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Nikiski girls finish second at ACS

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Nikiski girls basketball team lost to Barrow 48-43 in the championship game of the Anchorage Christian Schools-Pepsi Invitational Saturday.

The two teams stayed close the entire first half, with the Whalers leading 20-18 after 16 minutes. Then, things got strange.

Barrow dominated the third quarter to take a 41-22 lead, but Nikiski was nearly as dominant in the fourth quarter. Sarah Herrin hit a pair of foul shots with less than a minute to play to cut the gap to 46-43, but Barrow beat Nikiski's pressure and Bekah Gueco dropped in a layup to end Nikiski's comeback bid.

Herrin led the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Piggy Pili had 21 points for the Whalers.

The Bulldogs had another thriller in the semifinals of the tournament Friday night, topping Dillingham in double overtime 49-39. Neither team scored during the first overtime, leaving the score tied at 35. In the second overtime, Sasha Auldridge had seven of her 15 points. Hannah Thompson added 11 points for Nikiski, while Herrin had 10. For Dillingham, Britni Carty had 14 points and Bethany Tennyson had 11 points.

The Nikiski boys finished the tournament with a 83-46 loss to Homer Friday and a 90-46 loss to Kotzebue Saturday. Friday, Luke Gilbert had 28 points to lead Homer while Jamey Smith had 19 and Justin Smith added 10. Nikiski received 15 from Chris Curren and 10 from Travis McGahan.

Saturday, Donald Fairbanks had 28 points to pace Kotzebue while James Bolen and Pete Lambert added 14 apiece and Spencer Shroyer had 13. For Nikiski, Curren had 15 and McGahan had 10.

The Homer girls topped Kotzebue 55-43 Friday, with Kayla Creamer scoring 15 and Kailee Pollack adding 14. Ashley Baker had 17 for the Huskies.

Homer's Saturday results were not available as the Clarion went to press.

Saturday

Girls

WHALERS 48, BULLDOGS 43

Nikiski 9 9 4 21 —43

Barrow 8 12 21 7 —48

NIKISKI (43) — Gladden 3 0-2 6, Griffel 1 2-2 5, Auldridge 1 0-3 3, Thompson 2 3-4 7, Herrin 6 5-6 17, Hitchcock 2 1-4 5. Totals — 15 11-21 43.

BARROW (48) — Williams 0 0-0 0, Eduarte 1 3-4 7, Villalon 1 0-0 3, Gueco 2 0-0 4, Congdon 1 0-0 2, T. Pili 1 0-0 3, Martelle 1 0-2 2, P. Pili 8 2-3 21, Oyagak 3 0-0 6. Totals — 19 5-9 48.

3-point goals — Nikiski 2 (Griffel 1, Auldridge 1); Barrow 5 (P. Pili 3, T. Pili 1, Villalon 1). Total fouls — Nikiski 11, Barrow 20. Fouled out — Congdon, P. Pili.

Boys

HUSKIES 90, BULLDOGS 46

Nikiski 12 11 10 13 —46

Kotzebue 25 20 20 25 —90

NIKISKI (46) — Hemphill 1 3-4 6, Taylor 2 0-0 4, Kellie 2 0-1 4, Fagan 0 0-2 0, Curren 5 4-6 15, Holloway 2 0-0 5, Heitz 0 0-0 0, Vance 0 2-8 2, Cook 0 0-0 0, McGahan 2 6-13 10. Totals — 14 15-34 46.

KOTZEBUE (90) — Katch 0 0-0 0, R. Fairbanks 1 0-0 2, P. Lambert 5 2-2 14, Shroyer 5 3-3 13, D. Fairbanks 12 4-4 28, Garoutte 0 0-0 0, Bolen 7 0-1 14, N. Lambert 3 0-0 6, Phillips 3 2-2 8, A. Lambert 2 0-0 5. Totals — 38 11-12 90.

3-point goals — Nikiski 3 (Hemphill 1, Curren 1, Holloway 1); Kotzebue 3 (P. Lambert 2, Bolen 1). Total fouls — Nikiski 13, Kotzebue 27. Fouled out — R. Fairbanks.

Friday

Girls

BULLDOGS 49, WOLVERINES 39, 2 OT

Nikiski 8 8 13 6 0 14 —49

Dillingham 11 8 9 7 0 4 —39

NIKISKI (49) — Gladden 3 0-2 6, Griffel 2 0-0 6, Auldridge 5 5-7 15, Thompson 4 2-2 11, Herrin 4 2-3 10, Hitchcock 0 1-4 1. Totals — 18 10-18 49.

