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Nikiski girls edged by Nome

Nikiski boys blown out for second straight game

Posted: March 3, 2013 - 12:04am  |  Updated: March 3, 2013 - 12:25am
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski guard Rachel Thompson follows Nome's Senora Ahmasuk during their game Friday March 1, 2013 at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski guard Rachel Thompson follows Nome's Senora Ahmasuk during their game Friday March 1, 2013 at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska.

Tied at 49 apiece in the final seconds of Friday night’s game, the Nikiski girls basketball team fell victim to a last-second, buzzer-beater layup from Nome freshman Senora Ahmasuk, losing 51-49 at Nikiski in nonconference play.

Coincidentally, Nome beat Nikiski again on Saturday with the exact same score.

It gives the Bulldogs four straight losses, which leaves them with a 15-10 season record. Nikiski also is in a precarious tie atop the Southcentral Conference Southern division with Seward, which beat Homer on Friday night. The rankings decide the seeding order for the region tournament next week, and each team sports a 7-3 conference record.

“I told the girls that even though we lost, they should take it as a win and use the energy to go into tomorrow night,” said Nikiski coach Scott Anderson on Friday. “I feel like we really picked up our level of play.”

On Friday, Rachel Thompson led Nikiski with 17 points, while Nome’s top scorer was Shayla Johnson with 15.

The Nanooks had the hot hand early, racking up a 35-23 lead by halftime, but the ’Dawgs weren’t ready to quit just yet.

Nome only scored eight points in both the third and fourth quarters, while Nikiski was able to rally back with a 24-10 run starting with two minutes left in the third.

Nikiski’s Alyssa Darch scored six of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, helping Nikiski close the gap, and with 20 seconds remaining, Emily Lynch converted on a jumper amid a scramble under the net. The basket knotted the game up at 49.

Nome failed to get a bucket on a field-goal attempt from Shayla Johnson, but when Senora Ahmasuk grabbed the rebound, she put it in just a second before the buzzer sounded.

“It was one of those situations, and for us, we haven’t been in that specific situation,” Anderson said. “I feel like our girls did a good job, they made Nome work to get the ball inbounds, and they made them drive down and shoot it and the ball came up long and everybody turned to rebound it and it bounced long, so one thing we probably could’ve done was get a body on everybody. The girls turned to rebound it and it bounced over their head, and the Nome girl made a good shot.”

Nome coach Don Styles said Ahmasuk just had one of those lucky shots.

“We had two girls in post on either side, Shayla got the rebound, missed, and when Senora shot it, we got lucky it went in,” said Styles.

Kodiak boys 82, Nikiski 48

It was quite a different story for the Nikiski boys on Friday night. The 4A level Kodiak Bears demolished the Bulldogs at Nikiski, getting layup after layup to build a 28-point lead by halftime.

Kodiak had four players with point totals in the double digits, led by Elijah Hiner with 19 points. Germain Jimenez followed with 17, and Jemuel Mangalus and Austin Frick both added 10.

Nikiski’s Seth Carstens matched Hiner with 19 points, but Nikiski’s next highest scorer was Dylan Griffith with nine points (all 3-pointers).

“I know Nikiski’s a little bit down this year, but we’re getting ready to play this (region) tournament next week and we need to get ready for what we need to do,” said Kodiak coach David Anderson. “It’s unfortunate that they’re in that path of getting to the tourney.”

By all means, Nikiski did not have a poor shooting night, but rather Kodiak had a superb offensive performance. For every bucket the ’Dawgs put up, Kodiak seemingly had two to answer it. After getting 28 points in the first quarter, the Bears continued to roll with 27 points in the second.

At one point spanning the second and third quarters, Kodiak outscored Nikiski 30-5 to boost its lead to 75-32 with 2 minutes, 23 seconds, left in the third quarter. After three periods of play, Kodiak had amassed 79 points.

“It was a lot of high production,” Anderson said. “We’ve been working with these kids here for the past couple years, playing in the fall league in Anchorage and taking on Spokane (Wash.) for the past couple summers, and just playing a lot of basketball. They’re just starting to feel the combination of playing well together and getting in sync with each other. Hopefully we’ll be peaking next week.”

Anderson said that his team is running on all cylinders near the end of the season, highlighted by the fact that the Bears beat the Wasilla boys in back-to-back games recently, after having gone 20 consecutive games without beating them.

Saturday 

Nome girls 51, Nikiski 49

The Nanooks pulled the same tricks they did in Friday’s game on Saturday, defeating the Bulldogs again.

Rachel Thompson led Nikiski with 19 points, followed by teammate Sienna Wallis with 10. Alyssa Darch also grabbed 16 rebounds.

