Ninilchik, Seward split; CIA girls, boys move to NIT semis

The Ninilchik and Seward basketball teams split on the opening day of the Seahawk Classic in Seward on Thursday.

The Seward girls topped Ninilchik 66-23 to improve to 7-2 overall and drop the Wolverines to 2-7. The Wolverines boys won 58-37 to move to 13-2 overall and drop the Seahawks to 3-5 overall.

In other tourney action, the Houston girls defeated Eielson 42-11 and the Houston boys defeated the Ravens 95-27.

Lena Jagielski paced the Seward girls with 21 points, while Renee Elhard had 12, Robin Cronin had 12, Natalie Sieminski had eight, Ava Jagielski had six, Hailey Ingalls had five and Stella Dow had two.

For Ninilchik, Riley Tucker had 18, Kylee Rickard had three and Rylee Lemons had two.

Kade McCorison and Jaylin Scott pumped in 17 for the Ninilchik boys, while Cole Moore had 12, Peyton Edens had seven, Michael Nalewako had three and Wyatt McCloskey had two.

For the Seward boys, Ozzy Deel had 11, Ben Ambrosiani had nine, Talon Lemme, Nick Ambrosiani, Bergen Davis and Van Shank had four, and Jerick Senecal had one.

Today at the tournament, the Eielson boys play Ninilchik at 3 p.m., the Eielson girls play Ninilchik at 4:30 p.m., the Houston boys play Seward at 6 p.m. and the Houston girls play Seward at 7:30 p.m.

Nenana Invitational Tournament

The Cook Inlet Academy girls and boys advanced to the semifinals of the tournament with victories over Fort Yukon.

In today’s semifinals, the Eagles girls play Nenana at 6:30 p.m., while the Eagles boys play the winner of the Thursday late game between Nenana and Sand Point.

The CIA girls topped Fort Yukon 41-26 to move to 11-2 overall. The Eagles trailed 12-6 after a quarter and led 22-14 at halftime and 30-25 after three quarters.

For CIA, Tatum Rozak had 18, Hope Hillyer had 14, Ella Rollman had seven and Katya Vitryachenko had two. For Fort Yukon, Abyna Druck had 10, Jane Ward had seven, Nellie Ward had six, Kylee Carroll had two and Jewell Mechler had one.

The CIA boys topped Fort Yukon 57-47, taking control with a 26-10 first quarter. The Eagles are 11-2 overall.

Ian McGarry poured in 34 to lead the Eagles, while Alek McGarry had eight, Owen Braband had eight, Abraham Henderson had five and Jeremy Dillingham had two.

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