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Nikiski girls go 10-0 in district

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

The Nikiski High School basketball teams played a pair of intense, physical games Friday night, splitting with District 3/3A opponent Houston at Nikiski.

The Nikiski girls overcame a tough night offensively with good defense to fend off a challenge from the Hawks for a 48-40 win.

The Nikiski boys, however, weren't able to overcome a streaky offensive performance and fell to the Hawks 70-62.

The Nikiski girls finished off their regular season schedule Saturday with a 67-44 win over Heritage Christian to notch a 10-0 record in district play while the Nikiski boys finished with a 3-7 mark in district play after a 68-41 loss to Heritage.

"In streaks, we hit a lot of outside shots, but we didn't back that up with high percentage shots," said Nikiski boys coach Reid Kornstad after Friday's game. "We were too streaky offensively."

In the first half, the Bulldogs were able to use the 3-pointer to keep pace with the Hawks, hitting five of their 11 treys before heading into the locker room down by five, 36-31, at the half.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with three three-point possessions -- 3-pointers by Kevin Gerke and John Rooper, and a two-point basket and foul shot by Steve Carlson -- to tie the score at 40.

The Hawks, however, answered with their own streak, scoring the next 13 points. A two-point basket by Jeremiah Taylor stopped the bleeding, but the Hawks scored two more points in the third quarter and the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a 59-42 lead.

The Bulldogs were able to put together one more offensive run, outscoring the Hawks 17-3 with two 3-pointers from Gerke and a trey from Taylor to pull to within two points, 61-59, with just over two minutes to play.

The Hawks were able to regroup, though, taking advantage of a charging call against Nikiski and a bonus situation from the foul line to secure the win.

Gerke led the Bulldogs with 24 points, including six 3-pointers, while Taylor scored 17.

Jesse Webb scored 19 for the Hawks while Colton Connor and DJ Sandidge each netted 15.

One thing the game did indicate, though, was that next week's district tournament at Anchorage Christian Schools should be a dandy.

"Regions should be pretty exciting," Kornstad said. "A lot of teams are pretty evenly matched."

Against Heritage, Jorgensen led the Bulldogs with 13 points and Gerke netted 11, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles built an early lead on the strength of shooting from Jared Reando, who scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter.

The Nikiski girls had to fight off a strong challenge from Houston to remain unbeaten in District 3/3A play. The Hawks actually led by a point, 37-36, with three minutes left in the game.

Krystal Gladden tied the game with a foul shot, and Karen Rabung made it a one-point Nikiski lead with another foul shot after being fouled pulling down the rebound of Gladden's second shot.

Rabung came up with a steal and turned it into three points at the other end of the court, hitting for two points, drawing the foul and sinking the free throw. Sarah Herrin followed that with a nifty bit of team basketball with two points off an assist from Katie Floyd, who had been fed an outlet pass via a defensive rebound by Rabung, to give the Bulldogs a six-point, 43-37 lead.

The Bulldogs hung on for the final minute, due in large part to some tough defensive rebounding.

"The effort was fantastic," Romans said. "We got a few too many turnovers, and we didn't shoot too well, but defense and rebounding will keep you in games."

Rabung said she hoped the Bulldogs got their one bad game of the season out of the way before the district tournament.

"Our effort was there, it was just mental breakdowns here and there causing some turnovers, and we missed some easy shots," Rabung said. "... There are a lot of positives. We played the whole game together as a team. It's just easier to focus on the bad things because that's what we want to shore up before regions."

The Bulldogs started slow against Heritage, but Rabung scored 12 of her game-high 32 points in the second quarter as Nikiski overcame a 28-point night by the Eagles' Meggie Matteson to finish the regular season perfect in district play.

Nikiski trailed by six, 15-9, after the first quarter, but came back to lead 28-19 by halftime.

The Bulldogs then outscored the Eagles 11-6 in the third quarter, and 28-9 in the fourth quarter.

Hisa Miyara scored 12 points against Heritage for the Bulldogs.

