Ninilchik boys win Classic

Bristol Bay girls keep Wolverines from both crowns

Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2006

 

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  Photo by M. Scott Moon Ninilchik┐s Austin Vanderford drives past Bristol Bay in the second half Friday during the Cook Inlet Classic.

Ninilchiks Jesse Leman and Bristol Bays Mason King struggle for a rebound Friday night at the Cook Inlet Classic.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Minus last year’s head coach and two graduated starters, the Bristol Bay girls basketball team showed it will be a force to be reckoned with again this season by winning the 15th annual Cook Inlet Classic at Cook Inlet Academy.

The boys title at the Thursday, Friday and Saturday round-robin event went to Ninilchik.

Last season, Bristol Bay ended Ninilchik’s run of five straight Class 2A state titles by defeating the Wolverines in the state championship game.

Bristol Bay, now 3-1 overall, lost four seniors off the state championship squad, including two starters. Tim Helvey, who coached the Angels to the state title, could not get a teaching position in Bristol Bay and landed at Ninilchik on coach Dan Leman’s bench as an assistant.

Despite all of that, the Angels were able to defeat the Wolverines 47-43 on Friday in a game that was essentially for the tournament championship.

“I was the JV coach last year, so it was good to get a win over Ninilchik under my belt,” said new Bristol Bay coach Heath Lyon.

Jackie West, who paced the Angels with 16 points, and Helvey both said playing against each other was odd.

“It’s weird playing against him,” West said. “There are no hard feelings or anything.”

The Wolverines, now 4-2 overall, were a bit banged up heading into the game. Injuries to starters Jennifer Erickson and Kjersten Skjold kept both players on the sideline.

Both teams were a little ragged on offense in the game, each shooting 28 percent from the floor. Leman said the problems on offense are not surprising because it is early in the season and because Bristol Bay and Ninilchik are both noted for defense.

The Angels opened up the first big lead when West scored four points during an 8-0 run that put Bristol Bay up 19-9 with 5:05 left in the second quarter. However, Ninilchik immediately came back with a 9-0 run. Kendra Moerlein, who led all scorers with 20 points, ended the run with a layup that tied the game at 19 with 1:20 to play in the first half.

Bristol Bay once again earned some breathing room when Tiffany Edwards, who finished with 11 points, had four points in a 6-0 run that made the score 30-21 with 4:07 left in the third quarter.

Ninilchik whittled away at the lead in the fourth quarter until Ashley Bartolowits tied the game at 41 on a free throw with 1:33 to play. Bristol Bay broke the press and Edwards knocked in a layup to give the Angels the lead back.

After West made a pair of foul shots and Moerlein hit a jumper, West iced the game with a turnaround jumper with 11 seconds left.

“I was on a three-week vacation until yesterday,” West said. “I hadn’t touched a ball in three weeks. It kind of all fell together at the end.”

Leman, who also received 15 points from Jennifer Bartolowits, said the game was a good measuring stick for his squad.

“There was a time when they could have quit, but they didn’t,” Leman said. “I like the character of this team. We’ll keep improving and I look forward to seeing what we can do in the region.”

Saturday, Ninilchik rebounded by knocking off the North Pole Patriots JV squad 59-15. The Wolverines opened with an early 19-3 lead and coasted the rest of the game. Moerlein pumped in 25 points and Krista Leman added 17, including three 3-pointers, to lead Ninilchik.

Also Saturday, Bristol Bay wrapped up the title with a 59-33 victory over Cook Inlet Academy. Tawnie Meyers had 22 points for the Angels, while Edwards added 12 points. Melissa Moffis paced the Eagles with 11 points.

Ninilchik boys take title

The Ninilchik boys finished up their 3-0 run at the tournament Saturday with an 80-31 victory over North Pole’s junior varsity squad.

Jesse Leman had 25 points for the Wolverines, while Austin Vanderford had 14 points and Danny Roderrick added 10 points.

Friday, the Wolverines, now 3-3 overall, faced a much tougher test from Peninsula Conference foe Bristol Bay. Ninilchik received 20 points from Vanderford and 10 from Mike Skrypjyk to defeat the Angels, who received 22 points from Mason King and 10 points from Mike Jedlicka.

The Wolverines took a 23-14 lead at halftime, but the Angels cut the gap to 36-31 at the end of the third quarter.

“We were standing around on defense and not moving our feet enough,” Ninilchik coach Keith Presley said. “We’re not a very talented team. We have to play defense hard and create turnovers, because we don’t score very well.”

