Wolverines sweep Tok

Eagles boys, girls get past Unalaska in CIA Classic

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2001

Wolverines are territorial creatures, and the Tok Wolverines were unfortunate enough to be playing in the Ninilchik Wolverines' back yard Thursday to open up the 10th annual Cook Inlet Classic on the Cook Inlet Academy court.

The Ninilchik girls continued their fast start, downing Tok 57-21, while the Ninilchik boys rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat the Tok boys 79-59.

In Thursday's late games, the Cook Inlet Academy girls defeated Unalaska 45-20 and the Cook Inlet Academy boys prevailed in a tight game with the Raiders, 55-49.

The tournament continues today with Tok facing Unalaksa (girls at 3:30 p.m., boys at 5:15 p.m.) and Cook Inlet Academy squaring off against Ninilchik (girls at 7 p.m., boys at 8:45 p.m.).

The tournament concludes Saturday when Unalaska plays Ninilchik (girls at 11 a.m., boys at 12:45 p.m.) and Cook Inlet Academy plays Tok (girls at 2:30 p.m., boys at 4:15 p.m.).

"We've just been playing good second halves," said Ninilchik boys coach Bernie Clark. "We knew that the only chance we had against that team was to run. They're a big team, they shoot well and they rebound well. They got a lot of points off of put-backs."

With that in mind, Ninilchik opened the second half on a dead sprint, pressing Tok from whistle to whistle.

Ninilchik took its first lead of the game 1:15 into the third quarter when Jesse Hostetter chased down the rebound of his own free throw and knocked down the short jumper -- then came up with a block on the defensive end of the floor.

It took several possessions for Ninilchik to solidify the lead, but with the constant pressure, Ninilchik turned turnovers into 50 second-half points.

In the fourth quarter, Ninilchik continued to press on defense, but slowed the game down on offense with a four-corners attack intended to run time off the clock.

"We took a chance running our four-corners," Clark said. "They got back to within five or six points -- at that point it can swing either way -- but we thought it would be to our advantage to shorten the game."

Clark's hunch proved right as Tok was forced to start launching 3-point attempts in the closing minutes, instead of playing the game in the paint that had proved difficult for Ninilchik to stop in the first half.

The Ninilchik girls jumped out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter against Tok in the tournament opener.

"Our press worked real well and we made a few shots right off the bat," said Ninilchik girls coach Dan Leman.

The Ninilchik defense swarmed all over the Tok ballhandlers all afternoon, and any opening was exploited.

"We work hard (on defense)," Leman said. "Any loose balls have got to be yours and if it's not loose, make it loose.

"Jessica Russo had eight steals, and a lot of those were paying attention and picking up the loose ball."

Russo said that Ninilchik's focus on defense has helped the team pick up where it left off last season.

"(Our goal) is to play real aggressive," Russo said. "We're always being pushed on defense to play as tough as we can and get after the ball."

Turnovers led to baskets, and Molly Bosick led Ninilchik with 15 points while Whitney Leman netted 14. Six other Ninilchik players found their way into the scoring column.

Whitney Leman said that Ninilchik will only get better as the season progresses.

"We lost some important people from last year's team, so defense is a good place to start," she said. "Everything's not quite clicking yet. It's just starting to come together. We're happy with what we're doing, but we know we can get better."

Cook Inlet Classic

Girls

NINILCHIK WOLVERINES 57,

TOK WOLVERINES 21

Tok 2 6 8 5 -- 21

Ninilchik 16 15 13 13 -- 57

TOK (21) -- Gingue 2 1-4 5, Young 0 0-2 0, Irons 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, Sanford 3 0-2 6, Albert 3 0-2 6, Fix 1 0-0 2, Fraser 0 0-0 0, Denny 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 10 1-10 21.

NINILCHIK (57) -- Peterson 2 0-0 4, Hansen 2 1-2 6, W. Leman 6 1-2 14, Russo 1 2-2 4, Matson 0 0-1 0, Moerlein 2 2-4 6, Bosick 4 7-9 15, B. Leman 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Deiman 0 0-0 0, Sullivan 2 0-1 4. Totals -- 21 13-20 57.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 2 (Hansen, W. Leman). Total fouls -- Tok 16, Ninilchik 11. Fouled out -- Fraser.

EAGLES 45, RAIDERS 20

Unalaska 4 4 7 5 -- 20

CIA 12 8 11 14 -- 45

UNALASKA (20) -- Guitard 1 5-11 7, Naanos 0 0-4 0, Robinson 3 0-0 6, Zamoea 0 0-0 0, A. Wilt 0 0-0 0, Kochuten 1 1-3 4, C. Wilt 0 0-0 0, Tellmen 1 1-3 3. Totals -- 6 7-18 20.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (45) -- Zimmerman 4 1-2 9, Reese 3 0-0 7, McLeod 5 4-6 14, Zindel 0 0-0 0, Leiter 3 1-2 7, Evans 2 0-2 4, Hall 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 18 8-14 45.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 1 (Kochuten), CIA 1 (Reese). Total fouls -- Unalaska 9, CIA 17. Fouled out --none.

NINILCHIK WOLVERINES 79,

TOK WOLVERINES 59

Tok 17 18 11 13 -- 59

Ninilchik 14 15 25 25 -- 79

TOK (59) -- Renzetti 5 0-0 11, Isaac 0 0-0 0, Roach 11 5-9 27, Terrence 2 0-0 4, M. Thomas 2 0-0 5, D. Thomas 1 0-0 2, Bernhardt 3 3-4 10. Totals -- 24 8-13 59.

NINILCHIK (79) -- Russo 0 0-0 0, Schollenberg 0 0-0 0, Miller 5 5-7 12, Smith 4 2-5 10, Stradford 1 2-2 5, Kruzick 4 2-2 10, Boyle 0 0-0 0, Bock 0 0-0 0, Matson 2 6-6 11, Rohr 0 0-0 0, Hostetter 2 3-6 7, Kvasnikoff 11 1-2 24. Totals -- 29 18-28 79.

3-point goals -- Tok 3 (Renzetti, M. Thomas, Bernhardt), Ninilchik 3 (Stradford, Matson, Kvasnikoff). Total fouls -- Tok 24, Ninilchik 14. Fouled out -- Renzetti, Bernhardt.

EAGLES 55, RAIDERS 49

Unalaska 8 17 14 9 -- 49

CIA 13 10 15 17 -- 55

UNALASKA (49) -- J. Morrison 1 0-0 2, Shaishnikoff 5 4-5 14, Pulos 2 0-0 4, Newkirk 1 0-0 2, N. Lekanoff 7 0-0 17, Gonzalez 2 1-2 5, J. Lekanoff 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 19 7-9 49.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (55) -- K. Nettles 1 0-0 2, Staton 1 3-4 5, C. Nettles 11 2-3 26, Myers 2 0-0 4, Peterson 1 0-1 2, Powers 0 0-0 0, Franchino 6 0-1 12, Hillyer 2 0-2 4. Totals -- 24 5-11 55.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 3 (N. Lekanoff 3), CIA 2 (C. Nettles 2). Total fouls -- Unalaska 14, CIA 14. Fouled out -- none.



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