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Nikiski girls nip Skyview

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007

 

  Nikiski's Hannah Thompson goes after a rebound in the first period against Skyview on Thursday at the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nikiski's Hannah Thompson goes after a rebound in the first period against Skyview on Thursday at the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nikiski’s Hannah Thompson went scoreless through the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game against Skyview.

Luckily for the Bulldogs, she never got discouraged.

The senior poured in 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning 3 with 40 seconds left, and Nikiski avenged an earlier loss to the Panthers by edging them 40-36 in the opening round of the 18th annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament.

“We lost a lot of scoring from the kids who graduated last year. I talked to (Thompson) when the season started and said, ‘You’re going to have to look for shots.’ And she did,” said Bulldogs coach Ward Romans. “And she missed some good shots in the first half that a lot of players would go away and hide. She didn’t. She just kept shooting.”

Did she ever.

After taking only two shots during the first three quarters, Thompson lived up to her hard-working reputation in the fourth.

The Panthers owned a one-point advantage entering the final frame and stretched it to four when senior Melissa Fay hit the shot, drew the foul and sank the free throw only four seconds into the quarter.

Senior Becca Carlson answered, though, by scoring two of her 16 points and Thompson then added a bucket, knotting the game at 29.

She then recorded another two and more than four scoreless minutes later, Thompson put Nikiski (6-1) ahead for first time in the period, 33-31.

But she wasn’t the only one on fire.

Skyview senior Nicole Van Ryzin — who scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds — followed her own miss with an easy lay-in and added a 3 from the corner a minute later for a 36-35 edge with 1:22 to play.

Following a traveling call on the Panthers, the Bulldogs baseline inbounds pass went directly to Thompson, who drained the eventual winning 3 from the corner and later added a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

“As soon as she let that last 3 go, I knew it was in,” said Skyview coach Ronnie Kier. “She’s a competitor and she’s not going to quit.”

Nikiski’s victory came one week after the Panthers upended the Bulldogs, 47-39, in the opening round of the Peninsula Challenge.

Romans said it wasn’t about revenge.

“Honestly we don’t focus a lot on the other team. We never do,” he said. “I mean, we respect them. They played great last week. They’re so well-coached. They know all of their roles so well.

“But it wasn’t really a revenge game. We didn’t talk about that,” Romans added. “More importantly it’s the seniors tip-off tournament. We talked about that.”

After shooting a combined 4-for-26 in the first half and trailing by one at the break, Nikiski went 3-of-9 in the third quarter that saw 10 lead changes and one tie.

Van Ryzin put Skyview ahead 18-17 when she again followed her own miss with a lay-up only 1:31 into the third, but Carlson netted six straight Nikiski points for a 23-22 Bulldogs’ advantage.

“I knew coach Romans was going to get them up for this game,” Kier explained.

“It had all the makings of them coming out and playing tough.

“We didn’t deserve to win that game,” he added. “We didn’t play hard enough to win that game. And Nikiski proved that if you come out and play tough, you’re going to win.”

Skyview 54, Nikiski 33

The Panthers jumped out to a 15-6 lead after eight minutes and never looked back in beating the Bulldogs for the second time in one week.

Junior Richie Shirnberg scored seven of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter and senior Gregor Bosick added 19 for Skyview (3-3).

“That is what I’m looking for. That was a total team effort,” said Skyview coach Red Goodwin. “Our goal (Thursday) was to come in ... and no matter who was in the game, maintain our level of intensity and execution and I thought we did a great job of that.”

The Panthers topped the Bulldogs, 45-28, in the opening round of the Soldotna Tip-Off Challenge on Jan. 4.

Goodwin believes his team has made strides since then.

“For me, it was a great effort from top to bottom,” he said. “In order for us to really improve and develop, every player on this team needs to get better. We’ve got kids, sophomores, that are playing, getting minutes and really contributing.”

Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad also sees signs of maturity.

“It’s a good mark of how far we’ve come,” said Kornstad, whose team fell to 1-4. “I thought we played better than last week but they played even better than that.”

“It’s always frustrating to get beat, but we took a step,” he added.

Ninilchik girls 67, Hutchison 8

The Wolverines cruised to an easy victory over the Hawks by outscoring them 19-3 in the first period and 38-3 at the break.

