Weekend hoops roundup: Nikiski sweeps Kenai

Kenai Central may have had the better performance at the season-opening tournaments, but Nikiski had the better teams Friday night.

 

The host Bulldogs swept a pair of endowment games from the Kards. The Kenai girls had won the Kenai River Challenge to open the season, while the Nikiski boys had lost 58-48 to the Kards at the SoHi Tip-Off.

In the girls game, the Nikiski girls overcame a first-quarter deficit for the 40-26 win.

The Kardinals led 10-6 after one period, but Nikiski went into halftime leading 14-13. The Bulldogs then posted a 26-13 advantage in the final half of the game.

Katie Costello paced Nikiski with 10 points, while Rachel Thompson had nine and Emily Lynch and Alyssa Darch had eight apiece.

For Kenai, Justice English pumped in 16 points.

In the boys game, the Bulldogs notched a 62-60 victory. Nikiski outscored Kenai 25-13 in the third quarter to jump to a 49-39 lead, but the Kards stormed back in the final period, outscoring Nikiski 21-13.

Seth Carstens had a monster night for Nikiski, pouring in 27 points.

For Kenai, Trevor Shirnberg had 28 points, while Miles Jones added 15.

Clark Cochrane Christmas Classic

The Homer and Seward boys and the Homer girls spent their holiday weekend in Ketchikan playing in the Clark Cochrane Christmas Classic.

Friday in the boys bracket, both Homer and Seward opened with losses. Homer fell to Klawock 69-64, while West Valley defeated Seward 74-57. Michael Marshall had 16 points to lead Seward, while Matthew Moore had 15 and Michael Wolfe had 13. For West Valley, Travon Brackett poured in 35.

Also Friday, Homer opened tourney play by losing 60-24 to Ketchikan. Aurora Waclawski led the Mariners with 10 points, while Courtney Kemble had 19 points for the Kings.

The three Peninsula schools all came back with victories Saturday.

The Seward boys topped Wrangell 54-35 by taking a 26-6 lead after one quarter. The Homer boys also won, defeating Craig 70-58. The Seahawks and Mariners will face off today at 2:15 p.m. in the fourth/sixth-place game of the tournament.

The Homer girls also will be playing for fourth place. Homer topped Klawock 48-33 and will face Craig today at 12:30 p.m. Craig notched a 40-26 victory over Wrangell.

Thunder Mountain, a 41-37 winner over Chugiak, and Ketchikan, a 63-21 winner over North Pole, play for the girls crown.

Oregon City, a 77-46 winner over Klawock, gets the winner of the late West Valley-Ketchikan game for the boys title.

Friday girls

Bulldogs 40, Kardinals 26

Kenai 10 3 8 5 —26

Nikiski 6 8 10 16 —40

KENAI CENTRAL (26) — Ostrander 1 0-0 3, English 5 4-11 16, Drury 0 0-0 0, Creighton 0 1-2 1, C. Steinbeck 2 1-2 5, Barcus 0 1-2 1, Every 0 0-0 0, Beck 0 0-0 0. Totals — 8 7-17 26.

NIKISKI (40) — Riddall 0 0-0 0, Cook 1 0-0 2, Costello 1 8-10 10, Litke 1 1-2 3, Lynch 4 0-1 8, Thompson 1 7-7 9, Parrish 0 0-0 0, Litzen 0 0-0 0, Darch 4 0-1 8. Totals — 12 16-21 40.

3-point goals — Kenai 3 (English 2, Ostrander). Team fouls — Kenai 16, Nikiski 15. Fouled out — none.

Friday boys

Bulldogs 62, Kardinals 60

Kenai 11 15 13 21 —60

Nikiski 15 9 25 13 —62

KENAI CENTRAL (60) — Beeson 0 0-0 0, Glushkov 1 0-0 2, Shirnberg 11 3-5 28, McKee 0 0-0 0, Brazell 1 0-0 2, Ivy 3 0-0 8, Sepulveda 0 0-2 0, Foree 2 0-0 5, Jones 7 1-3 15, Wortham 0 0-0 0. Totals — 25 4-10 60.

NIKISKI (62) — Stangel 4 0-0 9, Anderson 3 1-2 7, Johnson 1 3-4 5, Castro 3 0-1 6, Holloway 4 0-2 8, Carstens 10 7-10 27, Riddall 0 0-0 0. Totals — 25 11-19 62.

3-point goals — Kenai 6 (Shirnberg 3, Ivy 2, Foree); Nikiski 1 (Stangel). Team fouls — Kenai 15, Nikiski 11. Fouled out — none.

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