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Ninilchik girls, Tok boys take CIA Classic

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2001

The Cook Inlet Academy high school basketball teams wrapped up the Cook Inlet Classic with a split against the Tok Wolverines Saturday, leaving both teams with second-place trophies for the four-team tournament.

The Cook Inlet girls rebounded from Friday's 51-19 loss to Ninilchik to defeat Tok 37-24.

The CIA boys took the Wolverines down to the final shot of the game, but the Eagles' last-ditch effort fell just short as Tok rallied to win 50-49. The victory gave Tok the tourney title.

In the early games Saturday, the Ninilchik girls finished the tournament with a perfect record, beating Unalaksa 70-37. Whitney Leman netted 26 points while Molly Bosick scored 18 and Janelle Moerlein netted 15.

The Ninilchik boys wound up on the losing end of a 63-58 decision to Unalaska. The Raiders took to the air against the Wolverines, sinking eight 3-pointers in the game. Buck Kvasnikoff netted 26 points for the Wolverines.

In other games Friday, the CIA boys defeated Ninilchik 80-49, the Tok boys beat Unalaska 64-50 and the Tok girls defeated Unalaska 46-38.

"This team is far ahead of where it was last year," CIA girls coach Jeff Hultberg said following Saturday's win, noting that the Eagles were 0-6 in their two previous Classics. "The girls are setting up on offense and following through with it instead of ad-libbing all the time. We're getting the outside shots and the inside shots. Now it's just a matter of sinking them."

The Eagles saw an early lead over the Wolverines evaporate as Tok rallied to take a one-point lead, 20-19, with a minute to play in the third quarter.

CIA started to pressure the Wolverines. Katie Zimmerman hit a foul shot to tie the game, and Sarah McLeod netted a pair of shots from the charity stripe to give the Eagles a two-point lead.

McLeod said her team didn't make any special adjustments for the fourth quarter -- they just focused for the stretch run.

"Actually, we prayed. We just had to dig deep. It's all mental," McLeod said. "Our guards up top anticipated. Mandy (Evans) and Katie did really well."

Evans scored eight points in the final quarter on two field goals and a 4-for-4 effort from the foul line, helping the Eagles pull away down the stretch. Evans finished the game with 10 points.

"Once we got up a few points, we knew the clock was on our side," CIA's Brittany Leiter said. "We could slow things down and run our offense."

Striking a balance between their inside and outside game was important for the Eagles because their outside shots weren't falling with any consistency.

"In this tournament, our shooting percentage from the outside was horrible," Leiter said. "The only way to win games was to hit from the inside."

McLeod was the Eagles' main weapon in the paint, scoring 12 points against Tok.

"My philosophy is, the closer to the basket, the easier the shot is going to be," McLeod said.

The Cook Inlet boys saw their 10-point third-quarter lead over Tok sip away. The Wolverines tied the game at 41 with six minutes left to play in the game, prompting the Eagles to go to a four-corners offense and run some time off the clock.

The strategy worked as CIA was able to maintain a slight edge in the closing minutes. CIA's Chet Nettles answered Tok's Vince Renzetti's 3-pointer with a quick 2-point bucket of his own, giving the Eagles a 49-48 lead with 40 seconds to play.

Tok's Chevie Roach hit a short jumper to give the Wolverines a 50-49 lead, and the Eagles called timeout after inbounding the ball with 12 seconds left in the game.

The Eagles got the ball to Nettles for the final shot, but his layup over, around and through three Tok defenders bounced around the rim before skipping out. Roach hauled down the rebound as the final buzzer sounded.

"We wanted to get the ball into Chet's hands," CIA's Justin Franchino said. "He's the best player out there, and he makes that shot a lot."

CIA coach Tim Keener said the game was a growing experience.

"Those kind of games are hard for kids to lose," Keener said. "What we try to do is learn from it. What we learned is that what we need to do in the first half is run our offense and be in position on defense."

Nettles finished with 15 points for the Eagles while teammate Calder Hillyer drilled three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points.

