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Weekend prep hoops roundup

Posted: January 13, 2013 - 12:15am

The Soldotna girls basketball team ended a 3-game weekend stretch of all losses, culminating with a 54-35 loss to powerhouse school Wasilla on Saturday at SoHi, which leaves them with a 7-3 overall season record.

Senior Kaillee Skjold put up 10 points, all in the second half, to lead the Stars, and teammates Kelci Benson and Julie Litchfield each added seven.

Alysha Devine aided Wasilla with 20 points of her own and teammate Alexis Imoe put 12 in as well.

A slow start by Soldotna led to difficulty later in overcoming the deficit, as SoHi had only 10 points total in the first half, compared to Wasilla’s 23. Wasilla only made it more difficult on SoHi, outscoring the Stars 20-14 in the third to take a commanding 43-24 lead.

Wasilla boys 37, Soldotna 36

The Soldotna boys game was even more agonizing, as they were edged by Wasilla in a 37-36 loss. The Warriors were led by Daine Kuiper with 10 points.

SoHi’s Cory Carver put in another great offensive performance with 16 points, and teammate Colton Young had 10 as well, seven of which came in the second quarter.

In a tightly-contested match, the two teams never separated far from each other, and after a halftime score of 18-16, SoHi outscored Wasilla to take a one-point lead into the final quarter. Wasilla ended up taking the lead late to squeak by for the win.

Soldotna boys 49, Palmer 41

The Soldotna boys defeated the visiting Palmer Moose at home on Friday night with a win.

The Stars led 17-9 after the first quarter, but Palmer cut it to 22-18 at the half. Soldotna opened a 34-25 lead after the third quarter.

Cory Carver paced Soldotna with 14 points, while Noah Fowler had 13.

For Palmer, Connor Looney poured in 35 of his team’s 41 points.

Palmer girls 48, Soldotna 43

The Palmer Moose pulled off a mild upset against the Stars on Friday evening at Soldotna, taking the victory to give SoHi two straight losses on consecutive nights.

Soldotna fell behind 9-2 after the first period and 24-17 at halftime. Palmer went up 36-22 after three quarters.

Taylor Blake had 22 points for Palmer. Kaillee Skjold had 18 points for the Stars, while Julie Litchfield had 12 before fouling out.

Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament

Nikiski took a 52-48 home win over visiting Houston on Saturday, led by Sienna Wallis with 14 points. Wallis sunk 10 of her points in the second quarter alone.

The Bulldogs ultimately ended up with runner-up honors in the tournament, as well as capturing the sportsmanship award. Rachel Thompson, Alyssa Darch and Sienna Wallis all ended up on the All-Tournament team.

Alyssa Darch added 10 points for Nikiski and Rachel Thompson had nine.

Nene Hale led Houston’s effort with 18 points.

Houston 15-10 after one quarter, but Nikiski charged in the second, outscoring the Hawks 18-11 to take a slim two-point lead into halftime.

Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as both teams scored only five points each, and a plethora of free throws in the fourth quarter for Nikiski essentially sealed the deal for the Dawgs.

In other girls action Saturday, Dillingham beat Eagle River 53-38.

Houston 53, Nikiski 46

The Nikiski boys were not so fortunate on Saturday, dropping their game against Houston 53-46.

Matt Baron had 12 points to power Houston to the win, and teammate Lane Taylor had 11.

For Nikiski, it was all Seth Carstens, who notched 20 points. Jesse Ross also added 12 points.

Carstens was named to the boys All-Tournament team, as well as taking the 3-point title with 14 total shots.

The game changer for the Hawks was the effort in the second quarter, as they outscored Nikiski 24-12, which gave them a 36-21 lead at halftime.

Nikiski attempted a rally in the fourth quarter by outscoring Houston 16-7, but ultimately came up short.

In other boys action Saturday, Dillingham topped Kotzebue 71-25.

Nikiski 67, Eagle River 25

The Nikiski girls topped Eagle River on Friday.

Nikiski grabbed a 19-6 lead after the first quarter and rolled from there.

Rachel Thompson paced the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Sienna Wallis had 13 points and Alyssa Darch had 11 points.

For Eagle River, Tessa Heagy dumped in 10 points.

