• Mametieff nets 39 — mostly from 3-point land
By Sean Pearson
A strong first-half performance gave the Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors a 63-44 victory over Noorvik at the Point Hope Rex Rock Tipoff Tournament on Friday.
Nikolaevsk jumped out to a 23-8 lead in the first quarter, but allowed the Lady Bears to creep back into the game with an 18-point second quarter.
After the break, the Nikolaevsk defense again held Noorvik to single digits, allowing them only six third-quarter points. Noorvik kept pace with the Lady Warriors in the final quarter, with both teams scoring 12 points. However, the effort was too little, too late, and Nikolaevsk picked up the tournament win.
Nianiella Dorvall scored 17 points for the Lady Warriors, while Kayla Stafford and Sophia Kalugin added 14 and 13 points, respectively. The win sent them to the championship game against tournament host Point Hope on Saturday, but Nikolaevsk’s luck ran out against the defending State Champion Lady Eagles.
The Lady Warriors were outscored 13-5 in the first quarter, but cut the deficit to just two points at the half. Nikolaevsk looked strong going into the fourth period trailing by just four points. But, a 16-8 Eagle run downed the Lady Warriors and gave Point Hope the tournament title.
Sophia Kalugin had 12 points for Nikolaevsk, while Dorvall had 10. Stafford added six.
Warriors 63, Bears 44
|Nikolaevsk||— 23||— 15||— 13||— 12||— 63|
|Noorvik||— 8||— 18||— 6||— 12||—44|
Nikolaevsk: Dorvall 7 3-4 17, Stafford 6 0-0 14, Kalugin 4 5-9 13, Klaich 4 2-2 11, Jones, Kalugin 2 0-1 4, Hickman 2 0-0 4.
3-point goals: Stafford 2, Klaich 1
Eric Mametieff pumped another 39 points into his ever-growing season point total in Nikolaevsk’s losing effort against Noorvik and Yakutat over the weekend.
After jumping to a 19-17 lead in the first quarter, the Warriors trailed 29-28 at the half. A 16-10 Noorvik third-quarter advantage was nearly erased, as Nikolaevsk rallied for the 21 points in the fourth period.
The effort was too little, too late and the Warriors fell 59-63. Mametieff picked up 25 points for the game, while Blake Klaich and Anatoli Fefelov each had 12.
Nikolaevsk moved on to face Yakutat on Saturday, but struggled against the Eagles’ offense, giving up 87 points to their 39. Mametieff scored 14 points.
Nikolaevsk hosts teams from Lumen Christi, Ninilchik and Wasilla Lake for their annual Warrior Rumble this weekend. Games begin with the Ninilchik Lady Wolverines facing Lumen Christi at 2:45 p.m., Thursday. The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors then take on Wasilla Lake at 5:45 p.m. The Nikolaevsk boys face Wasilla Lake at 7:15 p.m.
Bears 63, Warriors 59
|Noorvik||— 17||— 12||— 16||— 18||—63|
|Nikolaevsk||— 19||— 9||— 10||— 21||—59|
The Ninilchik boys traveled to Seldovia over the weekend to take on the Seldovia Sea Otters in a Peninsula Conference game. The Wolverines jumped out to a 21-15 lead at the half, and then extended the lead to 18 points by the end of the third quarter.
The Sea Otters rallied back, but came up short in their bid to upset Ninilchik.
Jack Wheeler of Ninilchik led all scorers with 20 points. Jayke Cooper added 15 for the Wolverines. The Otters were led by Calem Collier with 15, followed by Aidan Philpot and Dylan Waterbury, who both had 14.
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