Skyview girls topple Nikiski: Bulldogs take boys game

Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Skyview girls and Nikiski boys began the prep basketball season with victories on Friday night at Skyview High School in nonconference action.

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Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Skyview's Ivy O'Guinn defends Nikiski's Savannah Griffel in the third period Friday at Skyview.

In the girls game, the Panthers pulled away from the Bulldogs after the first quarter for a 58-22 triumph. In the boys game, the Bulldogs received points from just four players, but enjoyed an effort-filled defensive contest from everybody in a 51-40 win.

The Skyview girls have a senior-laden roster, while the Bulldogs lost seven of their top eight players from last year and have just one senior.

Nikiski managed to keep the game close until midway through the second quarter, as Nikiski's Dylan Holloway completed a three-point play to cut Skyview's lead to 13-11 with 2:52 left until halftime. The Panthers then went on a 16-0 run that ended with 5:37 left in the third quarter when Jaxon Hill scored on a layup for a 29-11 lead.

Hill had 10 points during the run en route to a game-high 17. Casee Penrod also helped the Panthers run away in the second and third quarters, scoring 11 of her 16 points in the middle periods.

"Casee had the best game I've seen her play since I started coaching her," Skyview assistant coach Randi Broyles said.

Penrod said the Panthers were nervous during the first period, but then settled down and got the job done.

"We're all best friends," Penrod said. "We picked it up at the end of the first period and played our game."

Broyles and Penrod said a big problem for the Panthers last year was missing shots when close to the basket. Bunnies were not a problem on Friday after the first quarter, especially for Hill. She did the majority of her damage from close to the basket.

"Our coach drilled us hard in practice," Penrod said. "She always tells us to make our shots like butter."

The Panthers also had success forcing turnovers using a full-court press. Broyles said the Panthers would like to press opponents frequently this season.

"We want our team to be a fast team and to get after them with a lot of ball pressure," Broyles said.

That tactic was especially effective against the Bulldogs, who had a lot of players making their first varsity appearance.

"They are experienced and it really showed tonight," Nikiski coach Lee Moore said. "Our inexperience hurt us."

Moore, whose team was led by Holloway's eight points, said the only way his team will get experience is by seeing high-pressure defenses like Skyview's. The challenge now is to take that experience and get better.

Nikiski boys 51, Skyview 40

The Bulldogs were more concerned with diving on the floor than getting in the scoring column.

"I was proud of the effort on defense tonight," Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad said.

The Bulldogs held the Panthers to just 24 points through three quarters. With a defensive effort like that, a team can win with just four players scoring. Senior captain Brando Wik led all scorers with 22 points, while Lucas Herrin had 20, Colton Anderson had 10 and Bob Seater had 2.

It was Wik who stepped up his offense in the third quarter in order to put away the Panthers. Jordan Jones started the second half for the Panthers with a jumper that cut Nikiski's lead to 23-18. The Bulldogs then went on a 15-2 run that ended when Anderson nailed a jumper for a 38-20 lead with 1:23 left in the third. Wik had 11 of Nikiski's 15 points during the spurt.

"They came out in the second half playing a lot better on offense," Skyview coach Jesse Settlemyer said of the Bulldogs. "They did a nice job for six or seven minutes, and we did not match their intensity. That pushed them over the top."

The closest the Panthers would get the rest of the way came with 2:00 left in the game, when Skyview's Cameron Harvey hit two straight 3-pointers to cut the gap to 46-34. Albert White paced the Panthers with 10 points.

"In the fourth quarter, we started competing better on offense," Settlemyer said. "We just need a more complete effort."

Settlemyer said Richard Reynolds did a nice job on defense, while Chad Oakes played well in the post. Kornstad complimented the play of Stefan Krogseng.

Seward boys 49, Skyview 45

Andrew Buchanan had 19 points as the Seahawks edged the Panthers for a nonconference victory on Saturday in Seward.

The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 34, but Buchanan had seven points in the fourth quarter to key the victory. Cameron Harvey had 15 points for the Panthers, including four 3-pointers. Albert White added 14 for Skyview.

Skyview girls 45, Seward 38

The Panthers made just 15 of their 36 foul shots, but made them when they counted. Skyview made six of its final eight to close out the Seahawks in nonconference play in Seward.

Jaci Lamborn paced the Panthers with 12 points, while Jaxon Hill and Casee Penrod each had 10 points. For the Seahawks, Meg Berry had 14 points.

Nikiski girls 38, Homer 30

The Bulldogs bounced back from a Friday loss to Skyview by topping the host Mariners in nonconference action.

Makenzie Moore paced the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Liz Needham had 11 points for the Mariners.

Nikiski boys 44, Homer 42

The visiting Bulldogs edged the Mariners on Saturday in nonconference action.

Lucas Herrin had 13 points to pace the Bulldogs, while Colton Anderson added 11. For Homer, Devon Kennelty had 14 points and Luke Garvey added 10.

