The Nikolaevsk girls opened the ConocoPhillips/Warrior Rumble with a 41-21 win over Fort Yukon Thursday at the Warrior Dome in Nikolaevsk.
Megan Hickman and Serafima Kalugin led the Warriors with 12 points apiece, while teammate Vera Fefelov chipped in eight. In all, seven different players scored for Nikolaevsk.
Fort Yukon was led by Aquinnah Tremblay with seven points. The Eagles had only four players in the scoring column.
Nikolaevsk started fast with a 17-4 lead after one quarter, then held steady to lead 25-14 at halftime. In the second half, the Warriors held Fort Yukon to seven points to clinch the win.
The Nikolaevsk boys lost 70-56 to Fort Yukon. Jerry Carroll led Fort Yukon with 20 points, while Aaron Solomon chipped in 16.
Jonah Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 14 points while teammate Felemon Molodih added 13 and Nikit Fefelov had 11.
The Warriors led 14-10 after one quarter and 35-24 at the halftime break, but Fort Yukon rallied to claim the win. The Eagles outscored Nikolaevsk 21-9 in the third quarter to take a 45-44 lead, then put up 25 points in the fourth to ice the game. In all, Fort Yukon outscored Nikolaevsk 46-21 in the second half.
In the early girls game, Newhalen topped Tri-Valley 58-30. Rhiannon Nanalook had 25 points for Newhalen, while Zoe Anelon had 12. For Tri-Valley, Zabrina Byfuglien led the way with 10 points.
In the early boys game, Newhalen notched a 59-25 victory. Lucas Zacker had 28 points for Newhalen, while Douglas Kalmbacher added 11. For Tri-Valley, Logan Juhl had nine points.
The round-robin tournament continues today and Saturday.
Today, the Tri-Valley and Fort Yukon girls play at 2:45 p.m., the Tri-Valley and Fort Yukon boys play at 4:15 p.m., the Nikolaevsk and Newhalen girls play at 5:45 p.m., and the Nikolaevsk and Newhalen boys play at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, the Fort Yukon and Newhalen girls play at 9 a.m., the Fort Yukon and Newhalen boys play at 10:30 a.m., the Nikolaevsk and Tri-Valley girls play at noon, and the Nikolaevsk and Tri-Valley boys play at 1:30 p.m.
CIA girls 39,
The Eagles took control early and finished off Dillingham on the first day of the Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta on Thursday.
Kendra Brush, Ashleigh Hammond and Madison Orth combined for 36 points for CIA, each scoring 12 apiece, and Emma Lyons brought down 12 rebounds.
CIA coach Kenny Leaf said his squad charged out of the box with a strong press and were getting good looks at the basket, but were still struggling to score. Even so, Dillingham was held to two points in the first quarter, both on free throws.
CIA represents the only Class 1A team at the tournament, which is comprised mostly of 3A schools.
The eight-team tournament continues Friday with CIA matching up against Hutchison at 3:30 p.m. Leaf said anyone wishing to keep up with the action can find live web streaming at basketball.kdhs.fm.
Hutchison boys 74,
The Hawks topped the Eagles on the opening day of the Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta, putting CIA in the consolation bracket. The Eagles will face Dillingham today at 8 a.m.
CIA junior Timmy Smithwick scored a career-high 46 points, but it still was not enough for the Eagles.
“I thought it was the best game we’ve played all year,” said CIA coach Justin Franchino. “We just played a really good team, they had like nine or ten 3’s, mostly in the second half.”
Franchino said his squad managed to stay with Hutchison for much of the game, but the Hawks pulled away with four minutes remaining.