In a postgame gathering, Cordova Coach Brooks Fry and his jubilant squad celebrate their victory over Ninilchik in the first game of conference playoffs at Nenana on March 6. Photo courtesy of Brooks Fry

The Cordova Lady Wolverines topped Ninilchik 40-32 in the opening game of the 2A Interior Conference Playoffs at Nenana on March 6. 

The victory was a significant marker in the growth of this promising young squad, as Ninilchik had defeated Cordova 33-20 in the Cordova Tipoff back on Jan. 19. 

Almost as usual, the game was highlighted by a run of high scoring, several ties, and a battle at the end. 

Cordova jumped out to a 7-3 lead after one quarter. Ninilchik came back to tie it 16-16 at halftime.  

Playmaking Wolverine Katie Pallas ignited a big second half Cordova rally after Ninilchik took the lead 24-22. She rattled off 10 points from steals, lay-ups and pull-up shots as CHS jumped to 32-24 advantage and held on to win. 

Pallas led Cordova scoring with 12 points, Isabelle Nothstine and Kate Flores added 7 each, Willow Tiedeman had 6, Taylor Tiedeman 5,  Anika Jensen 2, and Victoria Nothstine 1. 


Cordova was then eliminated from the tournament by later losses to Nenana and Tok. Nenana, Glennallen, and SuValley all advanced to the State 2A tournament. 

Cordova’s Isabelle Nothstine was named to the All- Tournament team, and Cordova won the Team Sportsmanship Award.