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Hawks sweep Bulldogs in Friday night hoops

Posted: February 2, 2013 - 10:37pm  |  Updated: February 2, 2013 - 11:15pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski forward Emily Lynch brings the ball down the court Friday Feb. 1, 2013 at Nikiski Middle High School in Nikiski, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski forward Emily Lynch brings the ball down the court Friday Feb. 1, 2013 at Nikiski Middle High School in Nikiski, Alaska.

Here's a slideshow from the games.

The Houston Hawks grabbed two wins against Nikiski on Friday night at Nikiski High School. The Houston boys outlasted the Bulldogs 58-48, and the Houston girls took a 43-37 win earlier in the evening.

Junior Matt Barron was deadly with 27 points for Houston on 9-for-13 shooting, including 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Nikiski junior Seth Carstens had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, while teammates Luke Johnson and Stephen Hartley each chipped in 10.

“I thought both teams had a lot of turnovers due to the amount of intensity on both ends of the floor,” Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad said. “It was a hard-fought game.”

A high pace kept the pressure on both teams throughout the game, and also resulted in multiple turnovers and furious scrambles for the ball. Both teams allowed 22 turnovers, in a game that featured 10 total lead changes.

Houston benefitted the most from the high pace, getting 25 points off turnovers, while Nikiski had only three.

“They came here and beat us here on our own floor and so we were ready for war,” said Kornstad. “They hit shots when they needed to.”

After a whisker-close three quarters, Houston hit a 16-8 run in the fourth that was capped by three straight treys from Houston’s Barron and Mitchell Ruta, the last coming with 1 minute, 14 seconds, left that put the Hawks up 55-43.

“(Barron) was the difference in the game. He torched us,” Kornstad said. “This week, we focused on our defensive concepts, and we didn’t do anything special for him. Like I said, he just torched us.”

Kornstad said that despite the loss, he was pleased with the effort level from the Bulldogs.

Houston girls 43, Nikiski 37

The Bulldogs fell victim to a second-half surge from the visiting Hawks on Friday night in Nikiski.

Like the boys game, Houston was led by a high-scorer in Ne Ne Hale, who recorded 26 points on 8-for-18 shooting.

Junior Emily Lynch paced Nikiski with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Thompson and Alyssa Darch added eight points each.

“We just suffered from unforced turnovers, and some inconsistent play,” said Nikiski coach Scott Anderson. “We had a few good moments where we scored points, but then they would come back when we lost the ball.”

Nikiski turned the ball over 26 times, compared to only 12 for Houston.

After a 17-15 halftime lead for Nikiski, the Bulldogs continued to expand on it in the third quarter, with a trey and layup from Thompson to gap the Hawks 24-19 halfway through the quarter. However, the Hawks began to rally back.

“That was a big turnaround,” said Houston coach Pat Egelus. “I was going to call timeout but the girls made a couple big shots and they crawled right back into it. The girls are starting to have leadership on the floor. We have a few seniors and a bunch of juniors and when they communicate, they can coach each other on the floor.”

Ne Ne Hale drained a 3-pointer with 6:16 left in the game that gave Houston the lead for good. Egelus commended the efforts of Hale, who put up 23 of her 26 points in the second half, and had all of Houston’s points (14) in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve been a fourth-quarter team all season,” Egelus said. “The thing is, usually in the first three quarters we’ve been playing down, so it was nice to stay close the whole way through and in the fourth, the girls stepped up the intensity which is what they’re used to. This time, we didn’t put ourselves in a 15-point deficit.”

 

Nikiski boys 59, Cordova 56

The Bulldogs held off the visiting Wolverines for the Southcentral Conference victory.

Nikiski led 20-9 after one quarter, and Cordova outscored Nikiski 22-16 in the final frame to try and make up for the slow start.

Seth Carstens had 25 points for Nikiski, while Stephen Hartley had 12. Daniel Adajar, Isaac Jensen and Eli Beedle each had 13 for Cordova.

Nikiski girls 54, Cordova 36

The Bulldogs pulled away from the visiting Wolverines in the second quarter for a Southcentral Conference victory.

Nikiski led 19-13 after the first period, then put up a 13-3 advantage in the second period.