"It was a good tournament as far as competition -- everyone walked out of here with a loss," Keener said of the boys bracket. "We want to play tough teams. You don't get any better if you don't."

Cook Inlet Classic

All-Tournament Teams

Girls -- Whitney Leman, Ninilchik; Sarah McLeod, CIA; Zara Kochuten, Unalaska; Mandy Evans, CIA; Niisha Sanford, Tok.

Boys -- Chevie Roach, Tok; Buck Kvasnikoff, Ninilchik; Trever Shaishnikoff, Unalaska; Vince Renzetti, Tok.

Saturday's games

Girls

WOLVERINES 70, RAIDERS 37

Unalaska 8 12 13 4 -- 37

Ninilchik 23 16 15 16 -- 70

UNALASKA (37) -- Guitard 6 0-0 13, Naanos 2 0-0 4, Robinson 5 2-5 12, Zamoea 0 0-0 0, A. Wilt 1 0-0 2, C. Wilt 0 0-0 0, Kochuten 1 0-0 2, Tellman 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 17 2-5 37.

NINILCHIK (70) -- Peterson 0 0-2 0, Hansen 5 0-0 11, W. Leman 10 4-6 26, Russo 0 0-0 0, Matson 0 0-0 0, Moerlein 2 1-4 5, Bosick 8 2-6 18, B. Leman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Deiman 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 30 7-18 70.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 1 (Guitard), Ninilchik 3 (W. Leman 2, Hansen). Total fouls -- Unalaska 16, Ninilchik 10. Fouled out -- Matson.

EAGLES GIRLS 37, WOLVERINES 24

Tok 7 7 6 4 -- 24

CIA 11 5 6 15 -- 37

TOK (24) -- Gingue 0 0-0 0, Young 1 1-2 3, Irons 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 2-2 4, Sanford 2 2-6 6, Albert 3 1-4 7, Fix 0 0-0 0, Fraser 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 9 6-14 24.

CIA (37) -- Ka. Zimmerman 1 1-2 3, Kr. Zimmerman 2 1-1 5, Reese 1 3-4 6, McLeod 4 4-10 12, Zindell 0 1-2 1, Leiter 0 0-0 0, Evans 3 4-4 10, Hall 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 14-23 37.

3-point goals -- Tok 0, CIA 1 (Reese 1). Total fouls --Tok 18, CIA 19. Fouled out -- none.

RAIDERS 63, WOLVERINES 58

Unalaska 14 12 20 17 -- 63

Ninilchik 12 13 17 16 -- 58

UNALASKA (63) -- Pulos 2 0-0 4, Newkirk 0 0-0 0, Gonzalez 2 0-1 5, J. Morrison 5 2-2 16, N. Lekanoff 0 0-0 0, Shauishnikoff 9 5-7 23, J. Lekanoff 5 2-2 15. Totals -- 23 9-12 63.

NINILCHIK (58) -- Miller 2 1-2 5, Smith 4 0-2 8, Stradford 0 0-0 0, C. Kruzick 4 1-6 9, Boyle 0 0-0 0, Bock 0 2-2 2, Matson 2 2-4 6, Hostetter 0 2-2 2, Kvasnikoff 12 1-3 26. Totals -- 24 9-21 58.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 8 (J. Morrison 4, J. Lekanoff 3, Gonzalez), Ninilchik 1 (Kvasnikoff). Total fouls -- Unalaska 19, Ninilchik 12. Fouled out -- Pulos.

WOLVERINES 50, EAGLES 49

Tok 14 11 8 17 -- 50

CIA 17 11 13 8 -- 49

TOK (50) -- Renzetti 5 3-3 16, Roach 10 0-0 21, Ralio 0 0-0 0, Thomas 3 0-0 6, Titus 2 0-0 5, Bernhardt 1 0-2 2. Totals -- 21 3-5 50.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (49) -- K. Nettles 0 0-0 0, Staton 2 0-0 4, C. Nettles 6 3-4 15, Hillyer 6 0-0 15, Peterson 4 0-0 8, Franchino 3 1-1 7. Totals -- 21 4-5 49.

