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SkyHi boys, Nikiski girls take close tilts

Thrillers start off season

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

Curiosity killed the Cats Friday night.

"People are curious. When you lose four starters, you wonder who's going to step up," said Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans after the Bulldogs defeated the host Skyview Panthers, 56-54, in the season opener for both teams.

Skyview got a first-hand look at just who was going to step up for the Bulldogs as 5-foot-4 Hisa Mayari, an exchange student from Japan, drove the lane in the closing seconds to gracefully deposit the game-winning basket.

That might have been a hard act for the Nikiski and Skyview boys teams to follow, but they managed to keep everyone at the edge of their seat and gnawing on their nails as the Panthers came from behind for a 66-65 win.

Mayari's shot capped an exciting game in which both teams came back from deficits with some big defensive plays and some clutch free-throw shooting -- the Panthers were 15-for-22 from the foul line, and 10-for-14 in the second half.

The Bulldogs led by a point, 26-25, at the half, but Skyview's Jenny Carpenter nailed a pair of free throws two minutes into the third quarter to give Skyview a 29-28 lead.

The Panthers were able to maintain that edge into the fourth quarter when Mayari gave the Bulldogs a 52-51 lead with another nice floater in the lane.

Skyview's Christina Colvin answered with a pair of foul shots. Mayari sunk a pair from the foul line to give the Bulldogs a 54-53 with 52 seconds left to play, and Sara Garrant hit a free throw for the Panthers to tie the score at 54 with 21 seconds left in the game, setting the stage for Mayari to take the final shot.

 

Skyview's Matt Travers moves the ball in the second half against Nikiski at Skyview Friday night.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"This is my 14th season coaching, and I've never had (an opening game) like this," Romans said. "Neither team cracked. (Skyview) hit big free throws. If I was coach (Wade) Marcuson, I'd be pretty excited."

Mayari finished with 19 points for the Bulldogs while Karen Rabung netted a game-high 24 points, most of them coming from her hard work in the paint. Katie Floyd chipped in with nine points for Nikiski.

Colvin led the Panthers with 19 points while Carpenter scored 13 before fouling out. Anne Verba also had 13 for the Panthers.

"We didn't have three of our starters, but we all came out and hustled," Colvin said. "It's a good start to the season. We're upset we lost -- it's a tough loss -- but if we play keep playing hard like this, we'll win some games like this."

Rabung also said it was a good start for a young group of Bulldogs.

"We have a lot of new girls that never played varsity," Rabung said. "They have a lot of energy, and that was part of the reason we were able to hang on and win. They have a lot of energy, and they wanted the win."

BULLDOGS 56, PANTHERS 54

Nikiski 14 12 11 19 -- 56

Skyview 11 14 14 16 -- 54

NIKISKI (56) -- Mayari 6 5-8 19, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Gladden 0 0-0 0, Floyd 4 1-5 9, Rabung 8 8-16 24, Herrin 1 0-0 2, Coveyou 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 20 14-29 56.

SKYVIEW (54) -- Verba 6 0-1 13, Carpenter 5 3-4 13, Dalebout 1 1-2 3, Bonebrake 0 1-2 1, Hiler 0 0-0 0, Blake 0 0-1 0, Colvin 6 7-8 19, Garrant 0 1-2 1, Fay 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 19 15-22 54.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 2 (Mayari 2), Skyview 1 (Verba). Total fouls -- Nikiski 21, Skyview 23. Fouled out -- Rabung, Carpenter, Bonebrake.

Skyview boys 66, Nikiski 65

Skyview's Ryan Geller came up with a steal in the closing minute with the Bulldogs trailing by a point and playing for the last shot, and the Panthers were able to hang on for the last seven seconds for a one-point win.

Matt Travers led the Panthers with 17 points, Adam Cooper finished with 12 points and Matt Mataresse and Geller each scored nine points for the Panthers.

Nikiski's Jeremiah Taylor led all scorers with 23 points while Miles Jorgensen scored 16 and John Rooper netted nine for the Bulldogs.

Nikiski made a run late in the second quarter to take a 39-31 lead at the half, but the Panthers were able to claw back into the lead with a big third quarter, outscoring Nikiski 23-13 during the frame to take a 54-52 lead into the final quarter.

"Defense -- that's what stepped it up for us," Travers said. "We had a few turnovers, but we forced a lot of turnovers."

Skyview coach Dave Blossom said he was pleased to see his squad maintain its poise and come back in the third quarter.

"This Nikiski team is probably one of the fastest running teams we'll face. They do a very good job pushing the ball up the court," Blossom said. "We didn't make the adjustment to it until the third quarter, and that's what got us back into it."

PANTHERS 66, BULLDOGS 65

Nikiski 12 27 13 13 --65

Skyview 13 23 12 65 -- 66

NIKISKI (65) -- Gerke 2 0-0 4, M. Jorgensen 6 2-6 16, Rooper 4 1-2 9, Taylor 8 4-6 23, Lemmityinen 3 0-0 6, F. Jorgensen 0 0-0 0, Hitchcock 3 0-0 7. Totals -- 26 7-14 65.

SKYVIEW (66) -- Shields 2 1-3 5, Travers 6 4-6 17, Mataresse 3 0-0 9, Cushway 1 0-2 2, St. Clair 2 1-2 5, Smith 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 3 1-3 7, Cooper 6 0-0 12, Geller 4 0-1 9. Totals -- 27 7-17 66.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 6 (Taylor 3, M. Jorgensen 2, Hitchcock), Skyview 5 (Mataresse 3, Travers , Geller). Total fouls -- Nikiski 16, Skyview 13. Fouled out -- St. Clair.

