Nikiski girls wrap up No. 1 seed

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2006

 

  Nikiski's Sarah Herrin goes up for a shot against Grace Christian Saturday afternoon. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nikiski's Sarah Herrin goes up for a shot against Grace Christian Saturday afternoon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Nikiski girls basketball team clinched the first seed in the upcoming Southcentral Conference tournament with wins Saturday against Grace Christian and Friday against Heritage Christian at Nikiski High School.

Saturday, the Bulldogs beat the Grace Christian Grizzlies 63-37 and on Friday they notched a 60-40 win against Heritage Christian Eagles.

The Nikiski boys dropped a 80-39 decision to the Grizzlies on Saturday and on Friday they lost 96-46 to the Eagles.

“It was a very big weekend for us. We improved to 10-0 in conference play, while clinching the first seed in the conference tournament, and we showed that we can score consistently,” Nikiski girls coach Ward Romans said.

Against Grace Christian, Nikiski’s Sarah Herrin poured in 32 points and helped Nikiski pull away in the second half for the win.

In the first half, Nikiski’s biggest lead was only eight points.

“Our rebounding was key to the win tonight,” Herrin said referring to the 41-34 rebounding edge Nikiski had against the Grizzlies.

Nikiski’s defense was a big factor as well. Nikiski forced 28 Grace Christian turnovers, including 18 in the second half.

Late in the second quarter, Grace Christian’s Katelyn Perry was injured in a scramble for a loose ball. She returned in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Grizzlies never recovered from her absence.

Perry led the Grizzlies with 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half.

“We hung with them (Nikiski) in the first half, but after she (Perry) went down, we never recovered,” Grace girls coach Trace Savage said.

After Perry’s return, the fouls started to mount against the Grizzlies as well. Nikiski also had some foul trouble as three players finished the game with four fouls apiece.

“It was a very physical game, but the refs just let us play,” Herrin said of the fouls.

Grace Christian had five girls, including four starters, foul out in the second half.

“Its very tough to play when you have five players foul out. ... That was key,” Savage said.

The foul situation put Nikiski on the free-throw line often.

“We didn’t shoot our free throws very well, but I’m proud of the way we carried the game out,” Romans said.

Despite shooting only 55 percent from the free-throw line — 23-for-42 — Nikiski kept their composure for the win.

Becca Carlson scored 10 points and Sasha Auldridge added eight in the win. Rosie Berg pitched in eight points and Rachel Walls added seven points for Grace Christian.

Nikiski girls 60, Heritage Christian 40

On Friday, the Nikiski girls overcame a 37 point effort from Heritage Christian’s Anna Simmers to pull out a Southcentral Conference win at Nikiski.

“We played a solid game. ... Our team was very focused against Heritage (Christian),” Nikiski girls coach Ward Romans said.

The Bulldogs’ Sarah Herrin did her best to match Simmers by scoring 27 points before fouling out.

“It was very similar game (to Grace Christian’s) but just wasn’t quite as physical,” Herrin said.

Nikiski outscored the Eagles 12-2 in the third quarter to open a 46-22 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Hannah Thompson scored 12 points and Sasha Auldridge added nine points in the win. Melina Simmers and Alisa Stuart were the only other Heritage Christian girls to score with two points and one point.

Grace Christian boys 80, Nikiski 39

The Grace Christian boys team shot 57 percent from the floor, including 8-for-15 from beyond the 3-point arc, to pick up the Southcentral Conference win against the host Bulldogs.

“We tried a lot of new things and tried to mix everything up, but give Nikiski credit for playing hard,” Grace Christian boys coach Chuck Boerger said.

Grace Christian opened the game by sinking six 3-pointers in the first quarter and jumping out to a 27-7 lead.

Freshman Leif Karlberg did most of damage, draining four 3-pointers of his own, including one at the buzzer marking the end of the first period.

Karlberg finished with a game-high 26 points, 19 of which came in the first half.

After the first period, many of the Grizzlies points came from the post play of 6-foot-7 Kellan Moll and 6-foot-5 Jordan Visser, both sophomores, who combined to score 18 points in the second half.

Moll finished the game with 15 points, while Visser pitched in six.

“We had some specific goals we wanted to meet tonight and we just didn’t show up,” Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad said of the loss.

Nikiski’s Rick Miller paced the Bulldogs with 12 points while Caleb Thurman added 11 points and Justin Vance contributed with eight points.

Heritage Christian boys 96, Nikiski 46

Friday night, the Bulldogs fell victim to a balanced scoring barrage from the Eagles, who had all but one player score.

