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Nikiski boys, Skyview girls take Tip-Off titles

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003

A high school basketball game that features several lead changes and comes down the final shot? You gotta love that.

So said Nikiski's Rustin Hitchcock after the Bulldogs boys basketball team weathered a late rally by the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles to notch a 61-60 victory and the Nikiski Tip-Off tournament championship Saturday at Nikiski.

In other games Saturday, the Bartlett boys JV squad clinched second place with a 67-40 win over Skyview. The Skyview girls clinched the tournament title with a 65-21 win over Juneau's JV squad, and the Nikiski girls took second with a 51-36 win over Kodiak.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Hitchcock said after the Bulldogs edged CIA. "We had to stay strong after the first half. We were able to keep it up -- (CIA) played tough, though."

So tough, in fact, that the Bulldogs found themselves trailing the Eagles by four points, 18-14, after the first quarter.

Nikiski outscored CIA 19-7 in the second quarter, though, to take a 33-25 halftime lead. Jani Lemmityinen provided a spark off the bench for the Bulldogs, scoring eight of his 10 points in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs maintained their edge through the third period, but the Eagles got a trio of treys from Jeremy Franchino, Kyle Nettles and Luke Myers during their fourth-quarter rally. Myers' 3-pointer pulled the Eagles to within a point with just under a minute to play, and after Bulldogs shooters twice missed the front end of a one-and-one, CIA had the opportunity to take the last shot with 21 seconds on the clock.

After a timeout and a Nikiski foul, the Eagles were able get the shot off, but the ball bounced off the rim as time expired.

Jacob Peterson finished with a game-high 18 points for the Bulldogs while Calder Hillyer netted 14.

Jeremiah Taylor led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Miles Jorgensen and Hitchcock each finished with 12.

Hitchcock said the Eagles caught the Bulldogs off guard during the first quarter.

"They caught us by surprise. We didn't think they'd play that high of a tempo," Hitchcock said. "We had to do a reality check and pick it up."

Hillyer said that playing in a tournament with 3A and 4A teams was a great opportunity for the 2A Eagles.

"We started the season 6-0, but we hadn't played anybody tough," Hillyer said. "This gave us a chance to see how we match up against some very good competition."

The Nikiski girls also found themselves in a tight ballgame before giving themselves some breathing room in the fourth quarter. Kodiak led 10-5 after the first quarter and had a one-point edge, 18-17, at the half.

Sarah Herrin provided a spark off the bench for the Bulldogs in the second quarter, scoring all eight of her points in the frame, while Hisa Miyara paced the Bulldogs in the second half, netting all of her 15 points after the break.

"It's really cool to have a freshman (Herrin) come off the bench and step up," said Nikiski's Katie Floyd. "They're there for us. It's really cool that they can come in and be just as plugged in to the team as the seniors are."

Floyd said that playing in a tight game against Kodiak a night after a loss to Skyview helped pull the team together.

"I think it's good for us," Floyd said. "We came together as a team, and people were able to see our bonding. Instead of just knowing each other from basketball, they can see our friendship, and that says a lot about our team."

While the Bulldogs were bonding, Floyd's assignment was to disrupt the Kodiak offense by covering Molly Cassidy, a task she did well, limiting the Bears' high scorer to two points in the second half.

"She set the table for us defensively tonight," said Nikiski coach Ward Romans.

Karen Rabung led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Cassidy netted 12 for the Bears while Annie Withrow chipped in with 10.

In other Saturday action, the Skyview girls defeated Juneau's junior varsity 65-21. The Panthers put four players in double figures in the game, with Jenny Carpenter scoring 14, Anne Verba and Christina Colvin netting 12 apiece and Laurel Creel hitting for 10.

The Bartlett junior varsity notched a 67-40 victory over Skyview. The Bears took a 31-21 lead at the half and cruised from there.

Marty Stokes had 14 points for Bartlett, while Jay Davis added 12. Adam Cooper led all scorers with 25 points for Skyview.

In Friday's games, the Skyview boys defeated Nikiski 63-52, the Skyview girls defeated Nikiski 61-48, the Bartlett junior varsity boys defeated Cook Inlet Academy 56-51 and the Kodiak girls defeated Juneau's junior varsity 35-27.

