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Ninilchik, Seward cagers earn sweeps

Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ninilchik's boys basketball team pulled out a 47-46 victory over host Nikolaevsk on Tuesday.

"It was back and forth the whole time," Nikolaevsk head coach Steve Klaich said. "It was a good, competitve game."

The Warriors shot 5-of-15 from the line, which was the difference in the game, Klaich said.

"That really hurt us," he said of his team's foul shooting. "That was a big difference right there."

There were only a couple of lead changes the whole game, Ninilchik head coach Keith Presley said. The Wolverines largest lead of the game was eight points, he said.

"We couldn't defensivley rebound," Presely said. "They just got a ton of offensive rebounds and capitalized off that."

After cutting the lead to one late in the game, Nikolaevsk fouled to put a Ninilchik shooter at the line. He missed the free throw and the Warriors called timeout with just 0.9 seconds to go, Klaich said.

"We tried to set something up but there wasn't time to get anything close," Klaich said.

Jonah Yakunin had a team-high 23 points for Nikolaevsk. Jefferson Klapak paced Ninilchik with 31 points, including four 3-pointers.

"Jeff Klapak really stepped up," Presley said.

Presley said there wasn't a great offensive flow for either team. There was a lot of rebounds and put backs, he said.

"We got into some foul trouble, but managed to make it through," Presley said.

Wolverines 48, Warriors 12

Ninilchik's girls earned a sweep with a 48-12 win over Nikolaevsk.

"They played hard and it was a fun game for everybody," said Ninilchik head coach Rod Van Saun. "We just focused on working on things that would make us better as a team."

Though Nikolaevsk has three eighth graders on the team, they have height, Van Saun said.

"They're really tall," he said. "My girls had a hard time with their height."

Lindsey Rohr led the Wolverines with 16 points. Lindsay Schnabl followed with 10.

Van Saun said Nikolaevsk played tough defense and its girls basketball program has a bright future ahead of it.

"They had some good defensive stops," he said. "Nikolaevsk is going to be a team to contend with in the future."

Seahawks 61, Kardinals JV 13

Seward's girls scored enough points in the opening eight minutes to win the game over Kenai Central's JV squad.

The Seahakws led by 33 at the half. They held Kenai to six first-half points and seven second-half points.

Holly Ganser paced Seward with 15 points. Meg Berry and Chelsey Clarked each chipped in 12. Nine different players tallied points on the night for Seward.

Sydney Taylor and Sasha Thompson each had four point for the Kards.

Seahawks 33, Kardinals JV 25

Seward earned a sweep over Kenai Central's JV teams with a 33-25 win in the boys game.

The Seahakws held the Kards to six points in the first half. Seward led by 17 at halftime.

But Kenai came back strong in the second half, scoring 19 points throughout the third and fourth quarters to Seward's 10. However, the Seahawks first-half lead was too great for Kenai to overcome.

Seven players scored points for Seward. Tanner Landry led Kenai with nine points.

Stars 37, Grizzlies 32

Kailee Skjold pumped in 12 points and Shelby Dykstra added nine to lead Soldotna's girls to a win over host Grace Christian.

Mackenzie Fredrickson made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead the Grizzlies.

SoHi was down one point after the opening quarter. The Stars outscored Grace 12-4 in the second quarter. SoHi held a 22-15 lead at the half. The Grizzlies cut that lead to four in the third quarter, but SoHi held Grace to six fourth-quarter points to seal the victory.

Girls

Seahawks 61, Kardinals JV 13

Kenai 2 4 7 0 -- 13

Seward 17 22 14 8 -- 61

KENAI (13) -- H. Steffenson 1 0-0 2, C. Garcia 0 0-0 0, C. Kiefer 0 1-2 1, C. Novelle 0 0-0 0, H. Coffman 1 0-0 2, L. Schams 0 0-0 0, S. Thompson 2 0-0 4, B. King 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 6 1-2 13.

SEWARD (61) -- N. Erchinger 1 0-0 2, H. Ganser 7 1-2 15, K. Atherton 3 0-0 6, T. Berry 2 0-0 4, M. Berry 5 2-3 12, E. Draper 2 2-2 6, J. Stallings 1 0-0 2, C. Zweifel 1 0-0 2, C. Clarke 5 2-2 12. Totals -- 27 7-9 61.

3-point goals -- None. Team fouls -- Kenai 6; Seward 12. Fouled out -- None.

Boys

Seahawks 33, Kardinals JV 25

Kenai 2 4 8 11 -- 25

Seward 13 10 7 3 -- 33

KENAI (25) -- J. McKee 0 0-0 0, T. Landry 4 0-2 9, T. Miller 0 0-0 0, J. Sandahl 1 0-4 2, L. Wensely 0 4-4 4, D. Sterling 0 0-0 0, W. Fitt 0 0-0 0, S. Spalding 2 1-2 5, R. Ziehmer 0 5-7 5. Totals -- 7 10-19 25.

SEWARD (33) -- K. Larson 0 1-4 1, J. Atherton 3 0-0 7, N. Stebbins 2 0-1 4, N. Dipierro 3 0-0 6, J. Buchanan 0 0-0 0, C. Adelman 1 1-2 3, J. Terry 3 1-2 7, C. Perea 2 1-2 5. Totals -- 14 4-13 33.

3-point goals -- Kenai 1 (Landry 1); Seward 1 (Atherton 1). Team fouls -- Kenai 12; Seward 18. Fouled out -- Atherton.



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