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Skagway drops CIA

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Same opponent. Same arena.

And same disappointing result for the Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team.

The Eagles lost to Skagway in the semifinals of the Class 2A state tournament at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage for the second straight year Tuesday, falling 48-29.

Skagway, which won the championship in 2010, advances to another title game and faces Yakutat at 7:30 p.m. today at Sullivan. Cook Inlet drops to the third-place game. The Eagles face Tri-Valley at 1 p.m. today at Sullivan.

"Leading up to the game I liked how loose, yet in game-mode, we were," CIA coach Rustin Hitchcock said. "Skagway sort of surprised us, even though we knew what to expect. It was a really weird phenomenon."

A night after blowing out Togiak in the first round with a 28-4 run in the third quarter, the Eagles never found a rhythm against Skagway.

Kelsie Leaf, an all-state player, managed just three points on 1-of-4 shooting and battled foul trouble much of the game. She played 25 minutes, but received few looks at the basket against Skagway's 2-3 zone defense.

Meagan Bauder and Tiana McGahan combined for 20 points -- Tiffany Smith added six -- but no other Cook Inlet player scored.

The Panthers used a 14-2 run in the second quarter to build a 12-point halftime lead, and Cook Inlet trailed by at least 10 over the final 16 minutes.

"I can't put a finger on it," said Hitchcock, whose team's only double-digit loss this season came against Nikiski when the Eagles were shorthanded. "There was a lack of execution. We were throwing up bewildering shots, and I couldn't figure out why."

Both Skagway and Cook Inlet returned a majority of players from 2010, when the Panthers defeated the Eagles to move into the title game.

This was an opportunity for Cook Inlet -- especially the seniors -- to avenge that loss. Instead, the Eagles must settle for either third or fifth place.

Hitchcock said all the players can do is regroup and focus on finishing the season with a win. Cook Inlet entered the tournament as the Peninsula Conference No. 1 seed.

"We're going to give them some space tonight and get back at it," Hitchcock said. "Third place is a very nice consolation prize, so we've got to be ready to play."

Seldovia girls 47, Chevak 32

Sarah Geagel shared the court with nine players, but her performance was worthy of its own

Geagel turned in a career performance when her squad needed it most, scoring 37 points to lead the Seldovia girls basketball team to a 47-32 win over Chevak on the second day of the 2A state tournament Tuesday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

With the victory, Seldovia moves on to face Tikigaq at 9:40 a.m. today at Sullivan in the game for fourth place. Tikigaq defeated Togiak 72-30 Tuesday after losing to Skagway in Monday's opening round.

Geagel hit 13-of-26 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line, outscoring Chevak's entire team by five points. She also helped Seldovia overcome a shooting effort in which the rest of team was a combined 2-of-25 from the field.

The Sea Otters scored 19 of the first 21 points and built a 29-13 lead at halftime. Sarah O'Leary added seven points for Seldovia, while Ida Nash led Chevak with 12.

Chevak was eliminated from the tournament.

Tuesday

Panthers 48, Eagles 29

Cook Inlet 10 2 8 9 --29

Skagway 10 14 9 15 --48

COOK INLET (29) -- Smith 2 2-6 6, Davidson 0 0-0 0, McGahan 4 1-2 10, Moffis 0 0-0 0, M. Bauder 4 0-3 10, L. Bauder 0 0-0 0, Powers 0 0-0 0, Brush 0 0-0 0, Leaf 1 1-4 3. Totals -- 11 4-15 29.

SKAGWAY (48) -- Surdyk 0 0-0 0, O'Daniel 3 10-14 18, Korsmo 1 2-4 4, Je. Ellis 6 1-4 13, Brown 0 0-0 0, Leaverton 4 1-2 11, Ja. Ellis 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 15 14-24 48.

3-point field goals -- Cook Inlet 3 (M. Bauder 2, McGahan); Skagway 4 (O'Daniel 2, Leaverton 2). Team fouls -- Cook Inlet 18, Skagway 12. Fouled out -- Smith.

Sea Otters 47, Comets 32

Seldovia 19 10 7 11 --47

Chevak 2 11 7 12 --32

SELDOVIA (47) -- O'Leary 2 3-4 7, 15 6-9 37, Romanoff 0 0-0 0, Hilts 1 0-0 3, Swick 0 0-0 0, 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 18 9-13 47.

CHEVAK (32) -- Nash 4 3-8 12, Tuluk 0 0-0 0, Jones 1 0-0 2, Agimuk 1 0-0 3, Tall 2 0-0 5, Ulroan 2 0-0 4, Ballard 1 0-0 2, Paniyak 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 13 3-8 32.

3-point field goals -- Seldovia 2 (Geagel, Hilts); Chevak 3 (Nash, Agimuk, Tall). Team fouls -- Seldovia 9, Chevak 16. Fouled out -- none.



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