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CIA girls beat Ninilchik

CIA boys also handle Wolverines in Cook Inlet Classic

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2007

"That's the only time I remember," she said.

Saturday will probably be embedded in her thoughts for a long time then.

The quick and slender senior poured in a game-high 20 points and helped rally Cook Inlet Academy to a wild 37-34 win over the Wolverines in the Cook Inlet Classic, the Eagles' first victory over Ninilchik since the 1980s.

"It was really cool. All of us were really pumped for the game," Forsi explained. "We knew they lost a lot of their main players from last year. So, we were all just like, 'Come on. This is our time. If we're going to do it, this is the year.'

Forsi was only aware of her own experiences, having never been able to top the Wolverines in her four-year varsity career.

When informed it had been more than 20 years, a well-deserved smile crept over her face.

"I didn't know it had been that long," she said. "I just knew it had been as long as I can remember. But that's kind of sweet."

Especially the way it played out.

Leading by as many as 10 points near the midway point of the third quarter, the Eagles (3-5) had trouble handling the ball due to a swarming Ninilchik defense, hitting just 2-of-13 shots in the third while maintaining just a three-point edge entering the fourth.

That's when things got interesting.

A CIA turnover off the initial inbounds pass to begin the final frame led to a Lindsey Rohr (12 points) bucket and the Wolverines promptly took their first lead of the contest a minute later when Rohr canned another jumper.

After a back-and-forth three minutes left the Eagles clinging to a one-point lead with 2:25 to play, Ninilchik's Heidi Skjold (11 points) sank an over-the-head hook shot in the lane for a 30-29 Wolverines lead.

"She's capable of doing stuff like that. Her shooting's going to come around and that's really going to help us," said Ninilchik coach Dan Leman. "It was pretty cool."

The lead was short-lived, though, as Forsi who had been playing with four fouls for most of the fourth quarter canned a baseline jumper with a hand in her face and added a running floater 30 seconds later in staking her team to a 33-30 advantage.

"Brooke is an excellent player and very skilled ... It sometimes takes two guys to stop her," Leman said. "We were just trying to get the ball out of her hands or at least keep her from shooting so much. It worked at times, but other times it didn't work."

Forsi's crucial shots, however, made up for at least three fourth-quarter turnovers by the senior.

"I brought down the ball like four times in a row and just threw it away," Forsi said. "I was just like, 'OK. I have to get back on top mentally,' because I was stressing out. But we pulled it off."

Ninilchik's Ashley Bartolowits made it a one-point game again when she scored with 49 seconds to play, but CIA's Chelsea Hardcastle (nine points) and Forsi both sank a pair of free throws in sealing the monumental win and a 2-2 tournament record.

"We work on that all the time," said Eagles coach and Brooke's father, Ted Forsi. "That's where close games are won, at the free throw line."

Trailing 15-7 at halftime, Ninilchik's tenacious defense was the difference in the comeback, forcing 13 second-half turnovers by the Eagles and 24 overall in the game.

"We're not trying to be the best in December. We want to be the best in March and that really is our goal," Leman explained. "This year's team, we've got some great kids, and this is their team. This is this year. This isn't last year. This isn't 10 years ago. They're starting to realize that they can do some good things."

While Ted Forsi said the win was nice, adding it's still early in the season and Ninilchik will almost certainly improve, his daughter believes the win bolsters the Eagles' confidence heading into January.

"They're like the toughest team in our region. So, now we know we can beat them," she said. "I think going into the regions it will just give us a heads up to how they're going to be this year and it will be good."

Cook Inlet boys 82, Ninilchik 58

The Eagles outscored the Wolverines 31-11 in the fourth quarter and used 10 3-pointers in earning a big win on Saturday.

CIA's Scott Litchfield, who canned five of those treys, scored a team-high 23 points, Ryan Doyle and Shane Moffis added 19 apiece and Eric Bell chipped in 12.

Austin Vanderford, playing in his first game of the tournament after competing in a wrestling tourney in Reno, Nev., scored 24 points in his return while Tyler Sutherland and Ross Skjold added 12 points each.

New Stuyahok boys 61, Nikolaevsk 42

Evan Petla notched a game-high 20 points, Erick Hanson added 17 and Peter Walcott chipped in 12 in leading New Stuyahok to a relatively easy win on Saturday in the Cook Inlet Classic.

New Stuyahok, which canned six 3-pointers, five coming from Hanson, led 38-17 at the break and never looked back.

