CIA girls, boys advance to title game

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2009

Amie Smithwick netted a game-high 25 points and Kelsie Leaf added 20 in propelling Cook Inlet Academy to a 74-46 win over Bristol Bay in the semifinals of the Peninsula Conference tournament on Thursday at Lumen Christi High School.

Smithwick also recorded 10 steals, while Leaf had 15 rebounds and Tiffany Smith collected 15 points and 11 boards.

"She played great," CIA coach Jason Hofseth said of Smithwick. "We pressed and she put a lot of pressure on their ball-handlers and did a great job. She was Amie.

"Three double-doubles in one game," he added, "that's pretty impressive."

The second-seeded Eagles led 23-10 after the first, 38-22 at halftime and never let up, tacking on 20 more points in the third and 16 in the fourth in advancing to today's 7:45 p.m. championship game against top-seeded Ninilchik.

"I wasn't unnervous until there was about two minutes left in the game," Hofseth said. "I felt like it was a lot closer than the score at the end."

The Wolverines have beaten Cook Inlet three times this season, once on a buzzer-beater and the other two times by a combined nine points.

"I'm hoping that we're going to be ready for it," Hofseth said of the title game. "We've prepared for them three times in the past and the gameplan's not going to change. We're just going to go after them.

"My girls have a lot of confidence after this last game," he added. "This was a good confidence booster."

Anna Chukwak scored 15 points for the Angels, who drop into the consolation bracket and will take on fourth-seeded Nikolaevsk at 9 a.m. today for the right to continue fighting for the second state-tournament berth.

Cook Inlet Academy boys 65, Bristol Bay 44

Robbie Smithwick hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points and Shane Moffis and Stefan Reischach each added nine points as the top-seeded Eagles beat the Angels on Thursday in advancing to today's championship contest of the Peninsula Conference tournament.

Cook Inlet trailed 11-4 early in the first quarter before storming back to take a 24-13 lead after eight minutes and a 41-21 lead at halftime.

"We hit some big 3s to get us back in the game and the defense caused a lot of turnovers for them," said CIA coach Greg Bell. "We got back into the game pretty quickly, actually by the end of the first, and we were kind of in pretty good shape."

The Eagles will now play in today's 6 p.m. title game against Ninilchik, a team Cook Inlet defeated twice this season.

"The last two meetings, we won both games, but they've been pretty tough games," Bell said. "They'll come at us hard. It's a good team and we know we've got to play well to beat them."

Brycin Pacheco scored 16 points and Jaxon Wassillie added 15 for No. 4 Bristol Bay, which will play Lumen Christi at 10:45 a.m. today. The sixth-seeded Archangels earned their spot in the consolation quarterfinals with a 54-28 win over seventh-seeded Nanwalek on Thursday.

Ninilchik boys 73, Nikolaevsk 53

Cody Presley and Tylor Sutherland netted 20 points apiece and the second-seeded Wolverines scored 32 points in the opening quarter in advancing to today's Peninsula Conference championship game with a win over the third-seeded Warriors on Thursday at Lumen Christi.

After outscoring Nikolaevsk, 32-12, in the first eight minutes, the Warriors battled back and trimmed the deficit to 10 entering the fourth. But Ninilchik, which also got 16 points from Jefferson Klapak, outscored Nikolaevsk, 21-11, in the fourth in sealing their championship fate.

The Wolverines will now meet top-seeded Cook Inlet Academy in today's final for the right to travel to the Class 2A state tournament in Anchorage.

The loser will then drop into the consolation bracket, where they will have to win one game to also go to state.

Mark Fefelov and Christopher Kalugin scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Warriors, who will now play fifth-seeded Whittier in the consolation quarterfinals at 12:30 p.m. today.

Ninilchik girls 42 Seldovia 31

Lindsey Rohr scored 21 points and Grace Ehlers added eight in guiding the top-seeded Wolverines past the fifth-seeded Sea Otters on Thursday and into today's championship contest of the Peninsula Conference tourney. The Wolverines will now play Cook Inlet at 7:45 p.m. today with a state trip on the line.

"It's going to be tough. CIA has gotten a lot better," Ninilchik coach Rod Van Saun said of the pending matchup with Cook Inlet.

Courtney Collier netted 13 points for Seldovia, which will play in today's 2:15 p.m. consolation semifinal game against the winner of the game between Nikolaevsk and Bristol Bay.

Boys

Wolverines 73, Warriors 53

Ninilchik 32 8 12 21 --73

Nikolaevsk 12 15 15 11 --53

NINILCHIK (73) -- Cooper 5, Sutherland 20, Self 4, Q. Bennett 2, Presley 20, Klapak 16, S. Bennett 6.

NIKOLAEVSK (53) -- Melkomukov 5, Yakunin 9, Kalugin 11, Tipikin 2, M. Fefelov 14, Ivanov 4, V. Fefelov 6.

Eagles 65, Angels 44

Bristol Bay 13 8 11 12 --44

Cook Inlet 24 17 9 15 --65

BRISTOL BAY (44) -- Wilson 3, Coghill 5, Rush 5, Brycin Pacheco 16, Jaxon Wassillie 15. Totals -- 19 2-5 44.

COOK INLET (65) -- Munn 8, Litchfield 7, Rowley 2, S. Moffis 9, S. Reischach 9, Smithwick 12, Grinestaff 2, Bell 6, D. Reischach 2, Doyle 8. Totals -- 24 10-16 65

3-point goals -- Bristol Bay 3 (Pacheco 2, Wilson 1), Cook Inlet 7 (Smithwick 4, Litchfield 1, S. Moffis 1, Bell 1).

Girls

Eagles 74, Angels 46

Cook Inlet 23 15 20 16 --74

Bristol Bay 10 12 14 10 --46

COOK INLET (74) -- Smith 15, Bauder 3, Smithwick 25, Leaf 20, McGahan 6, Anderson 2, Powers 4.

BRISTOL BAY (46) -- Phelps 3, Klein 7, Wilson 6, Pacheco 6, Monson 7, Chukwak 15, Holstrom 1.

Wolverines 42 Sea Otters 31

Ninilchik 5 15 9 13 --42

Seldovia 5 6 4 16 --31

NINILCHIK (42) -- Peltier 2, Schnabl 7, Rohr 21, Dahl 4, Ehlers 8.

SELDOVIA (31) -- Collier 13, Hecks 4, S. O'Leary 3, Suydam 4, K. O'Leary 7.



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