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Nikiski, Ninilchik win

Wolverines set for title tilt, CIA boys knocked out

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2006

 

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  Ninilchik's Kjersten Skjold, left, dirves past Tikigaq's Henrietta Attungana during a girls' Class 2A basketball game during the state high school championships in Anchorage Wednesday. AP Photo/Klas Stolpe

Nikiski's Sarah Herrin (30) drives past Nome's Joie Koweluk in the first half of a 3A girls game in the state high school basketball championships in Anchorage Wednesday.

AP Photo/Al Grillo

Wednesday was a day of ups and downs at the state championships in Anchorage for high school basketball teams from the Kenai Peninsula.

On the up side, the Ninilchik and Nikiski girls teams battled their way to victories. The Wolverines defeated Tikigaq (Point Hope) 63-45 in the 2A bracket to advance to tonight’s championship game, a showdown with Peninsula Conference rival and defending state champion Bristol Bay.

The Bulldogs, playing in the opening round of the 3A tournament, proved to be too much for Nome, advancing to Friday’s semifinals with a 48-37 win.

On the down side, Cook Inlet Academy was bumped from the 2A boys tournament with a 59-48 consolation bracket loss to Tok, and the Homer girls lost their 4A tournament opener 56-36 to Juneau-Douglas.

“A win is always a good start. They played a solid first-round game,” Nikiski coach Ward Romans said following his team’s performance Wednesday.

Though the Bulldogs didn’t shoot with their usual lights-out accuracy, Nikiski never trailed against Nome and the game was tied only once. The Bulldogs built a 29-19 halftime lead and made that advantage stand up through the second half.

 

Ninilchik's Kjersten Skjold, left, dirves past Tikigaq's Henrietta Attungana during a girls' Class 2A basketball game during the state high school championships in Anchorage Wednesday.

AP Photo/Klas Stolpe

“I thought we managed the end of the game really well,” Romans said. “(Nome) made a run, but the kids managed the game well, hit their free throws and took care of the basketball.

“We executed our offense well. The kids played hard and executed well. It was a good first-round game.”

Sasha Auldridge led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Sarah Herrin netted 13. Hannah Thompson netted six points and pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.

Rebounding was a key for the Bulldogs in the win. While Nikiski finished with 37 rebounds to 38 for Nome, 20 of those were offensive boards, and the Bulldogs scored 13 second-chance points.

Next up for Nikiski will be Mt. Edgecumbe, a 46-39 winner over Eielson Wednesday. that game is slated for Friday at 3:30 p.m.

“It’s going to be a really good matchup. They’re a guard-oriented team. They push the ball really well, they’re good shooters, they’re a solid basketball team,” Romans said.

“We’ve got to prize the basketball. We can’t turn it over against them, and rebounding will be a huge key again.”

Ninilchik girls 63, Tikigaq 45

The Wolverines nearly let a 38-17 halftime lead slip away, but Ninilchik was able to recover in the final quarter to get past the Harpoonerettes.

Ninilchik will face Bristol Bay, a 53-41 winner over Selawik, tonight at 7 at the Sullivan Arena.

Ninilchik had four players score in double figures. Krista Leman led the team with 21 points, including a 14-for-16 effort from the foul line. Heidi Skjold poured in 16 points, Kendra Moerlein scored 13 to go with 12 rebounds, and Kjersten Skjold finished with 11 points. Lauren Wolford was credited with five assists for Ninilchik.

Tikigaq rallied from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter to enter the final frame trailing by just five points, 45-40.

Ninilchik was able to regain control in the fourth quarter, though, to secure the win and earn another shot at the Angels. Bristol Bay defeated Ninilchik in last year’s state title game, and the Wolverines have not been able to beat the Angels in three tries this season.

Tok boys 49, Cook Inlet 48

The Eagles were eliminated from the tournament with a consolation bracket loss Wednesday.

Cook Inlet jumped out to an early lead, going up 11-6 in the first quarter. The Wolverines rallied to take a 29-22 lead at the half, and the Eagles weren’t able to overcome the deficit.

Mike Kytonen led the Eagles with 14 points, Steven Burger scored 12 and Nathan Byrd netted 11.

Juneau-Douglas girls 56, Homer 36

The Mariners stayed with the Crimson Bears through the first half, heading to the locker room with a 20-20 tie after two quarters of play.

Juneau outscored the Mariners 16-7 in the third quarter, though, and put the game away with a big fourth quarter.

