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Skyview sweeps Ninilchik on senior night [+ Slideshow]

Posted: February 22, 2013 - 12:09am  |  Updated: February 22, 2013 - 2:27pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Skyview's Jacob Carlson shoots during a game against Ninilchik Thursday Feb. 21, 2013 at Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Skyview's Jacob Carlson shoots during a game against Ninilchik Thursday Feb. 21, 2013 at Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska.

The Skyview basketball teams enjoyed a sweep of nonconference opponent Ninilchik on Thursday night as they celebrated the team’s seniors.

The boys led wire-to-wire in defeating the Wolverines 58-33, aided by senior Kaleb Henderson’s 24 points. Senior DJ Collier added 11 points.

“All credit goes to the seniors, it’s been a great run with them,” Skyview boys coach Jesse Settlemyer said.

Ninilchik was led by Jack Wheeler with 18 points. Wheeler and Henderson provided an exciting matchup between the two talented players, and it was Henderson getting the better of Wheeler on most occasions.

“We put Tim on Wheeler at first, and it was kind of a size mismatch, but then they put Wheeler in the post and we had Kaleb on him the rest of the way,” Settlemyer said.

Skyview performed strong in the second quarter, outscoring Ninilchik 16-4 and leaving the court at halftime with a 29-12 lead. Even with Wheeler’s scoring, the Wolverines never managed to get any closer.

“We worked on our defensive rotations, and this was a good game for us as far as turnovers,” Settlemyer said. “I think we had our lowest turnover number of the season, it may have actually been down in the single digits.”

The highlight of the night was when Skyview senior Brendan Stramecky put up a SportsCenter-worthy 3-point shot with 2 minutes left in the game.

Stramecky, who was standing behind the arc, attempted to pass the ball to a teammate near the post, but the pass was tipped by a Ninilchik defender and somehow managed to arc into the basket for three points.

“I tried to pass it back and the other team deflected it and it happened to go in. We were practicing that in practice,” Stramecky joked.

The win was Skyview’s fifth in the last six games, and improves the Panthers season record to 7-12 overall.

Skyview girls 32, Ninilchik 17

The Panthers got a much-needed victory on Thursday night at home against the Wolverines, led by an all-around balanced effort.

Sawyer Link and Dallas Derflinger each had six points to top Skyview, while Miranda Donham and Nicole Tromble chipped in four each.

Ninilchik was led by Melissa Ehlers with seven points. Ehlers ended the game prematurely with a rolled ankle.

“It’s nice to be able to play on the big court,” Ninilchik coach Rod Van Saun said. “If we play a (defensive) press like that on our small court, it’s stifling, but on the bigger court they start finding the lanes for the ball.”

After a low-scoring first quarter, in which Skyview sported a 5-0 lead, the Panthers built up a large lead by getting points on steals and transition baskets. At halftime, Skyview led 21-3.

The Wolverines came out in the second half with renewed vigor and outscored Skyview 14-11.

“I thought we won the second half,” Van Saun said. “In the first half we weren’t ready to play basketball, but we’re young, so that’s why we do stuff like that, but there are flashes in the pan, so they’ll be good soon.”

Of the six Ninilchik players in Thursday’s game, five were freshmen and one was a sophomore.

Ninilchik stands at 6-6 in the Peninsula Conference.

 

Nikolaevsk sweeps CIA

With the Peninsula Conference tournament right around the corner, Nikolaevsk made a statement to Cook Inlet Academy that holding on to the titles won’t be easy.

Host Nikolaevsk swept the Eagles, who swept the conference tournament last year, on Tuesday. When asked the last time such a sweep occurred, Nikolaevsk boys coach Steve Klaich joked in an email, “I think that Abraham Lincoln was president.”

In the girls game, the Warriors notched a 35-28 victory. Nikolaevsk led 24-14 at halftime, but the Eagles cut it to 26-21 after three quarters. The Warriors were able to halt the rally there.

Nianiella Dorvall paced Nikolaevsk with 15 points, while Sophia Kalugin had nine. Megan Bauder did most of the scoring for CIA, notching 19 points.

In the boys game, the Warriors triumphed 51-44 in double overtime.