Four players finished in double figures for Nikiski — Rachel Thompson and Sienna Wallis with 14, Alyssa Darch with 11 and Emily Lynch with 10. For Cordova, Ronalyn Adajar and Sarah Hoepfner had eight.

 

Friday boys

Hawks 58, Bulldogs 48

Houston 11 11 17 19 —58

Nikiski 10 13 12 13 —48

NIKISKI (48) — Carstens 6 2-3 16, Lu. Johnson 3 3-5 10, Hartley 3 1-2 10, Stangel 0 2-2 2, Li. Johnson 2 2-3 6, Ross 2 0-1 4, Griffith 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 10-16 48.

HOUSTON (58) — Barron 9 4-5 27, Buzby 5 0-0 10, Taylor 2 0-1 5, Brandt 1 0-0 2, Saechao 2 0-0 6, Ruta 2 0-0 6, Taylor 2 0-1 2. Totals 22 4-7 58.

3-point goals — Nikiski 6 (Hartley 3, Carstens 2, Lu. Johnson 1); Houston 10 (Barron 5, Saecheo 2, Ruta 2, Taylor 1). Team fouls — Nikiski 15; Houston 19. Fouled out — Hartley.

 

Friday girls

Hawks 43, Bulldogs 37

Houston 9 6 14 14 —43

Nikiski 8 9 11 9 —37

NIKISKI (37) — Lynch 2 6-10 10, Thompson 3 0-0 8, Darch 3 2-4 8, Epperheimer 0 0-0 0, Holloway 2 0-0 5, Cook 0 1-2 1, Wallis 2 1-2 5. Totals 12 10-18 37.

HOUSTON (43) — Hale 8 7-9 26, Wells 3 2-2 8, Lee 1 0-1 2, Nida 3 0-0 6, Baybado 0 1-3 1, Barber 0 0-2 0, Quincy 0 0-0 0, Irvin 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-17 43.

3-point goals — Nikiski 3 (Thompson 2, Holloway 1); Houston 3 (Hale 3). Team fouls — Nikiski 17; Houston 14. Fouled out — Thompson.

 

Saturday boys

Bulldogs 59, Wolverines 56

Cordova 9 13 12 22 —56

Nikiski 20 14 9 16 —59

CORDOVA (56) — Ridao 1 0-0 2, Trumblee 2 0-0 5, Adajar 4 2-2 13, Perry 0 0-2 0, Jensen 5 1-2 13, Cheshier 4 0-0 8, Sorenson 1 0-0 2, Beedle 5 3-6 13. Totals — 22 6-12 56.

NIKISKI (59) — Stangel 3 0-1 7, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Li. Johnson 2 0-0 4, Lu. Johnson 1 3-4 5, Hartley 5 2-4 12, Ross 3 0-0 6, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Carstens 9 5-7 25, Samarin 0 0-0 0. Totals — 23 10-16 59.

3-point goals — Cordova 6 (Adajar 3, Jensen 2, Trumblee); Nikiski 3 (Carstens 2, Stangel). Team fouls — Cordova 14, Nikiski 12. Fouled out — none.

 

Saturday girls

Bulldogs 54, Wolverines 36

Cordova 13 3 8 12 —36

Nikiski 19 13 13 9 —54

CORDOVA (36) — Sanger 0 1-2 1, Adajar 3 2-2 8, Bailer 0 0-0 0, Maxwell 3 0-0 6, Phillips 3 0-2 6, Merritt 1 0-2 3, S. Hoepfner 4 0-0 8, Hamberger 1 2-3 4. Totals — 15 5-11 36.

NIKISKI (54) — Costello 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 0 0-0 0, Litke 0 0-0 0, Lynch 5 0-5 10, Thompson 5 2-4 14, Holloway 1 0-0 3, Cook 1 0-0 2, Wallis 5 4-7 14, Litzen 0 0-0 0, Darch 5 1-4 11, Perry 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 9-20 54.

3-point goals — Cordova 1 (Merritt); Nikiski 3 (Thompson 2, Holloway). Team fouls — Cordova 15, Nikiski 15. Fouled out — Merritt, Wallis.

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