Nikolaevsk girls coast at state's 1st round

Warriors dominate 2nd half
Megan Hickman of Nikolaevsk puts up a baseline jumper as Tre Ann Ewan of Tok moves over to defend in Class 2A action at the state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

The Nikolaevsk girls put up a big second half against Tok to win 66-43 in their first-round matchup in the Class 2A girls state tournament Monday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
“I knew Tok was tired, and so I told the girls to run,” head coach Bea Klaich said. “By running, I think that made the difference in the game, because they were able to beat Tok to the hole and the girls were able to play more aggressively.”
Kilina Klaich led Nikolaevsk with 18 points, and teammates Nianiella Dorvall and Kayla Stafford had 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Nikolaevsk held a 29-26 lead at halftime, but was able to open the third quarter with a 13-0 run and outscore Tok 20-6 in the third quarter, and 17-11 in the fourth.
“We can usually make those comebacks in our games because we have that energy, and we can do better, and we know that,” sophomore Sophia Kalugin said after the game. Kalugin had nine points and 23 rebounds.
The validity of the win increases when age is taken into account, as all of Nikolaevsk’s players are sophomores or younger, and six of them are eighth-graders.
“It’s really exciting, because most of our players scored, and most everyone contributed in some way,” Klaich said. “All the eighth-graders played a significant role because they gave the starters rest, and by resting our starters, they were able to refresh and keep pushing it.”
With the victory, Nikolaevsk advances to semifinal round Tuesday, as the Warriors face Tikigaq at 3:15 p.m.
“We’re going to watch this game because we’ve never seen (Tikigaq) play, and we just need to come out with confidence tomorrow and hopefully we’ll have a good game,” Klaich said.
The Tok squad was paced by Desiree Demit with 17 points, while teammate Tori Wilson-Cronk had 12 points.
Kalugin said Nikolaevsk has what it takes to win because the players are close.
 “We’re all nervous, but if one of us says that we can do it, then we all feel like we can do it.”

Monday girls
Warriors 66, Wolverines 43
Nikolaevsk      18      11      20      17      -66
Tok     17      9       6       11      -43
NIKOLAEVSK (66) – Klaich 6 0-0 18, Stafford 5 1-2 14, Tipikin 1 0-0 2, So. Kalugin 4 1-3 9, Kulikov 0 0-0 0, Mametieff 1 0-0 3, Se. Kalugin 2 0-0 4, Dorvall 8 0-0 16, Gordeev 0 0-0 0, Hickman 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 2-5 66.
TOK (43) – Thurneau 3 3-4 9, Boulanger 0 0-0 0, Demit 8 1-4 17, Peet 0 0-0 0, Wilson-Cronk 5 1-2 12, Ewan 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 6-12 43.
3-point goals – Nikolaevsk 10 (Klaich 6, Stafford 3, Mametieff 1); Tok 1 (Wilson-Cronk 1).
Team fouls – Nikolaevsk 9, Tok 6. Fouled out – none.

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