1A girls: Nikolaevsk advance to final

Beth Bragg
Cole Schlagel of Dillingham draws attention from Hooper Bay defenders before passing to a teammate from under the basket during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Hooper Bay claimed a hard-fought 43-42 win.
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Maggie Dinon of Craig, center, is sandwiched by Hannah Heinbaugh, left, and Lexus Martin of Glennallen as time runs down on a Craig win at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Harold Hoelscher disagrees after he is whistled for fouling Kendell Alvarado of Dillingham during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Marie Yates of Craig protects the ball against Glennallen during first-half action at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Raven Krolikowski of Craig puts up a shot while tightly defended during first-half action against Glennallen at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Glennallen coach Jim Lorence instructs his players in a tight game they lost to Craig at the 2A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Morgan Lake of Hooper Bay challenges a shot by Macaelin Flensburg of Dillingham during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay leaps to pass out of a defensive trap by Dillingham as time runs down on a 43-42 Warriors win at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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King Cove fans encourage their team against Klawock during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Tyrus Morgan of Klawock rips down a rebound against King Cove during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Klawock led 33-17 at the half.
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Sam Rew draws a foul driving to the basket against King Cove during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Youngsters from Underground Dance Company wait to entertain the crowd at half time of the Klawock game with King Cove during first-half action at the 1A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Everett Moorcroft of Bristol Bay dribbles away from falling Metlakatla defender Tristan Winter during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Tristan Alexander of Metlakatla puts up a shot over Bristol Bay defenders during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Drew Yliniemi of Metlakatla, right, has a shot rejected by Wyatt Babiak of Bristol Bay during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Everett Moorcroft of Bristol Bay leaps high to block an outlet pass by Tristan Alexander of Metlakatla during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Tristan Winter of Metlakatla drives to the hoop through traffic against Bristol Bay during first-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kayla Stafford of Nikolaevsk drives to the basket against Tierra Wolf of Aniak during first-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Trisha Morgan of Aniak gets a rare block on Nianiella Dorvall of Nikolaevsk during first-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Nikolaevsk owned a 40-16 lead at half time.
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Tierra Wolf of Aniak looks for room against Nikolaevsk during second-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Aniak players including Kaitlin Morrow react as time runs down on a 60-29 NIkolaevsk win at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Tuesday March 19, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
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Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Craig defeated Glennallen 39-29 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bryn Tennyson and Drew Carlos, of Dillingham, hug after their 43-42 defeat of Tikigaq in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Amanda Sage, of Tikigaq, drives past Sydney Dray of Dillingham in state Championship basketball. Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in the 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Amanda Sage is in pain after injuring her knee against Dillingham. Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in the 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Sydney Dray, Tiera Schroeder and Drew Carlos of Dillingham celebrate their 43-42 defeat of Tikigaq in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Chelsea Tooyak, of Tikigaq lies on the floor after Drew Carlos blocked her last ditch shot in the final seconds to seal the win for Dillingham. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bryn Tennyson, of Dillingham, drives for the basket between Emily Oktollik and Chelsea Tooyak, of Tikigaq, in state Championship basketball. Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in the 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dillingham defeated Tikigaq 43-42 in a 2nd round 2A girls state championship basketball game at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 130319
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay is introduced as dad and coach Albert Green watches before a game with Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. They were recently named 2A Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
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Megan Bauder of Cook Inlet Academy, right, celebrates with teammates following a 46-37 win over Klawock at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Austin Johnson of Su Valley puts up a shot against Hooper Bay at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Isaiah Wilson of Hooper Bay leads cheers as the Warriors defeat Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Dawson Matthews of Su Valley drives through Hooper Bay defenders at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay, left, and Talisan Waterhouse of Su Valley vie for control of the ball at tipoff for their 2A boys state basketball tournament game Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Talisan Waterhouse of Su Valley looks for room against Hooper Bay defenders at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Harold Hoelscher, left, and Albert Simon of Hooper Bay grab a loose ball in front of Tyran Waterhouse of Su Valley during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Newly-honored 2A Coach of the Year Albert Green instructs his Hooper Bay team in a win over Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Hooper Bay fans celebrate a 56-37 win over Su Valley at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Katherine Ellanak, foreground, was named fan of the game. Action for 1A and 2A boys and girls concludes with championship games on Wednesday, and then the 3A and 4A tournaments run Thursday through Saturday at March Madness Alaska.
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Kacy Green of Hooper Bay, right, makes a block on Talisan Waterhouse of Su Valley but is charged with a foul during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The Su Valley bench is stunned as Hooper Bay races to a 32-9 halftime lead at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors won 56-37.
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Madison Orth of Cook Inlet Academy goes to the hoop against Cassi Williams of Klawock at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Sierra Giebel of Klawock looks for space against Cook Inlet Academy defenders at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Klawock coach Julie Horpestad addresses her players during a game with Cook Inlet Academy at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Klawock fans cheer at a game with Cook Inlet Academy at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Nicole Moffis of Cook Inlet Academy launches a shot at the buzzer as the first half winds down in a game with Klawock at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Ashleigh Hammond of Cook Inlet Academy defends as Cassi Williams of Klawock takes a shot at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Cassi Williams of Klawock passes the ball against Cook Inlet Academy at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Jill Carl of Klawock looks for room to put up a shot against Cook Inlet Academy as time runs down at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena. Cook Inlet Academy claimed a 46-37 win.
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Macaelin Flensburg of Dillingham battles Craig defenders at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Cade Schlagel of Dillingham draws a foul from Lincoln Isaacs of Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Lincoln Isaacs of Craig reaches for a loose ball before it goes out of bounds late in the game against Dillingham at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Abraham Bobbitt of Dillingham reaches back to block a shot attempt by Karl Benolken of Craig during second-half action at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Cade Schlagel of Dillingham passes the ball ahead against Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kendell Alvarado of Dillingham leaps to defend Tim Glore of Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Dylan Wassily of Dillingham brings the ball up court while defended by Tim Glore of Craig at the 2A boys state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kelly Sam of Huslia puts up a shot against Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Shiann Nanalook of Newhalen, center, is tightly guarded by Madison Attla, left, and Ophelia Moses of Huslia during first-half action at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Sara Henderson of Huslia drives to the basket against Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Newhalen fans cheer the Lady Malamutes in a game against Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kelsea Wassillie of Newhalen takes a shot over Madison Attla of Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Rhiannon Nanalook of Newhalen shoots again Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Ayla Rickteroff of Newhalen puts up a shot against Huslia at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Sara Henderson of Huslia, right, reaches for the ball while defending Ayla Rickteroff of Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Kelly Sam of Huslia draws a foul from Brittany Anelon of Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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Huslia fans cheer as the Lady Hustlers take on Newhalen at the 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday March 18, 2013 at Sullivan Arena.
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The Nikolaevsk girls basketball team won the sportsmanship award at last year's state basketball tournament, and seeing them play Tuesday at Sullivan Arena, it was easy to see why. The Warriors lead the tournament in smiles.