DILLINGHAM (39) — Olsen 2 0-0 4, Bennett 0 0-0 0, Carty 7 0-1 14, Swift 2 1-2 5, Nielsen 0 0-0 0, Tennyson 3 5-8 11, Bowers 2 0-0 5, Evans 0 0-2 0. Totals — 16 6-13 39.

3-point goals — Nikiski 3 (Griffel 2, Thompson 1); Dillingham 1 (Bowers 1). Total fouls — Nikiski 13, Dillingham 22. Fouled out — Gladden, Carty.

MARINERS 55, HUSKIES 43

Homer 18 14 10 13 —55

Kotzebue 4 6 18 15 —43

HOMER (55) — Bornheimer 1 0-0 2, Gruber 1 0-0 2, Pollack 5 4-6 14, Creamer 5 5-6 15, Conley 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 1 0-0 2, Horazdovsky 3 0-1 6, McKinstry 0 0-0 0, Siekaniec 3 0-0 6, Lowney 0 0-0 0, Temple 4 0-0 8. Totals — 23 9-13 55.

KOTZEBUE (43) — Upicksoun 1 2-2 4, Sampson 2 3-8 9, Woods 2 4-4 8, Rae 0 0-0 0, Reich 2 0-1 5, Baker 6 5-7 17, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 14-22 43.

3-point goals — Kotzebue 3 (Sampson 2, Reich 1). Total fouls — Homer 18, Kotzebue 14. Fouled out — none.

Boys

MARINERS 83, BULLDOGS 46

Nikiski 6 14 5 21 —46

Homer 23 16 21 23 —83

NIKISKI (46) — Hemphill 2 1-2 6, Taylor 0 2-4 2, Fagan 0 0-0 0, Curren 5 4-5 15, Holloway 0 0-0 0, Heitz 0 1-2 1, Vance 2 2-6 6, Cook 0 0-0 0, Kellie 0 2-2 2, McGahan 4 4-6 14. Totals — 13 16-27 46.

HOMER (83) — Ju. Smith 3 4-7 10, Taylor 2 1-2 6, Logan 1 0-0 2, Gilbert 11 3-3 28, Siekaniec 1 0-0 2, Isenhour 1 0-0 3, Trowbridge 4 1-2 9, Ja. Smith 9 1-3 19, Thompson 2 0-0 4, Roedl 0 0-0 0. Totals — 34 10-17 83.

3-point goals — Nikiski 4 (McGahan 2, Curren 1, Hemphill 1); Homer 5 (Gilbert 3, Taylor 1, Isenhour 1). Total fouls — Nikiski 17, Homer 24. Fouled out — Curren.

SoHi boys top Bethel

The Soldotna boys defeated Bethel 61-59 Thursday to finish the Holland America tournament in Sitka with a 2-1 record.

The Stars were clinging to the two-point lead with 2.4 seconds left when Bethel set up a play and tried to win the game. Bethel's Nick Holma drove the baseline and missed a layup due to solid defense from Matt Hicks. Holma was called for a charge on the play.

The defensive stand allowed Soldotna to survive some terrible foul shooting. Soldotna was 5 of 14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Hall led the Stars (4-2 overall) with 20 points, while Matt Hicks had 14 points and Tony Besse had 11 points. Hicks made the all-defense team at the tourney, while Besse was named to the all-offense team.

"The guys hung on at the end when it counted most," Soldotna boys coach Joe Trujillo said. "They showed a lot of character in handling a good squad."

Garis Kinegak had 24 points for Bethel, while Holma had 20.

Trujillo also gave credit to Dan Spindler for a solid tournament. The coach said Spindler sustained a cut on his head in the second quarter during Wednesday's game against Sitka — Soldotna's only loss of the tournament. Without Spindler's tough defense, Sitka outscored Soldotna 20-7 in the second quarter in a 55-41 victory. Spindler returned for the second half of the game.

Soldotna girls finish 1-2 in Sitka

The Soldotna girls basketball team went 1-2 at the Holland America tournament in Sitka Tuesday through Thursday.

Soldotna dropped the first game of the tournament to Davis Douglas High School from Portland, Ore. After losing to Sitka Wednesday, the Stars (2-4 overall) topped Bethel Thursday.

Kaylee Wilbanks made the all-defense team, while Mikala Smith made the all-offense team. Liz Denna won the post player award in the skills contest.



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