CIA, Ninilchik cagers split

Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Cook Inlet Academy basketball teams played Peninsula Conference foe Ninilchik Tuesday at Ninilchik, with the Wolverines winning 50-44 in the girls game and the Eagles taking a 65-34 decision in the boys game.

It was senior night for Ninilchik and one of the final regular season games for Cook Inlet Academy, too, as the conference tournament starts next week.

CIA approached the girls game in intense fashion, while Ninilchik had trouble getting things going in the beginning of the game.

Despite a slow start, the Wolverines did manage to hold a 14-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the Eagles maintained their intensity and early on in the second period they took an 18-16 lead after Melissa Moffis drained a jumper from the foul line.

"We wanted to come out with intensity and attack on offense and play tough defense too," said CIA girls coach Greg Bell.

Cook Inlet Academy's strategy worked for a while, but Ninilchik closed the second quarter on a 12-0 run and had a 32-20 advantage at the end of the first half.

The Ninilchik girls kept their lead through the third quarter, but in the fourth, the Eagles rallied behind several quick buckets and with 2:41 left in the game, the Wolverines' lead was cut to 42-38 after Moffis hit a three-pointer.

It would be as close as the Eagles would get, though, as Ninilchik's Krista Leman went 4-of-4 from the foul line in the final minutes to ice the victory.

"It was a great game, I'm really proud of the girls," Bell said. "It should give us confidence heading into regions."

Moffis finished with 17 points and Alyse Bell added 13 for the Eagles, while Ninilchik was led by Kendra Moerlein's 21 points and Krista Leman's 11.

"It was a fun last game and after losing to Skagway it was good to get a win against CIA," said Ninilchik senior Emily Wood following her last game in Ninilchik.

The Ninilchik girls were coming off their second loss of the season, dropping a game to the Skagway Panthers at the Tok Round Robin Tournament last weekend.

On the boys side, Cook Inlet Academy used a huge second quarter, outscoring the Wolverines 30-3, to pull away while spoiling senior night for Ninilchik.

After a 12-12 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles' Jeremy Franchino drained four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the lopsided period.

"We knew they (Ninilchik) would be fired up and emotional since it was their last home game, but we just wanted to match them," Franchino said.

Franchino was backed up by teammate Mike Kytonen, who hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points in the second quarter. The two combined for 30 total points, with all of them coming in the first half and most of the damage coming in the second period.

In the second half, the Wolverines just couldn't recover and went on to drop the game. Javin Halpin led the Wolverines with 18 points, while Francino finished with 17 points and Kytonen had 13 to lead the Eagles. Blake Gabriel also reached double figures, netting 10 points for the Eagles.

The Wolverines said goodbye to seniors Mindy Dawson, Wood, Maureen McCombs, Halpin, Connor Cooper, Blaine Doyle and Josh Klapack.

Girls

WOLVERINES 50, EAGLES 44

Ninilchik 14 18 8 10 —50

Cook Inlet Academy 10 10 8 16 —44

NINILCHIK (50) — H. Skjold 0 0-0 0, A. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Leman 1 9-10 11, Wolford 1 0-0 2, Rohr 0 0-0 0, Moerlein 9 3-4 21, Wood 2 4-4 8, K. Skjold 2 0-0 4, J. Bartolowits 1 0-0 2. Totals — 19 16-18 50.

CIA (44) — Query 1 0-0 2, Lindow 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, McNutt 0 0-0 0, Bell 5 2-4 13, Hillyer 0 0-0 0, Moffis 8 0-0 17, E. Thornton 0 0-0 0, Forsi 0 0-0 0, H. Thornton 5 0-0 10. Totals — 20 2-4 44.

3-point goals — CIA 2 (Bell, Moffis). Total fouls — Ninilchik 8, CIA 14. Fouled out — none.

Boys

EAGLES 65, WOLVERINES 34

Cook Inlet Academy 12 30 10 13 —65

Ninilchik 12 3 8 11 —34

CIA (65) — Franchino 6 0-0 17, Fowler 0 1-2 1, Byrd 3 0-0 6, Kytonen 5 0-0 13, Beeson 2 4-4 8, Forsi 0 1-2 1, Burger 0 0-0 0, McAuliffe 0 0-1 0, Hall 4 1-2 9, Brown 0 0-0 0, Gabriel 5 0-1 10. Totals — 25 7-12 65.

NINILCHIK (34) — Halpin 6 6-8 18, Vanderford 1 1-1 3, Amato 0 0-0 0, Doyle 0 1-2 1, Wheeler 0 0-0 0, Powe 1 0-0 2, Klapack 0 0-0 0, Chihuly 0 0-2 0, Leman 1 0-0 3, Skrypjyk 0 0-0 0, Cuffe 0 0-0 0, Cooper 2 2-2 7. Totals — 11 10-13 34.

3-point goals — CIA 8 (Franchino 5, Kytonen 3). Ninilchik 2 (Leman, Cooper). Total fouls — CIA 14, Ninilchik 11. Fouled out — Gabriel.



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