The Skyview boys got 22 points from Adam Cooper and 14 from Chris Cushway in the victory over Nikiski. The Bulldogs received 19 points from Jeremiah Taylor, 16 points from Jani Lemmityinen and 11 points from Kevin Gerke.

The Skyview girls used a dominant second half to defeat the Bulldogs. The score was tied at 23 at the half, but the Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 38-25 in the last 16 minutes.

Jenny Carpenter poured in 25 points for Skyview, while Christina Colvin added 20. For Nikiski, Karen Rabung had 25 points and Hisa Miyara added 10.

The Bartlett junior varsity defeated CIA behind 12 points from Marty Stokes and 11 apiece from Andre Jones and Rico Gillespie. CIA got 18 points from Calder Hillyer, 17 points from Kyle Nettles and 12 points from Jacob Peterson in the contest.

14th annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament

All-Tournament Teams

Boys -- Jeremiah Taylor, Nikiski; Adam Cooper, Skyview; Kevin Gerke, Nikiski; Rico Gillespie, Bartlett; Kyle Nettles, CIA. Tournament MVP -- Marty Stokes, Bartlett.

Girls -- Annie Withrow, Kodiak; Christina Colvin, Skyview; Molly Cassidy, Kodiak; Jenny Carpenter, Skyview; Hisa Miyara, Nikiski. Tournament MVP -- Karen Rabung, Nikiski.

Saturday

BULLDOGS 61, EAGLES 60

CIA 18 7 16 19 --60

Nikiski 14 19 17 11 --61

COOK INLET ACADEMY (60) -- Franchino 3 0-0 7, Peterson 8 2-2 18, Nettles 3 0-0 8, Hillyer 5 2-4 14, Myers 4 0-0 9, Hall 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 25 4-6 60.

NIKISKI (61) -- Gerke 2 0-0 6, M. Jorgensen 5 2-2 12, Rooper 2 1-2 6, Taylor 7 1-2 15, Lemmityinen 5 0-0 10, Hitchcock 6 0-0 12, McGahan 0 0-1 0. Totals -- 27 4-7 61.

3-point goals -- CIA 6 (Nettles 2, Hillyer 2, Franchino 1, Myers 1); Nikiski 3 (Gerke 2, Rooper 1). Total fouls -- CIA 14, Nikiski 8. Fouled out -- Nettles.

BEARS JV 67, PANTHERS 40

Skyview 16 5 10 9 --40

Bartlett JV 17 14 17 19 --67

SKYVIEW (40) -- Shields 1 0-0 2, Travers 1 0-2 2, Matarrese 2 0-0 4, Cushway 0 0-0 0, St. Clair 0 1-2 1, Smith 1 0-0 2, Kosydar 0 1-2 1, Cooper 10 3-6 23, Geller 2 0-0 5. Totals -- 17 5-12 40.

BARTLETT JV (67) -- Gillespie 4 0-0 9, Davis 5 1-1 12, Guzman 0 0-0 0, Hurn 3 0-0 6, Regan 1 0-0 3, Jones 2 0-0 6, Cole 2 0-0 4, Larsen 2 1-1 5, Wallen 3 0-0 6, Leiser 1 0-0 2, Stokes 5 4-5 14, Bethune 0 0-0 0, Houston 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 28 6-7 67.

3-point goals -- Skyview 1 (Geller 1); Bartlett 5 (Jones 2, Regan 1, Davis 1, Gillespie 1). Total fouls -- Skyview 10, Bartlett JV 16. Fouled out -- Guzman.

GIRLS

BULLDOGS 51, BEARS 36

Kodiak 10 8 10 8 --36

Nikiski 5 12 15 19 --51

KODIAK (36) -- Cassidy 5 2-6 12, Oliver 0 0-0 0, Brown 3 0-0 6, Fogler 0 0-0 0, Murdock 1 0-0 2, Quass 0 0-0 0, A. Horn 2 0-0 4, Mullican 1 0-2 2, Withrow 5 0-0 10. Totals -- 17 2-8 36.

