CIC HOOPS: Chugiak girls roll, Eagle River boys hang on in crosstown showdowns

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 01:12
  • The Eagle River crowd reacts during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Averie Carlos takes a shot during the Mustangs’ 55-17 Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball win over Eagle River on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Esther O’Brien passes the ball during the Wolves’ 55-17 Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball loss to Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Caitlin Wachmann goes up for a lay-up during the Mustangs’ 55-17 Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball win over Eagle River on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Paige Sharpe dribbles the ball against Chugiak’s Cheyenne Young during Chugiak’s 55-17 Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball win over Eagle River on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak fans react during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference boys basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River players huddle together during the pregame introductions before the team’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Austin Harr goes up for a shot over Eagle River’s Bryson Rollman during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Bryson Rollman, left, battles Chugiak’s Marcus Andrews during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Owen Lewis goes up for a shot during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River band director George Pierce takes a break to watch the action during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Odin Baalerud, 2, gives a high-five to the Eagle River Wolves mascot during the Eagle River vs. Chugiak basektball games on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. Baalerud’s parents, Andy and Val, are teachers at ERHS. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Javan Walker goes up for a reverse lay-up past Chugiak’s Jared Parks during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • The Eagle River crowd reacts during Eagle River’s 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River basketball player Bryson Rollman kisses cheerleader Jaiden Winslow after the Wolves’ 47-45 Cook Inlet Conference basketball win over Chugiak on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

What happens when Chugiak and Eagle River get together on a chilly winter night? Everybody wins.

The Mustangs and Wolves split a spirited doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den Friday, with the CHS girls rolling over their crosstown rivals 55-17 and the Eagle River boys taking a 47-45 thriller.

“You always look forward to this game,” said Eagle River’s Ryan Adkins, who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Wolves. “To come out on top is a really good feeling.”

Chugiak led 24-19 at halftime but managed just five points in the third quarter as the Wolves seized control.

“We tend to play three quarters really well and lose steam,” said Chugiak coach Josi Schultz, whose team fell to 0-6 in the CIC.

The Mustangs had a chance to tie or win at the buzzer, but Jackson Wall’s 3-pointer came up short and the Mustangs weren’t able to get off a follow-up shot before time expired. The large Eagle River crowd stormed the floor in celebration of the win, turning the floor into a sea of red-clad teenagers.

Javan Walker scored 10 points for the Wolves, who improved to 1-4 in the CIC. Sterling Retzlaff and Bryson Rollman had eight each and Mason Piper added seven.

Jared Parks scored a game-high 17 points to lead Chugiak, which got nine from Jackson Wall, eight from Robert Sheldon and six from Owen Lewis.

Fans from both schools wore red to the games in support of the American Heart Association as part of an annual fundraiser held each year during the annual rivalry game at ERHS.

The big crowd made for a raucous atmosphere, which Schultz said was fun to be a part of despite the loss.

“I think it fires them up,” she said of her team.

And the first-year CHS coach promised her squad will use Friday’s loss as motivation when the teams rematch Feb. 26 on Birchwood Loop.

“Oh yeah,” she said. “It’ll be different next time.”

In the opener, the Chugiak girls wasted little time putting the Wolves away, racing out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter and finishing the game with a running clock due to the mercy rule.

Eight different players scored for Chugiak, led by Cheyenne Young with 19 — including 16 of her team’s 25 points in the second half. Ari Lewis and Carol Houser scored six each for the Mustangs, who improved to 4-2 in the CIC.

Abby Jensen had six points and Grace Harder scored four to lead Eagle River, which dropped to 0-5 in the conference.

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