Kardinals girls take tourney

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2001

The Nikiski Bulldogs girls and the Kodiak Bears boys basketball teams used size and speed advantages to dominate their opponents in the final games of the 12th Annual Nikiski Tip-Off Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday.

The Nikiski girls turned a five-point, first-half lead into a slaughter as they dominated the Kodiak Bears 56-30 to take the second-place trophy of the girls portion of the tournament.

The Bulldogs led 23-18 at the half but when they came out of the locker room they ambushed the unsuspecting Bears.

Nikiski took it to Kodiak just a day after it fell 44-37 to the tournament champion Kenai Kardinals.

"I have to give all of the credit to the team," Nikiski coach Ward Romans said. "After our tough loss to Kenai, we turned it around to beat a real quality team like Kodiak."

The Bulldogs pounded the Bears as they rolled to a 16-point lead in the third quarter. Nikiski followed the hot hand of Karen Rabung, who poured in 20 points. Laura Berdahl added 14 and tournament Most Valuable Player Sally Glaze chipped in 13.

The Bears followed the 10-point leads of Libby Rietze and Clare Fulp, the only Kodiak players allowed to score into the double digits by the smothering defense of the Bulldogs -- a defense that only allowed Kodiak to score four points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth.

"You have to go out there and play together as a team and play hard," Nikiski's lone senior Laura Berdahl said. "You have to go out there and give it everything you got as a team. You have to come together as a team. There is always more to do and something to improve on."

The Bulldogs will head into nonconference action as they visit the Skyview Panthers Tuesday.

"It isn't just one person who leads this team," Romans said. "Everyone who plays steps up and does something for us. Laura Berdahl is a quality player. She is solid, she's consistent and she's dependable when you need her the most.

"We are very satisfied and excited with where this team sits right now."

The girls opener Saturday found the Kardinals wiping the floor with Tri Valley as Kenai walked away with a 65-21 victory. The Kardinals followed the sure scoring of Holly McCune with 14 points, while junior Shamra Bauder used her inside speed to pour in 12 and Anna Hall scored 14 points. The Viking Warriors were led by Lyndsay Lohrenz with 16 points, while the only other Tri Valley player to score was Ashley Chapman, who had five.

Friday night's action had the Kardinals topping the Bulldogs in a 44-37 decision. Erica Shinn sank 16 points to lead Kenai to victory. The Bulldogs followed the scoring ability of Glaze, who had 16 points on the night.

The Kodiak Bears crushed the Viking Warriors in a 87-38 drubbing. The Bears were led by Fulp with 18 while Monica Scarr-Pryor added 16 and Libby Rietze chipped in 10. Tri Valley followed Lohrenz as she poured in 20 points.

The boys tournament was dominated by the towering and intimidating offense of the Kodiak Bears from the opening tipoff to the closing moments of each of their games.

The Bears used their size and speed advantage to dominate the Nikiski Bulldogs in the second half of a 54-31 ending to the Nikiski Tip-Off Boys Basketball Tournament Saturday as they walked away to win first place in the tournament.

Even with the loss, the Bulldogs managed to reach some important goals the coaches had set for them before entering the tournament.

"Kodiak is a quality team," Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad said. "Obviously when you go against a team with the weapons Kodiak has you have a specific plan. Ours was to improve and get better every time we stepped out on the floor and we saw evidence of reaching that goal out there today."

According to Kornstad, the Nikiski squad found the meaning of teamwork as well.

"They always seemed to go out there and play with a bit of fear," Kornstad said. "All of a sudden they realized there was nothing to fear out there on the court and that they could depend on each other to put a complete game together. It just finally fell together for us Thursday."

The Bulldogs, who earned second place in the tourney, headed into the tournament sporting an 0-5 record and put together wins in their two opening games before running into Kodiak.

The Bears utilized the towering attack of 6-foot-11 senior Nick Billings, who was selected as the tournaments' most valuable player, and the blazing speed of guards Phil Nisbett and Geoffrey Agmata to hold off Nikiski.

"The kids played hard out there," Kodiak coach Amy Rakers said. "It was a good group effort. We have speed, height and quickness and our philosophy is to control the tempo of the game at all times."

Nikiski put together a stunning first half, holding Billings and the Kodiak offense to 28 points while junior guards David Holloway and Josh Reilly led the Bulldogs to 20 points.

"We gave it all of our effort," Holloway said. "It is a tough game to lose. We couldn't do much inside and when (Billings) went out we just attacked the interior and drove to the lane."

In the second half the offensive weapons of the Kodiak Bears proved too much for the Bulldogs, who managed to score 11 more points. Holloway led Nikiski with 18 points, six coming from beyond the 3-point line. Reilly chipped in seven, six of them in the first half. The Bears were led by Billings with 14 points, with Curtis Mortenson adding nine. Nisbett and Agmata added eight.

