Sitka Wolves sweep two from Falcon girls

Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010

For the second time in as many nights, Sitka's pressure defense proved too much for Thunder Mountain, which didn't score a point until the 6:14-mark of the second quarter as the Wolves cruised 46-18 Saturday in nonconference girls' basketball.

Hannah Bibb / The Associated Press
Hannah Bibb / The Associated Press

Sitka forced 13 first-quarter turnovers on its way to a 12-0 lead after one period of play, with 8 of the 12 points coming after Falcon miscues.

"This game in particular, it was just the simple things like blocking out and sloppy passes," coach Tanya Nizich said. "That's what we're trying to stay away from. We're trying to cut back our turnovers, and that just comes with confidence with the ball. I'm very happy when we get the balll, everybody knows their spots and we can execute plays."

TMHS finally got on the board in the second period after two Holly White free throws.

The first Falcons field goal came with 1:25 to go in the half after freshman forward Jonelle Staveland knocked down a baseline jumper.

The Wolves took advantage of their superior size inside, scoring all but one of their first-half field goals within a few feet of the basket in taking a 26-5 lead into the break.

"Defensively, we rotate well. It's just the little things like blocking out and not coming strong to the ball," Nizich said. "We did our best job fronting and behind to at least take their posts out of it just a little bit and try and not to make it too easy for them. They're a hustling team and they got after it from the get-go."

Sitka extended its lead to 24, 34-10, after three quarters. Staveland knocked down a baseline jumper and splashed a triple, but the Wolves closed with a 4-0 spurt heading into the final frame.

Sitka coach Rich Krupa said things will come together for the Thunder Mountain girls as long as they stick with and don't get too down on themselves.

"Tanya's going to do a nice job with them. She's got a young group and it's going to take a year or two, but she's a great coach," he said. "We just happen to be a little bit older and more experienced. It's tough, but as long as their girls don't get frustrated and believe in their coach, she's going to do a great job for them.

Sariah Ady led all scorers with 20 points, while Staveland led the Falcons with 9.

Sitka rolls in opener

Sitka outscored the Falcons 17-4 in the first quarter before cruising to a 48-23 girls' basketball victory Friday at Thunder Mountain High School.

The Falcons held a 2-1 lead after a turnaround bucket inside by sophomore forward Shale Kibby, but the Wolves closed with a 16-2 run heading into the second quarter, which they closed with a 14-2 run to take a 35-10 lead into the break. The Sitka defense forced 18 Falcon turnovers in the first half before dialing back the pressure.

"We're slipping on the press," TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said after the game. "We actually spent the last two days of practice working on that. We know where we went wrong and we're going to keep practicing (Saturday) and we'll be ready for it."

Sitka scored the first four points of the third quarter before the Falcons answered with five straight, including a runner in the lane by freshman guard Eyerus Tingley and 3-pointer from freshman forward Kylie Ibias.

The Falcons won the fourth quarter 8-5. Kibby opened the scoring with two straight jumpers before Katina Wathen answered with a triple for the Wolves.

TMHS Guard Sarah Solberg countered by banking in a 3-pointer from the wing, and Hunter Huddlestun set the final score with jumper.

Kibby led the Falcons with 8 points, while Tingley scored six, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished four assists.

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