Lonnie Ridgeway led the Eagles with 18 points, Gabe Webb netted 15 points and brothers Trenton and Thomas Millar each added 14 points.

Rick Miller scored 11 points to lead Nikiski and Justin Vance added 10 points.

The Nikiski boys and girls next game is senior night, Monday against Seward at Nikiski.

Saturday Girls

BULLDOGS 63, GRIZZLIES 37

Nikiski 15 13 13 22 — 63

Grace 9 13 7 8 — 37

NIKISKI (63) — Carlson 3 4-5 10, Pritchard 1 0-0 2, Griffel 0 3-4 3, Auldridge 2 4-9 8, H. Thompson 0 3-8 3, Herrin 10 8-13 32, T. Thompson 0 0-0 0, Jorgensen 2 1-4 5, Peek 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 23-42 63.

GRACE CHRISTIAN (37) — Marchuk 0 0-0 0, Ballestreri 0 2-5 2, Metcalf 2 2-2 6, Peck 0 0-0 0, Walls 3 1-2 7, Savage 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Petitfils 0 0-0 0, Perry 4 7-9 15, Berg 3 2-4 8. Totals — 13 12-22 37.

3-point goals — Nikiski 4 (Herrin 4). Total fouls — Nikiski 19, Grace Christian 28. Fouled out — Ballastreri, Wails, Savage, Perry, Berg.

Friday Girls

BULLDOGS 60, EAGLES 40

Nikiski 18 16 12 14 — 60

Heritage 9 11 2 18 — 40

NIKISKI (60) — Carlson 1 3-4 5, Pritchard 0 0-0 0, Griffel 2 0-2 5, Auldridge 3 3-7 9, H. Thompson 5 2-2 12, Herrin 11 3-4 27, T. Thompson 0 0-0 0, Jorgensen 0 2-2 2, Peek 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 13-21 60.

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (40) — Stuart 0 1-3 1, Porter 0 0-0 0, A. Simmons 15 5-9 37, M. Simmons 1 0-0 2, Reando 0 0-0 0, Hodgdon 0 0-0 0, Mestas 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Fredrickson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 6-12 40.

3-point goals — Nikiski 3 (Herrin 2, Griffel 1), Heritage Christian 2 ( A. Simmers 2 ). Total fouls — Nikiski 15, Heritage Christian 16. Fouled out — Hodgdon, Herrin.

Saturday Boys

GRIZZLIES 80, BULLDOGS 39

Grace 27 17 13 23 — 80

Nikiski 7 10 12 10 — 39

GRACE CHRISTIAN (80) — Ingalls 2 0-0 4, Lo. Karlberg 2 2-4 6, Boeger 4 0-0 10, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Le. Karlberg 10 0-0 26, Moll 7 1-2 15, Hartman 3 0-0 6, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Steck 0 0-0 0, Visser 2 2-4 6. Totals — 33 5-10 80.

NIKISKI (39) — Holloway 0 2-2 2, Lofquist 0 1-2 1, Miller 5 2-4 12, Cook 1 0-0 2, Ju. Vance 3 3-4 9, Jo. Vance 0 0-0 0, Tumbaga 1 0-1 2, Thurman 5 1-2 11. Totals — 18 9-15 39.

3-point goals — Grace Christian 8 (Le. Karlberg 6, Boeger 2). Total fouls — Grace Christian 11, Nikiski 11. Fouled out — Miller.

Friday boys

EAGLES 96, BULLDOGS 46

Heritage 38 26 12 20 — 96

Nikiski 13 7 14 12 — 46

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (96) — M. Millar 1 0-0 3, Thew 1 2-2 5, Baldwin 5 0-1 10, Tr. Millar 6 2-2 14, Cassel 0 0-0 0, Meissner 1 0-0 2, Th. Millar 6 2-2 14, Webb 6 2-4 15, Ju. Brady 2 0-0 4, Ridgeway 5 8-9 18, Jo. Brady 2 1-4 5, McPheters 3 0-0 6. Totals — 38 17-24 96.

NIKISKI (46) — Holloway 0 0-3 0, Lofquist 3 0-0 6, Miller 5 1-1 11, Cook 3 2-3 8, Ju. Vance 4 1-3 10, Jo. Vance 1 2-3 4, Tumbaga 0 0-0 0, Thurman 2 2-2 7. Totals — 18 8-15 46.

3-point goals — Heritage Christian 3 (M. Millar 1, Thew 1, Webb 1), Nikiski 2 (Ju. Vance 1, Thurman 1). Total fouls — Heritage Christian 12, Nikiski 18.



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