Cook Inlet Academy jumped out to a 12-6 lead after one quarter, and led 29-23 entering the final frame. But Nikolaevsk was able to erase that lead by outscoring the Eagles 12-6 in the final frame. Both teams scored five in the first overtime, then Nikolaevsk won the last overtime 11-4.

Eric Mametieff had 21 points to lead the Warriors, while Anthony Yakunin added 13 points. For CIA, Timmy Smithwick led the way with 19 points.

 

Thursday girls

Panthers 32, Wolverines 17

Skyview 5 16 6 5 —32

Ninilchik 0 3 6 8 —17

SKYVIEW (32) — Halverson 2 1-2 5, Glonek 0 0-0 0, Maal 0 0-0 0, Link 2 2-6 6, White 0 0-0 0, Derflinger 1 4-8 6, O’Toole 1 0-0 2, Donham 2 0-0 4, Reynolds 1 0-0 3, Glaves 1 0-0 2, Tromblee 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 7-16 32.

NINILCHIK (17) — Sinclair 0 2-5 2, Goins 1 2-5 4, Ehlers 1 5-6 7, Finney 1 0-3 2, Clark 0 2-2 2, Robuck 0 0-0 0. Totals 3 11-21 17.

3-point goals — Skyview 1 (Reynolds); Ninilchik 0.

Team fouls — Skyview 19; Ninilchik 10. Fouled out — none.

 

Warriors 35, Eagles 28

CIA 8 6 7 7 —28

Nikolaevsk 11 13 2 9 —35

COOK INLET ACADEMY (28) — Davidson 0 1-2 1, Moffis 2 2-2 6, Bauder 7 3-5 19, Bunts 0 0-0 0, Brush 0 0-0 0, Orth 0 2-2 2, Hammond 0 0-2 0, McGahan 0 0-0 0. Totals — 9 8-13 28.

NIKOLAEVSK (35) — Klaich 0 0-1 0, So. Kalugin 4 1-3 9, Stafford 3 0-0 8, Se. Kalugin 1 0-1 3, Dorvall 6 3-4 15, Hickman 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 4-9 35.

3-point goals — CIA 2 (Bauder 2); Nikolaevsk 3 (Stafford 2, Se. Kalugin). Team fouls — CIA 15, Nikolaevsk 12. Fouled out — none.

 

Thursday boys

Panthers 58, Wolverines 33

Skyview 13 16 15 14 —58

Ninilchik 8 4 10 11 —33

SKYVIEW (58) — Henderson 11 2-2 24, Collier 5 0-1 11, Rice 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0, Duke 4 0-0 8, Carlson 3 2-4 8, Magnuson 1 0-0 2, Hartley 0 0-0 0, Stramecky 1 0-0 3, Baxter 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 4-7 58.

NINILCHIK (33) — Wheeler 6 4-7 18, Mireles 4 0-0 8, Keogh 0 0-0 0, Delgado 1 2-4 4, Thorne 0 0-0 0, Belmond 0 0-0 0, Bear 0 1-2 1, Eustice 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 7-13 33.

3-point goals — Skyview 2 (Collier 1, Stramecky 1); Ninilchik 1 (Wheeler).

Team fouls — Skyview 13; Ninilchik 8. Fouled out — none.

 

Warriors 51, Eagles 44, 2 OT

CIA 12 7 10 6 5 4 —44

Nikolaevsk 6 8 9 12 5 11 —51

COOK INLET ACADEMY (44) — Mlynarik 3 1-2 8, Weems 0 2-3 2, Taplin 0 0-0 0, Habermann 4 0-4 8, O’Dell 2 0-0 4, R. Smithwick 1 0-0 3, Lyons 0 0-0 0, T. Smithwick 8 0-1 19. Totals — 18 3-10 44.

NIKOLAEVSK (51) — J. Fefelov 1 0-0 3, A. Fefelov 2 0-2 4, Yakunin 4 3-4 13, Holub 0 0-0 0, Klaich 3 2-4 8, Gordeev 1 0-0 2, Mametieff 7 7-13 21. Totals — 18 12-23 51.

3-point goals — CIA 5 (T. Smithwick 3, Mlynarik, R. Smithwick); Nikolaevsk 3 (Yakunin 2, J. Fefelov 1). Team fouls — CIA 18, Nikolaevsk 15. Fouled out — none.

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