Nikiski’s Rylee Ellis and Avery White and Kenai Central’s Erin Koziczkowski and Amber Nash battle for the rebound Thursday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski’s Rylee Ellis and Avery White and Kenai Central’s Erin Koziczkowski and Amber Nash battle for the rebound Thursday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Hoops roundup: Nikiski girls, Kenai boys notch wins

Seward boys, SoHi girls also taste victory

The Kenai Central boys improved to 8-2 by defeating host Nikiski 74-68 in double overtime.

Nikiski honored seniors Austin Freeman, Austin Stafford, Gavin White, Kyle Malston and Caileb Payne on the evening.

The Bulldogs, who have now lost to the Kards three times, fall to 1-9.

Jordan Kvasnikoff had 25 for the Kardinals, while Jakob Kvasnikoff had 17, Bridger Beck had 11 and Lucas Tunseth had 10.

For the Bulldogs, Stafford had 17 while Austin Sutton had 15, Drew Handley had 13 and Brady Bostic had 11.

Nikiski girls 35, Kenai 31

The host Bulldogs celebrated senior night by snapping a six-game losing streak. Both Kenai, which lost for the fourth straight time, and Nikiski are now 3-7. Kenai won the previous two meetings between the teams.

Nikiski honored seniors Lillian Carstens, Shelby Hutchins and Bailey Epperheimer.

The Bulldogs trailed 17-16 at the half, but rode a 14-7 third quarter to the victory.

Carstens had 10 for the Bulldogs, while Kinlee Jeffreys and Shylea Sutton each had nine.

For the Kardinals, Emma Beck had 19 and Erin Koziczkowski chipped in eight.

Soldotna girls 38, Seward 32

The visiting Stars improved to 10-0 by topping Seward for the second time this season. The Seahawks improved since losing to SoHi 59-32 on Feb. 4 and are 2-7.

Morgan Bouschor had 13 points to lead the Stars, while Josie Sheridan had 10 and Drysta Crosby-Schneider had eight. For Seward, Shelby Siemanski had 11.

Seward boys 37, Soldotna 32

The host Seahawks avenged a 59-32 loss to the Stars on Feb. 4 by winning their fourth straight. Seward is 6-3 while the Stars are 2-8.

Trey Ingalls had 12 for the Seahawks, while Sam Koster added eight. For the Stars, Ethan Sewell had nine.

Nikolaevsk coed 60, CIA boys 56

The host Warriors opened up their season with a victory over the Eagles, who fall to 3-3.

With just five players on the roster, the Warriors called on 25 points from Lukah Kalugin to get the win. Kosta Nikitenko had 17, Justin Trail had 11 and Hannah Gerasimof had seven.

Nikolaevsk led 21-13 after a quarter, 33-27 after two quarters and 43-41 after three quarters.

For the Eagles, Ethan Boyd had 23 points, Cole Moore had 13, Isaac Johnson had eight, James Boyd had six, Austin Matheson had four and Abraham Henderson added two.

Tuesday girls

Bulldogs 35, Kardinals 31

Kenai 4 13 7 7 —31

Nikiski 7 9 14 5 —35

KENAI (31) — Pierce 0, Keyes 2, Koziczkowski 8, Wilson 2, Satathite 0, Nash 0, McCanna 0, Bernard 0, Beck 19.

NIKISKI (35) — Jeffreys 9, Stock 0, Carstens 10, Ellis 0, White 2, Epperheimer 5, Sutton 9, Grenier 0, Burman 0.

Stars 38, Seahawks 32

Soldotna 7 8 11 12 —38

Seward 10 6 7 9 —32

SOLDOTNA (38) — Widaman 0, Brantley 0, Cannava 0, McElroy 0, Sheridan 10, Bouschor 13, Burns 2, A. Fischer 5, Crosby-Schneider 8.

SEWARD (32) — Ingalls 0, Schilling 5, Jagielski 4, Siemanski 11, Lemme 7, Dougherty 0, Nilsson 0, Ambrosiani 5.

Tuesday boys

Seahawks 37, Stars 32

SOLDOTNA (32) — Buckbee 6, Johnson 3, Denbrock 4, Brown 4, McRorie 0, Jones 6, Sewell 9, Wilson 0.

SEWARD (37) — Mullaly 2, Koster 8, Cronin 3, Ingalls 12, Pfeiffenberger 7, Deboard 6.

Kardinals 74, Bulldogs 68, 2 OT

Kenai 10 23 11 13 17 —74

Nikiski 13 9 12 23 11 —68

KENAI (74) — Medina 5, Baisden 6, Jo. Kvasnikoff 25, Beck 11, Ja. Kvasnikoff 17, Tunseth 10.

NIKISKI (68) — White 2, Bostic 11, Porter 0, S. Payne 0, Grenier 4, Stafford 17, C. Payne 6, Sutton 15, Handley 13.

Nikiski’s Bailey Epperheimer looks to get up a shot against Kenai Central’s Emma Beck and Erin Koziczkowski on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski’s Bailey Epperheimer looks to get up a shot against Kenai Central’s Emma Beck and Erin Koziczkowski on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

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