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Friday at the Peninsula Conference basketball tourney

Posted: March 3, 2013 - 12:04am  |  Updated: March 3, 2013 - 12:28am

The Nikolaevsk girls and Lumen Christi boys both kept Cook Inlet Academy’s teams from repeating as Peninsula Conference champions Friday at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

The Warriors stopped the CIA girls’ reign atop the conference at three years by notching a 28-27 win, giving Nikolaevsk its first conference championship in school history.

The triumph also gives Nikolaevsk a return trip to state and the crucial No. 1 seed from the conference in the state tournament.

Nikolaevsk’s Kilina Klaich topped all scorers with 11 points, while Ashleigh Hammond led CIA with seven points, and teammate Nicole Moffis followed with six.

“It was a defensive battle,” Nikolaevsk coach Bea Klaich said. “It was one of those games, neither CIA’s offense nor our offense could get going, largely due to the fact that both teams were playing phenomenal defense. People that appreciate defense really enjoyed the game.”

Nikolaevsk and CIA had split in the regular season, so a tight contest was expected. Other than a 5-0 lead to start the game, the Warriors and Eagles were never separated by more than a few points throughout the game.

“Early in the game, I thought this is good, this’ll give us some confidence,” Klaich said. “Then we let our guard down and CIA scored six points with less than two minutes left.”

CIA led 6-5 after one quarter, 14-12 at the half and 23-21 after three, but Nikolaevsk pulled ahead when it mattered.

Trailing 27-25 with just under three minutes left in the game, Nikolaevsk freshman Serafima Kalugin hit the go-ahead 3-pointer that ultimately decided the game. The last minutes of the game saw the score frozen at 28-27 as both teams struggled for the pivotal points.

“It came down to some 3-point shots for us,” Klaich said. “They were really swarming our post players, Kayla Stafford was defending (Megan) Bauder and held her to only four points. That’s an accomplishment, and Nianiella (Dorvall) was great on inside defense.

“CIA played a great game too, and the crowd was into it, and my girls could hardly hear me. I told them to call their own timeouts when they felt it necessary.”

Both teams will now wait two weeks for the state tournament, which opens on March 16.

“It’s a big accomplishment, but my girls know our goal isn’t just to win the conference, but to do well at state,” Klaich said. “After the game was over, they were excited, but my first comment was that there is a whole lot of work left.

“That experience last year will come into play in a big way, they know what state is like, they want more, and hopefully we’ll go deeper into the state tournament this year.”

The Lumen boys pulled off a 47-43 victory over CIA to clinch its first state berth since 2011.

Lumen got off to a cold start and trailed 14-8 after the first quarter, but the lead was cut to 29-27 at halftime. Lumen then pulled ahead 36-34 after three quarters.

Michael Sholl had 18 points to lead the champions, while Pat Moran added 14. Timmy Smithwick topped CIA with 21 points, and teammate Koebryn Mlynarik added 17.

Ninilchik boys 34, Nikolaevsk 32

The parity on the boys side was again apparent as the No. 2 seed Warriors lost a nail-biter for the second straight game and were eliminated short of the second-place semifinals.

No. 5 seed Ninilchik moved on to the second-place semifinals.

The Wolverines led 31-24 heading into the final quarter, but Nikolaevsk had its chance in the final minute, missing several 3-point attempts.

Jayke Cooper came through with 17 points for the Wolverines, while Jack Wheeler had eight. For Nikolaevsk, Eric Mametieff led the way with 10 points.

Birchwood boys 58, Seldovia 47

The Birchwood Christian boys team advanced to the second-place semifinals by eliminating Seldovia on Friday morning.

Birchwood, the older and more experienced team, turned it up after intermission and led 46-23 after three quarters.

Caleb Duplessis had 15 for Birchwood, while Tyler Kieffer also had 15 and Michael Rud had 14. For Seldovia, which won the fourth quarter 24-12, Aidan Philpot had 17 points, while Robert Waterbury had 16.

Lumen Christi girls 38, Ninilchik 19

Lumen took control of the game in the second quarter to move to the second-place semifinals. Ninilchik was eliminated from the tournament.

Lumen led 9-6 after the first quarter, but had a 17-7 lead by halftime. Tori Kruger paced Lumen with 13 points, while Krista Sinclair, Jordan Finney and Melissa Clark all had four points for Ninilchik.

Birchwood girls 32, Wasilla Lake 25

Birchwood Christian moved into the second-place semifinals by knocking out Wasilla Lake on Friday.

Ariel Rud had 10 points to lead Birchwood, while Darla Soulak had 16 for Wasilla Lake.

 

Friday boys

Birchwood Christian 58, Seldovia 47

Birchwood 17 10 19 12 —58

Seldovia 13 7 3 24 —47

BIRCHWOOD CHRISTIAN (58) — Duplessis 15, Oscar 0, O’Neil 0, Kieffer 15, Sladko 0, M. Rud 14, D. Rud 1, Roark 2, Jones 4, Manning 7, Peterson 0.

SELDOVIA (47) — Collier 16, R. Waterbury 0, O’Leary 6, C. Haller 5, Philpot 17, D. Waterbury 3, Chissus 0, Anahonak 0, T. Haller 0.

 

Ninilchik 34, Nikolaevsk 32

Ninilchik 8 8 15 3 —34

Nikolaevsk 6 6 12 8 —32

NINILCHIK (34) — Mireles 0, Keogh 0, Delgado 0, Thorne 8, Belmond 1, Wheeler 8, Cooper 17, Bear 0.

NIKOLAEVSK (32) — Lasiter 0, J. Fefelov 2, Trail 0, A. Fefelov 6, Yakunin 3, Holub 0, N. Fefelov 0, Klaich 7, Gordeev 4, Mametieff 10.

 

Lumen Christi 47, CIA 43

Lumen 8 19 9 11 —47

CIA 14 15 5 9 —43

LUMEN CHRISTI (47) — P. Moran 14, Pepe-Phelps 0, Sholl 18, Pochop 0, Williams 0, J. Moran 7, Jorgenson 0, Fagnani 0, Brinker 0, Sturgulewski 8, Brown 0.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (43) — Mlynarik 17, Weems 0, Taplin 2, Uchtman 0, Hammond 0, Habermann 0, O’Dell 3, Chumley 0, R. Smithwick 0, Lyons 0, T. Smithwick 21.

 

Friday girls

Lumen Christi 38, Ninilchik 19

Lumen 9 8 11 10 —38

Ninilchik 6 1 8 4 —19

LUMEN CHRISTI (38) — Fagnani 7, Robertson 4, Barnes 0, Jones 8, Estes 0, Kruger 13, Childs 2, Tabios 2, Zitzow 2.

NINILCHIK (19) — Sinclair 4, Goins 2, Ehlers 3, Finney 4, Clark 4, Robuck 2.

 

Nikolaevsk 28, CIA 27

Nikolaevsk 5 7 9 7 —28

CIA 6 8 9 4 —27

NIKOLAEVSK (28) — Klaich 11, Jones 0, Tipikin 0, So. Kalugin 6, Stafford 2, Se. Kalugin 5, N. Gordeev 0, Dorvall 4, E. Gordeev 0, Hickman 0, Kojin 0.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (27) — Davidson 2, Jakits 0, Moffis 6, Bauder 4, Bunts 2, Brush 0, Orth 4, Hammond 7, McGahan 2.

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