Eagle River junior Megan Byman tries to dribble past Chugiak's Alistie Aguilar (12) and Kelsey Heller (10).
PHOTO by CARL AUER
Chugiak coach Ryan Hales knows his team has scorers even if they don't know it themselves.
With his team already well ahead in the second quarter of their 42-9 win at Eagle River on Feb. 1, Hales called timeout to let his squad know that their play on the offensive end still wasn't cutting it. Coming out of the timeout, Hales singled out sophomore guard Alistie Aguilar, a pass-first player who the coach believes has a scorer's touch.
"Hey, catch the ball and shoot it for me just one time. See what happens," Hales told the young guard.
Aguilar did just that, burying a long jump shot from just inside the 3-point line. The hoop was Aguilar's only one of the game she also hit three free throws and finished with five points but Hales said it may have gone a long way toward making her a more effective offensive threat.
"It was more of a confidence thing. She's a young player and she's a good passer, but I need her to shoot more," he said.
Aguilar credited the first-year Mustangs coach with giving her the boost she needed to launch the shot.
"I did it because I'm confident in shooting, and he reminded me of it," she said.
Eight different players scored for the Mustangs in the win, led by 14 from Mollie Matthis. The Wolves went 13-for-16 from the free throw line, including a perfect 6-for-6 from Matthis.
Kelsey Heller added seven, Jessica Tramp had five, Kendra Zeller added three and Mackenzie Matthis and Erinn Scotland chipped in two each.
"I think we played well," said Aguilar, whose team improved to 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the Cook Inlet Conference. "We worked together as a team."
Eagle River dropped to 0-12 on the season and 0-6 in the CIC.
Sam Coy led the Wolves with six points; Danielle Trubiano added three.
"We just couldn't get an offense started," said Eagle River coach Terra Bingham, whose team managed just one point in the second half. "One day we will all of a sudden get it and it will come together, but it wasn't tonight."