"Strategies and preparations are dictated by what team you play," Kornstad said. "You always want to maintain an extreme level of mental focus and your mental preparations always have to stay the same, no matter who you play."

The Bulldogs will hope to ride into their conference season on a high note after they visit Skyview Tuesday, the last nonconference game on the schedule.

"We picked a hard off-season schedule to help us into the season," Holloway said. "We have two wins and are hoping to carry that momentum and turn it into more wins."

In the opening game of the boys tournament Saturday, the Nome Nanooks handed the Kenai Kardinals a 56-52 loss.

The Nanooks followed the hot hand of Kerry Brunette, who pumped in 22 points, while Joe Musich added 12 and Harold O'Conner chipped in 11.

The Kardinals were led by the dead-eye 3-point shooting of J. D. Pault, as he poured four in from beyond the 3-point line, added two field goals and hit 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Teammate Jason Magsayo added 13 for the Kards.

Friday night's action found the Bulldogs pulling out a tight 49-47 game against the Kardinals. Nikiski was led by Holloway, who tallied 21 points, while Chris Roofe added 20 more. Kenai followed the 14-point lead of Magsayo, while Marcus Webster chipped in 11 in the losing effort.

The Kodiak Bears pounded Nome 61-31 as Billings found the basket for nine field goals and 19 points. Nisbett added 12 for the Bears while James Bailie added 10. The Nanooks were led by Travis Weiss, the only Nome player to score in double digits.

Friday

BEARS BOYS 61, NANOOKS 31

Kodiak 11 15 22 13 -- 61

Nome 10 8 7 6 -- 31

KODIAK (61) -- Nisbett 6 0-1 12, G. Agmata 3 1-2 7, A. Agmata 0 0-0 0, Schwarz 0 0-1 0, Kilborn 1 0-1 2, Mortenson 2 0-1 5, Bailie 4 2-3 10, Kinsley 0 3-4 3, LeDoux 1 1-2 3, Billings 9 1-2 19. Totals -- 26 8-15 61.

NOME (31) -- Head 0 0-0 0, O'Connor 2 0-1 4, Thomas 1 0-5 3, Pamerans 0 1-2 1, Masich 2 4-4 9, Olanna 0 0-0 0, Medlin 2 0-3 4, Brunette 3 3-4 10, Weiss 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 10 8-11 31.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 1 (Mortenson 1); Nome 3 (Thomas 1, Masich 1, Brunette 1). Total fouls -- Kodiak 14, Nome 18. Fouled out -- Thomas.

BULLDOGS BOYS 49, KARDINALS 47

Nikiski 6 12 14 17 -- 49

Kenai 6 10 8 23 -- 47

NIKISKI (49) -- Reilly 1 2-4 4, Melburg 0 0-0 0, Crumpacker 0 1-2 1, Roofe 9 2-4 20, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-5 0, Holloway 6 7-7 21, Bowlin 1 0-3 2, Seater 0 0-0 0, Hitchcock 0 1-2 1, Rooper 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 13-19 49

KENAI (47) -- Pault 0 0-2 0, Church 0 0-0 0, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Foley 1 0-1 2, Webster 5 0-5 11, Magsayo 5 4-7 14, Schooley 1 1-3 3, Burek 3 1-3 8, Dunn 2 3-4 7, Myers 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 17 11-21 47

3-point goals -- Nikiski 2 (Holloway 2); Kenai 2 (Burek 1, Webster 1). Total fouls -- Nikiski 17, Kenai 18. Fouled out -- Anderson.

KARDINALS GIRLS 44, BULLDOGS 37

Kenai 12 9 11 12 -- 44

Nikiski 8 9 8 12 -- 27

KENAI (44) -- Bauder 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 2 2-5 9, Reilly 1 0-2 3, Montgomery 1 1-4 4, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 1 0-0 2, McCune 0 0-0 0, Hall 1 0-3 2, Shinn 8 0-0 16, Erin Smith 2 4-10 8, Erica Smith 0 0-0 0, Rhyner 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 16 9-17 44.

NIKISKI (37) -- Floyd 0 0-0 0, Gillaspie 0 0-1 0, Weaver 1 0-2 2, Loftstedt 1 4-4 6, Rabung 1 0-3 2, Carr 2 0-0 4, Glaze 6 3-4 16, Cason 0 0-0 0, Berdahl 3 1-4 7, Thomson 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 14 8-16 37.

3-point goals -- Kenai 3 (Knudsen 1, Reilly 1, Montgomery 1); Nikiski 1 (Glaze 1). Total fouls -- Kenai 17, Nikiski 14. Fouled out -- none.

BEARS GIRLS 87, VIKING WARRIORS 38

Kodiak 19 20 21 27 -- 87

Tri Valley 8 6 13 11 -- 38

KODIAK (87) -- Hansen 2 0-2 4, Abella 1 0-2 2, Stephan 1 0-4 2, Bennett 0 0-0 0, Gunderson 4 1-2 9, Fulp 9 0-5 21, Scarr-Pryor 8 4-8 20, Schmelzenbach 1 1-2 3, Rietze 5 0-2 10, Brown 4 0-1 8, Withrow 4 0-3 8. Totals -- 39 6-20 87.

