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Nikiski, Seward fall in semifinals

Posted: Sunday, April 03, 2005

The Monroe Catholic girls basketball team once again ended Nikiski's chance at a Class 3A state basketball crown.

The Rams defeated the Bulldogs 41-37 Friday in the semifinals of the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Sullivan Arena. Last season, Monroe Catholic ended Nikiski's string of two straight state titles by topping the Bulldogs 42-31 in the first round at state.

Nikiski's Sarah Herrin had seven points in the first half and the Bulldogs trailed just 22-21 at the half. In the third quarter, the Rams clamped down on defense and did a better job rebounding and outscored Nikiski 10-4 in the third quarter. A Nikiski comeback bid in the final quarter came up short.

The Rams held the Bulldogs to 29.5 percent shooting in the game, while Monroe was 36 percent from the floor. Nikiski did manage to outrebound Monroe 39-30 for the game, but the Bulldogs committed 23 turnovers to Monroe's 15.

Hannah Thompson had 11 points to lead Nikiski, while Leah Stepovich had 16 points to lead Monroe.

RAMS 41, BULLDOGS 37

Monroe Catholic 13 9 10 9 —41

Nikiski 10 11 4 12 —37

MONROE CATHOLIC (41) — Compeau 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Ma. Rima 6 0-1 12, Me. Rima 4 0-0 8, Sokaitis 0 1-2 1, Stepovich 6 2-2 16, Wells 0 0-0 0, Woods 2 0-0 4. Totals — 18 3-5 41.

NIKISKI (37) — Auldridge 2 1-2 5, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Gladden 1 1-2 3, Griffel 1 0-0 3, Herrin 3 1-2 7, Hitchcock 3 2-2 8, Thompson 3 3-5 11. Totals — 13 8-13 37.

3-point goals — Monroe Catholic 2 (Stepovich 2); Nikiski 3 (Thompson 2, Griffel 1). Total fouls — Monroe Catholic 16, Nikiski 13. Fouled out — none.

Dillingham girls 46, Seward 33

The Wolverines outscored the Seahawks 27-11 in the first half en route to a semifinal victory.

Dillingham was on from 3-point land, hitting 5-of-11 from downtown. Iris Bowers, who finished with a game-high 14 points, nailed four 3-pointers. The Wolverines also were 56.2 percent from the floor. Britni Carty, who had 13 points, made 6-of-9 from the floor.

Kursten Stallings had 12 points for the Seahawks, who shot 34.3 percent from the floor.

WOLVERINES 46, SEAHAWKS 33

Dillingham 11 16 8 11 —46

Seward 3 8 10 12 —33

DILLINGHAM (46) — Awdrews 0 0-0 0, Bennett 0 1-1 3, Bennis 0 0-0 0, Bowers 5 0-0 14, Carty 6 1-2 13, Evans 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Olson 2 0-1 4, Swift 1 1-2 3, Tennyson 2 3-7 7. Totals — 18 5-12 46.

SEWARD (33) — Adelmann 0 0-2 0, Crane 1 1-1 3, Hetrick 2 0-0 4, Hoogland 1 0-1 2, Loomis 2 3-4 9, Prochazka 0 0-0 0, Sawyer 0 0-0 0, Sela 1 0-0 3, Stallings 5 2-3 12. Totals — 12 6-11 33.

3-point goals — Dillingham 5 (Bowers 4, Bennett 1); Seward 3 (Loomis 2, Sela 1). Total fouls — Dillingham 12, Seward 14. Fouled out — none.

Homer girls 48, Dimond 39

The Mariners avenged a mid-January loss to the Lynx to move into the fourth-place finals.

Homer had lost 50-39 to Dimond earlier this season, but Homer nearly turned the tables on the Lynx Friday at the Sullivan Arena.

Against Dimond, the Mariners turned to the defense that keyed a seven-game winning streak at the end of the season. That defense had Homer up 36-22 after three quarters. The Lynx outscored the Mariners 17-12 in the final quarter, but the charge came too late.

Dimond outrebounded Homer 43-33, but the Mariners held the Lynx to 26.8 percent shooting from the floor. Homer shot 34.8 percent from the floor, but hit an impressive 45.5 percent from 3-point range.

Bailey Lowney did the most damage for the Mariners from 3-point land, hitting all three of her shots en route to a game-high 20 points. Kailee Pollack also did her share of damage from downtown, hitting 2-of-4 3-pointers on the way to 12 points.

The Mariners did not allow any Dimond players to finish in double figures.

MARINERS 48, LYNX 39

Homer 15 12 9 12 —48

Dimond 6 9 7 17 —39

HOMER (48) — Bornheimer 0 2-2 2, Creamer 0 0-2 0, Horazdovsky 2 3-4 7, Lowney 6 5-7 20, McKinstry 0 1-2 1, Pollack 5 0-1 12, Siekaniec 0 0-0 0, Temple 3 0-0 6. Totals — 16 11-18 48.

DIMOND (39) — Sa. Afoa 4 0-0 8, Sh. Afoa 4 1-2 9, Hinshaw 2 2-4 6, Liggon 1 0-0 3, Savage 0 0-0 0, Stigall 1 3-4 5, Weingartner 3 0-0 8. Totals — 15 6-10 39.

3-point goals — Homer 5 (Lowney 3, Pollack 2); Dimond 3 (Weingartner 2, Liggon 1). Total fouls — Homer 9, Dimond 19. Fouled out — Liggon.



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