Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Wolverine girls win district crown again

by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Another District 3/2A tournament is by the boards and after a 49-31 title-game win over Seldovia in Soldotna Friday, the Ninilchik High School girls basketball team will hang its 10th championship banner in 10 years on their gym wall.

The Wolverines kept the Sea Otters at bay with a smothering pressure defense in the early going as they ran out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter. When Ninilchik briefly abandoned the press in the second quarter, Seldovia closed to within five points. But in the second half, the Wolverines went back to its aggressive defense and pulled away for good.

"Our press more than anything really frustrated them," Ninilchik coach Dan Leman said. "I don't think they expected that on the big floor at Skyview."

Molly Bosick led the Wolverine attack with 17 points, while Jamie Geagel knocked in 13 for the Sea Otters.

The win entitled the two-time defending state champion Wolverines to begin thinking about the chase for a three-peat as the 2A state tournament kicks off today at Service High in Anchorage.

The numbers are impressive: Ninilchik's season record now stands at a staggering 25-0, the Wolverines own 10 straight District 3 crowns, and have won four of the last six state titles.

"I've had a lot of people ask (how we do it)," Leman said. "But it isn't a secret <> it's the players and I've had great ones."

Seldovia, meanwhile, picked itself up and went on to win the consolation championship with a 41-25 beating of host Cook Inlet Academy, thereby claiming the other District 3 berth to the state tourney. Jaime Geagel scored 18 points for the Sea Otters while Amelia Dillon added 10.

Seldovia opens state tournament play on tonight at 9 against Yakutat, while Ninilchik faces Tri-Valley at 1:15 p.m.