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CIA senior boys get rousing send-off

In girls game, Lumen Christi picks up its first win ever on Eagles’ home floor

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006

It was an evening of a first and lasts Friday at Cook Inlet Academy.

The first came first, when the Lumen Christi girls basketball team defeated the Eagles 44-34 in Peninsula Conference action. It is the first time the Archangels have notched a win on CIA’s floor.

The lasts came last, when CIA seniors Jeremy Franchino, Marcus Brown, Steven Burger and Mike Kytonen stepped off the floor after the Eagles’ 77-42 win over Lumen. It was the last home game for all the seniors. They were honored along with girls player Stephanie McNutt, who is no longer playing this season due to injury.

“The seniors are a great bunch of guys,” CIA boys coach Greg Bell said. “They’ve made this a great season. They’ve shown a lot of class both on and off the court.”

Bell said each of the seniors spent all four years at Cook Inlet Academy. Last year, the Eagles won a Class 2A state championship.

All nine players scored for CIA, which led 24-5 after the first quarter. Franchino led all scorers with 23 points, while Nate Byrd added 22 points. Kytonen had five points, while Burger and Brown added two points.

“Everybody got a lot of playing time tonight,” Bell said. “We also got a chance to work on a lot of things. This is a great game to go into regions on.”

The Peninsula Conference tournament starts Wednesday in Bristol Bay.

Lumen Christi girls 44, Cook Inlet Academy 34

The Archangels rebounded from a three-point first quarter to post the first victory at CIA for the young program. It is Lumen’s second victory over CIA this season.

“We actually played better on defense this game,” CIA girls coach Pixie Smith said. “We should have had a close game, but under the circumstances, it didn’t happen.”

It didn’t happen because the Archangels were able to bottle up Cook Inlet Academy’s offense until the fourth quarter. CIA scored 20 points in the first three quarters and 14 in the fourth quarter.

CIA came out on defense and was determined to slow down Lumen’s point guard. The plan worked in the first half, as Lumen had just a 15-13 lead at intermission. In the second half, Lumen girls coach Jarod Brownson, whose team improved to 16-3 overall and 8-1 in the conference, said his squad’s offense picked up due to improved guard play. Lumen outscored CIA 17-7 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

“They came out and played really intense on defense,” Brownson said of the Eagles. “They are used to beating us.”

Nikelle Kruger had 13 points to lead Lumen, while May Henry added 11 points. For CIA, Brooke Forsi had 15 points and Melissa Moffis added 11 points.

Girls

ARCHANGELS 44, EAGLES 34

Lumen Christi 3 12 17 12 —44

CIA 7 6 7 14 —34

LUMEN CHRISTI (44) — Henry 3 3-3 11, Ke. McNeal 3 0-0 8, George 0 0-0 0, Ka. McNeal 2 1-2 5, Kjelstad 0 0-0 0, Suemai 3 1-3 7, Kruger 6 1-1 13. Totals — 17 6-9 44.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (34) — McNutt 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 2 0-2 4, McConnell 1 0-0 2, Ke. White 1 0-0 2, Hillyer 0 0-0 0, Moffis 4 3-6 11, Forsi 5 4-8 15, Ka. White 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 7-16 34.

3-point goals — Lumen Christi 4 (Henry 2, Ke. McNeal 2); CIA 1 (Forsi 1). Team fouls — Lumen Christi 15, CIA 14. Fouled out — none.

Boys

EAGLES 77, ARCHANGELS 42

Lumen Christi 5 9 12 16 —42

CIA 24 19 21 13 —77

LUMEN CHRISTI (42) — Dooley 3 0-0 9, Hudlow 6 0-2 13, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Bakic 2 0-0 5, Fisk 1 0-0 2, Barris 6 1-2 13, Neuerburg 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 1-4 42.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (77) — Franchino 9 1-2 23, Tieaskie 2 0-0 4, Libert 3 0-0 7, Byrd 11 1-4 22, Kytonen 2 0-0 5, Litchfield 2 2-2 7, Forsi 2 0-0 5, Burger 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-2 2. Totals — 31 6-10 77.

3-point goals — Lumen Christi 5 (Dooley 3, Hudlow 1, Bakic 1); CIA 9 (Franchino 4, Libert 1, Byrd 1, Kytonen 1, Litchfield 1, Forsi 1). Team fouls — Lumen Christi 8, CIA 4. Fouled out — none.



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