Kayla Creamer led the Mariners with 16 points and Reba Temple finished with eight.

Homer will play Colony Friday in the consolation bracket at 11:20 a.m. at the Sullivan Arena.

2A Girls

WOLVERINES 63,

HARPOONERETTES 45

Tikigaq 8 9 23 5 — 45

Ninilchik 14 24 7 18 — 63

TIKIGAQ (45) — Attungana 2 2-2 6, Burgess 0 0-0 0, Frankson 2 1-1 5, M. Lane 0 0-3 0, S. Lane 2 1-3 5, Memeo 0 0-0 0, Nash 4 0-2 8, Omnik 3 3-3 9, Timothy 5 0-0 12. Totals — 18 7-14 45.

NINILCHIK (63) — A. Bartolowits 1 0-0 2, J. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Leman 3 14-16 21, Moerlein 3 6-7 13, H. Skjold 7 2-4 16, K. Skjold 3 5-6 11, Wolford 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 27-33 63.

3-point goals — Tikigaq 2 (Timothy 2), Ninilchik 2 (Leman, Moerlein). Total fouls — Tikigaq 28, Ninilchik 19. Fouled out — Timothy, H. Skjold.

3A Girls

BULLDOGS 48, NANOOKS 37

Nikiski 13 16 8 11 — 48

Nome-Beltz 7 12 8 10 — 37

NIKISKI (48) — Auldridge 4 5-8 15, Carlson 1 2-2 5, Griffel 0 7-9 7, Herrin 5 2-3 13, Jorgensen 1 0-0 2, She. Pritchard 0 0-0 0, Rorrison 0 0-0 0, Thompson 3 0-0 6. Totals — 14 16-22 48.

NOME-BELTZ (37) — Bauman 0 0-0 0, Blandford 7 2-2 16, Brunette 1 2-2 4, Koweluk 0 0-0 0, Leckband 0 0-0 0, Pomeranz 3 0-1 7, Samuels 3 2-2 8, Weiss 0 0-0 0, Wongittilin 1 0-0 2. Totals — 15 6-8 37.

3-point goals — Nikiski 4 (Auldridge 2, Carlson, Herrin), Nome 1 (Pomeranz). Total fouls — Nikiski 18, Nome 19. Fouled out — none.

4A Girls

CRIMSON BEARS 56, MARINERS 36

Juneau-Douglas 10 10 16 20 — 56

Homer 9 11 7 9 — 36

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (56) — Buck 0 0-0 0, Doerflinger 1 0-0 2, Fenumiai 4 0-0 8, Garvey 4 3-4 11, Harrison 0 0-0 0, Harvey 2 1-2 5, Kimlinger 0 0-0 0, Lietz 2 0-0 4, Rhea 7 5-6 19, Sanders 0 1-2 1, Smith 2 0-3 4, Swofford 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 10-17 56.

HOMER (36) — Bornheimer 1 0-0 2, Creamer 6 1-3 16, Critchett 0 0-0 0, Daugharty 0 0-0 0, Gavenus 0 0-0 0, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 2 0-0 4, McCarron 0 0-0 0, McKinstry 0 1-4 1, Siekaniec 2 0-0 5, J. Temple 0 0-0 0, R. Temple 4 0-2 8. Totals — 15 2-9 36.

3-point goals — Homer 4 (Creamer 3, Siekaniec). Total fouls — Juneau 12, Homer 11. Fouled out — none.

2A Boys

WOLVERINES 59, EAGLES 48

Cook Inlet 15 7 15 11 — 48

Tok 15 14 13 17 — 59

COOK INLET ACADEMY (48) — Brown 0 0-0 0, Burger 5 2-4 12, Byrd 5 0-0 11, Forsi 1 0-0 2, Franchino 1 1-1 3, Kytonen 4 2-2 14, Libert 2 2-2 6, Litchfield 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 7-9 48.

TOK (59) — Christman 7 3-4 18, Goneau 6 6-9 18, Hanson 1 5-9 3, Lachnit 0 3-4 3, MacManus 0 0-0 0, Smith 5 0-0 10, Webb 2 2-2 7. Totals — 21 14-19 59.

3-point goals — CIA 5 (Kytonen 4, Byrd), Tok 3 (Christman, Hanson, Webb). Total fouls — CIA 18, Tok 12. Fouled out — Franchino.



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