview’s key players, senior Albert White, did not play in order to rest a sprained ankle, but said he will be ready today. 

Jones said the team’s trust is getting better and that is giving it momentum for the rest of the tournament.

“When everybody knows where the next guy is going to be, we can score points, like we did at the end of the game,” he said.

Colton Anderson was Nikiski’s top scorer with 22 points, and Lucas Herrin ended with 11 points. 

The Panthers go on to play at Houston today at 4:15 p.m., while the Bulldogs go up against Dillingham at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, the Skyview boys play Dillingham at 1:30 p.m., while the Nikiski boys play Houston at 4:30 p.m.

Nikiski girls 49, Skyview 21

Senior guard Savannah Griffel racked up 14 points to help the Nikiski girls overwhelm Skyview at home Thursday night. 

“We have been playing really hard and having fun at the same time, and now we’re looking forward to tomorrow,” Griffel said. “We’ve been practicing rebounds and defensive stuff that really helps at game time.” 

Nikiski took the early lead and never looked back, even as Skyview attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter with some big help from senior Stefany Malatesta. Malatesta had 14 points in the game, 11 of which came in the final quarter.

Nikiski plays at home against Dillingham today at 5:45 p.m. before concluding the tournament Saturday against Houston at 3 p.m. The Skyview girls play Houston at 2:45 p.m. Friday and Dillingham at noon Saturday.

In other tournament action Thursday, the Dillingham girls topped Houston 57-48, and the Houston boys topped Dillingham 69-61.

 

Thursday girls

Bulldogs 49, Panthers 21

Skyview22611—21

Nikiski14131111—49

SKYVIEW (21) — Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Halverson 0 0-0 0, Ahlers 0 1-2 1, Link 0 0-0 0, D. Derflinger 0 0-0 0, Tromblee 0 0-0 0, Ramsell 0 0-0 0, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Malatesta 6 1-2 14, Schoessler 0 0-0 0, Pearson 1 2-2 4. Totals — 8 4-6 21.

NIKISKI (49) — Griffel 5 0-0 14, D. Holloway 3 0-0 6, Epperheimer 1 2-2 4, Dixon 2 0-0 6, Thompson 2 3-6 7, T. Holloway 0 0-0 0, Cook 1 2-2 4, Wallis 2 0-0 4, Martin 1 0-0 2, Darch 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 7-10 49.

3-point goals — Skyview 1 (Malatesta 1); Nikiski 6 (Griffel 4, Dixon 2). Team fouls — Skyview 14, Nikiski 10. Fouled out — none.

 

Thursday boys

Bulldogs 44, Panthers 50

Nikiski151397—44

Skyview1471217—50

SKYVIEW (50) — Reynolds 3 3-3 9, Harling 1 0-0 3, Collier 0 0-1 0, Jones 6 1-2 12, Penrod 1 0-0 2, Henderson 0 0-0 0, Hilbish 1 0-0 2, Schwartz 2 0-0 4, Diaz 6 3-9 15. Totals — 20 7-15, 50.

NIKISKI (44) — Anderson 8 1-3 22, Johnson 2 2-2 6, Hartley 1 1-2 3, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Herrin 4 3-4 11, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Parrish 1 0-0 2. Totals — 16 7-11 44. 

3-point goals — Skyview 3 (Jones 2, Harling 1); Nikiski 5 (Anderson 5).

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