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Soldotna cagers sweep Skyview

Posted: February 14, 2012 - 11:19pm

After a tight back-and-forth first quarter, the Soldotna boys were able to build a comfortable lead that led them to a 63-35 win Tuesday night at Skyview in Northern Lights Conference action.
Senior Evan Withrow shot 16 points to lead Soldotna, and senior teammate Jake Darrow had 10 points.
“Usually when we play Skyview, we don’t come out with the intensity that we should, and tonight we focused on coming out with a lot of energy,” Darrow said.
After a close first quarter that ended with an 11-8 lead, Soldotna outscored Skyview 21-8 in the second frame to lead by 16 points at halftime. The Stars did not let up from there, as they continued to outscore the Panthers 31-21 in the second half.
Soldotna head coach Matt Johnson praised the team’s defensive effort.
“I thought we did a great job at handling the ball and pressuring them,” Johnson said. “Jake did a great job, he sparked that run, and Garrett Bosick did a great job on the glass tonight.”
Skyview head coach Jesse Settlemyer told his team to hustle more, as he sensed them tiring.
“They have a lot of good ballhandlers and good shooters, so the priority was just try to keep them in front of us, close out the 3-point shooters, and rebound the ball like crazy,” Settlemyer said. “The first quarter we were doing all of that well. As the game went on, they started getting tired and slower.”
Skyview’s top shooters of the night were senior DJ Diaz and sophomore Zach Schwartz with eight points apiece.
In order to end the season on a high note, Darrow said the team needs to stay focused.
“We need to play all 32 minutes each and every game,” Darrow said.
Coach Johnson said he hopes for the momentum to continue on an upward path.
“We have a huge weekend coming up, with Colony and Palmer, and the goal is to peak at the right time,” Johnson said.
“We’re on a good trajectory, but we have to take care of business.”
Soldotna currently holds a 14-6 overall record, while Skyview stands with a 5-12 record.
Soldotna girls 71, Skyview 17
The Soldotna girls opened with a 30-0 run to win a lopsided match Tuesday against host Skyview in NLC play.
“We approached this game trying to stay calm and after they got off to a fast start, we tried switching up defenses,” Skyview head coach Kyle McFall said. “When we played zone defense against them, they moved the ball really fast which was hard to keep up with.”
Sophomore Kelci Benson led the Stars with 14 points in the game, and Julie Litchfield, also a sophomore, had 12 points.
Soldotna head coach Doug Blossom said he held a team practice after school Tuesday afternoon before the game.
“Our main focus is on Friday’s game (against Palmer), and not to overlook tonight’s game, but I felt like there was work we needed to do to prepare for the weekend,” Blossom said.
“Some girls that don’t normally play, like Skylar Shaw and Alex Ashe, got the chance to play, and those two freshmen did a great job.”
Senior Bri Pearson led Skyview with 12 points.
Kenai girls 49, Homer 18
The Kardinals rolled to a 49-18 Northern Lights Conference victory over the visiting Mariners on Tuesday.
Morgan Wensley continued to score big points for the Kardinals, netting 23 in this game. Sydney Taylor added eight for the Kards, while Elissa Tutt had six points to pace Homer.
Homer boys 55, Kenai 41
The visiting Mariners broke open a close game in the fourth quarter on Tuesday for a Northern Lights Conference victory.
Ryan Cotney had 15 points to pace Homer, while Devon Kennelty had 14 points and controlled the paint for Homer. For Kenai, AJ Hull had 16 points and Bo Reilly added 13 points.
CIA girls 41, Bristol Bay 21
Megan Bauder had 14 points to lead the host Eagles to a Peninsula Conference victory over the Angels on Tuesday.
Ashley Bales paced Bristol Bay with nine points.
CIA boys 48, Bristol Bay 33
The Eagles notched a Peninsula Conference victory over the visiting Angels on Tuesday.
CIA wrapped up the victory by outscoring the Angels 21-4 in the final period. David Reischach had 15 of his game-high 25 points in the final frame. Sergie Chukwak paced Bristol Bay with 15 points.

Tuesday girls
Stars 71, Panthers 17
Soldotna    32    18    17    4    —71
Skyview    2    4    7    4    —17
SOLDOTNA (71) — Prior 0 0-0 0, Benson 6 0-0 14, Kress 2 0-1 4, Litchfield 6 0-0 12, Wong 2 0-0 4, Shaw 1 0-0 2, Ashe 1 0-2 2, Hendricks 2 0-0 4, Kerkvliet 4 2-3 11, Westerman 2 0-1 4, Skjold 5 1-1 11, Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 3-8 71.
SKYVIEW (17) — Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Halverson 1 0-0 2, Ahlers 0 1-2 1, Link 0 0-0 0, Derflinger 0 0-0 0, Ramsell 0 0-0 0, Malatesta 1 0-0 2, Schoessler 0 0-0 0, Pearson 4 4-4 12. Totals 6 5-6 17.
3-point goals — Soldotna 2 (Benson 2); Skyview 0.