Jonah Yakunin paced Nikolaevsk with 13 points.

Togiak girls 53, Nikolaevsk 37

Keilyn Carlos turned in a game-high 21 points and Clara Gosuk and Whitney Carlos chipped in 12 apiece in leading the Huskies past the Warriors on Saturday.

Efrosia Yakunin led Nikolaevsk, which was 15-of-21 from the charity stripe, with 15 points, while teammate Cassie Fefelov added 10.

Skyview JV girls 44, Wasilla Lake 32

Despite a meager 4-of-15 performance from the line, the Panthers' JV team edged Wasilla Lake in the Cook Inlet Classic on Saturday.

Jessica Stewart scored a team-high 12 points for Skyview, while Paris Cooper chipped in nine.

MacKenzie Sherman led Wasilla Lake with 17 points.

Skyview JV boys 37, Wasilla Lake 31

Matt Schodle scored 11 points and Alex Cook added nine in leading the Panthers to a win over the Rams on Saturday.

Adam Palmer paced Wasilla Lake with 11 points while Taylor Roth netted eight.

ACS girls 49, Kenai 28

Kenai's Kyla Steward was the lone Kardinal to reach double digits, scoring 10 points. as the visiting Kardinals fell to the Lions on Saturday.

Hannah Delaney added five points for Kenai, which trailed 27-11 at halftime and couldn't recover.

Kenai 72, ACS 71, 2OT

Despite having two key players on the bench, the visiting Kardinals were still able to pull out a thriller over ACS on Saturday.

Seniors Nate Saltzgiver and Cory Toombs both fouled out, but Nathan Byrd and Daniel Gutskey seemed to pick up the slack.

Byrd and Gustkey scored 27 points apiece, Gustkey canning five 3-pointers, in leading Kenai to a major non-conference victory.

The difference could have been the two teams' performances at the foul line.

The Lions finished 8-for-17 from the charity stripe while Kenai was a perfect 12-for-12.

Cook Inlet boys 60, Yakutat 45

Litchfield turned in a game-high 24 points and Shane Moffis chipped in 14 in leading the Eagles to a big win over Yakutat on Friday.

Leading 42-36 after three quarters, Cook Inlet broke the game open by outscoring Yakutat 18-9 in the final frame.

Clint Ivers led Yakutat with 16 points.

Yakutat girls 69, Cook Inlet 38

Sharnel Vale poured in a game-high 21 points, Rose Fraker added 14 and Justyne Wheeler chipped in 12 as Yakutat stopped Cook Inlet Academy on Friday.

Brooke Forsi scored a team-high 16 points and Chelsea Hardcastle added 12 for CIA, which was outscored 27-18 in the first half and couldn't muster a comeback.

Nikolaevsk girls 43, Wasilla Lake 39

Efrosia Yakunin turned in 20 points, Cassie Fefelov added 13 and Sira Fefelov collected 10 in helping the Warriors overcome a 9-of-24 performance from the foul line to claim a tight win on Friday in the Classic.

Ashley Stringer paced Wasilla Lake with 12 points and Kelsey Meyer chipped in nine.

Togiak girls 54, Ninilchik 36

Dahlia Wassillie scored 15 points and Whitney Carlos collected 14 as the Huskies outscored the Wolverines by nine in the first half and never trailed the rest of the way on Friday.

Also for Togiak, which was just 12-of-28 from the foul line, Keilyn Carlos had 10 points.

Ninilchik, which had just one player reach double digits in Lindsey Rohr (10 points), fared just as poorly from the charity stripe, converting on just 8-of-27 free throws. Heidi Skjold added nine points for the Wolverines.

Wasilla Lake boys 48, Nikolaevsk 31

Taylor Roth scored 16 points and Ray Shaw added 15 as Wasilla Lake had little trouble with the Warriors on Friday.

Christopher Kalugin paced Nikolaevsk with eight points while Markell Melkomukov collected seven.

New Stuyahok boys 73, Ninilchik 54

Knotted at halftime, New Stuyahok outscored the Wolverines 23-12 in the third quarter in escaping with a victory on Friday.

Evan Petla led New Stuyahok with 26 points, Alvin Petla added 17 and Erick Hanson collected 10.

