Nikolaevsk girls, Lumen boys win Peninsula Conference titles

Today's games


Boys second place semis — Ninilchik vs. Birchwood, 8 a.m.

Girls second place semis — Lumen vs. Birchwood, 9:45 a.m.

Boys second place — CIA vs. Ninilchik-Birchwood winner, 11:30 a.m.

Girls second place — CIA vs. Lumen-Birchwood winner, 1:15 p.m.

Staff report

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. The triumph also gives Nikolaevsk a return trip to state and the crucial No. 1 seed from the conference in the state tournament. CIA will have to qualify for state by winning the second-place game Saturday.

Lumen 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.

In the girls game, Nikolaevsk and CIA had split in the regular season, so a tight contest was expected. CIA led 6-5 after one quarter, 14-12 at the half and 23-21 after three, but Nikolaevsk pulled ahead when it mattered.

The last minutes of the game saw the score frozen at 28-27 as both teams struggled for the pivotal points.

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 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 (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 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 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 (28) — Klaich 11, Jones 2, Tipikin 0, So. Kalugin 6, Stafford 0, 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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