Homer    4    2    4    8    —18
Kenai    12    16    16    5    —49
HOMER (18) — Oliver 2 0-2 4, Tutt 3 0-0 6, Graham 0 2-2 2, Hill 0 0-0 0, Beach 0 0-2 2, Mastolier 1 0-0 2, Turner 0 0-0 0, Koplin 1 0-0 2, Cabana 0 0-2 0. Totals — 7 2-8 18.
KENAI CENTRAL (49) — Beeson 1 5-6 7, Kiefer 1 0-0 2, Taylor 4 0-0 8, Steinbeck 1 0-0 2, Ross 0 0-0 0, Tieaskie 2 2-4 6, Wensley 11 0-0 23, Maurer 0 1-4 1. Totals — 20 8-14 49.
3-point goals — Kenai 1 (Wensley 1). Team fouls — Homer 11, Kenai 12. Fouled out — none.

Eagles 41, Angels 21
BRISTOL BAY (21) — Munk 1 0-0 3, Emory 0 0-0 0, Bales 2 5-6 9, Holstrom 1 1-2 3, McLain 0 2-2 2, Shryock 0 0-0 0, Schoneman 0 0-0 0, Pacheco 2 0-0 4. Totals — 6 8-10 21.
COOK INLET ACADEMY (41) — Moffis 2 0-0 5, Bauder 4 6-7 14, K. Powers 1 0-2 2, Hammond 2 5-6 9, M. Powers 0 2-2 2, Leaf 3 3-4 9. Totals — 12 14-19 41.
3-point goals — Bristol Bay 1 (Munk 1); CIA 1 (Moffis 1); Team fouls — Bristol Bay 15, CIA 11. Fouled out — Pacheco.

Tuesday boys
Stars 63, Panthers 35
Soldotna    11    21    13    18    —63
Skyview    8    8    6    13    —35
SOLDOTNA (63) — Tovoli 1 0-0 2, T. Fowler 3 1-2 8, Young 2 1-5 5, Darrow 4 0-0 10, Carver 2 2-2 7, Conradi 0 0-0 0, Daugherty 1 2-2 4, Withrow 6 2-2 16, N. Fowler 1 2-2 4, Bosick 2 1-2 5, Kruse 1 0-0 2, McElroy 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 11-17 63.
SKYVIEW (35) — Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Harling 1 0-0 2, Collier 0 0-0 0, Jones 2 0-0 5, Penrod 1 1-4 4, Henderson 1 0-0 2, Hilbish 2 0-0 4, Schwartz 4 0-0 8, Diaz 4 0-0 8. Totals 16 1-4 35.
3-point goals — Soldotna 6 (Darrow 2, Withrow 2, Fowler 1, Carver 1); Skyview 2 (Jones 1, Penrod 1).

Mariners 55, Kardinals 41
Homer    12    14    12    17    —55
Kenai    11    13    11    6    —41
HOMER (55) — K. Reutov 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Cotney 5 5-6 15, Reinart 2 1-2 5, Rivers 0 0-0 0, Day 3 1-1 9, Glosser 2 4-6 8, Kennelty 7 0-3 14. Totals — 21 11-18 55.
KENAI (41) — Springer 0 0-0 0, McKee 0 0-0 0, Hull 6 4-6 16, Fitt 1 0-2 2, Sandahl 0 0-0 0, Reilly 6 0-1 13, Spalding 0 3-4 3, Hayes 2 3-4 7. Totals — 15 10-17 41.
3-point goals — Homer 2 (Day 2); Kenai 1 (Reilly 1). Team fouls — Homer 12, Kenai 17. Fouled out — Reilly.

Eagles 48, Angels 33
Bristol Bay    9    9    11    4    —33
CIA    8    17    2    21    —48
BRISTOL BAY (33) — A. King 0 0-0 0, Zimm 2 0-0 4, Chukwak 6 3-3 15, Rush 2 3-4 9, Pacheco 1 0-0 2, Aspelund 0 0-0 0. Totals — 11 6-7 33.
COOK INLET ACADEMY (48) — Mlynarik 1 1-2 3, Boudreaux 0 0-0 0, Smithwick 2 0-2 4, Grinestaff 3 2-3 8, Chumley 2 0-0 4, Taplin 1 2-2 4, Reischach 6 11-15 25. Totals — 15 16-24 48.
3-point goals — Bristol Bay 2 (Rush 2); CIA 2 (Reischach 2). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 16, CIA 12. Fouled out — Chukwak.

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