Nikiski girls edge Buccaneers

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans sets goals for his team. That's what he did at the beginning of the season, when his team set out to return to the Class 3A state basketball finals after a year off.

In Friday night's semifinal game, against a Valdez team that threatened to derail the Bulldogs from their path, Nikiski guard Sally Glaze said Romans set more specific goals for his team.

"He said we had to had to get at least 40 rebounds to win," she said.

The Bulldogs fell short of Romans' mark by one board, but they still got the win, beating the Buccaneers 39-29 at Sullivan Arena and advancing to the finals to play for first place Saturday.

The teams exchanged scoring in the first quarter, with Nikiski center Karen Rabung scoring eight of her game-leading 17 points. Valdez lead scorer Keyshea Gibbs got three early buckets and a foul shot as the Buccaneers end the first quarter down 12-11.

But Nikiski got out of the gate a bit too soon for the Bucs, and they were unable to catch the Bulldogs' early lead. A 3-pointer from April Lofstedt and two more buckets from Glaze held Valdez at bay during the second period, and the Buccaneers would trail for the remainder of the game. By halftime, the score was 19-16, and after three quarters, Nikiski had stretched its lead to 28-20.

"They were warriors today," Romans said of his Bulldogs. "We didn't play timid. We played an outstanding basketball game."

In the fourth, the Buccaneers made a nine-point run, but were unable to slow down the Bulldogs' charge to the goal. Valdez's last resort -- fouling -- sent Nikiski to the bonus line 12 times, and the Bulldogs emerged with nine points to add to Rabung's final bucket.

Romans said foul shooting was key to thwarting the last-minute surge Valdez orchestrated.

"We had some big free throws down the stretch," he said.

Glaze said meeting Romans' demands also helped, because it kept them on track with his game plan. She said he even had designs for how many fouls they could allow.

"At halftime, we had 10 fouls," she said. "He told us, to win, we couldn't have more than 15 in the game. He just set the limits."

But, at least for this game, Romans set no limits on winning.

BULLDOGS 39, BUCCANEERS 29

Nikiski 12 7 9 11 --39

Valdez 11 5 4 9 --29

NIKISKI (39) -- Floyd 0 0-0 0, Gillaspie 0 0-0 0, Weaver 1 0-0 2, Lofstedt 3 0-0 7, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Rabung 3 11-14 17, Carr 1 1-3 3, Glaze 3 4-5 10. Totals -- 11 16-22 39.

VALDEZ (29) -- Nielsen 0 0-2 0, Phillips 1 0-0 2, Arts 1 1-3 3, Jones 1 1-1 3, Gibbs 4 2-3 10, Blackburn 2 0-0 4, 2 3-8 7. Totals -- 11 7-17 29.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 1 (Lofstedt 1); Valdez 0. Total fouls -- Nikiski 16, Valdez 16. Fouled out -- none.

Monroe 38, Seward 35

The Seahawks weren't able to overcome a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter in Friday's semifinals.

Carolyn Berg poured in 20 points for the Rams, while Breanna Bardarson paced Seward with 16 points.

RAMS 38, SEAHAWKS 35

Seward 7 3 8 17 --35

Monroe 9 10 8 11 --38

SEWARD (35) -- Gillespie 0 0-0 0, Bardarson 7 2-3 16, Steinbrecher 2 0-0 6, Ganser 1 0-2 2, Banse 1 0-0 2, Loomis 0 0-0 0, Deruwe 1 0-0 3, Linville 0 2-4 2, Seigel 1 0-0 2, Dieckgraeff 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 14 4-9 35.

MONROE (38) -- Becker 2 0-0 4, Sniegowski 1 0-2 2, L. Burglin 1 3-7 6, Stepovich 2 0-0 6, Koch 0 0-0 0, B. Burglin 0 0-0 0, Sokaitis 0 0-0 0, Berg 9 2-3 20. Totals -- 15 5-12 38.

3-point goals -- Seward 3 (Steinbrecher 2, Deruwe 1); Monroe 3 (Stepovich 2, L. Burglin 1). Total fouls -- Seward 14, Monroe 11. Fouled out -- none.

Petersburg 54, Barrow 50

The Vikings overcame a 36-30 deficit entering the final quarter Friday to advance to the fourth-place game.

Karna Williams led Petersburg with 15 points, while Kayuleigh Short added 11 for the Vikings. Barrow's Martina Leavitt paced all scorers with 24 points.

Kotzebue 52, Mt. Edgecumbe 50

The Huskies pulled out the victory despite trailing 29-15 at halftime Friday and advanced to the fourth-place game.

Evelyn Conwell and Mildred Sampson each paced Kotzebue with 15 points, while Gladys Woods added 10 for the Huskies.

Melanie Beans poured in 22 points for the Braves, while Prema Warren added 11.

BOYS

Nikiski 64, Nome 56

David Holloway poured in 22 points, including four 3-pointers, Friday as the Bulldogs advanced to the fourth-place game.

Holloway was 7-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from 3-point land, as the Bulldogs shot 52.2 percent for the game.

Josh Reilly also added 14 points for Nikiski, going 6-for-8 from the floor, while Rustin Hitchcock had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Nome's Kerry Brunette had 25 points to take game-high scoring honors, while Jacob Pomeranz added 15 points for the Nanooks.

BULLDOGS 64, NANOOKS 56

Nikiski 17 16 14 17 --64

Nome 12 15 12 17 --56

NIKISKI (64) -- Reilly 6 2-4 14, Crumpacker 0 2-2 2, J. Gerke 2 1-3 5, K. Gerke 2 0-0 5, Taylor 2 0-0 4, Holloway 7 4-6 22, Hitchcock 5 2-3 12. Totals -- 24 11-18 64.

NOME (56) -- Head 2 1-3 6, Blandford 0 0-0 0, Pomeranz 5 2-2 15, Weiss 3 2-2 8, Kunnuk 0 0-0 0, Brunette 10 2-3 25, Olson 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 21 7-10 56.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 5 (Holloway 4, K. Gerke 1); Nome 7 (Brunette 3, Pomeranz 3, Head 1). Total fouls -- Nikiski 12, Nome 13. Fouled out -- none.

Monroe 62, ACS 40

The Rams advanced to the fourth-place game with a big victory over the Lions Friday.

Valdez 66, Metlakatla 61

Carl Arts had 26 points and Jeremy Casillas added 23 Friday as the hot-shooting Buccaneers advanced to the championship game.

Valdez, which hit 54.2 percent of its shots from the floor, trailed 51-41 entering the final eight minutes of play.

Chris Bryant had 23 points for the Chiefs, while Chevy Hayward added 13.

Craig 70, Barrow 68

The Panthers upset the top-ranked and previously undefeated Whalers Friday to move into the championship game.

Raymond Douville had 23 points to lead Craig, while Freddy Hamilton added 19 and Ryan Savage had 15.

For Barrow, Jack Frantz had 25 points, Robert Nageak had 15 points and Dustin Voss had 12 points.



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