In other girls action on Friday, Dillingham pulled out a 52-50 victory over Houston. Bryn Tennyson had 17 points for the Wolves, while Ne Ne Hale had 25 for the Hawks.

Nikiski 33, Kotzebue 32

The Nikiski boys held off Kotzebue on Friday.

The Bulldogs led 12-10 after one quarter, then pushed the lead to 22-15 at halftime and 28-21 after three quarters.

Nikiski won with a balanced attack, putting seven players in the scorebook. Seth Carstens had eight points, while Stephen Hartley, Jesse Ross and Dylan Griffith had six.

For Kotzebue, Isaiah Savok led all scorers with 12 points.

In other boys action Friday, Houston topped Dillingham 40-37. Matt Barron had 15 points for the Hawks, while Kendall Alvarado paced Dillingham with 13.

Wasilla girls 54, Kenai 20

The Warriors smothered the Kards en route to the win on Friday night at Kenai, encouraged by a strong push in the second half in which Wasilla outscored Kenai 32-11.

Sydney Taylor came up big for Kenai, claiming 14 of the team’s 20 points for her own.

The Kardinals trailed 22-9 at halftime, a deficit not impossible to overcome, but only managed two made free throws from Taylor in the third quarter against 16 points from Wasilla. Once again, poor shooting from the team took hold as Wasilla converted 18 shots to Kenai’s six.

Wasilla boys 49, Kenai 41

The Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter in a tightly contested game against the Kardinals on Friday night at Kenai, outscoring Kenai 21-15 in the fourth.

Senior Shane Spalding led Kenai with 18 points, but Kenai suffered poor shooting from the free-throw line, going 14 for 26.

Leading 11-9 after one quarter, Kenai fell behind Wasilla at the half by two points. When it looked as though the Kards would try to rally in the fourth quarter, that’s when Wasilla dropped the hammer. Kenai now holds a 4-7 season record.

Grace Christian boys 57, Skyview 29

Buoyed by a 17-2 outscoring performance in the second quarter, the Grizzlies cruised to a win over the Panthers on Friday night at Skyview.

Tim Duke led Skyview’s effort with 11 points, and teammate Kaleb Henderson chipped in eight points as well.

Grace led 28-9 at the half, and only piled it on from there. Another 17-point effort in the third quarter made sure that Skyview had no hopes of a comeback, although the Panthers kept pace with Grace in the fourth quarter with 12 points apiece.

Grace Christian girls 37, Skyview 35

After starting strong but losing the lead in the second quarter, Skyview attempted to rally back against Grace, but fell short on Friday night at Skyview.

Hayley Ramsell led a balanced effort from the Panthers with 10 points, and teammates Meghan Powers and Dallas Derflinger added nine and eight points, respectively.

Grace outscored Skyview 12-5 in the second frame to give the Grizzlies a 16-11 halftime lead, and both teams brought the offense in the fourth quarter. Skyview posted 16 points to Grace’s 15 in the fourth, but fell short.

ACS girls 61, Skyview 21

The Lions cruised past the Panthers on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference play.

Dallas Dickerson paced the Lions with 20 points, while Sam Reynolds had nine points for Skyview.

ACS boys 94, Skyview 26

The Lions cruised past the Panthers in Southcentral Conference action.

Ninilchik boys 71, Seldovia 58

The Wolverines picked up a Peninsula Conference victory over the visiting Sea Otters on Saturday.

Ninilchik coach Nickolas Finley said his squad led by about 10 at halftime, but then jumped out to a 27-point lead in the third quarter. Finley said he put some subs in, and Seldovia did a great job coming back, cutting it to within 10 with a minute to play.

Jack Wheeler paced Ninilchik with 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. Sam Mireles and Hunter Keogh had nine points apiece for the Wolverines, who are now 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Seldovia also had lost to Birchwood Christian on Friday.

Friday girls

Warriors 54, Kardinals 20

Wasilla 11 11 16 16 —54

Kenai 5 4 2 9 —20

WASILLA (54) — Dinkel 7 1-2 17, Imoe 4 3-5 14, A. Devine 3 4-5 11, Ford 1 0-0 3, K. Devine 0 0-0 0, Lindeman 0 0-0 0, Toews 1 0-2 2, Hutchins 1 3-3 5, Edwards 0 0-0 0, Burke 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 11-17 54.