Cody Presley paced Ninilchik with 17 points, while Skjold and Sutherland scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Girls

Saturday

EAGLES 37, WOLVERINES 34

Ninilchik 3 4 13 14 34

Cook Inlet 4 11 8 14 37

NINILCHIK (34) Skjold 5 1-4 11, A. Bartolowits 2 0-2 4, Schnabl 2 0-0 4, Rohr 6 0-1 12, M. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Mireles 0 0-0 0, Ehlers 1 1-1 3. Totals 16 2-8 34.

COOK INLET (37) McGahan 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 2 4-4 9, McConnell 1 0-1 2, Kopp 0 0-1 0, Smithwick 2 2-4 6, Brush 0 0-0 0, Forsi 8 4-4 20. Totals 13 10-14 37.

3-point goals Cook Inlet 1 (Hardcastle). Total fouls Ninilchik 18, Cook Inlet 18. Fouled out Skjold, Kopp.

PANTHERS JV 44, RAMS 32

Wasilla Lake 6 4 12 10 32

Skyview JV 9 12 10 13 44

WASILLA LAKE (32) Colegrove 0 0-0 0, K. Meyer 0 0-0 0, S. Meyer 1 0-0 2, Hall 1 0-0 2, Woodruff 0 0-0 0, Sherman 8 0-2 17, Sharpe 1 0-0 2, Stringer 4 0-0 9. Totals 15 0-2 32.

SKYVIEW JV (44) O'Guinn 2 3-6 7, Lucas 3 0-2 6, Papp 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0, Cooper 4 1-2 9, Stewart 6 0-3 12, Shull 1 0-0 2, Perletti 1 0-2 2, Hill 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 4-15 44.

3-point goals Wasilla Lake 2 (Sherman, Stringer). Total fouls Wasilla Lake 11, Skyview 12. Fouled out Hall.

HUSKIES 53, WARRRIORS 37

Togiak 12 12 13 16 53

Nikolaevsk 5 7 13 12 37

TOGIAK (53) Wassillie 4 0-0 8, V. Gosuk 0 0-2 0, Kohuk 0 0-0 0, E. Gosuk 0 0-0 0, Dock 0 0-0 0, Peters 0 0-0 0, Carlos 9 0-2 21, C. Gosuk 0 0-0 0, W. Carlos 6 0-0 12, Upton 6 0-1 12. Totals 25 0-5 53.

NIKOLAEVSK (37) C. Fefelov 5 0-2 10, S. Fefelov 1 0-0 2, Yakunin 1 2-4 4, E. Yakunin 2 11-13 15, Bailey 0 0-0 0, Payne 0 0-0 0, Gordeev 2 2-2 6. Totals 11 15-21 37.

3-point goals Togiak 3 (K. Carlos 3). Total fouls Togiak 15, Nikolaevsk 8. Fouled out none.

LIONS 49, KARDINALS 28

Kenai 5 6 10 7 28

ACS 17 10 15 7 49

KENAI (28) Hull 1 0-0 3, Delaney 2 1-2 5, Coupchiak 0 0-2 0, Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Mills 1 0-0 2, Kennedy 1 0-0 2, Wortham 0 2-2 2, Graves 0 0-0 0, Beeson 1 0-0 2, Steward 4 2-3 10, Garcia 1 0-0 2, Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-9 28.

ACS (49) Bailey 2 2-2 6, Sally 0 0-0 0, Nychele 1 1-1 3, Karley 0 0-0 0, Chelsea 4 0-0 9, Debbiey 5 0-3 11, Anna 3 7-8 13, Alanna 0 1-2 1, Chantell 0 0-0 0, Jessica 3 0-0 6, Lizzy 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-18 49.

3-point goals Kenai 1 (Hull), ACS 2 (Chelsea, Debbiey). Total fouls Kenai 16, ACS 10. Fouled out none.

Boys

Saturday

EAGLES 82, WOLVERINES 58

Ninilchik 13 15 19 11 58

Cook Inlet 15 21 15 31 82

NINILCHIK (58) Sutherland 6 0-0 12, Garrison 0 0-0 0, Vanderford 10 4-9 24, Klapak 0 0-0 0, Presley 3 1-2 7, Skjold 5 2-4 12, Covey 0 0-0 0, Pinnow 0 0-0 0, Q. Bennett 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 3, Goins 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 7-15 58.

COOK INLET (82) Larson 1 0-0 2, Litchfield 8 2-3 23, Rowley 0 1-2 1, Smithwick 0 1-2 1, S. Moffis 7 4-6 19, Bell 4 0-0 12, Munn 2 1-4 5, Doyle 9 1-3 19. Totals 31 10-20 82.

