Nikiski controls Kenai

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2006

 

  Nikiski┐s Sarah Herrin makes a shot over Kenai┐s Sam Navarre in the third quarter Thursday during the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nikiskis Sarah Herrin makes a shot over Kenais Sam Navarre in the third quarter Thursday during the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Nikiski High School girls basketball team didn’t have any problem jumping back into action after the holiday break, cruising past Kenai 45-21 Thursday in the opening round of the Peninsula Challenge girls basketball tournament at Skyview High School.

In other games Thursday, Barrow defeated Homer 61-55, Soldotna defeated Kodiak 34-25 and Skyview defeated Bethel 45-35.

Tournament play continues today with Homer playing Kodiak at 2:45 p.m. and Kenai playing Bethel at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket. Barrow and Soldotna meet in the winners’ bracket at 6:15 p.m. and Nikiski plays Skyview at 8 p.m.

The tournament wraps up Saturday with consolation games at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the third-place game at 2:15 p.m. and the tournament championship game at 4 p.m.

“We’re in real good shape,” Nikiski’s Sasha Auldridge said after the Bulldogs beat Kenai in a fast-paced game. “We kept going all the way through the fourth quarter.”

Indeed, the Bulldogs started fast, jumping out to an 11-0 lead with Sarah Herrin contributing eight points during the run before the Kardinals were able to get their first points of the game on a basket by Amber McGlasson with just over two minutes left in the quarter.

The Bulldogs extended their lead in the second quarter, holding Kenai to just one point. The Kardinals had a few good looks at the basket but couldn’t get their shots to fall while Nikiski was able to quickly push the ball up the court.

“Nikiski just played exceptionally well. They’re very well coached, and they outplayed us in a number of aspects of the game,” said Kenai coach Lee Moore. “It was a great learning experience. We hope to get nothing but better from here.”

Herrin led the Bulldogs with 17 points — 11 of those in the first quarter — while Auldridge finished with 10.

“We executed our offense really well,” Auldridge said. “We waited for the ball, and our shots did fall.”

Auldridge also said that communication was the key to the Bulldogs defense as they figured out how to defend some plays they hadn’t seen before and kept Kenai’s shooters in check.

“We talked through it,” Auldridge said.

Auldridge said it was fun to play Kenai, and the Bulldogs certainly played with intensity.

“We’ve always liked playing Kenai. We’ve known them forever, so it’s real fun playing them,” Auldridge said.

Moore said he hoped the game knocked the rust off after the holiday break and expects his team to be sharper today.

“We had some problems with our transitions. We need to get the rust off the brain and get back into gear,” Moore said. “We’ll take it as a learning experience, come back and try to correct some of those mistakes.”

Demaris Craig led the Kardinals with four points.

Soldotna 34, Kodiak 25

After a slow first half, the Stars offense began clicking in the second half as Soldotna defeated Kodiak.

The Stars led 12-10 at halftime and were up 22-20 at the end of the third quarter before outscoring the Bears 12-5 in the final frame.

Marlana McCown scored nine points to lead the Stars, including five in the fourth quarter. Christa Kennedy netted eight points for Soldotna.

Allison Neussl scored 13 points to lead the Bears.

Barrow 61, Homer 55

Piggy Pili scored 33 points to lead the Whalers past the Mariners.

After a tight first quarter, Barrow began to pull away, building a 34-26 halftime lead. The Whalers led by 13, 55-42, entering the fourth quarter.

Ganinna Pili scored nine for Barrow and Rebekah Gueco chipped in with eight points.

Allison Horazdovsky led Homer with 18 points and Reba Temple scored 16.

Skyview 45, Bethel 35

The Warriors got off to a fast start before the Panthers came storming back in the second quarter to build a 23-9 halftime lead.

Nicole VanRyzin led the Panthers with 13 points while Melissa Fay netted 12.

Marilyn McDonald scored 16 to lead the Warriors.

WHALERS 61, MARINERS 55

Barrow 15 19 21 6 — 61

Homer 16 10 16 13 — 55

BARROW (61) — Williams 1 0-0 2, Packer 0 0-0 0, Villalon 1 1-2 3, Gueco 4 0-0 8, G. Pili 3 2-4 9, Martelle 1 0-0 2, Hopson 2 0-1 4, P. Pili 12 5-6 33. Totals — 24 8-13 61.

HOMER (55) — Bornheimer 2 0-2 4, McCarron 1 0-0 2, Creamer 0 2-2 2, Gavenus 0 0-0 0, Arno 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 7 2-2 18, Gruber 0 2-2 2, Siekaniec 2 0-0 4, McKinstry 3 1-1 7, Temple 7 2-2 16. Totals — 22 9-11 55.

3-point goals — Barrow 5 (P. Pili 4, G. Pili 1), Homer 2 (Horazdovsky 2). Total fouls — Barrow 12, Homer 14. Fouled out — none.

STARS 34, BEARS 25

Kodiak 3 7 10 5 — 25

Soldotna 8 4 10 12 — 34

KODIAK (25) — Filburn 0 3-4 3, Yamat 2 1-2 5, Plous 1 0-0 2, E. Horn 0 0-1 0, A. Horn 0 0-2 0, Nault 1 0-0 2, Neussl 6 1-2 13. Totals — 10 5-11 25.

SOLDOTNA (34) — Smith 2 1-2 5, McCown 4 0-0 9, Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 4 0-0 8, Stenga 2 0-0 4, Lindley 1 0-0 2, Bell 1 0-0 2, Barker 0 0-0 0, Denna 1 2-8 4, Madden 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 3-10 34.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (McCown). Total fouls — Kodiak 10, Soldotna 13. Fouled out — Denna.

BULLDOGS 45, KARDINALS 21

Kenai 8 1 8 4 — 21

Nikiski 18 11 10 6 — 45

KENAI CENTRAL (21) — Navarre 1 0-0 3, Keener 1 1-2 3, Foley 1 1-2 3, Moore 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 1 0-0 2, Kiel 1 0-0 2, Craig 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Stewart 1 0-0 2, Brewer 1 0-0 2. Totals — 9 2-4 21.

NIKISKI (45) — Romans 0 0-0 0, Carlson 2 1-1 6, She. Pritchard 0 0-0 0, Griffel 0 0-0 0, Auldridge 3 4-4 10, Thompson 3 0-0 6, Herrin 7 3-3 17, Jorgensen 3 1-2 6, Sha. Pritchard 0 0-0 0, Peek 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 8-9 45.

3-point goals — Kenai 1 (Navarre), Nikiski 1 (Carlson). Total fouls — Kenai 12, Nikiski 4. Fouled out — none.

PANTHERS 45, WARRIORS 35

Bethel 9 0 11 15 — 35

Skyview 10 13 19 5 — 45

BETHEL (35) — Kaiser 0 0-0 0, Pollock 3 0-0 6, McDonald 6 3-3 16, Davis 0 0-0 0, Maloy 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 1 0-0 3, Maczynski 3 0-3 6, Fairbanks 1 2-2 4, Poe 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 5-8 35.

SKYVIEW (45) — Martin 1 2-2 4, Heffner 1 0-0 2, M. Fay 5 2-6 12, VanRyzin 5 2-2 13, Mercier 0 0-0 0, Blake 2 2-3 7, West 0 0-0 0, A. Fay 3 1-4 7, St. Clair 0 0-2 0. Totals — 17 9-19 45.

3-point goals — Bethel 2 (McDonald, Hoffman), Skyview 2 (VanRyzin, Blake). Total fouls — Bethel 14, Skyview 10. Fouled out — none.



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