FAIRBANKS — Temperatures were well below zero outside the Nenana High School gym, but you would have never known it by the fast-paced action inside.
The Nenana Lynx and Tri-Valley Warriors heated things up quite nicely on the opening night of the Central Interior Conference season as the Nenana girls and Tri-Valley boys emerged victorious.
The Nenana girls rolled right from the start to claim a 75-21 triumph, while the Tri-Valley boys rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation, then outscored Nenana 14-2 in overtime to claim a 73-61 win.
The Nenana girls took control early, outscroing Tri-Valley 20-7 in the first quarter, and never looked back. The Lynx added 20 points in the second and 29 in the third before settling for six in the final eight minutes.
Mariah DelaRosa led Nenana with 18 points. Meriel Mike added 12 and Edna Standifer contributed 11 to the winning effort. Eleven different Nenana players contributed to the offensive explosion.
Adena Arbuckle led Tri-Valley with a 10-point performance.
In the boys’ game, Nenana built a six-point lead at the end of the third quarter,
43-37, but Tri-Valley came back with a 22-16 effort in the fourth to send the game into overtime tied at 59 apiece.
The Viking Warriors dominated the extra session, 14-2.
Nate McMaster led Tri-Valley with 23 points, including six in overtime. David White added 20 points to the winning effort and Tyler Berg knocked down 14, including six in the extra session.
Scott Miller canned a game-high 27 points for Nenana and Erik Ketzler threw down 14.
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