Friday's games

Girls

BULLDOGS 48, HAWKS 40

Houston 9 6 10 15 -- 40

Nikiski 12 8 9 19 -- 48

HOUSTON (40) -- Treshar 1 1-2 3, Lapham 1 0-0 2, Harvey 0 1-2 1, Wood 0 0-0 0, Dixon 3 0-1 6, Conn 1 3-4 5, Pudwill 9 5-5 23, Bushey 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 10-14 40.

NIKISKI (48) -- Miyara 1 7-7 9, Ellis 0 1-2 1, Gladden 4 3-4 11, Floyd 3 0-4 6, Rabung 5 3-7 13, Herrin 3 2-4 8, Coveyou 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 16 16-28 48.

3-point goals -- none. Total fouls -- Nikiski 11, Houston 20. Fouled out -- none.

HAWKS 70, BULLDOGS 62

Houston 17 19 19 15 -- 70

Nikiski 17 14 11 20 -- 62

HOUSTON (70) -- Veit 0 0-0 0, Webb 7 3-6 19, Richey 0 0-0 0, Conner 5 5-6 15, Sandidge 6 3-4 15, Clemens 4 4-10 13, Torino 2 0-0 6, Edwards 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 25 15-26 70.

NIKISKI (62) -- Gerke 8 2-2 24, M. Jorgensen 3 1-2 9, Rooper 2 0-2 5, Epperheimer 0 0-0 0, Taylor 7 2-2 17, Carlson 2 2-3 7, F. Jorgensen 0 0-0 0, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22 7-11 62.

3-point goals -- Houston 3 (Torino 2, Clemens), Nikiski 11 (Gerke 6, M. Jorgensen 2, Rooper, Taylor, Carlson). Total fouls -- Houston 11, Nikiski 22. Fouled out -- Hitchcock, M. Jorgensen.

Saturday's games

Girls

BULLDOGS 67, EAGLES 44

Heritage 15 4 6 19 --44

Nikiski 9 19 11 28 --67

HERITAGE (44) -- Berlen 0 0-0 0, Crow 0 0-0 0, Smith 3 2-2 8, A. Millar 0 0-0 0, Sutherland 0 0-0 0, S. Millar 0 0-0 0, Matteson 7 11-16 28, Hanks 1 0-0 2, Eisenmayer 3 0-1 6, LeBarron 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 14 13-19 44.

NIKISKI (67) -- Miyara 5 2-2 12, Ellis 1 1-2 3, Gladden 2 3-4 7, Floyd 1 0-0 2, Rabung 12 8-14 32, Herrin 3 0-0 6, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0, Coveyou 2 1-2 5. Totals -- 27 15- 24 67.

3-point goals -- Heritage 3 (Matteson 3); Nikiski 0. Total fouls -- Heritage 20, Nikiski 15. Fouled out -- Hanks.

EAGLES 68, BULLDOGS 41

Heritage 24 10 16 18 --68

Nikiski 10 7 9 15 --41

HERITAGE (68) -- Whitener 1 0-0 3, Petrella 0 1-2 1, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Tr. Millar 5 1-3 13, Th. Millar 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 2 1-2 7, Kauffman 1 0-0 3, Ridgeway 1 0-0 2, Anderson 2 3-4 9, Jason Reando 4 0-0 8, Jared Reando 10 2-3 22. Totals -- 26 8-14 68.

NIKISKI (41) -- Gerke 4 0-2 11, M. Jorgensen 5 3-4 13, Rooper 1 0-0 3, Epperheimer 0 2-2 2, Taylor 2 2-4 6, Carlson 0 0-0 0, F. Jorgensen 1 0-0 2, Hitchcock 1 2-2 4, McGahan 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 14 9-14 41.

3-point goals -- Heritage 8 (Tr. Millar 2, Gutierrez 2, Anderson 2, Whitener 1, Kauffman 1); Nikiski 4 (Gerke 3, Rooper 1). Total fouls -- Heritage 13, Nikiski 15. Fouled out -- M. Jorgensen.



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