Nikiski's Ellis nails clutch 3-pointer to top SoHi

Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2004

Nikiski's Lynzie Ellis nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday to lift Nikiski to a 34-31 victory over Soldotna at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

With about a minute left and the score tied at 31, Nikiski patiently wound down the clock before Ellis struck her decisive blow. It was her first field goal of the evening. Nikiski had taken a 13-2 lead after the first quarter, but allowed SoHi back in the game.

Sarah Herrin paced Nikiski with 17 points, while Kaylee Wilbanks had 10 points for Soldotna.

Nikiski boys 70, Soldotna 58

The Bulldogs rolled to victory behind the scoring duo of Jeremiah Taylor and Kevin Epperheimer. Taylor pumped in 22 points, while Epperheimer added 20.

Soldotna, which had a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, received 14 points from Ryan Hall and 11 points from Matt Hicks.

North Pole boys 77, Palmer JV 40

Chris Powell had 13 ponits and Marlee Currier added 12 to lead a balanced attack for the Patriots.

Dimond girls 79, North Pole 46

Lillian Bullock poured in 26 points as the Lynx continued to roll through tournament competition. Also for Dimond, Zee Zee Young had 17, Marissa Hinshaw had 12 and Savannah Afoa had 11. Sharde Burkhead paced the Patriots with 19 points.

Girls

BULLDOGS 34, STARS 31

Soldotna 2 15 8 6 31

Nikiski 13 2 12 7 34

SOLDOTNA (31) Smith 1 0-0 2, McCown 3 0-1 7, Jones 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 3 0-0 6, Marinkowski 0 0-0 0, Howard 3 0-0 6, Bell 0 0-0 0, Marey 0 0-0 0, Wilbanks 5 0-0 10. Totals 15 0-1 31.

NIKISKI (34) Salonen 0 0-0 0, Ellis 1 1-2 4, Gladden 1 2-2 4, Griffel 1 0-0 2, Auldridge 2 1-2 5, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Herrin 7 3-6 17, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-13 34.

3-point goals Soldotna 1 (McCown 1); Nikiski 1 (Ellis 1). Total fouls Soldotna 14, Nikiski 9. Fouled out none.

BULLDOGS 70, STARS 58

Soldotna 14 13 11 20 58

Nikiski 13 22 25 10 70

SOLDOTNA (58) Turnbull 0 2-4 2, Pate 0 0-0 0, Jackson 1 1-1 3, Hall 6 2-2 14, Spindler 2 1-1 5, Besse 1 0-0 2, Stone 1 0-0 2, Hicks 5 1-2 11, Seggerman 4 0-0 8, Roberts 4 1-4 9, Gomulak 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 8-14 58.

NIKISKI (70) Homann 1 2-2 4, Jorgensen 2 4-8 9, Kellie 0 0-0 0, Quesnel 1 0-0 3, Curren 2 3-4 7, Holloway 0 0-0 0, Taylor 8 3-6 22, Epperheimer 7 3-5 20, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Hemphill 0 0-0 0, Boye 0 0-0 0, McGahan 2 0-0 5. Totals 23 15-25 70.

3-point goals Nikiski 9 (Epperheimer 3, Taylor 3, Jorgensen 1, Quesnel 1, McGahan 1). Total fouls Soldotna 20, Nikiski 13. Fouled out none.



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