Ninilchik girls own Classic

CIA takes crown in boys tourney

Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2006

 

  Ninilchik's Jennifer Erickson gets a shot over Cook Inlet Academy's Melissa Moffis (23) and Brooke Frosi (32) in the fourth quarter of Satruday's game during the Cook Inlet Classic. M. Scott Moon

Ninilchik's Jennifer Erickson gets a shot over Cook Inlet Academy's Melissa Moffis (23) and Brooke Frosi (32) in the fourth quarter of Satruday's game during the Cook Inlet Classic.

M. Scott Moon

The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team has to be wondering what could have been if they had more depth on their bench.

With only one substitute, however, their second wind was long gone by the fourth quarter.

The Eagles hung with Class 2A defending state champion Ninilchik in the Cook Inlet Academy Classic championship game on Saturday, but finally succumbed to the Wolverines’ upbeat tempo in falling, 54-34.

Senior Jennifer Erickson scored a game-high 16 points, senior Krista Leman added 15 and Kjersten Skjold chipped in 10 in guiding Ninilchik (3-0) to the CIA Classic title.

Freshman Amie Smithwick led the Eagles with 14 points and junior Brooke Forsi collected nine.

The Lumen Christi girls also routed Tri-Valley, 58-27, on Saturday.

On Friday, the Wolverines topped Tri-Valley 67-36, behind 16 points from Kayleigh Rice, 14 from Erickson, 12 apiece from Leman and Tera Schnabl and 10 by Skjold.

Also on Friday, Lumen Christi edged the CIA girls, 44-40. Forsi led the Eagles with 14 points while Melissa Moffis scored 11.

On the boys side of the tourney, CIA beat Ninilchik, 72-56, to claim the title on Saturday. Tri-Valley downed Lumen Christi, 59-54, earlier that same day.

After trailing by 10 at halftime and eight entering the final period, the CIA girls finally crept within five when Smithwick sank a wide-open 3 with 7:12 to play in the game.

But baskets by Skjold and Leman — who was named as the tournament MVP — restretched the lead to 10 before Smithwick canned another trey, trimming the deficit to seven.

That was as close as the Eagles (1-3) could get, though, as they began to wear down, shooting 3-for-22 from the field in the final frame.

“A deeper bench would help. But we’re real happy,” said CIA coach Ted Forsi. “We got the maximum effort from our players and that’s what we ask for.”

Ninilchik coach Dan Leman acknowledged a few extra girls could have made a difference.

“It’s got to be tough playing with six,” he said. “They gave us a good run. Having a bench makes a lot of difference.

“And that’s what we’re trying to do,” Leman added. “We’ve got a good bench, but we’ve got some young kids and we’re just trying to get them some playing time. So, we do go to the bench.”

The Eagles actually trailed 8-5 in the first before Chelsea Hardcastle and Melissa Moffis each scored in the final minute, sending CIA into the second quarter with a 9-8 advantage.

But a 6-0 Wolverines’ run put them in front 14-9 and they never looked back, owning a 10-point lead at halftime after Erickson proved to be too much inside, scoring six of her 16 points in the final three minutes of the opening half.

“Jen’s come a long way. She’s coming back from a pretty severe injury last year to her shoulder and then had the other shoulder injured earlier in volleyball. She takes a beating down there, so it’s got to be weighing on her,” Leman explained. “She’s getting lots of good looks. She comes around and hits. Most of the time, she should be able to hit those shots.

“She’s not really comfortable yet,” he added, “but, I think, once she gets comfortable, she’s going to be hard to stop.”

Ninilchik’s lead was extended to 12 with 3:37 to go in the third following four points from Leman, but a 6-0 spurt by the Eagles cut it to 31-25 with nearly a minute to play in the period. Another bucket by a double-teamed Erickson with 27 seconds to go made it an eight-point game after three.

When the Eagles sliced the deficit to five early in the fourth, Leman was a bit worried.

“We got good looks, our shots just didn’t go down. We’re just trying to pound the ball inside and if they collapse, then we’re going to kick it out,” he said. “It worked, but you sweat a little but when it gets down to five points.”