KENAI (20) — Taylor 4 4-6 14, Ostrander 0 2-2 2, Ross 1 0-0 2, Every 1 0-0 2, English 0 0-0 0, Drury 0 0-0 0, Steinbeck 0 0-0 0, Norvelle 0 0-0 0, Barcus 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 6-8 20.

3-point goals — Wasilla 7 (Imoe 3, Dinkel 2, Ford 1, A. Devine 1); Kenai 2 (Taylor).

Team fouls — Wasilla 13, Kenai 17. Fouled out — none.

Grizzlies 37, Panthers 35

Grace 4 12 6 15 —37

Skyview 6 5 8 16 —35

GRACE (37) — Dupea 2 7-10 11, Lash 5 1-2 11, Pasol 0 0-0 0, Baird 0 0-0 0, Dunagan 1 4-7 6, Hogan 0 1-2 1, Logan 1 0-1 2, Houston 1 0-0 2, Viergutz 0 0-0 0, Shamburger 1 0-0 2, Sliwinski 0 2-4 2. Totals 11 15-26 37.

SKYVIEW (35) — Ramsell 5 0-0 10, Powers 3 3-5 9, Derflinger 3 2-3 8, Halverson 0 1-2 1, Glonek 0 1-2 1, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Mahan 0 0-0 0, Donham 0 0-2 0, Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Glaves 0 0-0 0, Tromblee 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 9-16 35.

Team fouls — Grace 17; Skyview 20. Fouled out — Halverson, Sliwinski.

Bulldogs 67, Wolves 25

Eagle River 6 10 8 1 —25

Nikiski 19 23 15 10 —67

EAGLE RIVER (25) — Heagy 4 1-4 10, Bergqvist 0 0-0 0, Coy 2 1-2 5, Young 2 0-1 4, Williams 0 4-6 4, Crow 0 0-2 0, Tomter 1 0-0 2. Totals — 9 6-15 25.

NIKISKI (67) — Costello 0 3-6 3, Epperheimer 2 0-0 4, Lynch 3 1-4 7, Thompson 6 2-4 16, Holloway 2 2-2 6, Cook 3 0-1 7, Wallis 6 1-4 13, Litzen 0 0-0 0, Darch 5 1-2 11. Totals — 27 10-23 67.

3-point goals — Eagle River 1 (Heagy 1); Nikiski 3 (Thompson 2, Cook). Team fouls — Eagle River 20, Nikiski 17. Fouled out — Lynch.

Moose 48, Stars 43

Palmer 9 15 12 12 — 48

Soldotna 2 15 5 21 —43

PALMER (48) — Southwick 1 0-0 2, K. Depriest 2 1-5 5, Scott 3 1-1 7, Osiensky 0 0-0 0, Straight 0 0-0 0, Blake 7 8-12 22, L. Depriest 5 2-6 12. Totals — 18 12-22 48.

SOLDOTNA (43) — Benson 2 0-0 5, Kress 1 0-0 2, Litchfield 3 5-10 12, Wong 0 0-0 0, Hendricks 0 0-0 0, Kervliet 2 0-0 4, Westerman 0 2-2 2, Skjold 6 4-4 18. Totals — 8 11-16 43.

3-point goals — Soldotna 4 (Skjold 2, Benson, Litchfield). Team fouls — Palmer 17, Soldotna 22. Fouled out — Litchfield.

Saturday girls

Wasilla girls 54, Soldotna 35

Wasilla 9 14 20 11 —54

Soldotna 4 6 14 11 —35

Wasilla (54) — Ford 0 2-2 2, Imoe 3 3-6 12, A. Devine 9 7-9 20, Hutchins 3 0-0 6, Kinkel 1 4-6 6, Burke 4 0-5 8; Totals: 20 16-32 54.

Soldotna (35) — Benson 0 4-6 7, Kress 0 1-2 1, Litchfield 2 3-7 7, Kirkvliet 3 0-2 6, Westerman 2 0-1 4, Skjold 3 3-4 10; Totals: 10 11-22 35.

Bulldogs 52, Hawks 48

Nikiski 10 18 5 19 —52

Houston 15 11 5 17 —48

NIKISKI (52) — Wallis 7 0-0 14, Darch 4 2-3 10, Costello 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 1 0-0 2, Lynch 3 2-11 8, Thompson 1 6-13 9, Holloway 2 2-4 7, Cook 0 2-2 2. Totals 18 14-33 52.

