After long break, Nikiski earns split with ACS

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

The Nikiski High School girls basketball had no trouble getting back into the swing of things after a month off, defeating the visiting Anchorage Christian Schools Lions 59-29 Friday in a District 3/3A game.

The Nikiski boys weren't quite as sharp, though, dropping a 60-53 decision to the Lions.

The Nikiski boys recovered to defeat the Grace Christian Grizzlies 77-54 in district play Saturday while the Nikiski girls also notched a big win, down the Grizzlies 61-31.

"For the middle of January, I'm excited for where we're at," said Nikiski girls coach Ward Romans after Friday's game. "The key is getting better every game, and this game was better."

The Bulldogs, on the strength of some tough defense and well-executed offense, jumped out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter, and led 26-17 at the half.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, as the Bulldogs were able to run the fast break effectively, and work the ball into the low post almost at will in their half-court offense.

"We found the post pretty well," said Nikiski's Amanda Weaver. "That's basically what our offense is centered around."

In fact, the Bulldogs were able to work the ball down low from a variety of different offensive looks, and Nikiski's post players were efficient and effective with their shots.

"Everyone's taking their shots, and they're starting to fall. Everyone's taking the open shot when they have it, and that pulls the defense out," Nikiski's Karen Rabung said, explaining the Bulldogs' effective post play.

Romans was just as excited about his team's defensive effort.

"It was top to bottom. It was the whole team. My favorite play was Emilee Gillaspie (taking the) charge," Romans said. "Amanda Weaver, April Lofstedt, Joy Carr all played well -- Karen and Sally (Glaze) are our focal points, they get all the attention, but these kids really know their roles, and they love playing together."

Glaze finished with a a game-high 20 points while Rabung picked up 18 points. Lofstedt had eight points for the Bulldogs.

Kim Rathmann led the Lions with 13 points.

While Glaze and Rabung literally scored a Lions' share of the points -- the duo combined for 28 points to ACS' 29 -- Romans was pleased to see the contributions from the rest of his team as six other players found their way onto the score sheet.

"That's our goal -- to develop as many players in as many positions as possible for the end of the season," Romans said. "We want to run and press if we can, and it that takes a lot of quality players to do it."

Rabung netted 20 points to lead the Bulldogs in Saturday's victory while Glaze netted 19 points and Weaver struck for 15 points.

With the wins, the Bulldogs improve to 4-3 and are 3-0 in district play.

ACS boys 60, Nikiski 53

Nikiski boys 77, Grace 54

The Nikiski boys had a promising 34-28 lead at the half, but the Bulldogs lost their handle on the ball, and with it, their handle on the game.

The Lions converted two steals into a pair of baskets to open the third quarter, drawing to within two points.

Ryan Bowlin got two points back for the Bulldogs, but ACS answered with a run of 12 straight points, taking a 43-36 lead, before the Bulldogs could find their range again, getting a two-point basket from David Holloway.

Josh Reilly sunk a two-point basket to open the fourth quarter, pulling the Bulldogs back to within three points (43-40), but that would be as close as the Nikiski would get.

Holloway finished with a game-high 25 points while teammate Jeremiah Taylor netted 12 points.

Todd Alden led the Lions with 17 points.

Holloway led the Bulldogs in Saturday's win with 21 points, and three other Bulldogs scored in double-digits. Reilly netted 15 points, Bowlin scored 14 and Taylor finished with 12.

The Nikiski boys are now 8-3 overall and 2-1 in district competition.

Saturday

Girls

BULLDOGS 61, GRIZZLIES 31

Grace 4 10 11 6 -- 31

Nikiski 18 16 12 15 -- 61

GRACE CHRISTIAN (31) -- Christensen 0 0-0 0, Marchuk 0 0-0 0, Daly 0 0-0 0, Long 3 2-2 10, Pratt 3 1-1 8, Havard 0 0-0 0, Pauls 3 3-6 9, Smalstig 0 0-0 0, Moll 2 0-1 4, Sailors 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-10 31.

NIKISKI (61) -- Floyd 0 0-0 0, Gillespie 1 0-0 2, Weaver 6 3-4 15, Lofstedt 2 1-2 5, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Rabung 6 6-10 20, Carr 0 0-0 0, Glaze 8 1-1 19. Totals -- 23 11-17 61.

3-point goals -- Grace 3 (Long 2, Pratt), Nikiski 2 (Glaze 2). Total fouls -- Grace 13, Nikiski 13. Fouled out -- none.

BULLDOGS 77, GRIZZLIES 54

Grace 9 17 12 16 -- 54

Nikiski 22 23 17 15 -- 77

GRACE CHRISTIAN (54) -- Ingalls 3 0-1 6, Sandstrom 4 0-0 8, Lasseter 3 2-4 8, Perry 5 4-6 18, Hale 5 0-0 10, Wade 0 0-0 0, Musgrave 0 0-0 0, Strait 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 23 7-11 54.

NIKISKI (77) -- Reilly 6 3-3 15, Melberg 0 0-0 0, Crumpacker 1 0-0 2, Calderwood 0 1-2 1, J. Gerke 4 0-2 8, K. Gerke 1 0-0 2, Taylor 5 2-3 12, Holloway 8 2-3 21, Bowlin 6 2-5 14, Hitchcock 1 0-2 2, Jorgensen 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 32 10-20 77.

3-point goals -- Grace 1 (Perry), Nikiski 3 (Holloway 3). Total fouls -- Grace 13, Nikiski 12. Fouled out -- none.

Friday

Girls

BULLDOGS 59, LIONS 29

ACS 8 9 4 8 -- 29

Nikiski 15 11 17 16 -- 59

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (29) -- Pokrandt 3 0-1 6, Peterson 1 0-3 2, Fischetti 0 0-0 0, L. Rathmann 0 0-0 0, 0 0-0 0, K. Rathmann 4 2-4 13, A. Rathmann 0 0-0 0, Gaylard 1 1-2 4, Hart 0 2-2 2, Anker 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 10 5-12 29.

NIKISKI (59) -- Floyd 1 0-0 2, Gillaspie 1 0-0 2, Weaver 4 0-0 8, Lofstedt 2 0-0 4, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Rabung 7 4-6 18, Carr 1 1-2 4, Glaze 7 4-6 20, Coveyou 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 23 10-16 59.

3-point goals -- ACS 4 (K. Rathmann 3, Gaylard), Nikiski 3 (Gaze 2, Carr). Total fouls -- ACS 12, Nikiski 19. Fouled out -- Rabung. Technical fouls -- ACS bench.

LIONS 60, BULLDOGS 53

ACS 13 15 15 17 -- 60

Nikiski 17 17 4 15 -- 53

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (60) -- Lemieux 0 0-0 0, Madren 5 0-0 11, Alden 6 4-4 17, Scantlin 6 1-3 13, Bailey 3 0-0 7, Dunbar 1 0-0 2, Homan 5 0-0 10. Totals -- 26 5-7 60.

NIKISKI (53) -- Reilly 3 0-0 6, Crumpacker 0 0-0 0, Calderwood 0 0-0 0, J. Gerke 2 0-0 4, K. Gerke 0 0-0 0, Taylor 3 5-6 12, Holloway 8 7-8 25, Bowlin 3 0-0 6, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-14 53.

3-point goals -- ACS 3 (Madren, Alden, Bailey), Nikiski 3 (Holloway 2, Taylor). Total fouls -- ACS 12, Nikiski 13. Fouled out -- none.



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