Nikiski girls down Soldotna

Hicks scores 24 points as SoHi boys get first win of season

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2004

 

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  Nikiski's Justin Vance and Zech Hemphill (10) battle for a rebound with Soldotna's Ryan Hall and Austin Roberts (22) Friday night at Nikiski High School. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Nikiski's Sarah Herrin looks to pass the ball after stumbling with Soldotna's Brittany Howard in front of the SoHi bench during the third quarter at Nikiski Friday night.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Nikiski girls and Soldotna boys picked up nonconference victories Friday night in Nikiski.

The Bulldogs received 20 points from Sarah Herrin and 10 from Hannah Thompson in a 54-38 victory, while the Stars got 24 points from Matt Hicks in a 65-54 victory.

The girls game was close early because the Bulldogs had some trouble attacking Soldotna's zone defense. Nikiski had 10 turnovers in the first quarter. The Bulldogs then had just six turnovers the rest of the game and let their steady shooting (20 of 45 from the floor in the game) take over.

Nikiski coach Ward Romans gave credit to point guard Sasha Auldridge for running the offense more efficiently as the game wore on.

"She's just a junior and she did a lot of growing up tonight," Romans said.

Auldridge, who finished with nine points, is just one of the many weapons the Bulldogs have on offense. Nikiski also got eight points from Krystal Gladden.

"We can pretty much all shoot the ball well," Gladden said. "We're not selfish with the ball because we know everybody can make shots."

In addition to the impressive showing on offense, the Bulldogs also held Soldotna to 16 of 44 shooting.

"We've always been a defensive team," Nikiski's Whitney Hitchcock said. "At Nikiski, we just want to play defense."

Soldotna coach Mark Tuter said his team played too inconsistent to win the game. The Stars, who were paced by 15 points from Christa Kennedy, are a young team with just one senior on the roster. However, Tuter said his young players have experience and need to play more consistent than the did Friday.

 

Nikiski's Justin Vance and Zech Hemphill (10) battle for a rebound with Soldotna's Ryan Hall and Austin Roberts (22) Friday night at Nikiski High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotna boys 65, Nikiski 54

After a slow start, Hicks dominated the game for the Stars. In the first quarter, Hicks was getting good looks at the basket but was not converting the shots. He had just two points in the first quarter, but found his range after that.

"It was just taking my time and making sure I squared up to the basket," Hicks said.

The Bulldogs struggled with their shooting all night, but had the most trouble in the first quarter, when they were just 3 of 15 from the floor. Soldotna took advantage of Nikiski's cold shooting to take a 17-7 lead after one quarter.

In the second quarter, however, Nikiski lured the taller Stars into a fast-paced game. The Bulldogs closed the half on a 7-0 run, getting four points from Chad Holloway during the spurt, and trailed 27-26 at halftime.

In the second half, Soldotna coach Joe Trujillo switched to a zone defense because his team was having trouble matching up due to Nikiski's high-paced attack. The Stars also slowed down on offense and made it a point to get the ball to Hicks.

Even though Hicks was ruling the inside with eight points in the third quarter, Nikiski made Soldotna pay for playing zone by hitting 5 of 11 from 3-point range in the third quarter. That meant Soldotna's lead was only 47-43 after three quarters.

Nikiski trailed 60-54 after Travis McGahan scored on a layup with 3:44 left in the game, but after that the Bulldogs went ice cold from the floor and did not score for the rest of the game.

Trujillo, who also received 14 points from Ryan Hall and 10 points from Dan Spindler, said his team was able to pull out the win despite missing a couple of key contributors. One player was already on Christmas vacation, while Tony Besse, who stands 6-foot-5, picked up a technical in the first quarter and, under team rules, had to sit out the rest of the game.

Steven Taylor had 16 points to lead Nikiski, while McGahan had 11 and Holloway had 10.

Saturday, the Stars swept Seward in a pair of nonconference contests held at Soldotna High School.

The girls picked up a 36-27 victory over the Seahawks. Kaylee Wilbanks scored 11 points to pace the Stars in the contest.

Both teams got off to a slow start, and the score was tied at 3 after one period of play.

Soldotna was able to keep stifling the Seahawks on defense. Seward only had 13 points after three quarters. However, Soldotna picked up its offense after the first quarter, scoring 15 points in the second quarter and 11 points in the third quarter.

In the boys game, the Stars came back from a 26-20 halftime deficit for a 51-33 victory.

