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Cook Inlet notches two wins

Halfcourt, last-second shot keys girls victory

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

Sometimes, when you're playing with Angels, what you really need is a prayer.

Mandy Evans lofted just such a prayer as the final seconds ticked off the clock Thursday, and it was answered as her awkward-looking shot from just past midcourt kissed the glass on its way through the net, securing a 41-40 win for the host Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team over visiting Bristol Bay.

The Cook Inlet Academy boys removed much of the suspense from their game, taking 22-8 lead at the half en route to a 63-30 win over the Angels.

"No -- that was luck," Evans said when asked if she spent much time practicing shots from just over the midcourt line. "I knew I was going to get the ball, but I thought I would be able to pass it off. I saw three seconds on the clock and shot it. I didn't think it would go in."

The Eagles trailed by as many as five during the course of the game, and only led briefly in the third quarter when, with the score tied at 25, Chantal Reese drilled a 3-pointer.

Bristol Bay regained its lead, but the Eagles tied the score again when Alyse Bell hit for two points to open the fourth quarter.

Katie Zimmerman made it 32-30 for the Eagles, hitting both ends of a one-and-one.

The Angels took the lead late in the game on a 3-pointer by Coral Stephenson, and maintained their edge until the closing seconds.

Evans' heroics were set up after the Eagles fouled to stop the clock with seven seconds to go, then pulled down the rebound and called timeout after the Bristol Bay shooter missed both free throws.

"She pulled up and pulled through in a clutch situation," CIA girls coach Greg Bell said. "In the first half, our passing wasn't as good as I'd like, and we weren't converting anything. We did pull down our share of rebounds, which is what kept us in the game."

Evans finished with 14 points for the Eagles while Reese netted 11.

The Cook Inlet Academy boys also started slow, trailing the Angels 4-2 early in the game, but Calder Hillyer hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with two minutes left in the first quarter, and the Eagles never looked back.

After getting the kinks worked out, the Eagles went after the Angles with a balanced attack -- Justin Franchino led the team with 21 points, Hillyer finished with 15 points and Bryan Powers and Luke Myers each contributed eight points.

"That's how this team is," said CIA boys coach Tim Keener. "Everybody contributes. They all work hard. They do all the little things right."

The Eagles' pressure defense held the Angels to four points in each of the first two quarters while creating plenty of scoring chances for Franchino in the paint or Hillyer from the perimeter. Powers, Myers and Jacob Peterson all were ready to spot up for a shot when they worked themselves into good positions as well.

Girls

EAGLES 41, ANGELS 40

Bristol Bay 6 9 15 10 -- 40

CIA 6 7 15 13 -- 41

BRISTOL BAY (40) -- Stephenson 7 3-5 18, Ring 0 0-0 0, Abruska 3 0-2 7, Thomas 0 0-0 0, A. Riddle 1 0-0 2, Angasan 2 6-8 10, C. Riddle 0 0-3 0, Wilson 1 1-4 3. Totals -- 14 10-22 40.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (41) -- Zimmerman 2 2-7 6, Bell 2 0-0 4, Reese 3 3-5 11, Zindel 0 2-2 2, Evans 5 3-6 14, Hall 1 2-8 4, Powers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 13 12-28 41.

3-point goals -- Bristol Bay 2 (Stephenson, Abruska), CIA 3 (Reese 2, Evans). Total fouls -- Bristol Bay 21, CIA 18. Fouled out -- A. Riddle, Wilson.

EAGLES 63, ANGELS 30

Bristol Bay 4 4 7 15 -- 30

CIA 11 11 22 19 -- 63

BRISTOL BAY (30) -- Angasan 0 0-0 0, Zimin 1 1-1 4, Lind 1 0-0 3, Lafenburger 0 0-0 0, Tibbets 2 2-2 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Tolbert 1 1-4 3, Provost 0 0-0 0, Evanoff 5 0-0 10, Edwards 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 12 4-7 30.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (63) -- Hall 0 2-2 2, Powers 4 0-0 8, Hillyer 5 2-2 15, Beeson 0 0-0 0, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Franchino 6 9-13 21, Gabriel 2 1-3 5, Agosti 0 0-0 0, Myers 4 0-0 8. Totals -- 23 14-20 63.

3-point goals -- Bristol Bay 2 (Zimin, Lind), CIA 3 (Hillyer 3). Total fouls -- Bristol Bat 17, CIA 8. Fouled out -- none.



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