3-point goals Ninilchik 1 (Smith), Cook Inlet 10 (Litchfield 5, Bell 4, S. Moffis 1). Total fouls Ninilchik 18, Cook Inlet 18. Fouled out Rowley.

EAGLES 61, WARRIORS 42

N. Stuyahok 18 20 13 10 61

Nikolaevsk 7 10 12 13 42

NEW STUYAHOK (61) Walcott 5 2-2 12, E. Petla 8 3-3 20, E. Hanson 6 0-0 17, A. Petla 1 0-0 2, N. Petla 3 0-1 6, Wyagon 2 0-0 4, Blunka 0 0-0 0, B. Hanson 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 5-6 61.

NIKOLAEVSK (42) Trail 0 0-0 0, Melkomukov 4 0-0 8, M. Fefelov 1 0-0 3, Yakunin 6 1-2 13, Ivanov 2 0-0 4, Kalugin 0 0-0 0, Konovalov 4 0-0 8, V. Fefelov 2 2-3 6. Totals 19 3-5 42.

3-point goals New Stuyahok 6 (E. Hanson 5, E. Petla 1), Nikolaevsk 1 (M. Fefelov). Totals fouls New Stuyahok 4, Nikolaevsk 8. Fouled out none.

PANTHERS JV 37, RAMS 31

W. Lake 6 8 2 15 31

Skyview JV 7 10 12 8 37

WASILLA LAKE (31) Shaw 0 0-0 0, Jenkin 0 0-0 0, Jensen 1 1-4 3, Roth 2 3-6 8, Palmer 5 1-1 11, Knight 0 0-2 0, Clements 1 0-4 2, Ratzlaff 1 5-9 7, Seiffert 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 10-26 31.

SKYVIEW JV (37) Straume 0 0-0 0, Malatesta 1 0-2 2, Schodle 5 1-4 11, Cook 4 0-0 9, Ramm 1 0-2 2, Harvey 3 2-6 8, Quint 0 1-2 1, Oakes 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 4-16 37.

3-point goals Wasilla Lake 1 (Roth), Skyview 1 (Cook). Total fouls Wasilla Lake 16, Skyview 24. Fouled out Jensen, Palmer, Cook.

KARDINALS 72, LIONS 71, 2OT

Kenai 16 12 7 23 16 72

ACS 16 12 14 16 13 71

KENAI (72) Ferguson 0 0-0 0, Rabung 0 0-0 0, Saltzgiver 1 2-2 4, Kiefer 0 0-0 0, Chimphalee 1 0-0 2, Byrd 11 4-4 27, Toombs 2 0-0 4, Beeson 4 0-0 8, Lazaro 0 0-0 0, Gustkey 7 6-6 27. Totals 26 12-12 72.

ACS (71) Bowden 2 0-1 4, Kim 7 1-1 15, Sullivan 4 0-3 9, Dyson 3 7-12 15, No. 25, 8 0-0 16, Baginski 4 0-0 8, Whitley 2 0-0 4. Totals 30 8-17 71.

3-point goals Kenai 6 (Gustkey 5, Byrd 1), ACS 3 (Dyson 2, Sullivan 1). Total fouls Kenai 21, ACS 16. Fouled out Saltzgiver, Toombs, Kim.

Girls

Friday

YAKUTAT 69, COOK INLET 38

Yakutat 12 15 25 17 69

Cook Inlet 7 11 12 8 38

YAKUTAT (69) H. Esbenshade 3 0-0 6, K. Fraker 3 3-5 9, Ryman 0 0-0 0, El. Esbenshade 0 0-0 0, Wheeler 6 0-1 12, R. Fraker 5 1-2 14, Es. Esbenshade 1 5-6 7, Vale 8 5-6 21. Totals 26 14-20 69.

COOK INLET (38) McGahan 0 0-0 0, Hardcastle 4 4-6 12, McConnell 0 0-0 0, Kopp 1 0-1 2, Smithwick 3 1-2 8, Brush 0 0-0 0, Forsi 6 4-5 16, Smith 0 0-0 0, Bauder 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 9-14 38.

3-point goals Yakutat 3 (R. Fraker 3), Cook Inlet 1 (Smithwick). Total fouls Yakutat 16, Cook Inlet 14. Fouled out none.