Soldotna once again got solid play on the inside as Hicks scored 13 points while Besse came back from sitting out most of Friday's game with 13 points.

The Stars outscored the Seahawks 17-2 in the third quarter and 14-5 in the fourth quarter.

Soldotna kept any Seward player from reaching double figures.

Girls

BULLDOGS 54, STARS 38

Soldotna 5 11 6 16 38

Nikiski 12 11 15 16 54

SOLDOTNA (38) —Smith 1 0-0 2, McCown 1 0-0 2, Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Gardner 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 6 2-2 15, Stenga 0 1-2 1, Wilbanks 2 1-2 5, Howard 4 0-1 8, Bell 0 0-0 0, Barker 1 0-0 3, Denna 0 0-0 0, Blackburn 1 0-0 2. Totals —16 4-7 38.

NIKISKI (54) —Lee 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Gladden 4 0-0 8, Griffel 2 0-0 4, Auldridge 4 1-3 9, Thompson 3 4-8 10, Herrin 6 6-8 20, Hitchcock 1 0-0 3, Pritchard 0 0-0 0. Totals —20 11-19 54.

3-point goals —Soldotna 2 (Kennedy 1, Barker 1); Nikiski 3 (Herrin 2, Hitchcock 1). Total fouls —Soldotna 17, Nikiski 11. Fouled out —Denna.

Boys

STARS 65, BULLDOGS 54

Soldotna 17 10 20 18 65

Nikiski 7 19 17 11 54

SOLDOTNA (65) —Turnbull 2 0-0 5, Harp 3 0-0 9, Hilbish 0 0-0 0, Hall 6 2-3 14, Besse 0 0-0 0, Carver 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 3-4 3, Spindler 5 0-0 10, Hicks 12 0-0 24. Totals —28 5-7 65.

NIKISKI (54) —Hemphill 3 0-0 8, Taylor 5 3-8 16, Holloway 4 1-2 10, Vance 1 0-0 3, Kellie 3 0-0 6, McGahan 4 2-3 11. Totals —20 6-13 54.

3-point goals —Soldotna 4 (Harp 3, Turnbull 1); Nikiski 8 (Taylor 3, Hemphill 2, Holloway 1, Vance 1, McGahan 1). Total fouls —Soldotna 17, Nikiski 11. Fouled out —none.

Saturday

GIRLS

STARS 36, SEAHAWKS 27

Soldotna 3 15 11 7 36

Seward 3 7 3 14 27

SOLDOTNA (36) —Smith 3 1-1 7, McCown 0 1-2 0 1, Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Gardner 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 3 0-0 7, Emery 0 0-0 0, Stenga 1 0-0 2, Wilbanks 5 1-2 11, Howard 2 1-2 6, Darker 0 0-0 0, Denna 1 0-0 2. Totals —15 4-7 36.

SEWARD (27) —Sawyer 0 0-0 0, Hetrick 2 0-1 4, Prochazka 0 0-0 0, Hoogland 1 3-4 5, Sela 0 0-0 0, Stallings 0 1-2 1, Loomis 1 4-4 7, Gillespie 1 0-1 2, Crane 3 0-0 6, Adelman 1 0-0 2. Totals —8 8-12 27.

3-point goals —Soldotna 2 (Howard, Kennedy); Seward 0. Totals Fouls —Soldotna 16, Seward 12. Fouled Out —none.

BOYS

STARS 51, SEAHAWKS 33

Soldotna 14 6 17 14 51

Seward 12 14 2 5 33

SOLDOTNA (51) —Turnbull 1 0-0 3, Harp 1 0-0 3, Milbish 1 0-0 2, Hall 3 0-0 6, Besse 6 1-2 13, Carver 1 0-0 3, Roberts 1 0-0 2, Spindler 3 0-0 6, Hicks 5 3-4 13. Totals 22 4-6 51.

SEWARD (33) —Hetrick 3 0-0 8, Beck 0 0-0 0, Swiderski 3 0-0 7, Blair 0 0-0 0, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Elhard 1 3-6 6, Ledet 0 0-0 0, Dieckgraeff 1 2-4 4, Adelmann 4 0-1 8. Totals —12 5-11 33.

3-point goals —Soldotna 3 (Turnbull, Harp, Carver); Seward 4 (Hetrick 2, Swiderski, Elhard). Totals Fouls —Soldotna 13, Seward 11. Fouled Out —none.



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