Nikiski girls, Kenai boys notch basketball victories

  • By Staff Report
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2015 11:40pm
  • Sports

The Nikiski girls and Kenai Central boys basketball teams won nonconference games Tuesday in Nikiski.

The Bulldogs used a strong third quarter to top the Kardinals 51-41 and move to 2-2 overall. Kenai fell to 1-3.

The boys game was a doozy, with Kenai finally prevailing 88-85 in overtime. The Kardinals are now 3-1, while the Bulldogs fall to 0-1.

In the boys game, the Bulldogs forced overtime by outscoring the Kards 27-15 in the fourth quarter.

With 10 seconds left in regulation, Hunter Holloway scored and was fouled to cut the gap to 74-71. Holloway missed the foul shot, but Nikiski got the rebound.

After a timeout, Nathan Carstens forced overtime with a fadeaway 3-pointer with just 2.3 seconds left.

The Bulldogs carried the momentum into overtime, starting with a 6-0 run.

But Kenai fought back, and a 3-pointer by Austin Brazell with one minute left gave the Kards an 83-82 lead.

Carstens came right back with a steal and layup for an 84-83 lead, then Keith Ivy hit 1 of 2 foul shots with 40 seconds left to tie the game at 84.

Kenai then got a stop, and Garrett Fitt broke free for a dunk and a foul with 25 seconds left. Fitt missed the foul shot, leaving the score at 86-84.

On the missed foul shot, Fitt fouled and Nikiski’s Jace Kornstad hit 1 of 2 foul shots for an 86-85 game with 24.5 second left.

Ivy would hit two foul shots with seven seconds left for an 88-85 lead, and Nikiski’s try would miss at the buzzer.

Tristan Landry had 21 points for the Kardinals, while Josh Jackman had 17 before fouling out, and Ivy added 11.

For Nikiski, Holloway had 29, Carstens had 22, Cade Anderson had 10, Luke Johnson had eight and Javon Pamplin had seven.

In the girls game, the Bulldogs outscored the Kardinals 13-4 in the third period to gain the advantage.

Avery Kornstad had 12 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Arianne Parrish had nine, Brianna Vollertsen had eight and Hallie Riddall had eight.

For the Kards, Abby Beck had 12 while Lara Creighton and Hannah Drury had six.

The Nikiski boys continue play over the break by traveling to the Makahiki Hou Invitational in Hawaii. The tourney starts for the Bulldogs with two games Monday.

Tuesday girls

Bulldogs 51, Kardinals 41

Kenai 12 12 4 13 —41

Nikiski 12 13 13 13 —51

KENAI CENTRAL (41) — Calvert 0 0-0 0, Holmes 0 0-0 0, Drury 2 1-1 6, Steinbeck 2 0-0 4, Creighton 3 0-0 6, Baker 2 0-0 4, Booth 1 0-0 3, Morse 0 0-0 0, Ross 0 0-0 0, Beck 5 1-5 11, Satathite 2 0-0 4, Every 1 0-0 3. Totals — 18 2-6 41.

NIKISKI (51) — Wik 1 0-0 3, Riddall 3 1-6 8, Vollertsen 3 2-2 8, Kornstad 4 1-2 12, Clark 3 1-1 7, Parrish 2 4-6 9, Jackson 2 0-0 4, Porter 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 9-17 51.

3-point goals — Kenai 3 (Drury, Booth, Every); Nikiski 6 (Kornstad 3, Wik, Riddall, Parrish). Team fouls — Kenai 17, Nikiski 11. Fouled out — Drury.

Tuesday boys

Kardinals 88, Bulldogs 85, OT

Kenai 21 14 25 15 14 —88

Nikiski 16 15 16 27 11 —85

KENAI CENTRAL (88) — Ta. Landry 4 0-0 8, Ivy 1 8-11 11, Vest 3 1-4 7, Brazell 1 1-4 4, Tr. Landry 7 5-8 21, Tuttle 2 1-2 5, Jackman 5 7-8 17, Gillies 0 0-0 0, Fitt 5 2-3 12, Dye 0 0-0 0, Beeson 0 1-2 1, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 29 26-42 88.

NIKISKI (85) — I. Johnson 1 1-2 3, Anderson 3 3-5 10, L. Johnson 3 2-2 8, Kornstad 0 1-2 1, Holloway 10 6-9 29, Tauriainen 2 0-0 5, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Carstens 7 5-6 22, Pamplin 3 1-3 7. Totals — 29 19-29 85.

3-point goals — Kenai 4 (Tr. Landry 2, Brazell, Ivy); Nikiski 8 (Carstens 3, Holloway 3, Anderson, Tauriainen). Team fouls — Kenai 25, Nikiski 31. Fouled out — Jackman, Anderson, Tauriainen, Carstens, Pamplin.

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