NIKISKI (51) -- Miyara 5 5-9 15, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Gladden 1 0-0 2, Floyd 3 0-0 7, Rabung 7 5-13 19, Herrin 4 0-0 8, Coveyou 0 0-2 0, Salonen 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 20 10-24 51.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 0; Nikiski 1 (Floyd 1). Total fouls -- Kodiak 19, Nikiski 13. Fouled out -- Cassidy.

PANTHERS 65, CRIMSON BEARS JV 21

Skyview 14 16 20 15 --65

Juneau JV 2 2 13 4 --21

SKYVIEW (65) -- Verba 0 0-0 0, Faigle 5 1-2 12, Gephardt 0 1-2 1, Carpenter 6 2-2 14, Dalebout 0 0-0 0, Bonebrake 1 0-0 2, Hiler 3 0-0 6, Blake 1 1-2 3, Colvin 5 1-2 12, Creel 5 0-0 10, Fay 1 0-0 3, Dreifuerst 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 28 6-10 65.

JUNEAU JV (21) -- Hahnlen 3 0-2 6, Potter 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 1-4 1, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Carpeneti 2 0-0 4, Rehfeld 2 0-0 6, Harvey 1 0-2 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 9 1-10 21.

3-point goals -- Skyview 3 (Faigle, Colvin, Fay); Juneau JV 2 (Rehfeld 2). Total fouls -- Skyview 10, Juneau JV 10. Fouled out -- none.

Friday

PANTHERS 63, BULLDOGS 52

Skyview 15 11 14 18 --63

Nikiski 13 10 12 17 --52

SKYVIEW (63) -- Shields 4 0-0 8, Matarrese 2 0-0 4, Cushway 7 0-0 14, St. Clair 0 2-2 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 2 3-4 7, Cooper 9 4-6 22, Geller 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 27 9-12 63.

NIKISKI (52) -- Gerke 4 1-1 11, M. Jorgensen 0 3-8 3, Rooper 1 1-2 3, Taylor 8 2-4 19, Lemmityinen 8 0-0 16, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0, McGahan 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 7-15 52.

3-point goals -- Skyview 0; Nikiski 3 (Gerke 2, Taylor 1). Total fouls -- Skyview 14, Nikiski 13. Fouled out -- St. Clair.

GOLDEN BEARS JV 56, EAGLES 51

Bartlett 15 18 6 17 --56

CIA 15 14 9 13 --51

BARTLETT JV (56) -- Gillespie 2 7-8 11, Davis 3 1-2 7, Guzman 0 0-0 0, Hurn 3 0-0 6, Regan 2 2-2 7, Jones 4 2-5 11, Cole 0 0-0 0, Larson 1 0-0 2, Wallen 0 0-0 0, Leiser 0 0-0 0, Stokes 6 0-0 12, Bethune 0 0-2 0, Houston 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 12-19 56.

CIA (51) -- Franchino 0 1-2 1, Peterson 5 2-2 12, Nettles 8 0-0 17, Hillyer 6 5-7 18, Myers 1 0-0 2, Hall 0 1-2 1, Gabriel 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 9-13 51.

3-point goals -- Bartlett JV 2 (Regan 1, Jones 1); CIA 2 (Nettles 1, Hillyer 1). Total fouls -- Bartlett JV 13, Nikiski 15. Fouled out -- none.

PANTHERS GIRLS 61, BULLDOGS 48

Skyview 13 10 18 20 --61

Nikiski 11 12 15 10 --48

SKYVIEW (61) -- Verba 1 1-2 3, Faigle 1 0-0 2, Gephardt 1 0-2 2, Carpenter 11 2-2 25, Dalebout 0 0-0 0, Bonebrake 0 0-0 0, Colvin 8 3-4 20, Creel 3 0-0 6, Fay 1 0-0 3. Totals -- 26 4-10 61.

NIKISKI (48) -- Miyara 4 2-4 10, Ellis 1 0-0 2, Gladden 0 1-2 1, Floyd 2 2-4 6, Rabung 9 6-7 25, Herrin 2 0-0 4, Coveyou 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 18 11-17 48.

3-point goals -- Skyview 3 (Carpenter 1, Colvin 1, Fay 1); Nikiski 1 (Rabung 1). Total fouls -- Skyview 16, Nikiski 10. Fouled out -- none.



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