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Seward girls wrap up No. 1 seed

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2004

For a half, the Nikiski High School girls basketball team was right with the Seward Seahawks, District 3/3A's top team.

Then, Bam!, the Seahawks kicked it up a notch in the second half, defeating the host Bulldogs 42-24 Friday in district play.

Also Friday, the Nikiski boys withstood an early challenge from the Seahawks before running away with a 77-50 win.

"Nikiski played a good first half," said Seward coach Roger Steinbrecher, whose Seahawks led 16-13 at the half. "We didn't play a bad first half either, we just had trouble scoring.

"... In the second half, I think we executed real well. We ran a few special plays I didn't want to use, but Nikiski forced us to use some things."

The win secures the top seed for Seward (19-3 overall, 12-0 in district play) in next week's district tournament.

The Seahawks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Nikiski's Sarah Herrin put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws midway through the first quarter.

Teammate Stacey Griffel then hit a jump shot from near the foul line to tie the score at four before Seward's Lara Loomis hit one of two free throws to give the Seahawks a 5-4 lead after one quarter of play.

Baskets were just as hard to come by in the second quarter. Nikiski's Lynzie Ellis hit for three off an inbound play to open the quarter, giving Nikiski a 7-5 lead, and Seward's Emma Seigel answered with a jumper for two to tie the game. Seward made it a six-point run by going 4-for-6 from the foul line in the first four minutes of the quarter.

 

Kenai's Jordan Jenckes goes up over Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman for one of this game-high 10 rebounds as Kenai's Geoffrey Gemmell and Soldotna's Matt Hicks look on Friday at SoHi.

Photo by Jay Barrett

Nikiski stayed right with the Seahawks, though, as a basket for two by Herrin pulled the Bulldogs to within two points, 11-9.

Seward's Jenni Regis added a two-point basket and Herrin hit a free throw before each team completed three-point plays to end the half Seward's by Regis and Nikiski's by Herrin.

Seward changed the tone of things in the second half, though, pushing the ball up the floor quickly and opening the third quarter with an 8-1 run for a 24-14 lead.

Seward never looked back as it led by 15 at the end of the third quarter.

"We did take the ball up the floor pretty quick quite a bit. That put them on the defensive," Steinbrecher said.

Steinbrecher credited Breanna Bardarson with a great job of rebounding and said Lisa Steinbrecher and Regis each played some of their best basketball of the season. Steinbrecher said he was particularly impressed with the way his team executed in the third quarter.

 

Soldotna guard Brittany Howard drives past Kenai guard Laura Moore Friday at Soldotna High School.

Photo by Jay Barrett

Sarah Herrin led the Bulldogs with 10 points while Krystal Gladden scored five.

"If Nikiski can play as well as they did in the first half, they're going to be hard to beat" at the district tournament, Steinbrecher said.

In the boys game, Seward led briefly in the first half before the Bulldogs got their fast-paced offensive cranked up.

"Seward came out ready to play and really challenged us in the first quarter," said Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad. "We just kept with our transition game offense. I felt like it ended up wearing them down."

Nikiski led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but began to pull away in the second quarter and led 32-19 at the half.

"They tried to get us to go away from (our offense)," Kornstad said. "In one of those timeouts, I challenged the guys to stay with the transition game. It's only going to pay off if you stay with it for four quarters."

Jeremiah Taylor led the Bulldogs with 29 points, including a 3-pointer to open the second half. Miles Jorgensen scored 12 and Kevin Epperheimer netted 10 for the Bulldogs.

Blake Pullins scored 13 and Chris Fulwider netted 11 for the Seahawks.

"We had a nice mix of running the fast break and our halfcourt game, which we've been struggling with this season," Taylor said. "I think we've got it down."

Girls

SEAHAWKS 42, BULLDOGS 24

Seward 5 11 19 7 42

Nikiski 4 9 7 4 24

SEWARD (42) Gaule 0 0-0 0, Hetrick 0 0-0 0, Bardarson 1 4-5 6, Steinbrecher 3 5-5 11, Hoogland 0 0-0 0, Regis 4 1-1 9, Boulden 1 2-4 4, Loomis 0 1-2 1, Seigel 5 1-2 11, Adelmann 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 14-19 42.