Sophia Kalugin absorbs a hit to draw a charge, and she smiles. Serafima Kalugin hustles on defense to force a jump ball, and she smiles -- even though her team doesn't get the ball. The referees show up late for the second half, arriving while both teams await at center court, and the Warriors smile sweetly and applaud.

The Warriors are more than good sports though. They are a good basketball team, and they cruised into the Class 1A girls championship game by crushing Aniak 60-29 in a semifinal game at Sullivan Arena.

Now they face a familiar foe -- region rival Cook Inlet Academy of Soldotna, which rolled past defending champion Newhalen 44-27 in the other semifinal.

Wednesday's 2 p.m. title game will mark the fourth time this season the Warriors and Eagles have played. In the most recent meeting, Nikolaevsk eked out a 28-27 win in the region championship game.

"We're 1-2 against Nikolaevsk this year," CIA coach Rustin Hitchcock said. "We know they beat us twice, but ..."

"... But we're looking forward to it," junior Nicole Moffis said, finishing her coach's thought.

Until this season, CIA had the upper hand in the rivalry. The more dominant program over the years, the Eagles beat Nikolaevsk by more than 20 points in last year's conference finals and made it to last year's Class 2A state championship game last year, losing to Point Hope.

Nikolaevsk, meanwhile, made it to state last year for the first time since 1991, and came into this season wanting more. When it met CIA in this season's second game, it lost by just nine points. It it met CIA for the second time, it won by seven points.

"The first time we played, we didn't have the confidence," junior Sophie Kalugin said. "The first time we beat them, we knew it could happen and from then on we knew we didn't need to be afraid."

When the teams met for a third time for the conference championship, Nikolaevsk won 28-27 and earned the conference's top seed at the state tournament. As the second seed, CIA had to face top-ranked Klawock in Monday's first round -- and the Eagles prevailed 46-37.

Tuesday, CIA had to face the defending champion Newhalen Malemutes. The Eagles didn't let Newhalen score a field goal until the 6:36 mark of the second quarter and led 15-9 at the half.

Moffis scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter to help CIA pad the lead

The Eagles benefited from ice-cold shooting by Newhalen, which was 11 of 56 from the field. CIA ran its offense well and seldom took poor shots, but it was cold too, making 11 of 45 shots.

Moffis was her team's only double-figure scorer but six others also supplied points.

Alya Rickteroff led Newhalen with 15 points.

In the other game, Nikolaevsk used its size to dominate Aniak, grabbing a 55-28 rebounding edge. The Warriors had multiple shots on nearly every possession, thanks to 28 offensive rebounds.

A pair of junior posts turned in double-doubles for the Warriors -- Sophia Kalugin, a 5-foot-7 junior, scored 16 points and hauled down 14 rebounds, and Nianiella Dorvall, a 6-1 junior, scored 18 points and collected 10 rebounds.

Raven Phillips scored 12 points for Aniak before fouling out.

Nikolaevsk took control early and led 20-7 after one quarter and 40-16 at the half, hitting 18 of 33 shots for a 54.5 shooting percentage.

The Warriors came out for the second half as if the game was tied. That's because they almost squandered a big lead against Alak in Monday's first round, holding on to win 53-50.

"I told them before the game and at halftime, 'Remember what happened yesterday,' '' Nikolaevsk coach Bea Klaitch said.

The Warriors remembered, and now they face CIA again.

"There's no secrets between us," said Klaitch, who said she often talks strategy with Hitchcock, the CIA coach. "We get along great. At the conference tournament when we beat them by one, we shook hands with Rustin and said, 'How about a rematch in the state championship?' "

 

 


By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn.com