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Nikiski girls top Seward on senior night

Seahawks use balanced scoring attack to earn conference victory in boys game

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Not bad, for 30 percent shooting.

The Nikiski girls cruised to a 47-29 victory over Southcentral Conference rival Seward Monday despite a cold night from the floor. The Bulldogs improved to 11-0 in the conference and 18-3 overall, while the Seahawks fell to 5-5 in the conference and 9-11 overall.

In the boys game, Seward used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Nikiski 78-50.

The Nikiski girls were able to use rebounding and defense to offset a tough night from the floor.

“You can’t always count on shooting,” Nikiski girls coach Ward Romans said. “We’re a very good shooting team, but we were cold tonight. We overcame cold shooting with rebounding and defense.”

Nikiski celebrated senior night, because Monday was the last time seniors Stacey Griffel, Sasha Auldridge and Sarah Herrin would play on their home floor. The senior night adrenaline gave Nikiski a vicious press early.

Seward committed turnovers on its first seven possessions. By the time the Seahawks got their first shot up, they were down 8-0. Seward finished 0 for 3 from the floor in the first quarter and did not score until 6:02 remained in the second quarter, when Juno Prochazka canned a jumper to make the score 22-2. At that point Herrin, who would finish with 17 points, already had 14 points.

“We came out tentative, and we found out what happens when you come out tentative against Nikiski,” Seward coach Roger Steinbrecher said.

Steinbrecher said his club did a good job attempting a comeback in the final three quarters. In the second quarter, the Seahawks put together a 7-0 run to cut the gap to 24-11 with 57 seconds until halftime. The Seahawks packed it in on defense and gave up some open 3-pointers, but Nikiski went 1 of 8 from downtown in the second quarter.

“Roger is a great coach and he has a great program,” Romans said. “We always benefit when we play Seward. Tonight, they did some things to us that will help us in the future.”

In the third quarter, Seward cut the gap to 30-20 with 3:36 on the clock, but 10 points was as close as the Seahawks would get. Seward had 32 turnovers in the game, including eight in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth quarter, and that prevented the Seahawks from making a strong charge.

With Griffel and Auldridge providing on-the-ball pressure, Thompson constantly getting steals in post defense, and Herrin and Thompson crashing the glass, the Bulldogs were able to overcome cold shooting. Thompson joined Herrin in double figures with 13 points.

“I thought we did a good job in the final three quarters,” Steinbrecher said. “We have to keep playing that way.”

The Bulldogs have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, but Seward needs to beat Grace Christian and Houston this weekend to get the No. 3 seed.

Seward boys 78, Nikiski 50

Mitch Harris and Coty Beck had 14 points, Caleb Adelmann had 13 points and Isaac Swiderski added 12 points as the Seahawks triumphed on Nikiski’s senior night.

Caleb Thurman had 20 points for Nikiski, while Rick Miller added 15. Miller, Thurman, Justin Vance, Justin Tumbaga and Tav Schwenke were honored on senior night.

Wasilla girls 59, Homer 48

The Warriors picked up a Northern Lights Conference victory over the Mariners Monday in Homer. Wasilla led by one point entering the final eight minutes before dominating the fourth quarter.

Reba Temple paced Homer with 14 points.

Wasilla boys 55, Homer 52

The Warriors notched a conference victory Monday in Homer by overcoming a 14-6 deficit after the first quarter. Homer’s Luke Gilbert led all scorers in the game with 20 points.

Girls

WARRIORS 59, MARINERS 48

Wasilla 9 22 14 14 —59

Homer 12 11 21 4 —48

WASILLA (59) — Parson 1 1-1 3, Wesser 1 3-4 5, Semler 3 0-0 7, Putnam 5 3-6 13, Fulton 2 0-0 4, Brown 4 0-0 10, Johnson 6 3-4 17. Totals — 22 10-15 59.

HOMER (48) — Bornheimer 2 0-0 4, Creamer 2 1-1 5, Arno 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 4 0-0 8, Siekaniec 2 2-3 6, McKinstry 4 3-4 11, Temple 7 0-0 14. Totals — 21 6-8 48.

3-point goals — Wasilla 5 (Johnson 2, Brown 2, Semler 1). Team fouls — Wasilla 14, Homer 14. Fouled out — none.

BULLDOGS 47, SEAHAWKS 29

Seward 0 11 11 7 —29

Nikiski 18 9 7 13 —47

SEWARD (29) — D. Foldager 0 0-0 0, Beals 0 0-0 0, Prochazka 4 0-0 9, Sawyer 0 0-2 0, Banic 0 0-0 0, R. Foldager 0 0-2 0, Hill 0 0-0 0, Stallings 0 5-7 5, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Kain 0 0-0 0, Gillespie 3 0-0 8, Schaugaard 0 2-2 2, Crane 2 1-2 5. Totals — 9 8-15 29.

NIKISKI (47) — Carlson 1 0-0 2, Pritchard 0 0-0 0, Griffel 2 1-2 6, Auldridge 3 1-4 7, Thompson 5 2-2 13, Herrin 6 3-4 17, Jorgensen 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 7-12 47.

3-point goals — Seward 3 (Gillespie 2, Prochazka 1); Nikiski 4 (Herrin 2, Thompson 1, Griffel 1). Team fouls — Seward 13, Nikiski 13. Fouled out — none.

Boys

WARRIORS 55, MARINERS 52

Wasilla 6 19 12 18 —55

Homer 14 11 12 15 —52

WASILLA (55) — Bean 7 2-2 17, Hobbs 3 2-3 9, Johannes 0 0-0 0, Collins 1 0-0 3, Troshynski 4 0-0 8, Johannes 1 4-5 6, Stearman 5 1-2 11, Williams 0 1-2 1. Totals — 21 10-14 55.

HOMER (52) — Smith 2 4-4 9, Szymoniak 0 2-2 2, Gilbert 7 3-4 20, McKinstry 0 0-0 0, Isenhour 3 0-0 8, Logan 1 0-0 2, Layland 2 2-4 6, Thompson 0 0-0 0, McWilliams 2 1-1 5. Totals — 17 12-15 52.

3-point goals — Wasilla 3 (Bean 1, Hobbs 1, Collins 1); Homer 6 (Gilbert 3, Isenhour 2, Smith 1). Team fouls — Wasilla 19, Homer 19. Fouled out — Isenhour.

SEAHAWKS 78, BULLDOGS 50

Seward 19 17 17 25 —78

Nikiski 13 11 12 14 —50

SEWARD (78) — Hetrick 1 0-0 2, Swiderski 5 2-2 12, B. Beck 1 0-2 2, C. Beck 6 2-6 14, Price 0 1-2 1, Olsen 1 1-2 3, Harris 5 4-4 14, Elhard 3 0-0 8, O’Brikis 4 1-2 9, Adelmann 5 3-6 13. Totals — 31 20-26 78.

NIKISKI (50) — Holloway 0 0-0 0, Lofquist 1 0-0 2, Miller 6 2-4 15, Cook 2 1-1 5, Ju. Vance 2 4-6 8, Jo. Vance 0 0-0 0, Tumbaga 0 0-0 0, Schwenke 0 0-2 0, Thurman 8 3-5 20. Totals — 19 10-18 50.

3-point goals — Seward 1 (Elhard 1); Nikiski 2 (Miller 1, Thurman 1). Team fouls — Seward 19, Nikiski 22. Fouled out — Miller.



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