Ninilchik, CIA earn berths in title game

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2003

Both the Cook Inlet Academy boys and the Ninilchik girls earned spots in the championship games at the Class 2A state basketball tournament with victories in Friday's semifinals at Service High School in Anchorage.

The Ninilchik girls, seeking their sixth state title and fourth in a row, knocked off a tough Point Hope squad 49-35.

The Harpoonerettes stayed with the Wolverines for a quarter, which pretty much any Class 2A team considers a victory in itself.

However, in the second quarter the Wolverines outscored the Harpoonerettes 17-4 to take command of the game.

Whitney Leman, positioning herself for a third Class 2A state player of the year award, poured in 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting to lead all scorers. Amanda Matson added 10 points for the Wolverines.

For Point Hope, Iris Lane had 16 points and Aggie Nashookpuk had 13 points.

In the other semifinal, Bristol Bay topped Unalakleet 44-34 to set up a rematch with Ninilchik. In the District 3/2A championship game on March 22, Ninilchik topped Bristol Bay 45-25.

In Friday's other girls action, Kake and Matanuska Christian advanced to a fourth-place showdown. Kake defeated Tok 49-39, while Matanuska Christian topped Angoon 59-50 in overtime.

The Cook Inlet boys took a 23-14 lead at the half and hung on in the second half for the victory.

The Eagles were 39 percent from the field in the game compared to Point Hope's 46 percent, but Cook Inlet had a 31-23 rebound edge and also forced 16 turnovers while committing just 10 turnovers.

As usual, it was a balanced scoring attack that pushed the Eagles to victory. Luke Myers had 14 points, while Calder Hillyer added 12 and Kyle Nettles dumped in 10. Myers paced the Eagles with eight rebounds.

For Point Hope, Harry Koonuk had 16 points and Othniel Oomittuk had 12 points.

In other action Friday, Hydaburg knocked District 3/2A runner-up Bristol Bay out of championship contention with a 73-58 victory in the semifinals.

Unalakleet and Skagway earned berths in the fourth-place game. Unalakleet topped Nenana 66-54, while Skagway beat Tok 67-50.

Girls

WOLVERINES 49, HARPOONERETTES 35

Ninilchik 9 17 10 13 --49

Point Hope 9 4 11 11 --35

NINILCHIK (49) -- Peterson 0 4-5 4, Ka. Moerlein 1 1-2 3, Leman 9 5-7 25, Matson 4 2-5 10, Ke. Moerlein 1 0-0 2, Wood 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Deiman 2 1-4 5. Totals -- 17 13-23 49.

POINT HOPE (35) -- T. Frankson 0 0-0 0, Lane 2 0-0 4, Cannon 0 0-0 0, Sampson 0 0-0 0, I. Lane 7 1-4 16, A. Nashookpuk 6 1-2 13, C. Nashookpuk 1 0-0 2, M. Lane 0 0-0 0, Y. Johnson 0 0-1 0 0. Totals -- 16 2-7 35.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 2 (Leman 2); Point Hope 1 (I. Lane 1). Total fouls -- Ninilchik 12, Point Hope 18. Fouled out -- A. Nashookpuk.

EAGLES 46, HARPOONERS 41

Cook Inlet Academy 13 10 8 15 --46

Point Hope 8 6 9 18 --41

COOK INLET ACADEMY (46) -- Franchino 0 0-0 0, Peterson 2 4-5 8, Nettles 4 1-2 10, Hillyer 5 0-1 12, Myers 5 4-8 14, Hall 1 0-1 2. Totals -- 17 9-18 46.

POINT HOPE (41) -- Lane 2 0-0 5, Attungana 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 0-0 0, Oktollik 1 0-0 3, Koonuk 8 0-1 16, Johnson 2 0-0 5, Tingook 0 0-0 0, Oomittuk 6 0-1 12. Totals -- 19 0-2 41.

3-point goals -- Cook Inlet Academy 3 (Hillyer 2, Nettles 1); Point Hope 3 (Lane 1, Oktollik 1, Johnson 1). Total fouls -- Cook Inlet Academy 11, Point Hope 19. Fouled out -- none.



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