WARRIORS 43, RAMS 39

W.Lake 8 8 13 10 39

Nikolaevsk 12 12 10 9 43

WASILLA LAKE (39) K. Meyer 4 1-2 9, S. Meyer 1 0-0 2, Hall 1 4-4 6, Woodruff 0 0-0 0, Sherman 2 2-2 6, Sharpe 2 0-0 4, Stringer 5 0-0 12. Totals 15 7-8 39.

NIKOLAEVSK (43) C. Fefelov 6 1-4 13, S. Fefelov 5 0-1 10, Yakunin 6 8-15 20, Baily 0 0-2 0, Payne 0 0-0 0, Gordeev 0 0-2 0. Totals 17 9-24 43.

3-point goals Wasilla Lake 2 (Stringer 2). Total fouls Wasilla Lake 20, Nikolaevsk 12. Fouled out Hall.

HUSKIES 54, WOLVERINES 36

Togiak 13 13 14 14 54

Ninilchik 10 7 10 9 36

TOGIAK (54) Wassillie 4 7-12 15, V. Gosuk 4 1-4 9, E. Gosuk 1 0-1 2, Peters 0 0-0 0, K. Carlos 5 0-0 10, W. Carlos 5 4-11 14, Upton 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 12-28 54.

NINILCHIK (36) Skjold 3 3-6 9, A. Bartolowits 2 2-7 6, Schnabl 1 1-2 3, Rohr 4 0-0 10, M. Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Mireles 0 1-4 1, Ehlers 3 1-8 7. Totals 13 8-27 36.

3-point goals Ninilchik 2 (Rohr 2). Total fouls Togiak 19, Ninilchik 21. Fouled out Upton, A. Bartolowits.

Boys

Friday

RAMS 48, WARRIORS 31

W. Lake 11 9 12 16 48

Nikolaevsk 4 8 10 9 31

WASILLA LAKE (48) Shaw 7 0-1 15, Jansen 2 0-0 4, Roth 6 2-6 16, Palmer 3 0-2 6, Clements 1 0-0 2, Ratzlaff 2 1-3 5. Totals 21 3-12 48.

NIKOLAEVSK (31) Trail 0 0-0 0, Melkomukov 3 1-2 7, M. Fefelov 3 0-0 6, Yakunin 3 0-1 6, Ivanov 0 0-0 0, Kalugin 4 0-0 8, Konovalov 1 0-0 2, V. Fefelov 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 1-3 31.

3-point goals Wasilla Lake 3 (Roth 2, Shaw 1). Total fouls Wasilla Lake 11, Nikolaevsk 15. Fouled out Melkomukov.

EAGLES 73, WOLVERINES 54

N. Stuyahok 18 16 23 16 73

Ninilchik 18 16 12 8 54

NEW STUYAHOK (73) Walcott 4 1-4 9, E. Petla 11 4-4 26, E. Hanson 4 0-0 10, N. Petla 1 1-2 3, A. Petla 6 5-7 17, Wyagon 0 0-0 0, Blunka 4 0-0 8, B. Hanson 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 11-17 73.

NINILCHIK (54) Sutherland 5 0-0 10, Q. Bennett 1 0-0 2, Klapak 3 2-2 8, Presley 7 2-4 17, Skjold 6 0-2 12, Covey 0 0-0 0, Pinnow 0 0-0 0, S. Bennett 0 0-0 0, Smith 2 0-0 5, Goins 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 4-8 54.

3-point goals New Stuyahok 2 (E. Hanson 2), Ninilchik 2 (Presley, Smith). Total fouls New Stuyahok 8, Ninilchik 16. Fouled out Sutherland, Smith.

COOK INLET 60, YAKUTAT 45

Yakutat 10 10 16 9 45

Cook Inlet 12 16 14 18 60

YAKUTAT (45) K. Ivers 3 0-2 7, C. Ivers 7 0-2 16, Wheeler 3 0-0 6, Jackson 3 2-2 8, Weinrick 0 0-0 0, Munoz 4 0-0 8. Totals 20 2-6 45.

COOK INLET (60) Larson 2 0-2 4, Litchfield 10 0-0 24, Rowley 1 0-0 2, Powers 1 1-1 3, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Smithwick 0 2-2 2, S. Moffis 7 0-0 14, Holly 0 0-0 0, Bell 2 0-0 5, Munn 1 0-0 2, Doyle 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 3-5 60.

3-point goals Yakutat 3 (C. Ivers 2, K. Ivers 1), Cook Inlet 5 (Litchfield 4, Bell 1). Totals fouls Yakutat 9, Cook Inlet 13. Fouled out none.



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