Senior Kjersten Skjold paced Ninilchik with 16 points while freshman Lindsay Schnabl added 10.

Hutchison boys 67, Ninilchik 43

Despite a one-point deficit after the opening period, the Hawks outscored the Wolverines by 12 in the second en route to a win.

Sophomore Cole Daniel led Hutchison with 27 points and senior Felix Wilson chipped in with 10.

Junior Austin Vanderford scored 18 points for Ninilchik while senior Brandon Nobles added 10.

Thursday girls

BULLDOGS 40, PANTHERS 36

Skyview 5 11 10 10 — 36

Nikiski 7 8 10 15 — 40

SKYVIEW (36) — Martin 0 1-2 1, Massey 2 0-0 5, Fay 3 3-5 9, Van Ryzin 7 1-4 16, Mercier 0 0-0 0, West 1 0-0 2, Meyer 1 1-3 3. Totals — 14 6-14 36.

NIKISKI (40) — Romans 1 0-0 3, Carlson 5 5-6 16, Pritchard 0 2-6 2, Chadwick 0 1-2 1, H. Thompson 4 4-7 13, T. Thompson 1 1-2 3, Jorgensen 0 0-0 0, Peek 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 13-23 40.

3-point goals — Skyview 2 (Massey, Van Ryzin), Nikiski 3 (Romans, Carlson, Thompson). Total fouls — Skyview 17, Nikiski 17. Fouled out — none.

WOLVERINES 67, HAWKS 8

Hutchison 3 0 4 1 — 8

Ninilchik 19 19 15 14 — 67

HUTCHISON (8) — Rohn 1 0-0 2, Vaquera 0 1-2 1, Olson 1 0-0 2, Robertson 0 1-2 1, Gray 1 0-0 2. Totals — 3 2-4 8.

NINILCHIK (67) — H. Skjold 3 0-0 6, Vanderford 3 0-0 6, Leman 2 0-0 4, Rohr 2 0-0 4, Rice 3 2-2 8, K. Skjold 5 4-5 16, L. Schnabl 4 1-2 10, T. Schnabl 1 0-0 2, Erickson 4 1-1 9, Ehlers 1 0-0 2. Totals — 31 8-10 67.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 3 (K. Skjold 2, L. Schnabl). Total fouls — Hutchison 9, Ninilchik 5. Fouled out — none.

Thursday boys

PANTHERS 54, BULLDOGS 33

Skyview 15 19 16 4 — 54

Nikiski 6 13 8 6 — 33

SKYVIEW (54) — West 2 0-0 4, Dallman 0 0-0 0, Hatten 0 0-2 0, Duke 2 1-2 5, Nelson 1 0-1 2, Bosick 8 1-2 19, Blossom 0 1-2 1, Singleton 1 0-0 2, Shirnberg 10 1-2 21. Totals — 24 4-11 54.

NIKISKI (33) — Olson 3 0-0 6, Wik 2 1-2 6, Fagan 4 2-3 10, Bennett 0 0-2 0, Cook 1 2-2 4, Vance 2 0-0 5, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Payment 0 0-0 0, Burns 1 0-0 2. Totals — 13 5-9 33.

3-point goals — Skyview 2 (Bosick 2), Nikiski 2 (Wik, Vance). Total fouls — Skyview 18, Nikiski 12. Fouled out — none.

HAWKS 67, WOLVERINES 43

Ninilchik 7 12 11 13 — 43

Hutchison 6 24 19 18 — 67

NINILCHIK (43) — Vanderford 4 10-12 18, Presley 3 4-6 8, Roderick 3 1-2 7, Nobles 4 0-0 10. Totals — 14 15-20 43.

HUTCHISON (67) — Pike 3 1-1 7, Vogel 0 0-0 0, Palm 1 0-2 3, Sayers 0 0-0 0, R. Atkins 4 1-1 9, Wilson 4 2-2 10, Mays 0 0-0 0, M. Atkins 1 0-0 2, Snow 2 1-4 5, Daniel 13 1-1 27, Poyser 2 0-0 4. Totals — 30 6-11 67.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 2 (Nobles 2). Total fouls — Ninilchik 10, Hutchison 19. Fouled out — none.



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