King does score the basketball well, and he had five points during a 7-0 run that gave the Angels a 41-39 lead with 2:14 left in the game. Vanderford, who went 16-of-22 from the foul line in the game, cut the gap to 41-40 with a foul shot with 1:30 left.

Then, with 58 seconds left, King fouled out of the game and sent Vanderford to the line for two shots. The sophomore cashed in both and put Ninilchik up 42-41.

“That was tough,” Bristol Bay coach Larry Scott said. “We had the lead and not only did we lose (King), but they took the lead.”

 

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Ninilchiks Austin Vanderford drives past Bristol Bay in the second half Friday during the Cook Inlet Classic.

Ninilchik then forced Bristol Bay into five turnovers in the final minute to seal the victory. The strong finish followed up a similar strong finish on Thursday against Cook Inlet Academy.

“We’ve just got it in us,” Vanderford said. “Our team never gives up.”

CIA girls finish 1-2

The Cook Inlet Academy girls team finished 1-2 at the tournament.

Friday, the Eagles picked up their lone win of the tournament over North Pole’s junior varsity. Brooke Forsi was a major factor in the victory, pumping in 17 points. Julia Kellogg had 11 points for the Patriots.

CIA boys finish 2-1

The Cook Inlet Academy boys team finished 2-1 at the tournament.

Friday, the Eagles defeated North Pole’s junior varsity 76-28. Jeremy Franchino had 17 points while Nate Byrd had 14 points and Spencer McAuliffe had 10 points.

Saturday, the Eagles defeated Bristol Bay 71-37. Franchino poured in 31 points while Byrd had 16 points and John Forsi had 18 points.

Friday girls

ANGELS 47, WOLVERINES 43

Bristol Bay 13 9 12 13 —47

Ninilchik 9 10 8 16 —43

BRISTOL BAY (47) — Lawson 0 3-4 3, West 7 3-6 17, Smith 0 5-6 5, Meyers 4 1-7 9, Vaag 1 0-0 2, Edwards 5 0-0 11, Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 12-23 47.

NINILCHIK (43) — H. Skjold 0 2-6 2, A. Bartolowits 0 1-4 1, Leman 0 1-2 1, Wolford 1 2-2 4, Moerlein 9 1-3 20, J. Bartolowits 5 5-5 15, Schnabl 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 12-22 43.

3-point goals — Bristol Bay 1 (Edwards 1); Ninilchik 1 (Moerlein 1). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 19, Ninilchik 19. Fouled out — Wolford.

EAGLES 36, PATRIOTS JV 25

North Pole 3 3 11 8 —25

CIA 5 7 8 16 —36

NORTH POLE JV (25) — Borba 0 0-0 0, Kellogg 4 3-8 11, Singh 0 0-0 0, Renson 0 0-2 0, Wilson 1 2-8 6, Dart 1 1-4 3, Sutherland 1 3-6 5, Culver 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals — 7 9-28 25.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (36) — Sa. McNutt 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 1 2-4 4, McConnell 2 0-0 4, St. McNutt 0 1-3 1, White 0 2-4 2, Hillyer 0 0-0 0, Moffis 1 1-1 3, Forsi 6 5-8 17, White 2 1-2 5. Totals — 12 12-22 36.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — North Pole 23, Cook Inlet Academy 20. Fouled out — Dart, St. McNutt, Moffis.

Friday boys

WOLVERINES 48, ANGELS 41

Bristol Bay 9 5 17 10 —41

Ninilchik 14 9 13 12 —48

BRISTOL BAY (41) — Niedermeyer 0 0-0 0, King 9 0-0 22, Morrison 2 0-0 4, Lind 1 0-0 3, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Jedlicke 5 0-0 10, Coghill 1 0-1 2. Totals — 18 0-1 41.

NINILCHIK (48) — Vanderford 2 16-22 20, Dwyer 1 0-0 2, Rodderick 1 0-0 2, Leman 2 5-9 9, Skrypjyk 4 2-6 10, Cuffe 2 1-1 5, Chihuly 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 24-38 48.

3-point goals — Bristol Bay 5 (King 4, Lind 1). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 26, Ninilchik 10. Fouled out — King, Lind.

