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Bulldogs find way to plunder Vikings

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE -- Fearless.

Unyielding. Undaunted. Game.

This is how Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans instructed his team to play through the Alaska Schools Activities Association State Class 3A tournament. And that's what he got Friday night when the Bulldogs (22-4 overall) defeated Petersburg 43-29 at the Sullivan Arena.

"Whatever happens, play fearlessly," were his words. "I see too many girls play not to lose."

So the Bulldogs played to win.

Junior Lynzie Ellis was perfect from the field, landing all four of her field goals in the first half, and adding a free throw for nine points.

Senior Katie Floyd blanketed Petersburg's key scoring threat, Kayleigh Short, holding her to just 1-of-17 from the field and reducing the junior point guard's usual double-digit performance to a mere shadow of itself at three points.

Hisa Miyara, the senior foreign exchange student from Japan, didn't hesitate to try 3-point shots whenever she got a look in the second half, until she hit one of the six attempts. She had 16 points on the night.

Miyara's perimeter play forced the Vikings (22-6 overall) to ease pressure off the post and allowed senior Karen Rabung and sophomore Krystal Gladden more chances to grab crucial boards -- they had 10 and five, respectively.

Rabung collected three steals in the first quarter, fired off a trey for her first score, and proceeded to run the court on more than one occasion.

"I just try not to turn the ball over," she said. "If I get the rebound, coach knows I can bring the ball up."

This was a team unafraid to take chances.

Petersburg coach Dino Brock acknowledged that Nikiski's dogged determination had an impact on his Vikings, who shot only 22 percent from the field.

"I think the Nikiski defense played the best man defense we've seen all year," he said. "We just couldn't generate enough points."

This came in spite of the fact that the Vikings out-rebound Nikiski 24-21. Brock said the Bulldogs, who advanced to their eighth state title game in 10 years, benefited from experience in state tournament play.

"Nikiski is a really intelligent team," he said. "There's a lot to be said about playing in pressure games like this."

Nikiski never trailed, jumping out to a 10-6 lead at the close of the first period. By halftime, the lead had stretched to 23-15 courtesy of a 10-2 Nikiski run.

In the third period, Nikiski held Petersburg to only four points. In the fourth period, although the Bulldogs had only one field goal, Nikiski held off a 14-point run by the Vikings. Miyara, who was named player of the game, went to the line 12 times, and hit nine of those shots, including a pair of technical foul shots for a Petersburg illegal substitute.

"Hisa did a great job of spreading the defense," Romans said of Miyara's ballhandling that led to fouls from frustrated Petersburg players. "People haven't been pressing us because of her."

Bulldogs 43, Vikings 29

Nikiski 10 13 8 12 -- 43

Petersburg 6 9 6 8 -- 29

NIKISKI (43) -- Miyara 4 9-12 16, Ellis 4 1-2 9, Gladden 0 3-4 3, Floyd 1 0-2 2, Auldridge 0 0-0 0, Rabung 5 1-4 10, Herrin 1 1-2 3, Hitchcock 0 0-0 0, Coveyou 0 0-0 0, Salonen 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 15-26 43.

PETERSBURG (29) -- Bergmann 0 0-0 0, Moran 0 0-0 0, B. Birchell 4 2-2 10, K. Birchell 0 3-4 3, Streuli 2 1-7 3, Cole 1 2-2 4, Short 1 1-2 3, Severson 0 0-0 0, Richards 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 9 11-14 29.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 2 (Rabung, Miyara). Total fouls -- Nikiski 17, Petersburg 18. Fouled out -- Short.

Eielson 63, Kotzebue 52

The Ravens had three players score in double-digits to overcome a 23-point effort by Kotzebue's Evelyn Conwell in Friday's consolation semifinals.

Janay DeLoach paced Eielson with 18 points and 16 rebounds while Vanessa McCormick netted 12 points and Elena Harris scored 10.

Mildred Sampson added 15 for the Huskies.

Seward 42, Mt. Edgecumbe 30

The Seahawks defeated the Braves in the consolation semifinal, led by Breanna Bardarson's 13 points.

The Seahawks led one points, 20-19, at the healf, but outscored the Braves 12-2 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Bardarson was 3-for-5 from the floor, and 7-for-10 from the foul line. Ann Linville and Tara DeRuwe each scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Michelle Dieckgraeffe scored six for the Seahawks. Linville also blocked four shots.

Ellie Jackson led the Braves in scoring, coming off the bench with 11 points.

SEAHAWKS 42, BRAVES 30

Mt. Edgecumbe 5 14 2 9 -- 30

Seward 10 10 12 10 -- 42

MT. EDGECUMBE (30) -- Ashenfelter 0 0-0 0, Chikigak 0 0-0 0, Moore 1 0-2 3, Akaran 1 2-2 4, Morris 2 3-6 7, Jackson 5 1-1 11, Keyes 1 1-4 3, Stickman 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 10 9-17 30.

SEWARD (42) -- Gaule 0 0-0 0, Hoogland 0 0-0 0, Bardarson 3 7-10 13, Steinbrecher 0 1-2 1, T. Hetrick 0 0-0 0, Boulden 1 0-1 2, W. Hetrick 1 0-2 2, Loomis 0 0-0 0, DeRuwe 3 1-2 8, Linville 4 0-2 8, Seigel 1 0-0 2, Dieckgraeff 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 16 9-17 42.

3-point goals -- Mt. Edgecumbe 1 (Moore), Seward 1 (DeRuwe). Total fouls -- Mt. Edgecumbe 17, Seward 16. Fouled out -- Linville.

Barrow 60, Monroe Catholic 34

The Whalers advanced to the championship game on the strength of a semifinal win over the Rams.

Martina Leavitt led the Whalers with 17 points while Kristine Contrades scored 14 and Elizabeth netted 11 points.

Leah Stepovich scored 10 to lead the Rams.

Monroe was within a point, 10-9, after the first quarter, but the Whalers outscored the Rams 21-9 in the second quarter to take control of the game.

3A BOYS

Bethel 55, Delta 49

The Warriors put together a big third quarter to wrest momentum and the game away from the Huskies in the consolation semifinals.

Teddy Street paced Bethel with 23 points and seven rebounds while Russell Pollock scored 10 points.

Matt Fisher scored 15 and Sam Adams added 12 for the Huskies.

Petersburg 70, Anchorage Christian 61

The Vikings knocked the Lions out of the tournament in the consolation semifinals on the strength of a 23-point effort from Aaron Severson.

The Vikings were able to establish an early lead, then maintain their advantage throughout the game.

Severson was 10-of-15 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the foul line, in addition to pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking two shots.

Jeb Phillips had 15 points and Kyle Skinner scored 13 for the Vikings.

Zack Madren led the Lions with 21 points.

Craig 55, Heritage 44

The Panthers advanced to the championship game with a semifinal win over Heritage Christian.

The Panthers outscored the Eagles 16-8 in the first quarter and maintained their edge through the rest of the game.

Raymond Douville scored 17 points to lead the Panthers while Fred Hamilton was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, totaling 13 points.

Reid Anderson scored 16 to lead the Eagles.

Valdez 64, Barrow 42

The Buccaneers remained undefeated this season and advanced to the championship game with a semifinal win over Barrow.

Mark Banner led all scorers with 21 points for Valdez while Carl Arts contributed 20 to the win. Jack Packer led Barrow with 13 points.

Valdez outscored Barrow 21-13 in the first quarter, and while the Whalers rallied to within four points, 29-25, at the half, Valdez outscored Barrow 35-17 in the second half.



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