CIA boys 72, Ninilchik 56

The hot shooting of senior John Forsi and sophomore Ryan Doyle helped overcome 39 points from Ninilchik junior and tournament MVP Austin Vanderford as the Eagles claimed the CIA Classic title.

Doyle scored 20 points and Forsi, one of only two seniors on the squad, turned in 16 in leading CIA’s up-and-down pace throughout the entire contest.

“We’re a young team, so it’s nice to get these three wins. But it’s a long season, so I just want them to keep improving every game,” first-year CIA coach Travis Knutson said. “It’s good for us, especially because we’re young. We needed these to let other teams know what we’re a pretty good team.”

On Friday, Vanderford collected 27 points and Brandon Nobles canned five 3-pointers and scored 20 points in leading the Wolverines past Tri-Valley, 59-40.

CIA beat Lumen Christi, 71-59, behind 22 points from Doyle, 15 from Shane Moffis, 14 from Scott Litchfield and 10 by Spencer McAuliffe.

On Saturday, Vanderford — who scored 18 of his points in the final quarter — helped keep the game respectable by stringing together eight consecutive Ninilchik (2-1) points midway through the fourth.

“I knew he was a very good player. We wanted to limit his touches. We didn’t do a very good job of that,” Knutson said. “But he’s a very good player and we knew he was going to get his points, but we wanted to limit all their other players and try to hold them down as much as we could.”

That part of their strategy may have worked to perfection.

After owning an 11-point lead after eight minutes, the Eagles (3-0) sank their next four shots from the floor during a 12-0 run that found them ahead 31-10 with 3:30 to go in the half.

Vanderford then netted four quick points but Forsi scored to regain a 21-point edge and then stole the ball, diving out of bounds to save it to Doyle, who sank a deep jumper, making it 37-14.

“Forsi, the first two games, he didn’t play very good. And (Saturday), he played very good. I need him to step up,” Knutson said. “He played very good (Saturday) and that’s what I’m going to need from him for the whole year for us to be successful.”

CIA later put together a 12-0 run, during which Forsi scored seven straight points, all but putting the game away at 50-26 with 3:30 left in the third.

“Everybody’s going to be taller than us. We just don’t have any height,” said Wolverines coach Keith Presley. “We’re going to have to start rebounding as a committee. That’s going to be a problem for us all year.”

Matthew Carroll can be reached at matthew.carroll @peninsulaclarion.com.

Friday girls

WOLVERINES 79, WARRIORS 38

Ninilchik 9 19 16 23 — 67

Tri-Valley 9 12 8 7 — 24

NINILCHIK (67) — Vanderford 0 0-0 0, Leman 4 2-2 12, Rice 3 10-15 16, Wood 0 0-0 0, Skjold 4 1-2 10, L. Schabel 0 0-2 0, T. Schabel 5 2-4 12, Erickson 5 4-5 14, Ehlers 1 1-2 3 Totals — 22 20-32 67.

TRI-VALLEY (24) — Newton 1 0-3 2, Talerco 5 1-2 11, Skinner 1 1-3 3, Carter 0 0-0 0, Chelsey 1 0-0 2, Keith 1 0-0 2, Swett 0 1-1 1, Shreeve 6 3-10 15. Totals — 15 6-19 36.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 3 (Leman 2, Skjold 1).

ARCHANGELS 44, EAGLES 40

Lumen Christi 6 14 14 10 — 44

Cook Inlet 7 10 15 8 — 40

LUMEN CHRISTI (44) — Prestegard 6 2-3 14, Ke. McNeal 3 0-0 6, Tisdale 0 0-0 0, Beach 0 0-0 0, Ka. McNeal 2 3-4 8, Kjelstad 0 0-0 0, Suemai 2 0-0 2, Kruger 6 0-4 12. Totals — 19 5-13 44.

COOK INLET (40) — Moffis 2 7-8 11, Forsi 1 11-20 14, Kopp 0 0-0 0, Little 1 0-0 2, Hardcastle 3 0-0 6, Smithwick 3 1-3 7. Totals — 10 19-31 40.

