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Nikiski's Rabung stands tall against Kotzebue

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2003

Nikiski's Karen Rabung scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Kotzebue 56-35 Thursday in the opening round of the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

The Bulldogs, the defending state champions, will play Petersburg at 7:05 p.m. today in the tournament semifinals. Nikiski is ranked second in the latest prep poll, while Petersburg is fourth.

Thursday, Rabung, a second team all-state player last year, took ample advantage of her height inside.

Rabung, who will play on scholarship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks next season, is listed at 6-foot on the Nikiski roster. The tallest player on Kotzebue's roster is 5-8.

That disparity allowed Rabung to hit 10 of her 12 shots from the field and 5 of her 7 free throws.

Rabung also helped Nikiski to a huge advantage on the boards. The senior's 14 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds, pushed the Bulldogs to a 41-20 rebound edge. Nikiski had 18 offensive rebounds, while the Huskies had just six offensive rebounds.

Despite these lopsided numbers, the Huskies were actually in the game until the fourth quarter.

Kotzebue's Evelyn Conwell, who finished with 22 points, scored her team's first seven points as the Huskies jumped out to a 7-6 lead.

However, Nikiski's Krystal Gladden started just as strong as Conwell. Gladden hit dumped in a layup -- her sixth point of the game -- to give Nikiski the lead back at 8-7.

The Bulldogs were able to hold the lead until Janissa Reich hit a jumper while getting fouled, and converted the ensuing foul shot, to give Kotzebue a 19-18 lead early in the second quarter.

Rabung began to dominate in the second quarter, finishing the half with 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting, but Kotzebue still hung tough and was down 28-25 at the half.

Things began to unravel for the Huskies after Conwell dumped in a layup to make it 38-33 late in the third quarter. Nikiski outscored Kotzebue 20-2 over the course of the rest of the game for a comfortable victory.

Kotzebue was 50 percent from the floor in the first half and just 18 percent in the second half. Nikiski, meanwhile, was 50 percent from the floor in the first half and 40 percent in the second half.

Hisa Miyara added 12 points for the Bulldogs.

Barrow 54, Seward 47

The Whalers upset the third-ranked Seahawks in the tournament's opening round.

Seward took an early advantage, leading 15-7 after the first quarter and 29-20 at the half.

Barrow cut the lead to six, 41-35, at the end of the third quarter, and outscored the Seahawks 19-6 in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Barrow was 14-of-19 from the foul line in the second half while the Seahawks only had two shots from the charity stripe in the frame, sinking them both.

Michelle Dieckgraeff led the Seahawks with 16 points while Ann Linville pulled down 10 rebounds.

Martina Leavitt scored 16 points to lead the Whalers.

Petersburg girls 53, Eielson 42

The Vikings opened up the tournament with a win over Eielson

Kayleigh Short led the Viking with 18 points while Autumn Streuli scored 11.

Janay DeLoach paced the Ravens with 20 points.

Petersburg put together a big first quarter, jumping out to a 20-8 lead, then played the Ravens even through the rest of the game.

Craig boys 54, Delta 47

Craig's Raymond Douville led all scorers with 21 points as the Panthers won their opening-round matchup with the Huskies.

Jordan Savage and Fred Hamilton each scored 10 points for the Panthers, and Hamilton also contributed 10 rebounds.

Matt Fisher led the Huskies with 17 points.

Valdez boys 66, Petersburg 49

The Buccaneers kept their perfect season record intact with an opening-round win over Petersburg.

Valdez's Mark Banner led all scorers with 22 points while Carl Arts netted 20 and Kris Craig scored 34.

Jon Randrup and Kyle Skinner each scored 10 points for the Vikings.

Valdez led 19-12 after the first quarter, but Petersburg pulled to within two points, 34-32, at the half. The Buccaneers extended their lead in the third quarter, then put the game away with a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter.

Barrow boys 54, Anchorage Christian 41

The Whalers knocked off the Lions in the opening round, keeping every player on the ACS roster under 10 points.

Josh Thomas led Barrow with 16 points while Harley Danner scored 15 and Jack Packer netted 13.

Todd Allen had nine points to lead the Lions.

BULLDOGS 56, HUSKIES 35

Kotzebue 13 12 8 2 -- 35

Nikiski 16 12 12 16 -- 56

KOTZEBUE (35) -- Henry 0 2-2 2, Upicksoun 0 0-0 0, Foster 0 0-0 0, Sampson 1 2-2 4, Woods 2 0-0 4, Rae 0 0-0 0, Conwell 9 2-2 22, Reich 1 1-3 3, Baker 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 13 7-9 35.

NIKISKI (56) -- Miyara 5 1-4 12, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Gladden 3 2-2 8, Floyd 0 0-0 0, Rabung 10 5-7 25, Herrin 2 3-3 7, Coveyou 1 2-5 4, Salonen 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 13-21 56.

3-point goals -- Kotzebue 2 (Conwell 2), Nikiski 1 (Miyara). Total fouls -- Kotzebue 18, Nikiski 8. Fouled out -- none.

WHALERS 54, SEAHAWKS 47

Seward 15 14 12 6 -- 47

Barrow 7 13 15 19 -- 54

SEWARD (47) -- Bardarson 3 2-2 8, Steinbrecher 1 0-0 2, Boulden 2 0-0 4, W. Hetrick 1 4-6 7, Loomis 0 0-0 0, DeRuwe 2 0-0 4, Linville 2 2-2 6, Seigel 0 0-0 0, Dieckgraeff 8 0-0 16. Totals -- 20 8-14 47.

BARROW (54) -- M. Leavitt 4 8-10 16, Brower 3 0-1 6, Danner 0 0-0 0, Benson 1 2-2 5, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Edwardsen 0 0-0 0, Congdon 1 0-0 2, Seffler 1 0-0 2, Contrades 3 0-0 9, Bodfish 1 4-4 6, 3 2-4 8. Totals -- 17 16-21 54.

3-point goals -- Seward 1 (W. Hetrick), Barrow 4 (Contrades 3, Benson). Total fouls -- Seward 19, Barrow 15. Fouled out -- Boulden, W. Hetrick.



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