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Nikiski boys get lone win

Other area squads drop opening games at Tipoff Tournament

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2004

The Nikiski High School girls basketball team dropped its opening game at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament, losing Dimond 60-35 Thursday at Nikiski.

In other games Thursday, the Soldotna girls lost 54-30 to North Pole, the North Pole boys defeated Soldotna 63-43 and the Nikiski boys beat the Palmer junior varsity squad 62-47.

Despite the loss, the Nikiski girls saw improvement in themselves as a team.

"We learned that we can box out anybody, and that we can rebound, no matter how tall they are," said Nikiski's Lynzie Ellis.

The Bulldogs held their own on the defensive boards against a Dimond team with a significant height advantage. Dimond's Chantel Hernandez is listed as 6 feet tall in the tournament program while four of her teammates, Marissa Hinshaw, Savannah Afoa, Shaina Afoa and Andrea Stigall, each are listed as 6-foot-1. The tallest players on the Bulldogs roster, Ellis and Krystal Gladden, are both 5-9.

What did hurt the Bulldogs, though, was Dimond's team speed. Nikiski ballhandlers had trouble protecting the ball against the Dimond's quick guards, and the Bulldogs' press barely had time to set up before Dimond had it beat, often with a full-court pass to a wide-open player waiting under the Nikiski basket.

The Lynx had a 12-1 lead before Nikiski scored its first field goal of the game, a two point basket by Hannah Thompson 5:27 into the first quarter.

Nikiski then hit back-to-back 3-pointers by Sarah Herrin and Thompson to pull to within three points, 12-9, but Dimond scored the last two points of the quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 10-2 in the second quarter to take a 24-11 lead at the half.

Dimond scored 11 straight points to open the third quarter, putting the game out of reach.

Nikiski coach Ward Romans said he did see a definite improvement in his young team after it went 1-2 at the Peninsula Challenge.

"I'm pleased to see the progress we've made since last week's tournament," Romans said. "The maturation of the kids playing together we got better today."

"That was our best loss," Ellis said. "We stepped up a lot from last weekend."

Ellis said the Bulldogs did all they could to keep up with the pace set by Dimond.

"They were pushing the pace a lot," Ellis said. "Coach said we had to step it up, and we tried our best to do so."

Ellis led the Bulldogs with 14 points.

Lillian Bullock had 19 to lead the Lynx while Zee Zee Young scored 15.

"I like playing Nikiski," said Dimond coach Jim Young. "Ward does a really good job with his kids. They're fundamentally sound and strong."

Young said he was able to try out several different offensive and defensive sets, something that will help his team when they get into their region schedule.

North Pole girls 54, Soldotna 30

Brittany Howard scored 16 points to lead the Stars, but the Patriots had three players score in double-digits Kelsy McIntosh with 18, Sharde Burkhead with 15 and Stephanie Dahlke with 12.

North Pole led by 11, 29-18, at the half and put the game away with a 16-2 third-quarter run.

North Pole boys 63, Soldotna 43

The Stars trailed by seven points, 28-21, at the half, but the Patriots outscored Soldotna 16-8 in the third quarter to cushion their lead.

Ryan Hall led the Stars with 23 points, including all eight of Soldotna's third-quarter points.

Chris Powell paced the Patriots with 19 points.

Nikiski boys 62, Palmer JV 47

The Bulldogs defeated the Moose, led by Jeremiah Taylor's 23 points, all in the first three quarters of play. David Breck led Palmer with 18 points.

GIRLS

PATRIOTS 54, STARS 30

North Pole 12 17 16 9 54

Soldotna 8 10 2 10 30

NORTH POLE (54) Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0, C. Hamsley 2 0-0 4, McIntosh 7 4-4 18, Tidwell 0 0-0 0, A. Hamsley 0 1-2 1, Jacobson 0 0-0 0, Larson 1 0-0 2, Gebhardt 0 2-2 2, Dahlke 6 0-0 12, Burkhead 5 5-5 15. Totals 21 12-13 54.

SOLDOTNA (30) Smith 1 1-4 3, McCown 0 1-2 1, Jones 1 0-0 2, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Marinkovski 0 0-0 0, Stenga 0 1-2 1, Mills 0 0-0 0, Howard 6 4-6 16, Bell 0 1-2 1, Marey 1 0-0 2, Wilbanks 2 0-2 4. Totals 11 7-17 30.

3-point goals none. Total fouls North Pole 19, Soldotna 11. Fouled out none.

LYNX 60, BULLDOGS 35

Dimond 14 10 25 11 60

Nikiski 9 2 7 17 35

DIMOND (60) Young 7 0-0 15, Seana 2 2-2 7, Bullock 8 3-4 19, Hinshaw 2 0-0 4, Sa. Afoa 1 0-0 2, Sh. Afoa 2 0-0 4, Hernandez 4 1-1 9. Totals 26 6-7 60.

NIKISKI (35) Salonen 1 0-0 3, Ellis 5 1-2 14, Gladden 1 0-0 2, Griffel 0 0-0 0, Auldridge 1 0-0 2, Thompson 2 0-0 5, Herrin 3 1-2 9, Hitchcock 0 0-2 0. Totals 13 2-6 35.

3-point goals Dimond 2 (Young, Saena), Nikiski 6 (Ellis 3, Salonen, Thompson, Herrin). Total fouls Dimond 8, Nikiski 6. Fouled out none.

BOYS

PATRIOTS 63, STARS 43

North Pole 16 12 16 19 63

Soldotna 10 11 8 14 43

NORTH POLE (63) Zanazzo 1 0-0 3, Burkhead 2 2-3 5, Seavey 3 0-0 6, Hollingsworth 3 0-0 8, Holt 1 0-0 2, Powell 8 3-4 19, Borkovec 3 0-0 8, Barthelemy 0 0-0 0, Carrier 3 0-2 6, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Hamilton 0 1-4 1, Dahlke 0 1-2 1, Johnson 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 7-15 63.

SOLDOTNA (43) Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 0-0 4, Hall 9 4-7 23, Spindler 1 2-2 4, Besse 1 0-0 2, Stone 0 0-0 0, Hicks 2 1-2 5, Seggerman 0 0-0 0, Roberts 1 1-4 3, Gomulak 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-15 43.

3-point goals North Pole 5 (Hollingsworth 2, Borkovec 2, Zanazzo), Soldotna 1 (Hall). Total fouls North Pole 13, Soldotna 13. Fouled out none.

BULLDOGS 62, MOOSE 47

Palmer 8 12 14 13 47

Nikiski 17 19 18 8 62

PALMER JV (47) Conroy 0 0-0 0, Weber 1 2-3 4, Breck 5 8-10 18, Olson 1 0-0 2, Barrett 1 1-2 3, Holcomb 2 1-2 5, Kincaid 2 1-2 5, Jacobsen 3 0-0 6, Kobring 2 0-1 4. Totals 17 13-20 47.

NIKISKI (62) Homan 2 1-2 5, Jorgensen 4 1-1 9, Kellie 0 0-0 0, Quesnal 1 0-0 3, Curren 1 0-2 2, Holloway 0 0-0 0, Taylor 10 2-2 23, Epperheimer 4 3-3 11, Anderson 2 0-1 5, Hemphill 1 0-2 3, Boye 0 0-0 0, McGahan 0 1-2 1. Totals 25 8-15 62.

3-point goals Nikiski 4 (Quesnal, Taylor, Anderson, Hemphill). Total fouls Palmer 15, Nikiski 17. Fouled out none.



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