3-point goals — Lumen Christi 1 (Ka. McNeal, 1), Cook Inlet 1 (Forsi 1).

Friday boys

WOLVERINES 59, WARRIORS 40

Ninilchik 14 2 26 14 — 59

Tri-Valley 8 9 7 16 — 40

NINILCHIK (59) — Sutherland 1 1-3 3, Vanderford 9 9-14 27, Presley 1 0-1 2, Dwyer 2 0-0 4, Covey 0 0-0 0, Nobles 7 2-4 20, Klapak 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 3, Bennett 0 0-0 0. Totals — 21 12-22 59.

TRI-VALLEY (40) — Renshaw 9 3-4 21, A. Talerico 2 2-2 6, J. Talerico 0 1-3 1, Vacura 2 2-5 6, Brady 0 0-0 0, Burbank 2 2-4 6. Totals — 15 10-18 40.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 5 (Nobles 4, Smith 1).

EAGLES 71, ARCHANGELS 59

Lumen Christi 10 20 6 23 — 59

Cook Inlet 22 17 23 9 — 71

LUMEN CHRISTI (59) — Neuerburg 0 0-0 0, Skaja 2 3-6 7, Dooley 0 1-2 1, S. Bakic 2 0-0 4, Dixon 0 0-0 0, R. Bakic 5 2-4 13, Barras 11 8-15 30, Fisk 2 0-0 4. Totals — 22 14-27 59.

COOK INLET (59) — Larson 0 0-0 0, Litchfield 4 4-5 14, Rowley 0 0-2 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Forsi 0 2-3 2, Moffis 7 2-8 15, Bell 0 0-0 0, McAuliffe 5 0-0 10, Munn 2 0-0 4, Doyle 8 6-8 22, Wisnewski 0 1-2 1. Totals — 26 15-28 71.

3-point goals — Lumen Christi 1 (R. Bakic 1), Cook Inlet 4 (Litchfield 2, Moffis 2).

Saturday girls

WOLVERINES 54, EAGLES 34

Ninilchik 8 15 10 21 — 54

Cook Inlet 9 4 12 9 — 34

NINILCHIK (54) — Vanderford 0 1-2 1, Leman 5 2-2 15, Rice 2 4-6 8, Wood 0 2-4 2, Skjold 4 2-2 10, L. Schabel 1 0-2 2, Erickson 7 2-4 16, Ehlers 0 0-2 0. Totals — 19 13-24 54.

COOK INLET (34) — Moffis 2 1-2 5, Forsi 4 1-5 9, Kopp 1 0-1 2, Little 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 2 0-2 4, Smithwick 6 0-0 14. Totals — 15 2-10 34.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 3 (Leman 3), Cook Inlet 2 (Smithwick 2). Total fouls — Ninilchik 15, Cook Inlet 17. Fouled out — Moffis.

Saturday boys

EAGLES 72, WOLVERINES 56

Ninilchik 8 13 15 20 — 56

Cook Inlet 19 19 17 17 — 72

NINILCHIK (56) — Sutherland 1 0-4 2, Vanderford 16 7-10 39, Presley 0 1-3 1, Dwyer 0 0-2 0, Nobles 4 0-1 9, Jo. Klapack 1 0-1 2, Smith 1 0-0 3. Totals — 23 8-21 56.

COOK INLET (72) — Larson 1 0-0 2, Litchfield 2 1-2 6, Rowley 2 0-0 4, Forsi 7 2-6 16, Moffis 2 2-4 6, Bell 1 0-0 3, McAuliffe 2 6-6 10, Munn 0 2-2 2, Doyle 7 5-6 20, Wisnewski 1 1-2 3. Totals — 25 19-28 72.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 2 (Nobles 1, Smith 1), Cook Inlet 3 (Litchfield 1, Doyle 1, Bell 1). Total fouls — Ninilchik 23, Cook Inlet 23. Fouled out — Presley, Dwyer, Nobles, Rowley.



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