EAGLES 76, PATRIOTS JV 28

North Pole 7 6 4 11 —28

CIA 19 27 15 15 —76

NORTH POLE JV (28) — Keyser 3 1-1 8, Bedico 0 0-0 0, McAllister 0 0-0 0, Williamson 0 0-0 0, Boyer 0 0-1 0, Chalami 1 0-0 3, Church 3 0-0 7, Chili 0 0-0 0, Ward 0 0-0 0, Mieron 0 0-0 0, Roach 0 0-0 0, Isaacson 3 3-4 9, Williamson 0 1-2 1. Totals — 10 5-8 28.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (76) — Franchino 8 0-0 17, Tieaskie 2 0-0 4, Libert 4 0-0 9, Byrd 7 0-0 14, Kytonen 2 3-4 7, Forsi 2 1-4 5, McAuliffe 5 0-0 10, Zufelt 2 0-0 5, Brown 3 1-2 7. Totals — 35 5-10 76.

3-point goals — North Pole 3 (Keyser 1, Chalami 1, Churin 1); Cook Inlet Academy 3 (Franchino 1, Libert 1, Zufelt 1). Team fouls — North Pole JV 11, Cook Inlet Academy 12. Fouled out — none.

Saturday girls

WOLVERINES 59, PATRIOTS 15

Ninilchik 19 15 16 9 —59

North Pole JV 3 3 5 4 —15

NINILCHIK (59) — Skjold 2 0-0 4, A. Bartolowits 0 0-2 0, Leman 6 2-4 17, Wolford 3 0-0 6, Moerlein 11 1-1 25, Wood 0 0-0 0, J. Bartolowits 0 1-2 1, Schnabl 3 0-3 6, Ellers 0 0-0 0. Totals — 25 4-12 59.

NORTH POLE JV (15) — Barba 1 0-0 2, Kellog 1 2-4 4, Singh 0 2-2 2, Williams 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 2-4 2, Dillinger 0 0-0 0, Dart 0 1-2 1, Artofer 0 0-0 0, Sutherland 1 0-0 2, Culver 1 0-0 2, Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals — 4 7-12 15.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 5 (Leman 3, Moerlein 2). Totals Fouls — Ninilchik 11, North Pole JV 10. Fouled out — None.

ANGELS 59, EAGLES 33

Bristol Bay 21 18 10 10 —59

CIA 6 4 7 16 —33

BRISTOL BAY (59) — Lawson 0 0-0 0, West 4 1-2 9, Smith 1 2-8 4, Anelon 1 0-0 2, Meyers 10 2-4 22, Vaag 2 0-0 5, Edwards 3 6-8 12, Anderson 2 1-2 5. Totals — 23 12-24 59.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (33) — Sa. McNutt 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 2 1-3 5, McConnell 0 0-0 0, St. McNutt 0 0-1 0, Hillyer 3 0-0 6, Moffis 4 2-4 11, Forsi 2 5-6 9, White 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 8-12 33.

3-point goals — Bristol Bay 1 (Vaag 1); Cook Inlet Academy 1 (Moffis 1). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 17, Cook Inlet Academy 15. Fouled out — none.

Saturday boys

WOLVERINES 80, PATRIOTS JV 31

North Pole 8 14 7 10 —31

Ninilchik 17 24 23 16 —80

NORTH POLE JV (31) — Keyser 3 0-1 6, Bedico 0 0-0 0, McAllister 1 1-2 3, A. Williamson 0 0-2 0, Boyer 1 1-2 3, Chalami 0 0-0 0, Church 3 2-2 9, Chili 0 0-2 0, Ward 0 0-2 0, Mierron 0 0-0 0, Roach 0 0-0 0, Isaacson 2 2-4 6, S. Williamson 2 0-1 4. Totals — 12 6-16 31.

NINILCHIK (80) — Evans 1 0-0 2, Vanderford 6 2-2 14, Garrison 1 1-2 3, Presley 0 0-0 0, Dwyer 1 0-0 2, Roderrick 5 0-3 10, Self 0 0-0 0, Wheeler 3 0-0 6, Leman 11 3-3 25, Skrypjyk 1 2-6 4, Cuffe 4 0-0 8, Chihuly 3 0-2 6. Totals — 36 8-18 80.

3-point goals — North Pole 1 (Church 1). Team fouls — North Pole 17, Ninilchik 21. Fouled out — none.

EAGLES 71, ANGELS 37

Bristol Bay 11 11 6 9 —37

CIA 19 20 14 18 —71

BRISTOL BAY (37) — King 8 4-4 23, Morrison 2 0-0 4, Jedlicka 3 4-4 10.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (71) — Franchino 12 2-3 31, Byrd 7 2-2 16, Forsi 7 4-5 18, McAuliffe 1 0-0 2, Zufelt 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-0 2.

3-point goals — Bristol Bay 3 (King 3), Cook Inlet Academy 5 (Franchino 5). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 6, CIA 6. Fouled out — none.



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