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Nikiski girls take 2: In boys action, Bulldogs fall to Cordova, ACS

Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2011

Makenzie Moore wears jersey No. 32, but her favorite number this weekend was 21.

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Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Nikiski's Makenzie Moore's hair flies as she comes to a stop in front of a Cordova player during Saturday's game.

The Nikiski High School sophomore posted a pair of 21-point performances on back-to-back nights on her home floor, leading the Bulldogs to a 45-37 victory Friday over Anchorage Christian Schools and a 47-27 win Saturday over Cordova.

The Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 2-0 league) climbed to the top of the Class 3A Southcentral Conference with the wins.

With just two seniors on the squad, coach Lee Moore was thrilled with his team's play both nights.

"It's a great start for the kids," Moore said. "They are still young and still learning and still getting better, so that's exciting."

Moore followed her 21-point effort against Anchorage Christian Schools with another one against Cordova, which after scoring 18 points in the first half managed just nine in the second on three field goals.

The Bulldogs used a full-court press in the third quarter to turn a 22-18 halftime lead into a comfortable 38-23 margin entering the fourth.

Nikiski outscored Cordova 16-5 in the quarter, and it took the Wolverines more than five minutes to hit their first field goal.

"I think our effort, and continued effort, really paid off for us," Moore said. "All in all I was really impressed with how our girls played on defense. It was inspiring to see that kind of work."

Moore scored 14 of her 21 in the second half, hitting all nine of her free-throw attempts. She finished 11-of-11 from the line and also hit two 3-pointers.

Nikiski was the aggressor on both ends of the floor as the margin widened, out-rebounding the Wolverines 22 to 14 and hauling in eight on the offensive glass.

The Wolverines committed 26 turnovers, including 16 in the first half, although many of the giveaways were unforced.

All the Bulldogs had to do in the fourth was melt the clock, which they did, using long possessions to keep Cordova on defense.

"We played smarter on offense and didn't have too many silly turnovers that led right to points," the coach said. "We cut down on fouls and didn't put them on the line too many times."

The game was close through two quarters as the Bulldogs held a one-point lead after eight minutes, taking a four-point lead into halftime.

Angie Kelly scored a team-high 13 points for Cordova, which jumped out to an 8-5 lead before Nikiski rallied.

"When they got beat, they didn't quit," Moore said of the first quarter. "That was exciting."

Cordova boys 74, Nikiski 59

The Nikiski boys kept it close for the better part of a half, but a strong third quarter propelled Cordova past the Bulldogs 74-59 Saturday at Nikiski.

It was the second defeat in as many nights for the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-2), who lost to Anchorage Christian School 72-52 Friday.

On Saturday, the Wolverines' used a balanced scoring attack and pressure defense to overpower the young Bulldogs.

Using both a man-to-man press as well as a 3-2 zone-trap on defense, Cordova forced Nikiski into 25 turnovers.

"They got us going faster than we wanted to go," Nikiski assistant coach David Holloway said. "Our guards weren't experienced enough to handle it."

In a fast-paced first quarter, however, the teams exchanged baskets and Cordova held just an 18-16 lead going into the second.

Slowly extending the margin before half, the Wolverines got a 3-pointer on the buzzer to take a 34-24 lead into the locker room.

The Bulldogs never got closer than 10 in the second half, falling behind 58-39 after the third.

"Nikiski comes out real physical. They are a strong team and they are fast," Cordova coach Jason Boerger said. "They have some physical gifts and I thought they played a great first half."

The final 16 minutes, however, saw the Wolverines switch from a man defense to a 3-2 zone-trap, creating 15 turnovers in the second and third quarters combined.

Five Cordova players scored in double figures, led by Dane Meyer 17 points. Eric Johnson and Balint added 15 apiece, while Christian Brockert and Keith Nolan posted 10 each.

The Bulldogs, who Holloway said also struggled against pressure defense in the loss to Anchorage Christian Schools, received a team-high 20 points from junior Julien Harris, who hit five 3-pointers. Teammate Lucas Herrin added 15, while Colton Anderson scored 10.