Shayla Johnson led Nome with 20 points.

Nikiski trailed 34-17 at the half, and were down by as much as 19 early in the third quarter, but began to rally.

With one quarter remaining, Nikiski pulled to within 11 points of Nome, and, just like Friday’s game, tied it at 49 with 30 seconds left.

Nikiski managed to get the ball back with the game tied but gave it up on a bad pass, according to coach Scott Anderson. After calling a timeout with eight seconds left, Nome managed to get past the Nikiski defense and score.

“Once again, turnovers hurt us, and our passing at times was not very good,” Anderson said. Nikiski suffered with 41 turnovers.

Kodiak boys 89, Nikiski 47

Elijah Hiner led the Bears to another dominating win on Saturday over the Bulldogs, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and 22 overall.

Austin Frick followed Hiner with 14 points, and Kodiak (15-9 overall) put four guys in double digit scoring for the second night in a row.

Seth Carstens led Nikiski with 17 points, and teammate Lincoln Johnson had 10.

Kodiak performed even better in Saturday’s first quarter then they did the previous night, getting 31 points to Nikiski’s 13. Kodiak had 86 points after three quarters, but only scored three points in the fourth, just like Friday’s game.

The Nikiski boys end the regular season with a 6-19 record.

 

Saturday girls

Nanooks 51, Bulldogs 49

Nome 22 12 7 10 —51

Nikiski 10 7 15 17 —49

NIKISKI (49) — Thompson 6 6-6 19, Wallis 5 0-2 10, Costello 0 2-2 2, Epperheimer 1 1-2 3, Lynch 0 0-0 0, Holloway 1 2-2 4, Cook 0 2-2 2, Darch 2 5-8 9. Totals 15 18-24 49.

3-point goals — Nikiski 1 (Thompson).

 

Saturday boys

Bears 89, Bulldogs 47

Kodiak 31 27 28 3 —89

Nikiski 13 17 13 4 —47

KODIAK (89) — Hiner 8 6-9 22, Frick 5 1-2 14, Medina 2 6-6 10, Jimenez 5 0-0 13, Obas 3 0-0 6, Mangalus 3 0-1 6, Lenon 3 1-2 8, Canete-Hall 3 2-2 8, Garacia 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 16-22 89.

NIKISKI (47) — Carstens 8 0-1 17, Li. Johnson 4 2-3 10, Stangel 1 3-4 5, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Lu. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Hartley 0 0-0 0, Ross 4 0-0 8, Griffith 2 0-0 5, Wallis 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 5-8 47.

3-point goals — Kodiak 7 (Frick 3, Jimenez 3, Lenon 1); Nikiski 2 (Carstens 1, Griffith 1).

Team fouls — Kodiak 8; Nikiski 15. Fouled out — none.

 

Friday girls

Nanooks 51, Bulldogs 49

Nome 20 15 8 8 —51

Nikiski 14 9 11 15 —49

NOME (51) — S. Johnson 6 0-0 15, Ahmasuk 2 0-4 4, Dy. Johnson 2 2-2 6, Horner 2 0-0 4, Pomeranz 5 0-0 10, Thomas 1 0-0 2, De. Johnson 4 2-2 10. Totals 22 4-8 51.

NIKISKI (49) — Thompson 7 2-4 17, Darch 7 0-0 14, Costello 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 0 0-0 0, Lynch 2 0-0 4, Holloway 2 1-2 6, Cook 0 0-0 0, Wallis 3 2-2 8. Totals 21 5-8 49.

3-point goals — Nikiski 2 (Thompson 1, Holloway 1); Nome 3 (S. Johnson 3).

Team fouls — Nikiski 8; Nome 6. Fouled out — none.

 

Friday boys

Bears 82, Bulldogs 48

Kodiak 28 27 24 3 —82

Nikiski 11 16 10 11 —48

KODIAK (82) — Hiner 8 3-4 19, Mangalus 5 0-0 10, Frick 3 4-6 10, Medina 3 1-2 7, Jimenez 8 1-1 17, Obas 4 1-1 9, Lenon 3 0-0 6, Canete-Hall 0 0-0 0, Garacia 2 0-0 4. Totals 35 10-14 82.

NIKISKI (48) — Carstens 7 5-7 19, Griffith 3 0-0 9, Ross 3 0-0 6, Hartley 0 2-2 2, Lu. Johnson 2 1-2 6, Li. Johnson 2 2-4 6, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Stangel 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-15 48.

3-point goals — Nikiski 4 (Griffith 3, Lu. Johnson 1); Kodiak 0.

Team fouls — Nikiski 14; Kodiak 16. Fouled out — none.

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