Friday girls

Panthers 58, Bulldogs 22

Nikiski 5 6 7 4 --22

Skyview 8 13 24 13 --58

NIKISKI (22) -- Griffel 1 0-0 3, Holloway 3 2-3 8, Johnson 1 0-1 2, Tumsuden 0 0-1 0, Handley 0 0-0 0, Tuttle 0 0-0 0, Parrish 1 0-4 2, Moore 2 0-3 5, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 9 2-12 22.

SKYVIEW (58) -- Parham 0 0-0 0, Jones 1 0-0 3, Hauptman 1 0-0 2, O'Guinn 3 0-0 6, Penrod 7 1-2 16, Stewart 4 0-0 8, Cooper 0 0-0 0, Mercer 0 0-2 0, Hill 8 1-2 17, Lamborn 3 0-2 6, Malatesta 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 27 2-8 58.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 2 (Griffel 1, Moore 1); Skyview 2 (Jones 1, Penrod 1). Team fouls -- Nikiski 7, Skyview 15. Fouled out -- none.

Friday boys

Bulldogs 51, Panthers 40

Nikiski 13 10 15 13 --51

Skyview 9 7 8 16 --40

NIKISKI (51) -- Anderson 2 3-4 7, Seater 1 0-0 2, Hartley 0 0-0 0, Wik 6 9-11 22, Herrin 6 8-14 20, Parrish 0 0-0 0, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Krogseng 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, J. Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 20-29 51.

SKYVIEW (40) -- Hallford 0 0-0 0, McNamara 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0 1-4 1, White 4 2-3 10, Malatesta 1 0-0 2, Jones 2 1-2 5, Harvey 3 0-0 8, Parham 1 0-0 2, DJ Diaz 2 0-0 8, Oakes 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 4-9 40.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 1 (Wik 1); Skyview 2 (Harvey 2). Team fouls -- Nikiski 13, Skyview 24. Fouled out -- Jones, Harvey.

Saturday boys

Seahawks 49, Panthers 45

Skyview 9 15 10 11 --45

Seward 7 13 14 15 --49

SKYVIEW (45) -- Hallford 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 2 0-0 4, White 6 1-1 14, Malatesta 0 0-2 0, Jones 0 3-4 3, Harvey 5 1-2 15, Parham 1 0-0 2, Oakes 2 3-8 7. Totals -- 16 8-17 45.

SEWARD (49) -- Lindquist 3 0-2 7, Dipiero 1 0-0 2, Thorne 2 4-4 8, Sawyer 3 0-0 6, Pullins 2 3-4 7, Buchanan 6 5-8 19, Perea 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 12-18 49.

3-point goals -- Skyview 5 (Harvey 4, White 1); Seward 3 (Buchanan 2, Lindquist 1). Team fouls -- Skyview 18, Seward 14.

Bulldogs 44, Mariners 42

Nikiski 8 8 16 12 --44

Homer 6 12 14 10 --42

NIKISKI (44) -- Anderson 3 4-9 11, Seater 1 0-1 2, Hartley 0 0-0 0, Wik 1 6-6 9, Herrin 5 3-6 13, Krogseng 4 1-4 9. Totals -- 14 14-26 44.

HOMER (42) -- Watry 0 0-0 0, Walsworth 1 0-1 2, Garvey 5 0-0 10, Jester 3 0-0 7, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Kennelty 6 2-7 14. Totals -- 18 4-10 42.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 2 (Anderson 1, Wik 1); Homer 2 (Jester 1, Day 1). Team fouls -- Nikiski 12, Homer 27. Fouled out -- Walsworth, Jester.

Saturday girls

Panthers 45, Seahawks 38

Skyview 12 8 8 17 --45

Seward 3 15 11 9 --38

SKYVIEW (45) -- Jones 1 0-0 2, O'Guinn 0 5-12 5, Penrod 4 2-8 10, Stewart 1 2-8 4, Cooper 1 0-0 2, Hill 3 4-6 10, Lamborn 4 2-2 12. Totals -- 14 15-36 45.

SEWARD (38) -- Ganser 0 0-2 0, Atherton 5 3-4 13, T. Berry 0 0-0 0, M. Berry 4 6-8 14, Draper 0 0-0 0, Zwiefel 1 0-0 2, Espelin 0 3-4 3, Clarke 2 2-4 6, Adelmann 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 14-22 38.

3-point goals -- Skyview 2 (Lamborn 2). Team fouls -- Skyview 17; Seward 25. Fouled out -- Lamborn, Ganser, Atherton.

Bulldogs 38, Mariners 30

Nikiski 9 9 8 8 --38

Homer 6 11 6 7 --30

NIKISKI (38) -- Griffel 1 2-4 4, D. Holloway 3 0-3 6, Johnson 3 2-2 8, Tuttle 0 0-0 0, Parrish 1 3-4 5, Moore 4 5-6 13, Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 14-23 38.

HOMER (30) -- Ketelle 1 1-2 3, Tutt 1 0-2 2, Needham 4 3-6 11, Stafford 3 0-0 6, Cordova 2 0-0 4, Wood 1 1-3 3. Totals -- 12 6-15 30.

3-point goals -- none. Team fouls -- Nikiski 16, Homer 24. Fouled out -- Ketelle, Wood.



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