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SoHi sweeps Seward

Posted: January 30, 2013 - 12:06am  |  Updated: January 30, 2013 - 12:13am

The Soldotna Stars nabbed two dominating victories Tuesday night at SoHi in both boys and girls play, although each win came to form rather differently.

In the boys game, SoHi charged out of the gates early and built up a comfortable lead en route to a 55-35 win, while the girls found their stride later in the game to win 56-25.

SoHi junior Kelci Benson knocked down four 3-pointers in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Benson and senior Kaillee Skjold each had 14 points to top the Stars’ effort, while Seward’s Jasmine Perea came up with 11 points to lead the Seahawks.

“I told the girls to stay in control and take the easy shots, not the hard ones,” Soldotna coach Doug Blossom said. “But we’ll take those 3s that Kelci had.

“Our shooting hasn’t been that great lately, so this is a good game to have.”

Seward managed to hold Soldotna to only eight points in the opening quarter, which finished tied. The Stars burst out in the second quarter by scoring a quick eight points in the first 50 seconds, and from there Soldotna only padded its lead.

“I think after the last few weeks we’ve had, the girls are starting to get their confidence back,” Blossom said. “Like I’ve said, Wasilla and Dimond and even Colony are some of the best teams in the state, so we’ve had some tough shooting lately and hopefully now it’s coming back.”

SoHi put together a 17-2 run to open the second half, led by Benson’s four treys, and so the game was easily in hand for Soldotna after the 21-point third quarter.

The Stars now own a 9-6 record and look forward to hosting the Eagle River Wolves on Friday at 6 p.m.

Soldotna boys 55, Seward 35

The Stars left no doubt who the winner of this game would be by scoring 24 points in the first quarter.

Preston Penrod shot well from the field and had 17 points to lead the Stars. Teammates Colton Young and Daniel McElroy each chipped in eight points.

Michael Wolfe recorded 11 points to lead Seward.

“Defensively, our pressure really plagued their ballhandlers, and most of those 24 points were layups,” Soldotna coach Matt Johnson said. “I don’t know how many shots they had in the first quarter but they had a hard time handling the pressure, which created easy buckets.”

Seward was without top scorer Jeff Buchanan, who opted to take a college class on Tuesday night instead of playing, and therefore open shots were hard to come by for the ’Hawks.

“It changed up our approach a lot, Jeff is the guy that we center our team around, and without him it makes other guys have to step up,” Seward coach Curtis Berry said. “Couple things happened there in the first quarter. They took the pressure off, we couldn’t handle the pressure at first, and they have really long wingspans, and we have short guys.

“We look at this as an opportunity that Soldotna is providing us as a way to get better.”

While the game was out of reach for Seward late in the game, the Seahawks did manage to end on a positive note by outscoring Soldotna 17-6 in the final quarter.

Soldotna has now hit the .500 mark for the season with a 9-9 overall record, while Seward dropped to 3-9 on the year.

 

Tuesday girls

Stars 8 15 21 12 —56

Seahawks 8 6 5 6 —25

SOLDOTNA (56) — Skjold 6 0-0 14, Benson 5 0-0 14, Litchfield 2 2-2 7, Kress 1 0-1 2, Wong 1 1-2 3, Hendricks 2 1-2 5, Kerkvliet 1 1-2 3, Westerman 2 0-0 4, Prior 0 0-0 0, Blossom 1 0-0 2, Shaw 0 0-0 0, Ashe 0 0-0 0, Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 5-9 56.

SEWARD (25) — Perea 4 3-10 11, VonBorstel 1 2-4 4, Whiteshield 0 2-2 2, Adelmann 1 0-0 2, Clemens 1 0-0 2, Robinson 2 0-0 4, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 7-16 25.

3-point goals — Soldotna 7 (Benson 4, Skjold 2, Litchfield 1); Seward 0.

Team fouls — Soldotna 15; Seward 10. Fouled out — none.

 

Tuesday boys

Stars 24 11 14 6 —55

Seahawks 8 5 5 17 —35

SOLDOTNA (55) — Penrod 6 4-7 17, Young 4 0-0 8, McElroy 3 2-3 8, Carver 3 0-0 7, Kruse 1 2-2 5, Tovoli 0 0-0 0, Conradi 0 2-2 2, Furlong 0 1-2 1, Spence 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, N. Fowler 2 1-3 5, D. Fowler 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 12-19 55.

SEWARD (35) — Wolfe 4 2-4 11, Marshall 2 0-0 5, Pahno 1 0-0 2, Thomassen 2 1-3 6, Berry 1 0-0 2, Ivy 0 0-0 0, Moore 2 1-2 5, Broughton 1 0-0 2, Jackson 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 6-11 35.

3-point goals — Soldotna 3 (Penrod, Carver, Kruse); Seward 3 (Marshall 1, Thomassen 1, Wolfe 1).

Team fouls — Soldotna 16; Seward 12. Fouled out — none.

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