Defense pushes Nikiski past Eielson

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2000

The Nikiski girls basketball team continued to play solid defense as the Bulldogs defeated Eielson 39-29 Friday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage and advanced to the Class 3A championship game.

"I can't think of a game at state where we played any better defense," said Nikiski coach Ward Romans, who advanced to his sixth championship in search of a fifth title.

Nikiski, which allowed Bethel just 22 points in an opening round game Thursday, clamped down hard on the Ravens in the fourth quarter, holding them to just four points.

That made it impossible for Eielson to overcome the 31-26 advantage the Bulldogs had after the third quarter.

"This team did a great job of keeping its focus," said Romans of the fourth-quarter defensive effort in a postgame radio interview.

The Bulldogs held the Ravens to 28 percent shooting from the floor. With defense like that, it didn't matter that Laura Berdahl, with 14 points, was the only Nikiski player in double figures.

Denisha Lamb paced the Ravens, who defeated Nikiski earlier in the season, with 11 points.

Romans said Nikiski's schedule, which included playing district opponent and championship game foe Anchorage Christian Schools three times, helped it improve and defeat the Ravens.

"This tournament's a credit to our region," Romans said. "It just shows the strength of schedule we've played all year."

BULLDOGS 39, RAVENS 29

Eielson 5 8 13 3 --29

Nikiski 10 10 11 8 --39

EIELSON (29) -- Leey 0 0-0 0, Hill 1 0-0 2, Henderson 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Ham 0 0-0 0, Mebus 0 0-0 0, Harris 0 0-0 0, DeLoach 0 0-0 0, Buzby 3 1-1 7, Lamb 5 1-2 11, Nicholas 0 0-2 0, Henderson 5 1-2 9. Totals -- 14 3-7 29.

NIKISKI (39) -- Lofstedt 2 2-4 6, Kendall 1 1-2 3, Pritchard 3 2-3 8, Jo. Carr 0 1-2 1, Glaze 2 3-6 7, Berdahl 7 0-1 14, T. Cason 0 0-0 0, Je. Carr 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 9-18 39.

3-point goals -- Henderson 2. Total fouls -- Eielson 19, Nikiski 12. Fouled out -- none.

ACS girls 49, Valdez 45

The Anchorage Christian Schools Lions earned the right to face Nikiski in the state finale with a 49-45 win over the Valdez Buccaneers Friday night.

Wrangell girls 52,

Barrow 47, OT

The Wolves put four players in double digits Friday as they advanced to the fourth-place game.

Wrangell outscored the Whalers 21-4 in the fourth quarter and 8-3 in overtime.

Mt. Edgecumbe girls 56,

Bethel 33

Adrienne Taalak and Melanie Beans had 15 points each as the Braves picked up a Friday victory to advance to the fourth-place game.

Valdez boys 69, Houston 47

The Buccaneers advanced to the championship game Friday by putting five players in double figures. Todd Eide led the charge with 16 points. Jeff Huston dumped in 13 points for Houston.

Grace boys 53, Monroe 50

The Grizzlies, who were undefeated in District 3/3A, just got by the Rams and into the championship game Friday. Landon Libby pumped in 14 points to pace Grace.

Barrow boys 50, Metlakatla 48

The Whalers edged the Chiefs Friday to advance to the fourth-place game. Ben Hopson III poured in 21 points for Barrow.

Nome boys 65, Wrangell 61

Casey Perkins had 24 points and Brent Chadwick added 21 as the Nanooks won Friday to move to the fourth-place game.



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