NIKISKI (24) Salonen 0 0-0 0, Ellis 1 0-0 3, Gladden 2 1-2 5, Griffel 1 1-2 3, Auldridge 0 0-0 0, Thompson 1 0-0 3, Herrin 3 4-5 10, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 6-9 24.

3-point goals Nikiski 1 (Thompson). Total fouls Seward 10, Nikiski 15. Fouled out Thompson.

BULLDOGS 77, SEAHAWKS 50

Seward 10 9 14 17 50

Nikiski 13 19 21 24 77

SEWARD (50) Hetrick 0 0-1 0, Pullins 4 4-6 13, Thayes 0 0-0 0, Fulwider 4 1-2 11, Wilder 1 0-0 3, Buchanan 0 2-2 2, Hubbard 0 0-0 0, Beck 3 2-3 8, Chase 0 0-0 0, Swiderski 1 0-0 2, Dieckgraeff 1 1-1 3, Banse 1 1-2 5. Totals 17 12-18 50.

NIKISKI (77) Jorgensen 6 0-2 12, Kellie 1 0-2 2, Quesnel 3 0-0 8, Curren 1 0-0 2, Holloway 0 0-0 0, Taylor 12 1-2 29, Epperheimer 3 2-2 10, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Hemphill 1 0-0 2, Boye 0 0-0 0, McGahan 4 0-1 8. Totals 33 3-9 77.

3-point goals Seward 4 (Fulwider 2, Pullins, Wilder), Nikiski 8 (Taylor 4, Quesnal 2, Epperheimer 2). Total fouls Seward 11, Nikiski 19. Fouled out none. Technical fouls McGahan, Hetrick.

Nikiski girls 42, Anchorage Christian Schools 22

The Bulldogs closed out their District 3/3A schedule by topping the visiting Lions. Sarah Herrin paced Nikiski with 12 points, while Aimee Villard led ACS with 11 points.

BULLDOGS 42, LIONS 22

ACS 8 5 2 7 22

Nikiski 10 10 16 6 42

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN (22) Villard 3 1-2 11, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Volstad 0 0-0 0, Hoch 2 1-2 5, Whitecavage 0 0-2 0, LeBeauf 0 0-0 0, Madren 1 0-0 2, Hunter 1 2-2 4. Totals 7 4-8 22.

NIKISKI (42) Salonen 0 1-2 1, Ellis 2 0-0 4, Gladden 0 2-3 2, Griffel 2 0-0 4, Auldridge 2 5-5 9, Thompson 4 0-1 8, Herrin 2 8-10 12, Hitchcock 1 0-0 2, Patterson 0 0-0 0, Frideric 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 16-21 42.

3-point goals Anchorage Christian 1 (Villard 1). Team fouls Anchorage Christian 14, Nikiski 12. Fouled out Madren.

Anchorage Christian Schools boys 55, Nikiski 40

The visiting Lions used an explosive fourth quarter to pick up a District 3/3A victory Saturday.

Anchorage Christian had a 34-31 lead entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Nikiski 21-9 in the final eight minutes.

Hunter Hegge had 16 points for the Lions, while Zack Madren added 14 points and Chet Dyson added 10 points. Kevin Epperheimer paced Nikiski with 11 points.

LIONS 55, BULLDOGS 40

ACS 12 10 12 21 55

Nikiski 14 9 8 9 40

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN (55) Slepecki 0 0-0 0, Madren 5 3-7 14, Hegge 7 2-7 16, Gogain 0 0-0 0, Dyson 8 2-2 20, Hawkins 2 1-2 5, Dwyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-18 55.

NIKISKI (40) Jorgensen 3 2-3 8, Quesnel 1 0-0 3, Curren 2 0-0 5, Taylor 2 0-0 5, Epperheimer 3 3-5 11, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Boye 0 0-0 0, McGahan 1 1-1 4. Totals 14 6-10 40.

3-point goals Anchorage Christian 3 (Dyson 2, Madren 1); Nikiski 6 (Epperheimer 2, Quesnel 1, Curren 1, Taylor 1, McGahan 1). Team fouls Anchorage Christian 15, Nikiski 16. Fouled out Jorgensen, Anderson.



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