Seldovia girls topple Bulldogs

Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010

It doesn't matter how many students you've got in school when one of them is a freshman like Sarah Geagel.

Susan B. English School of Seldovia, which currently has 15 students in its high school, defeated host Nikiski 58-44 on Friday in nonconference basketball behind 25 points from Geagel.

"It is so awesome playing with her," said senior captain Courtney Collier, who added 12 points. "She's so good. I got to play with her in junior high school. She's the best thing that's happened to me in my career."

Collier said she's just happy to have a basketball career at Seldovia, where there is no boys team because the school currently has 14 girls and just one boy.

"He gets a lot of good dates," Collier said.

Seldovia coach Jeff Swick, whose team improved to 5-1 overall, said his one complaint about Geagel is that she gets very amped up before games. The Sea Otters had the opposite problem of amped up early Friday.

When Angie Parrish dumped in a rebound layup with 4:06 to play in the first quarter, the Bulldogs had an 8-2 lead. All eight of those points had come on layups.

"I think that was the long van ride up here," Swick said. "It took us awhile to get going."

With 1:28 to play in the second quarter, Geagel knocked home a pair of foul shots to give the Sea Otters a 22-12 lead and complete an 18-2 run.

Nikiski's turnovers played a big part in that spurt. The Bulldogs had eight turnovers in the second quarter.

"For sure, turnovers were a key part in that," Nikiski coach Lee Moore said after his team dropped to 5-6. "We had some silly fouls that didn't help either."

Losing senior Kassi Johnson to a shoulder injury with five minutes left in the second quarter contributed to the sea change. Johnson had scored six points in the first quarter by being a physical presence underneath the basket.

"She's a real rock for this team," Moore said. "She's enthusiastic and she plays with a lot of effort. That rubs off and helps everyone play with effort."

Swick said he prefers to have defense create offense, but he said during the decisive spurt in the first half it was success on offense that made the Sea Otters pick up the effort on defense.

"We hit some jump shots that got us going," he said.

The best example of that came during a one-minute span starting with 3:00 left in the second quarter, when Mariah Turner, Geagel and Collier all hit jumpers to swell the lead to 20-12.

In the second half, Geagel hit two free throws with 3:03 left in the third quarter to cap an 8-0 run and push the lead to 38-21.

Despite the big deficit, Moore was happy with the way his squad turned up the defensive intensity in the second half. Seldovia had a 53-30 lead with 5:26 left in the game, but the Bulldogs' defense began to wear on the Sea Otters.

"That's one of the basic things we push. It doesn't matter what it says on the scoreboard. It doesn't matter if we are up 20 or down 20. We still have to play with the same intensity," Moore said.

That intensity let the Bulldogs cut the lead from 23 to 14 by the end of the game. Collier said her team never plays with less intensity because it assumes it has the game won. She said the run at the end of the game was a credit to Nikiski.

"They did awesome on defense," Collier said. "We made too many turnovers. That's something we have to improve."

Sarah O'Leary added 11 points for the Sea Otters, while Dylan Holloway paced the Bulldogs with 11 points.

ACS girls 53, Nikiski 23

Debbiey Simmers had 14 points and Chantell Bennett added 10 points as the Lions picked up a nonconference victory on Saturday over the host Bulldogs.

Makenzie Moore had 10 points to pace the Bulldogs.

ACS boys 55, Nikiski 32

The Lions shut the host Bulldogs out in the third quarter en route to a Saturday victory.

Alex Brown led the Lions with 11 points. All 11 ACS players got into the scoring column. Lincoln Johnson had 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Friday girls

Sea Otters 58, Bulldogs 44

Seldovia 12 12 20 14 --58

Nikiski 10 6 10 18 --44

SELDOVIA (58) -- Geagel 6 13-17 25, Collier 4 2-2 12, M. Turner 1 0-0 2, Gruber 1 0-0 2, Hecks 2 0-0 4, O'Leary 5 1-3 11, Suydam 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 20 16-22 58.

NIKISKI (44) -- Griffel 1 1-2 4, Holloway 5 1-1 11, Johnson 2 2-2 6, Tumsuden 0 0-0 0, Tuttle 1 1-2 3, Parrish 3 1-1 7, Moore 4 0-0 8, Dixon 2 0-0 4, Martin 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 18 7-10 44.

3-point goals -- Seldovia 2 (Collier 2); Nikiski 1 (Griffel 1). Team fouls -- Seldovia 12, Nikiski 18. Fouled out -- none.

Saturday girls

Lions 53, Bulldogs 23

ACS 16 16 13 8 --53

Nikiski 1 6 4 12 --23

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (53) -- Rypkema 1 0-0 2, Crayton 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Madren 3 0-0 6, Simmers 5 2-3 14, Eckenweiler 3 0-0 6, Bennett 5 0-0 10, Leach 2 3-4 7, Erhardt 4 1-2 9. Totals -- 23 6-9 53.

NIKISKI (23) -- Griffel 0 1-2 1, Holloway 2 2-2 6, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Tumsuden 0 0-2 0, Tuttle 1 0-0 2, Parrish 1 0-0 2, Moore 4 2-4 10, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 8 7-12 23.

3-point goals -- ACS 1 (Simmers 1). Team fouls -- ACS 12, Nikiski 12. Fouled out -- none.

Saturday boys

Lions 55, Bulldogs 32

ACS 11 9 15 20 --55

Nikiski 6 17 0 9 --32

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (55) -- Skinner 2 0-0 5, Godsby 1 0-0 2, Garner 4 0-0 9, Brown 4 1-2 11, Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Rosier 2 1-5 5, Quinlan 3 0-0 6, McVey 1 3-4 6, Reynolds 1 1-1 3, McKoy 2 0-0 4, White 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 22 6-13 57.

NIKISKI (32) -- Anderson 0 6-10 6, Johnson 2 6-9 10, Hartley 1 0-0 2, Herrin 1 1-2 3, Taylor 4 0-0 9, Parrish 0 0-0 0, Griffith 0 1-2 1, Ross 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 1-4 1, Taylor 0 0-2 0. Totals -- 8 15-29 32.

3-point goals -- ACS 5 (Brown 2, Skinner 1, Garner 1, McVey 1); Nikiski 1 (Taylor 1). Team fouls -- ACS 24, Nikiski 18. Fouled out -- Quinlan.



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