HOUSTON (48) — Hale 6 3-4 18, Wells 7 1-2 15, Lee 0 0-0 0, Nida 0 0-0 0, Apangalook 0 0-0 0, Baybado 2 1-3 5, Barber 1 1-2 3, Quincy 2 3-5 7, Wilkerson 0 0-0 0, Irvin 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-16 48.

3-point goals — Nikiski 2 (Thompson 1, Holloway 1); Houston 3 (Hale 3).

Team fouls — Nikiski 14, Houston 18. Fouled out — Wallis, Wells, Nida, Baybado.

Lions 61, Panthers 21

ACS 14 18 14 15 —61

Skyview 5 3 8 5 —21

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (61) — Bowden 0 0-0 0, Ealum 0 0-0 0, Coderre 5 0-0 10, Warren 2 0-0 4, Dickerson 6 7-8 20, Crayton 0 0-0 0, Duncan 1 1-2 3, Hannon 1 0-0 2, Land 0 0-0 0, Ealum 1 1-2 3, Geagel 6 2-2 14, Busse 2 1-2 5. Totals — 23 12-16 61.

SKYVIEW (21) — Halverson 1 0-0 2, Glonek 0 0-0 0, Powers 1 1-2 3, Link 0 0-0 0, Derflinger 1 1-4 3, Ramsell 1 2-6 4, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Dunham 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 3 2-2 9, Tromblee 0 0-0 0. Totals — 7 6-14 21.

3-point goals — ACS 1 (Dickerson 1); Skyview 1 (Reynolds). Team fouls — ACS 17, Skyview 17. Fouled out — none.

Friday boys

Warriors 49, Kardinals 41

Wasilla 9 8 11 21 —49

Kenai 11 4 11 15 —41

WASILLA (49) — Kuiper 5 8-8 19, Krueger 3 6-8 12, Hanson 2 2-7 6, Brown 1 0-0 2, Corney 1 1-2 3, Garnett 0 1-2 1, McGregor 1 0-0 2, Dowkins 1 2-3 4, Cool 0 0-0 0, Baham 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 20-30 49.

KENAI (41) — Spalding 5 8-16 18, Fitt 3 2-2 8, McKee 2 3-5 7, Battistelli 1 1-2 3, O’Neal 1 0-1 3, Kibling 0 0-0 0, Liedes 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 14-26 41.

3-point goals — Wasilla 1 (Kuiper); Kenai 1 (O’Neal).

Team fouls — Wasilla 19, Kenai 17. Fouled out — Brown.

Grizzlies 57, Panthers 29

Grace 11 17 17 12 —57

Skyview 7 2 8 12 —29

GRACE (57) — Offord 5 1-1 14, Karlberg 5 0-1 11, Johnson 4 1-2 10, Osborne 2 0-1 6, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Vanderweide 1 0-0 2, Beveridge 0 0-0 0, Fancher 3 0-0 6, Laker 1 0-1 2, Markel 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 2-6 57.

SKYVIEW (29) — Duke 4 0-0 11, Henderson 3 2-2 8, Collier 1 0-2 2, Howell 0 1-2 1, Rice 0 0-0 0, Hill 0 1-2 1, Jones 1 0-0 3, Cunningham 0 0-0 0, Carlson 1 0-0 2, Saunders 0 0-0 0, Harley 0 1-2 1, Deatheridge 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 5-10 29.

3-point goals — Grace 7 (Offord 3, Osborne 2, Johnson 1, Karlberg 1); Skyview 2 (Jones 1, Duke 1).

Team fouls — Grace 14, Skyview 15. Fouled out — none.

Bulldogs 33, Huskies 32

Kotzebue 10 5 6 11 —32

Nikiski 12 10 6 5 —33

KOTZEBUE (32) — Savok 5 0-0 12, Gallahorn 0 0-0 0, Romane 2 0-0 4, Phillips 0 0-2 0, S. Nelson 4 0-0 8, G. Nelson 0 0-0 0, Baker 4 0-2 8. Totals — 15 0-4 32.

NIKISKI (33) — Stangel 1 0-0 3, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Li. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Lu. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Hartley 2 1-4 6, Ross 2 2-2 6, Griffith 2 1-1 6, Carstens 4 0-1 8, Wallis 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 4-8 33.