Service girls 42, Nikiski 29

The Nikiski girls basketball team were handed their first defeat of the season Saturday when they traveled to Anchorage to play Service High.

Nikiski junior Lynzie Ellis had 10 points and senior Hisa Mayari scored nine points in the losing effort. Bulldogs coach Ward Romans said his team played well, but succumbed to minor errors down the stretch.

"They played really hard today, following a quick trip up to Anchorage," he said. "We just missed some shots and had some turnovers."

COUGARS 42, BULLDOGS 29

Nikiski 2 15 10 2 -- 29

Service 14 11 6 11 -- 42

NIKISKI (29) -- Mayari 2 4-6 9, Lynzie 4 0-0 10, Gladden 1 1-2 3, Floyd 0 1-3 1, Patterson 0 0-0 0, Rabung 1 1-3 3, Herrin 1 0-0 2, Auldridge 0 0-0 0, Coveyou 0 1-2 1, Salonen 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 9 8-16 29.

SERVICE (42) -- Prasic 5 0-0 14, Willis 1 2-2 4, Hamilton 2 3-3 7, Hills 2 0-2 4, Jones 4 0-1 8, Cronin 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 2 -12 5, Haley 0 0-0 0, Fisten 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 16 6-10 42.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 3 (Mayari 1, Ellis 2), Service 4 (Prasic 4). Total fouls -- Nikiski 13, Service 18. Fouled out -- none.

Dimond boys 85, Nikiski 48

The Nikiski boys basketball squad lost to a tough Dimond team Saturday in Anchorage. Jeremiah Taylor and Kevin Gerke each scored 14 points for the Bulldogs in the defeat.

LYNX 85, BULLDOGS 48

Nikiski 9 13 10 16 -- 48

Dimond 22 11 25 27 -- 85

NIKISKI (48) -- Gerke 5 0-0 14, M. Jorgensen, 1 1-2 3, Rooper 0 3-4 3, Taylor 5 1 1-2 14, Lemmityinen 2 2-4 6, Hitchcock 2 2-6 8. Totals -- 16 9-18 48.

DIMOND (85) -- Lewis 5 1-2 12, Stewart 7 0-0 17, A. Murphy 5 0-1 10, Cowan 2 0-0 5, Ivanov 0 0-0 0, S. Murphy 3 2-5 8, Lemieux 1 2-2 4, Ward 4 1-2 9, Tomco 2 0-0 4, Hodges 3 0-0 6, Lindoff 3 0-1 6, Shelton 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 37 6-13 85.

3-point goals -- Nikiski 7 (Gerke 4, Hitchcock 2, Taylor), Dimond 5 (Stewart 3, Lewis, Cowan). Total fouls -- Nikiski 16, Dimond 17. Fouled out -- none.

Seward girls 43, Skyview 33

The Seahawks traveled to Soldotna to deliver the Panthers their second home defeat in as many days.

SEAHAWKS 43, PANTHERS 33

Seward 8 9 10 16 -- 43

Skyview 2 8 14 9 -- 33

SEWARD (43) -- Gaule 0 0-0 0, Hoogland 0 0-0 0, Beck 0 0-0 0, Bardarson 3 2-4 8, Steinbrecker 0 0-0 0, T. Hetrick 0 0-0 0, Regis 0 0-0 0, W. Hetrick 2 4-4 8, Loomis 0 0-0 0, De Ruwe, 4 0-3 8, Linville 1 2-2 4, Seigel 1-2-3 4, Dieckgraeff 4 1-4 9. Totals -- 16 11-22 43.

SKYVIEW (33) -- Verba 2 0-2 4, Gephardt 0 0-0 0, Faigle 0 0-1 0, Carpenter 4 4-6 12, Dalebout 3 0-0 6, Bonebrake 0 0-0 0, Hiler 0 0-0 0, Blake 0 0-0 0, Colvin 1 2-2 4, Creel 0 0-0 0, Fay 3 1-2 7. Totals -- 13 7-13 33.

Total fouls -- Seward 15, Skyview 20. Fouled out -- None.

Skyview boys 63, Seward 54

Skyview took a second home win against the Seward Seahawks Saturday. Adam Cooper had 22 points for Skyview.

PANTHERS 63, SEAHAWKS 54

Seward 8 9 15 22 --54

Skyview 16 14 15 18 -- 63

SEWARD (54) -- Price 2 0-0 5, Pullins 2 2-2 6, Dieckgraeff 0 0-0 0, Coots 0 0-0 0, Hubbard 1 0-0 2, Swiderski 5 6-7 16, Elhard 3 1-3 8, Humphrey 4 6-6 15, Banse 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 18 15-18 54.

SKYVIEW (63) -- Shields 5 4-6 14, Travers 0 3-4 3, Mataresse 2 0-0 4, Cushway 1 0-0 2, St. Clair 1 3-4 5, Kosydar 1 0-2 2, Cooper 9 4-9 22, Geller 3 5-6 11. Totals -- 22 19-31 63.

3-point goals -- Seward 3 (Price, Elhard, Humphrey). Total fouls -- Seward 19, Skyview 17. Fouled out -- none.



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