3-point goals -- Tok 5 (Renzetti 3, Roach, Titus), CIA 3 (Hillyer 3). Total fouls -- Tok 9, CIA 8. Fouled out -- none.

Friday's games

Girls

WOLVERINES 51, EAGLES 19

Ninilchik 12 18 12 9 -- 51

CIA 1 3 5 10 -- 19

NINILCHIK (51) -- Peterson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 2 0-0 6, W. Leman 8 1-1 19, Russo 3 0-0 6, Matson 2 0-0 6, Moerlein 1 1-4 3, Bosick 2 2-5 6, B. Leman 1 0-0 3, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Deiman 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 20 4-10 51.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (19) -- Ka. Zimmerman 1 0-2 2, Kr. Zimmerman 1 2-6 4, Reese 0 0-0 0, McLeod 2 0-2 4, Zindel 0 0-0 0, Leiter 1 0-0 2, Evans 3 1-2 7, Hall 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 8 3-12 19.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 4 (Hansen 2, W. Leman 2). Total fouls -- Ninilchik 10, CIA 11. Fouled out -- none.

WOLVERINES 46, RAIDERS 38

Unalaska 11 8 13 6 -- 38

Tok 9 4 10 23 -- 46

UNALASKA (38) -- Guitard 3 4-7 10, Naanos 0 1-4 1, Robinson 2 3-6 7, Zamoea 0 0-0 0, A. Wilt 1 0-0 2, C. Wilt 0 0-0 0, Kochuten 6 4-7 16, Tellmen 1 0-2 2. Totals -- 13 12-26 38.

TOK (46) -- Gingue 1 1-2 3, Young 0 1-2 1, Irons 0 0-0 0, Smith 3 0-1 6, Sanford 1 0-2 2, Albert 12 2-2 26, Fix 1 0-2 2, Fraser 3 0-0 6, Denny 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 4-11 26.

3-point goals -- none. Total fouls -- Unalaska 13, Tok 22. Fouled out -- Sanford.

EAGLES 80, WOLVERINES 49

Ninilchik 10 14 9 16 -- 49

CIA 24 16 25 15 -- 80

NINILCHIK (49) -- V. Kruzick 0 0-0 0, Miller 4 2-3 10, Smith 4 2-2 10, Stradford 1 0-0 2, C. Kruzick 1 0-0 2, Bock 0 0-2 0, Matson 3 0-5 6, Russo 0 0-2 0, Hostetter 0 1-2 1, Kvasnikoff 4 9-15 18. Totals -- 17 14-31 49.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (80) -- K. Nettles 0 0-2 0, Staton 1 0-0 2, C. Nettles 13 2-4 32, Agosti 1 0-0 2, Myers 2 0-0 4, Hillyer 7 1-3 17, Peterson 5 0-0 10, Powers 3 0-0 6, Brown 0 0-0 0, Franchino 3 1-2 7. Totals -- 35 4-11 80.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 1 (Kvasnikoff), CIA 5 (C. Nettles 3, Hillyer 2). Total fouls -- Ninilchik 15, CIA 22. Fouled out -- Franchino.

WOLVERINES 64, RAIDERS 50

Unalaska 15 4 18 13 -- 50

Tok 15 18 17 14 -- 64

UNALASKA (50) -- S. Morrison 0 0-0 0, Newkirk 2 2-2 6, Gonzalez 2 0-0 4, Pulos 2 0-0 4, J. Morrison 5 1-1 13, J. Lekanoff 1 0-0 2, N. Lekanoff 2 0-3 4, Shaishnikoff 8 1-5 17. Totals -- 22 4-11 50.

TOK (64) -- Renzetti 10 4-5 26, Isaac 0 0-0 0, Erickson 0 0-0 0, Roach 9 3-3 24, Ralio 1 0-0 2, Thomas 3 1-2 7, Titus 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Bernhardt 2 1-2 5, Coilman 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 25 9-12 64.

3-point goals -- Unalaska 2 (J. Morrison 2), Tok 5 (Roach 3, Renzetti 2). Total fouls -- Unalaska 14, Tok 15. Fouled out -- none.



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