Prep hoops: Nikiski girls cruise at Joe Floyd tourney

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  • Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:27am
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The Nikiski girls basketball team cruised past Kodiak 46-9 on Wednesday at the 51st annual Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak.

The Bulldogs were in control from the outset, leading 31-0 at halftime. Bethany Carstens had 12 points for Nikiski, while Kelsey Clark pitched in 10.

The Nikiski girls continue play in the round-robin tournament today at 1 p.m. against Eagle River.

Lathrop boys 57, Nikiski 36

The Bulldogs led 13-12 after the first quarter Wednesday at the 51st annual Joe Floyd tournament in Kodiak, but Lathrop came back to lead 22-17 at halftime and then pulled away in the second half.

Nikiski coach Reid Kornstad said in an email that the difference in the game was shooting percentage.

“We struggled to make shots,” Kornstad wrote. “Our shot selection was solid, and our execution was pretty decent for this early in the season.”

Kornstad said his team got better during the game. He said Lathrop wanted to force turnovers and up the tempo, but the Bulldogs did not let that happen.

“It was not fun to lose by 21, but we got better,” Kornstad wrote.”You’re just not going to beat people scoring 37 points.

“I was happy with our effort and commend the guys for holding Lathrop to 57.”

Noah Litke paced the Bulldogs with 10 points.

The Nikiski boys face Cottage Grove of Oregon today at 2:30 p.m.

Roosevelt boys 73, Soldotna 45

The Stars fell to Roosevelt High School out of Seattle on Wednesday at the 2017 San Diego Surf ‘N’ Slam Tournament.

Soldotna faces Friends Academy out of New York City today at 8 a.m. Alaska time today.

Wednesday boys

Malemutes 57, Bulldogs 36

Nikiski 13 4 8 11 — 36

Lathrop 12 10 18 17 — 57

NIKISKI (36) — Johnson 3 2-4 8, Weathers 0 0-0 0, Kornstad 3 2-3 9, T. Litke 0 2-2 2, Handley 2 0-0 5, N. Litke 3 3-3 10, DeSiena 0 0-0 0, Eiter 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 9-12 36.

LATHROP (57) — Phillips 0 0-0 0, D. Life 3 0-1 7, Rones 2 0-0 4, E. Life 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 2-4 4, Reed 8 4-5 21, Gutierrrez 0 0-0 0, Belton 5 0-0 12, Hall 1 0-0 3, West 2 2-3 6, Bass 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 9-15 57.

3-point goals — Nikiski 3 (Kornstad, Handley, N. Litke); Team fouls — Nikiski 14, Lathrop 20. Fouled out — none.

Wednesday girls

Bulldogs 46, Bears 9

Nikiski 16 15 8 7 — 46

Kodiak 0 0 6 3 — 9

NIKISKI (46) — Jeffreys 0 0-0 0, Wik 3 0-1 8, L. Carstens 1 0-0 3, Bostic 0 2-4 2, Johnson 0 1-2 1, B. Carstens 5 2-5 12, Clark 4 2-2 10, Druesdow 3 1-4 8, Jackson 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 8-18 46.

KODIAK (9) — DelaCruz 1 0-0 2, Pruitt 0 0-0 0, Marcelo 0 2-4 2, Pascua 0 0-0 0, Pruitt 0 0-0 0, Villavoya0 0-0 0, Kernan 1 1-4 3, Nocon 0 0-0 0, Spear 1 0-0 2. Totals — 3 3-8 9.

3-point goals — Nikiski 5 (Wik 2, Druesdow 2, L. Carstens). Team fouls — Nikiski 12, Kodiak 16. Fouled out — none.

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