TRI VALLEY (38) -- Barker 2 1-2 6, Konnecke 1 0-1 2, Lasell 1 1-3 3, Hagar 0 0-1 0, Lohrenz 7 4-6 20, Chapman 2 1-2 5, Jordan 2-2 2. Totals -- 13 9-17 38.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 3 (Fulp 3); Tri Valley 3 (Lohrenz 2, Barker 1). Total fouls -- Kodiak 19, Tri Valley 6. Fouled out -- none.

Saturday

NANOOKS BOYS 56, KARDINALS 52

Kenai 14 8 15 15 -- 52

Nome 10 15 13 18 -- 56

KENAI (52) -- Pault 6 3-4 19, Church 1 0-0 2, Foley 0 0-0 0, Webster 6 0-2 13, Magsayo 2 0-0 4, Schooley 3 2-2 8, Burck 2 1-2 5, Dunn 0 1-2 1, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 20 7-12 52.

NOME (56) -- O'Conner 5 1-3 11, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Pomeranz 2 0-0 5, Musich 4 2-2 12, Olanna 0 0-0 0, Medlin 2 0-0 4, Brunette 8 4-6 22, Weiss 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-11 56.

3-point goals -- Kenai 5 (Pault 4, Webster 1), Nome 5 (Brunette 2, Musich 2, Pomeranz 1). Total fouls -- Kenai 10, Nome 15. Fouled out -- none.

BEARS 54, BULLDOGS 31

Kodiak 12 16 9 17 -- 54

Nikiski 7 13 4 7 -- 31

KODIAK (54) -- Nisbett 4 0-2 8, G. Agmata 3 0-4 8, A. Agmata 0 1-2 1, Schwarz 2 0-0 4, Kilborn 2 0-0 4, Mortenson 3 1-3 9, Bailie 1 1-2 3, Kinsley 1 1-2 3, LeDoux 0 0-2 0, Billings 7 0-2 14. Totals --23 4-16 54.

NIKISKI (31) -- Reilly 3 1-4 7, Melburg 0 0-0 0, Crumpacker 0 0-0 0, Roofe 1 2-2 4, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Holloway 7 2-4 18, Bowlin 1 0-2 2, Seater 0 0-0 0, Hitchcock 0 0-2 0, Rooper 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 5-13 31.

3-point goals -- Kodiak 4 (Mortenson 2, G. Agmata 2); Nikiski 2 (Holloway 2). Total fouls -- Kodiak 15, Nikiski 13. Fouled out -- none.

KARDS GIRLS 65, VIKING-WARRIORS 21

Kenai 17 10 19 19 -- 65

Tri Valley 3 3 3 12 -- 21

KENAI (65) -- Bauder 5 2-5 12, Knudsen 1 0-0 3, Reilly 1 0-0 2, Montgomery 1 0-0 2, Goggia 4 0-0 8, Popp 1 0-0 2, Edwards 0 0-0 0, McCune 1 0-0 2, Hall 7 0-0 14, Shinn 1 0-0 2, Erin Smith 1 2-2 4, Erica Smith 4 0-0 8, Rhyner 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 30 4-7 65.

TRI VALLEY (21) -- Barker 0 0-0 0, Konnecke 0 0-0 0, Hagar 0 0-0 0, Lohrenz 5 2-4 16, Chapman 2 0-0 5, Jordan 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 7 3-4 21.

3-point goals -- Kenai 1 (Knudsen 1), Tri Valley 5 (Lohrenz 4, Chapman 1). Total fouls -- Kenai 12, Tri Valley 13. Fouled out -- none.

BULLDOGS GIRLS 56, BEARS 30

Nikiski 12 9 15 18 -- 56

Kodiak 7 12 5 8 -- 30

NIKISKI (56) -- Floyd 0 0-0 0, Gillaspie 0 2-2 2, Weaver 1 1-2 3, Lofstedt 2 0-1 4, Rabung 8 4-10 20, Carr 0 0-1 0, Glaze 4 5-5 13, Cason 0 0-0 0, Berdahl 5 3-4 14, Thomson 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 20 15-24 56.

KODIAK -- Hansen 0 0-0 0, Abella 0 0-1 0, Stephan 0 0-3 0, Bennett 2-2 2, Gunderson 0 0-1 0, Fulp 4 0-1 10, Scarr-Pryor 4 0-2 8, Schmelzenbach 0 0-0 0, Rietze 5 0-3 10, Brown 0 0-0 0, Withrow 0 0-3 0. Totals --13 2-17 30.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 1 (Berdahl); Kodiak 2 (Fulp 2). Total fouls -- Nikiski 8, Kodiak 17. Fouled out -- none.



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