The Nikiski girls got solid minutes from their backup backcourt players while the Skyview boys had a monstrous night at the foul line as both earned nonconference victories Tuesday night at Skyview.
The Bulldogs girls notched a 57-34 victory over Skyview, while the Panthers boys handed the Bulldogs a 64-50 defeat.
In the girls game, Nikiski lost starting shooting guard April Lofstedt to a turned ankle in the second quarter. The Bulldogs then watched as starting point guard Sally Glaze had to sit down with her third foul midway through the second quarter.
However, the Bulldogs didn't miss a beat thanks to the play of backup backcourt players Emilee Gillaspie, Amanda Weaver and Joy Carr.
After Skyview's Courtney Kier hit a layup to cut Nikiski's lead to 15-12 with 5:32 left in the second period, the Bulldogs went on a 22-2 run that ended when Karen Rabung hit a layup to make the score 37-14 with 5:56 left in the third period.
Skyview never threatened after that.
"As a coach, that's one of the positive things I'll take away from this game," Nikiski coach Ward Romans said after his team improved to 7-2 overall. "Our backup players did great."
Despite significant playing time for the backups, the Bulldogs committed just 11 turnovers in the game.
"It's been something we've been working on," Rabung said. "In our last game I think we had 16 turnovers.
"We'd like to get that into the lower single digits by the end of the year."
Romans also would like to see the turnover number keep dropping, because when the Bulldogs get a shot off, even if they miss it, Rabung or senior Laura Berdahl has a good chance of snaring the miss and putting it back for two.
Rabung had 17 points Tuesday night, while Berdahl added 11.
While giving credit to Nikiski for being a sound fundamental team, Skyview coach Joe Trujillo said his kids were never into the game emotionally.
"Last year, we had at least a dozen games like this," said Trujillo, whose team is now 4-5 overall. "We just never felt like we were in the ballgame.
"I asked the kids after the game if they felt like I did, and they agreed with me. This is the first time it's happened this year, and hopefully it's the last time."
Amanda Bauer paced Skyview with eight points.
Finally, Romans did not think either of the injuries Nikiski sustained Tuesday were extremely serious.
Romans said Lofstedt didn't think her ankle injury would keep her out for a long time, although initially it's hard to tell the severity of an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Gillaspie hit her head on the floor in the fourth quarter. Romans said the guard had a bump on her head and a headache after the game, but there were no signs of anything more serious than that.
Skyview boys 64, Nikiski 50
The Panthers hit 12-of-16 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to put away the Bulldogs. The final period punctuated a 21-of-26 effort from the charity stripe by Skyview.
Meanwhile, Nikiski finished 15-of-23 from the free-throw line.
Skyview started quickly in the game, with a 10-0 run giving them a 14-4 lead with 7:22 left in the second period. Tony Lewis punctuated that 10-0 spurt with a rebound layup.
The Bulldogs closed the gap to 21-17 at halftime, but Nolan Rose and Josh Rowell helped the Panthers take control of the game in the third quarter.
The Panthers came out of the locker room on a 10-2 run, with Matt Burdick giving them a 31-19 lead on a jumper with 4:01 left in the third.
Skyview then closed the period with an 11-1 burst to take a 44-26 at the end of three quarters. Rowell, who had nine points in the third period and 21 in the game, had five points during the 11-1 run. Rose, who had 20 points in the game and seven in the third period, added a 3-pointer during the spurt.
Rowell said Skyview coach Dave Blossom's halftime plea to use the backboard for shots around the bucket made a difference in the third quarter.
"We were all playing good defense, causing turnovers and putting the ball in off the board in the third quarter," Rowell said. "Coach told us to use the board at halftime. No jump shots."
Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad, whose team is now 2-7 overall, said Skyview's zone gave the Bulldogs trouble.
"We didn't make them defend us," Kornstad said. "They did a good job of sitting back in that zone and talking us into doing things we didn't want to be doing.
"It was a good game plan."
Nikiski tried to come back in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome Skyview's performance at the foul line. Chris Roofe hit a pair of free throws with 1:30 left in the game to cut the gap to 55-47, but Rose, who was 9-of-10 from the foul line in the game, hit six free throws in the final minute to seal the game.
"It gets us out of a rut," said Rowell, whose team had lost five straight and now has a record to 3-6. "We've been in a pretty bad losing streak."
David Holloway had 22 points to pace Nikiski, while Chris Roofe chipped in with 10. Kornstad also said Jason Gerke and Chuck Seater provided good defensive intensity in their first games back from ankle injuries.
BULLDOGS GIRLS 57, PANTHERS 34
Nikiski 11 17 19 10 -- 57
Skyview 8 6 9 11 -- 34
NIKISKI (57) -- Floyd 0 0-0 0, Gillaspie 0 3-4 3, Weaver 2 0-0 4, Lofstedt 2 0-0 5, Rabung 8 1-6 17, Carr 1 0-0 2, Glaze 4 0-0 9, Cason 1 0-1 2, Berdahl 4 2-4 11, Thomson 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 24 6-15 57.
SKYVIEW (34) -- Verba 1 0-0 2, Truesdell 0 0-0 0, Colvin 2 0-0 4, Carlon 1 0-0 2, K. Kier 0 0-0 0, Kraxberger 1 1-2 3, Bauer 4 0-0 8, Demaris 3 1-1 7, Carpenter 3 0-0 6, C. Kier 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 16 2-3 34.
3-point goals -- Nikiski 3 (Lofstedt 1, Glaze 1, Berdahl 1), Skyview 0. Total fouls -- Nikiski 10, Skyview 15. Fouled out -- none.
PANTHERS BOYS 64, BULLDOGS 50
Nikiski 4 13 9 18 -- 50
Skyview 12 9 23 20 -- 64
NIKISKI (50) -- Reilly 2 2-5 6, Crumpacker 0 0-0 0, Roofe 2 6-6 10, Gerke 0 0-0 0, Anderson 1 2-4 4, Holloway 9 1-4 22, Bowlin 2 4-4 8, Seater 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 16 15-23 50.
SKYVIEW (64) -- McGarry 2 1-2 5, Burdick 3 2-2 8, Mallett 3 1-1 7, Rose 3 13-14 20, Lewis 1 0-0 2, Norman 0 1-2 1, Shadura 0 0-0 0, Rowell 9 3-5 21. Totals -- 21 21-26 64.
3-point goals -- Nikiski 3 (Holloway 3), Skyview 1 (Rose 1). Total fouls -- Nikiski 21, Skyview 17. Fouled out -- none.
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