Although the Bulldogs dropped both games on their home floor, the squad walked away focusing on the positives.

"Our message to the guys after the game was we have a lot of potential," Holloway said. "There are just a couple things we need to improve on."

Friday girls

Bulldogs 45, Lions 37

ACS 12 5 9 11 --37

Nikiski 15 11 8 11 --45

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (37) -- Warren 0 0-0 0, Dickerson 2 3-6 8, L. Crayton 3 0-0 8, Snyder 1 0-0 2, Taylor 2 2-2 6, Ealum 0 0-0 0, Severson 2 0-0 4, Hoffman 3 1-2 7, Olson 1 0-0 2, Randall 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 14 6-10 37.

NIKISKI (45) -- Griffel 2 2-2 7, D. Holloway 0 0-0 0, Dixon 0 0-0 0, T. Holloway 0 0-0 0, Tuttle 1 0-0 2, Parrish 7 1-4 15, Moore 7 4-5 21, Martin 0 0-0 0, Wallis 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 7-11 45.

3-point goals -- ACS 3 (L. Crayton 2, Dickerson 1); Nikiski 4 (Moore 3, Griffel 1). Team fouls -- ACS 11, Nikiski 11. Fouled out -- none.

Friday boys

Lions 72, Bulldogs 52

ACS 21 14 24 13 --72

Nikiski 9 17 12 14 --52

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (72) -- Voss 11 3-7 25, Hoffman 1 0-0 3, Skinner 4 1-1 9, Brown 3 0-0 8, Garner 0 0-0 0, McVay 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Ames 7 0-0 16, Rosier 0 0-0 0, McKay 4 1-2 9. Totals -- 31 5-10 72.

NIKISKI (52) -- Anderson 5 0-2 12, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Hartley 2 0-1 4, Harris 4 0-0 9, Herrin 9 2-3 20, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Krogseng 2 2-2 7. Totals -- 22 4-8 52.

3-point goals -- ACS 4 (Ames 2, Brown 1, Hoffman 1); Nikiski 4 (Anderson 2, Harris 1, Krogseng 1). Team fouls -- ACS 10, Nikiski 12. Fouled out -- none.

Saturday girls

Bulldogs 47, Wolverines 27

Cordova 10 8 5 4 --27

Nikiski 11 11 16 9 --47

CORDOVA (27) - Webber 1 1-7 3, Morrisett 2 0-3 4, Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Gilman 1 0-0 2, Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Kelly 5 3-4 13, Merritt 1 1-2 3, Howard 0 0-0 0, Carter 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 11 5-16 27.

NIKISKI (47) - Griffel 1 1-3 6, D. Holloway 0 0-0 0, Dixon 0 0-0 0, T. Holloway 1 0-0 2, Tuttle 2 2-4 6, Parish 2 2-6 6, Moore 4 11-11 21, Martin 2 0-0 4, Wallis 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 13 16-24 47.

3-point field goals - Cordova none, Nikiski 2 (Moore 2). Teams fouls - Cordova 21, Nikiski 21. Fouled out -- Gilman, Parrish.

Saturday boys

Wolverines 74, Bulldogs 59

Cordova 18 16 24 16 --74

Nikiski 16 8 15 20 --59

CORDOVA (74) -- Werner 0 0-0 0, Roemhildt 1 4-5 6, Balint 5 5-8 15, Brockert 2 0-0 5, Meyer 6 4-6 17, Maxwell 0 1-2 1, Sorenson 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Nolan 2 4-4 10, LeBere 0 0-0 0, Johnson 5 5-7 15, Trumblee 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22 23-32 74.

NIKISKI (XX) - Anderson, Gomez, Johnson, Hartley, Herrin, Taylor, Covey, Griffith, Krogseng, Parrish, Taylor. Totals - xxx.

3-point field goals -- Cordova 4 (Brockert 2, Balint, Meyer), Nikiski 7 (Harris 5, Anderson, Hartley). Team fouls -- Cordova 24, Nikiski 23. Fouled out -- Balint, Brockert, Meyer, Herrin.



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