Kenai girls, Nikiski boys start tourney with wins

The Kenai girls, Lumen Christi girls, Bethel boys and Nikiski boys opened the 33rd Annual Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip Off Tournament with Thursday victories.

The Kardinals girls topped Bethel 41-32, the Warriors boys topped Kenai 48-47, the Archangels girls topped Nikiski 42-30 and the Bulldogs boys topped Colony 48-30.

Today, the Bethel girls play Lumen Christi at 2:45 p.m., the Bethel boys play Colony JV at 4:15 p.m., the Kenai girls play Nikiski at 5:45 p.m. and the Kenai boys play Nikiski at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, the Lumen Christi girls play Kenai at noon, the Colony JV boys play Kenai at 1:30 p.m., the Bethel girls play Nikiski at 3 p.m. and the Bethel boys play Nikiski at 4:30 p.m.

Kenai Central girls 41, Bethel 32

The Kardinals moved to 4-2 overall by topping the Warriors.

Emma Beck and Logan Satathite each had 14 points to lead the Kardinals, while Emilee Wilson had six, Amber Nash had four, Chloe Goldsby had two and Erin Koziczkowski had one.

For Bethel, Kate Smith had 10, Leah Sosa had seven, Ava Lieb had seven, Fiona Phelan had six and Bryn Garrison had two.

Bethel boys 48, Kenai Central 47

The Kardinals dropped to 1-5 overall with the tight loss to the Warriors.

Kenai led 19-11 after a quarter and 32-15 at halftime. Bethel cut it to 41-30 after three quarters, then finished the comeback in the fourth quarter.

For Bethel, Peter Crow poured in 23 points, while Paul Dyment pitched in 11. Also for the Warriors, Greg Turner had nine, Mathew Fredericks had four and Mason Fitka had one.

For Kenai, Jakob Kvasnikoff and Bridger Beck each had 14. Also, Joe Hamilton and Luke Armstrong had four, Caleb Litke had three, and Ky Calvert, Eli McCubbins, Hayden Hanson and Roc Riggle had two.

Lumen Christi girls 42, Nikiski 30

The Bulldogs dropped to 0-4 with the loss to the Archangels.

Lumen led 9-5 after a quarter, 26-13 at the half and 36-23 after three.

Natalie Grubba pumped in 23 points to lead the Archangels, while Amara Warren had seven and Sabrina Warren and Leyla Tiernan each had six.

For the Bulldogs, Avery White had seven, Rylee Ellis, Kinlee Jeffreys and Kailey Stynsberg each had five, and Savanna Stock, Ember Nelson, Shelby Burman and Emma Weeks each had two.

Nikiski boys 48, Colony JV 30

The Bulldogs moved to 4-4 overall by topping the Knights.

Nikiski grabbed an 8-2 lead after the first quarter, then led 18-8 at halftime and 39-11 after three quarters.

Brady Bostic paced the Bulldogs with 18, while Braeden Porter had 13, Charlie Chamberlain had eight, Isaiah Daniels had four, Simon Grenier had three and Seth Payne had two.

For Colony JV, Brady Reaves had eight, Brayden Parrat had seven, Aidan Maad and Evan Hernandez each had four, Ridge Spencer had three and Trevor Johnson and Caleb Hilty had two apiece.

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