Injury-plagued Lady Bears upend Ninilchik
Noorvik Lady Bears head coach John Hersrud knew going into the 2013 Ninilchik Invitational Basketball Tournament his team would be facing a tough challenge ... and that was even before he saw injuries take out three starters.
Hersrud couldn't be too upset with the end results, however. His injury-riddled team managed to scratch out a 1-2 effort in the tournament.
"The younger kids showed up with their spirit and fought hard," said Hersrud. "We came here and learned a lot. We played three games and our younger girls saw three different defenses. That can only help later on."
Noorvik opened the tournament on Wednesday by suffering a tough 67-46 setback to the Unalakleet Lady Wolfpack.
Despite the loss, the Lady Bears picked up solid play from Hali Sampson, Emily Outwater and Tina Ashby. Sampson scored a team-high 21 points in the game, while Outwater pushed in 12, including eight of her team's 12 in the second quarter.
Ashby, who finished the game with nine points, tallied seven of the Lady Bears' 21 in the fourth quarter.
The NHS girls also suffered a 49-30 loss to Cook Inlet Academy.
Cook Inlet, which led 21-12 at the half, salted away the win with a 25-16 run in the second period.
Outwater led the Lady Bears' offense with 19 points. Sampson and Ashby added five and four, respectively.
Noorvik closed out its appearance on a high note on Saturday with a 59-21 win over Ninilchik.
Outwater keyed the win by pouring in 20 points. Sampson added 11.
Lady Qavviks take two from Deering
The Kivalina Lady Quavviks had plenty of reason to smile over the weekend. The KHS girls nailed down a pair of wins over rivak Buckland in that span.
On Friday, Kivalina grabbed a 57-30 win over the Lady Lights.
Kivalina closed out the weekend series on Saturday with a 57-35 victory.
Huskies drop two to Grace Christian
The Kotzebue High School Huskies dropped a pair of games to the Grace Christian Lions this weekend in the Dawghaouse.
Kotzebue, which is scheduled to play in the Western Conference tournament in two weeks, struggled to get its offense going against Grace Christian in the first game of their two-game series. The Huskies managed just six shots from the field in the first 16 minutes of play and suffered a 52-14 setback.
Isaiah Savok provided most of Kotzebue's first half points on Friday, pushing in eight points in the first half. Travis Romane added three more with a first-quarter trey, while Gus Nelson pushed in a shot in the second.
Grace Christian didn't have any trouble scoring in the first half. Backed by six three-pointers, the Lions reeled off 30 points in the half and took a 30-12 advantage into the half.
Grace Christian used an 18-0 run in the third to salt away the win.
Grace Christian didn't let up a bit in the series finale. The Lions held Kotzebue to three points in the first quarter and rolled to a 56-20 win.
Savok registered the Huskies' lone basket in the first quarter via three-point shot.
Romane accounted for all of Kotzebue's second-quarter points, hitting a trey and pushing home a short jumper.
Grace Christian held a 24-8 halftime advantage.
Romane led all KHS scorers in the contest with 10 points. Savok and Thomas Baker added five apiece.
Noorvik lands 4 on Ninilchik all-tourney teams
The Noorvik High School basketball teams turned more than a few heads this weekend at the Ninilchik Invitational Basketball Tournament. The NHS boys' and girls' team both played two on the all-tournament team, which was released following Saturday's games.
Seniors Danny Wells and Arthur Ballot Jr. both earned spots on the boys' all-tourney squad. Joining them on the squad were Ninilchik's Jayke Cooper and Jack Wheeler, Cook Inlet's Timmy Smithwick and Mylon Weems, Chevak's Corwin Olsen and Unalakleet's Gage Ivanoff, James Moxsooke and MVP Stuart Towarak.
Wells also netted the boys' three-point shooting honors.
Emily Outwater and freshman Iriqtaq Hailstone were named to the girls' all-tourney squad. Others making the roster were Unalakleet's Season Haugen, Catherine Ivanoff and Jonisha Wilson, CIA's Nicole Moffis and Ninilchik's Krista Sinclair and Jorden Finney.
CIA's Megan Bauder was the girls' MVP pick.