3-point goals — Kotzebue 2 (Savok 2); Nikiski 3 (Stangel, Hartley, Griffith). Team fouls — Kotzebue 12, Nikiski 15. Fouled out — Hartley.

Stars 49, Moose 41

Palmer 9 9 7 16 —41

Soldotna 17 5 12 15 —49

PALMER (41) — Looney 11 8-17 35, Mayer 1 0-0 2, Ramoth 0 0-0 0, C. Christianson 0 0-0 0, Selmer 0 1-2 1, Niekamp 0 3-4 3. Totals — 12 8-17 41.

SOLDOTNA (49) — Tovoli 0 0-0 0, Penrod 3 1-2 7, Young 1 3-4 5, Conradi 0 0-0 0, Carver 4 5-8 14, Spence 0 0-0 0, Kruse 2 2-2 7, Martin 1 0-0 3, Fowler 4 4-4 13. Totals — 15 15-20 49.

3-point goals — Palmer 5 (Looney 5); Soldotna 4 (Carver, Kruse, Martin, Fowler). Team fouls — Palmer 21, Soldotna 14. Fouled out — Conradi.

Saturday boys

Warriors 37, Stars 36

Wasilla 6 12 9 10 —37

Soldotna 7 9 12 8 —36

WASILLA (37) — Kuiper 4 2-5 10, Brown 2 1-2 5, Corney 2 0-0 4, Krueger 0 0-1 0, Garnett 0 1-2 1, McGregor 2 0-0 4, Dowkins 1 0-0 2, Clark 1 1-2 3, Hanson 3 2-4 8. Totals 15 7-16 37.

SOLDOTNA (36) — Carver 5 4-6 16, Young 3 3-6 10, Tovoli 1 0-0 3, Penrod 2 0-0 4, Conradi 0 0-0 0, Furlong 0 0-0 0, Spence 0 0-2 0, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Fowler 1 0-0 3. Totals 12 4-14 36.

3-point goals — Wasilla 0; Soldotna 5 (Carver 2, Tovoli 1, Young 1, Fowler 1).

Team fouls — Wasilla 16, Soldotna 19. Fouled out — none.

Hawks 53, Bulldogs 46

Houston 12 24 10 7 —53

Nikiski 9 12 9 16 —46

HOUSTON (53) — Barron 4 2-9 12, L. Taylor 3 4-4 11, Griffith 1 2-3 4, DeSalle 0 0-0 0, Brandt 1 3-4 5, Ruta 0 2-2 2, Holmgren 0 0-0 0, Buzby 4 0-0 8, Pease 1 0-0 3, J. Taylor 3 2-2 8. Totals 17 15-24 53.

NIKISKI (46) — Carstens 9 0-0 20, Ross 5 1-8 12, Stangel 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Li. Johnson 2 1-3 5, Lu. Johnson 2 0-0 6, Hartley 0 1-2 1, Griffith 0 2-2 2. Totals 18 5-15 46.

3-point goals — Houston 4 (Barron 2, L. Taylor 1, Pease 1); Nikiski 5 (Carstens 2, Lu. Johnson 2, Ross 1).

Team fouls — Houston 17, Nikiski 19. Fouled out — Stangel.

Lions 94, Panthers 26

ACS 21 32 30 11 —94

Skyview 9 2 9 6 —26

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (94) — Lopez 3 4-4 11, Huffman 6 1-2 13, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Arnes 2 1-1 5, Brown 2 0-0 6, Simmers 2 1-2 6, Lopez 5 1-2 13, Simmers 7 3-4 17, Kohutek 0 0-0 0, Anderson 9 3-5 22, Terry 0 1-2 1. Totals — 42 15-22 94.

SKYVIEW (26) — Collier 1 1-2 3, Rice 2 0-0 4, Hill 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0, Cunningham 1 0-0 2, Duke 2 0-0 4, Carlson 2 0-0 5, Saunders 0 0-0 0, Henderson 2 0-1 4, Harley 0 0-0 0, Deatherage 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 1-3 26.

3-point goals — ACS 7 (Brown 2, Lopez 2, Lopez, Simmers, Anderson); Skyview 1 (Carlson 1). Team fouls — ACS 12, Skyview 16. Fouled out — none.

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