The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors continued to fight their way toward their first State title at the ASAA Class 1A State tournament at West Anchorage High School with a 53-50 squeaker over the Alak Huskies on Monday night.
The game started off fairly evenly, with both teams scoring 11 points in the first quarter. But the Lady Warriors got the hot hand in the second quarter, scoring 23 points to Alak’s nine. The Nikolaevsk squad headed to the locker room with a sizeable 34-20 lead.
Things changed a bit in the second half, however.
“We had a comfortable lead, but let them back in it by allowing them to get ‘hot’ with their three-pointers,” said Nikolaevsk Head Coach Bea Klaich. “They were nine for 15 from three-point land.”
The Lady Huskies inched their way back into the game with a 11-9 third quarter, and looked to blow the game wide open in the fourth, when they went on a 19-10 run.
“Our girls were down four points late, but were able to regain the lead and win,” Klaich said. “It was an incredible finish. My girls held their composure. I’m proud of them.”
Kayla Stafford led the scoring for the Lady Warriors with 12 points, while teammates Serafima Kalugin, Sophia Kalugin and Nianiella Dorvall each added 10. As a team, Nikolaevsk shot 48 percent from the free-throw line, thanks mostly to Stafford’s 7-9 shooting from the stripe.
Defensively, Kilina Klaich picked up five assists and five steals, while Dorvall blocked a shot and pulled down 12 total rebounds, eight of them defensive. That’s because teammate Serafima Kalugin was snatching them down on the offensive side. All of Kalugin’s nine rebounds were on offense. As a team, the Lady Warriors grabbed a total of 36 rebounds.
Nikolaevsk made it to this point in the tournament by knocking off the Yakutat Eagles 47-24 in Saturday’s first round of action.
That game would be all about the rebounds. The Lady Warriors dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Eagles 54-29. Dorvall picked up 18 rebounds, while Sophia Kalugin pulled down 13. Kalugin also led Nikolaevsk with 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
Nikolaevsk jumped out to a 12-6 lead after the first quarter, and never let Yakutat get close again. The Lady Warriors took a 27-13 lead into the half.
The Lady Eagles were only able to get two shots in the third quarter, thanks to a strong Nikolaevsk defensive press. The Lady Warriors also got 19 points off turnovers, while Yakutat only had six.
The Lady Warriors faced off against powerhouse Aniak Tuesday evening, but results of the game were not available by press time.
|Warriors||— 47,||Eagles||— 24|
|Nikolaevsk||— 12||— 15||— 11||— 9||— 47|
|Yakutat||— 6||— 7||— 4||— 7||— 24|
Nikolaevsk: So. Kalugin 5 5-10 15, Stafford 4 0-0 9, Klaich 2 2-6 6, Se. Kalugin 3 1-2 7, Dorvall 3 2-2 8, Kojin 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 17 10-20 47.
3-pointers: Nikolaevsk 1 (Stafford).
|Nikolaevsk||— 53,||Alak||— 50|
|Nikolaevsk||— 11||— 23||— 9||— 10||— 53|
|Alak||— 11||— 9||— 11||— 19||— 50|
Nikolaevsk: Klaich 3 0-3 6; Se. Kalugin 4 3-6 11; Stafford 2 7-9 12; So. Kalugin 3 3-8 10; Gordeev 1 0-0 2; Dorvall 5 0-2 10; Hickman 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 19 13-28 53
3-pointers: Nikolaevsk 2 (Stafford, So. Kalugin)
In the final week of broomball league play, Alice’s Scoundrels and the Beluga Lake Bombers tied for the top score with two goals apiece against each other and one goal apiece against the Down East Grayskulls. The Grayskulls finished last again, but agreed it was a season well-spent.
Most valuable player awards this week went to Liz Villarreal of the Scoundrels, Rudy Multz of the Bombers and Theresa Tilter and Matt Creamer of the Grayskulls.
The Broomball League will set aside Homer rivalries this week to prepare for bigger threats from Whitehorse and Bethel. Teams from the two towns will face-off against Homer’s best in the annual Broomball Tournament. The tourney starts Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at Kevin Bell Arena, and continues bright and early Saturday morning. Things will start getting down and dirty Saturday afternoon, as teams battle it out for the title in championship play.
The award ceremony will be held at Alice’s Champagne Palace following the final game. There, happy Broomballers will take up their second-favorite pastime, which is rockin’ it on the dance floor.
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