Eagles sweep Nikolaevsk: CIA stays perfect in conference

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010

Cook Inlet Academy's girls and boys basketball teams continued their dominance over the Peninsula Conference with a sweep of visiting Nikolaevsk on Thursday. The Eagles remain unbeaten in conference play.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Cook Inlet Academy's Cody Munn goes up for a shot Thursday against Nikolaevsk.

CIA's girls notched a 46-14 win, improving to 5-0 in the conference and 12-2 overall. Nikolaevsk dropped to 1-3 in the conference.

Even with substitutes in the game, CIA maintained a high level of play, head coach Rustin Hitchcock said. All nine girls that saw playing time recorded points for CIA.

Constant communication was key to the Eagles victory, Hitchcock said.

"We had a lot of different matchups of people in. Everyone had to talk and they did that, and that's why we were successful," he said.

With three eighth-graders and a freshman, the Warriors are used to being the youngest team on the floor each night. Each game, Nikolaevsk works on the basics, head coach Bea Klaich said.

"Every game we focus on the fundamentals and really try to be positive," she said. "Every game we learn something new."

The Eagles started the game with 21 unanswered points that carried over into the second quarter. After being shut out in the opening period, the Warriors strung together a few baskets in the second. CIA held a 32-7 advantage at the half.

Amie Smithwick had five steals in the first quarter that led to six CIA points. More than half of CIA's 18 first-quarter points came off of Nikolaevsk turnovers.

Smithwick scored a team-high 12 points for CIA. Megan Bauder followed with 10.

Sophia Kalugin and Nianiella Dorvall, both eighth-graders, led Nikolaevsk with six points each.

With such a young team, it's important to remain calm and upbeat, Klaich said.

"We just have to be patient and positive with the girls," she said. "The girls are working together well, are teachable and are having a good season."

CIA, too, has kept a positive outlook in the face of an injury to sophomore Kelsie Leaf. Leaf fractured her wrist and will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Hitchcock said his team has rallied around Leaf and she attends every practice, dribbling with her healthy arm.

"It just shows a level of maturity on the team that isn't common," he said.

As for Nikolaevsk, Klaich's positivism is rubbing off on her squad.

"No matter what the outcome, my girls are like, 'In our hearts, we won,'" Klaich said.

CIA boys 68, Nikolaevsk 37

After a 14-10 opening quarter, CIA exploded for a 24-0 run in the second. The Eagles outscored Nikolaevsk 29-2 in the period.

Matthew Moffis was a major part of the scoring eruption. Twelve of his team-high 23 points were scored in the second quarter.

"Matt Moffis had a great second quarter," CIA head coach Justin Franchino said. "He's our floor leader."

Cody Munn, Stephan Reischach and David Reischach each chipped in 10 points for the Eagles. Eight different players contributed to the scoring for CIA.

Nikolaevsk, too, had eight players tally points in the game. Christopher Kalugin led the team with eight.

Moffis' defense was another factor in CIA's breakout second quarter.

"I was really impressed with his defense," Franchino said. "It set the tone for the rest of the team."

As a team, Franchino said his squad was able to force several turnovers in the second, which led to points on offense.

"We worked harder on defense," he said. "We were really getting beat on ball penetration," Franchino said of the first quarter.

Too many turnovers for the Warriors allowed CIA to rack up the points in the second, Nikolaevsk head coach Steve Klaich said.

"When they force turnovers, it's hard for us to score," he said.

"Cook Inlet has a good, solid team," Klaich added. "I was impressed with the way they shoot and with they way the rebound."

Franchino said his team played lazy defense to start that game, which resulted in a stagnant offense.

When Nikolaevsk broke through CIA's press, Klaich said his team was too impatient and the Eagles capitalized on that.

Taking advantage of other team's mistakes, playing solid defense and moving the ball well makes CIA a formidable opponent, Klaich said.

For Franchino, gaining victories over conference rivals is essential. A better conference record equates to a higher ranking, which is important for the region tournament.

"You always want the region win," Franchino said.


Eagles 46, Warriors 14

Nikolaevsk 0 7 0 7 -- 14

CIA 18 14 10 4 -- 46

NIKOLAEVSK (14) -- S. Kalugin 2 2-8 6, K. Payne 0 0-0 0, S. Holub 1 0-0 2, N. Dorvall 3 0-0 6, K. Kojin 0 0-0 0, N. Kojin 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 6 2-8 14.

CIA (46) -- T. Smith 2 2-2 6, T. McGahan 2 3-4 7, L. Bauder 1 0-0 2, M. Bauder 4 1-1 10, S. Arneson 0 1-2 1, A. Smithwick 5 0-0 12, K. Powers 1 0-0 3, K. Brush 1 1-1 3, A. Tieaskie 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 17 8-10 46.

3-point goals -- CIA 4 (M. Bauder 1, Smithwick 2, Powers 1). Fouled out -- None.


Eagles 68, Warriors 37

Nikolaevsk 10 2 9 16 -- 37

CIA 14 29 12 13 -- 68

NIKOLAEVSK (37) -- McCollum 0 2-4 2, B. Klaich 2 1-2 5, M. Trail 0 0-0 0, A. Fefelov 0 0-0 0, M. Fefelov 2 2-3 7, J. Yakunin 3 0-1 6, D. Ivanov 1 0-0 2, F. Holub 0 0-0 0, C. Kalugin 3 1-3 8, P. Konovalov 1 0-0 2, E. Mametieff 2 1-1 5. Totals -- 12 7-14 37.

CIA (68) -- T. Solie 1 0-0 2, L. Grinestaff 3 0-1 6, C. Munn 4 2-2 10, J. Grinestaff 0 2-2 2, S. Reischach 5 0-3 10, J. Holly 0 0-2 0, K. Powers 2 1-2 5, M. Moffis 8 5-5 23, M. Horton 0 0-0 0, D. Reischach 4 1-1 10. Totals -- 27 11-18 68.

3-point goals -- Nikolaevsk 2 (M. Fefelov 1, Kalugin 1); CIA 3 (Moffis 2, D. Reischach 1). Fouled out -- None.

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