Kenai, SoHi girls win at Challenge

The Kenai Central girls basketball team held off Thunder Mountain 37-34 for a victory Thursday in the opening round of the Atigun Inc./Powerade Kenai River Challenge at Kenai Central.

The Falcons got off an attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot rolled off and Kenai held on for the victory.

Thunder Mountain led 23-20 at halftime, but Kenai took a 28-27 lead into the final quarter.

Justice English paced the Kardinals with 11 points.

Ashley Young had 18 points for the Falcons.

Bethel girls 45, Nikiski 35

The Warriors took a 16-9 lead after the first quarter en route to a first-round victory.

Riana Joseph and Shantell Kessner-Kinegak had 10 points each for the Warriors.

Emily Lynch had 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Katie Costello pitched in 10.

Soldotna girls 41,
Mt. Edgecumbe 35

The Stars took advantage of a quick start in earning the victory.

Soldotna went up 11-2 after the first quarter and the Braves were not able to catch up after that.

Kelci Benson had 14 points for Soldotna, while Julie Litchfield pitched in with 11.

Taryn White paced Mt. Edgecumbe with 13 points.

The round-robin tourney continues today with SoHi vs. Thunder Mountain at 4 p.m., Nikiski vs. Mt. Edgecumbe at 5:30 p.m., and Kenai vs. Bethel at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nikiski at Thunder Mountain play at noon, SoHi and Bethel face off at 1:30 p.m., and Kenai and Mt. Edgecumbe play at 3 p.m.

Thursday girls

Kardinals 37, Falcons 34

Th. Mountain 11 12 4 7 —34

Kenai 10 10 8 9 —37

THUNDER MOUNTAIN (34) — Echiverri 1 0-0 2, Dicarlo 0 0-0 0, Strong 0 0-0 0, Ekis 1 0-0 2, Demmert 2 1-6 5, Young 8 2-7 18, Martin 0 0-0 0, Tupo 3 0-0 7. Totals — 15 3-13 34.

KENAI CENTRAL (37) — Ostrander 2 0-0 4, English 4 3-10 11, Drury 2 2-2 6, Creighton 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-2 0, Steinbeck 2 0-0 4, Barcus 3 0-4 6, Every 0 0-0 0, Beck 3 0-3 6. Totals — 16 5-21 37.

3-point goals — Thunder Mountain 1 (Tupo 1). Team fouls — Thunder Mountain 19, Kenai 15. Fouled out — none.

Warriors 45, Bulldogs 35

Bethel 16 5 13 11 —45

Nikiski 9 12 6 8 —35

BETHEL (45) — Brink 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 1-3 1, O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Brink 3 1-1 7, Williams 3 0-0 9, Joseph 3 4-7 10, Crow 3 0-0 6, Kessner-Kinegak 5 0-0 10. Totals — 18 6-11 45.

NIKISKI (35) — Riddall 0 0-0 0, Cook 0 0-0 0, Costello 2 6-6 10, Litke 2 1-5 5, Lynch 5 1-1 11, Thompson 4 1-3 9, Parrish 0 0-1 0, Litzen 0 0-0 0, Darch 0 0-4 0. Totals — 13 9-20 35.

3-point goals — Bethel 3 (Williams 3). Team fouls — Bethel 17, Nikiski 13. Fouled out — none.

Stars 41, Braves 35

Mt. Edgecumbe 2 13 11 9 —35

Soldotna 11 14 10 6 —41

MT. EDGECUMBE (35) — Morrow 0 0-0 0, Olson 0 0-0 0, Akavan 3 0-2 7, Holly 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 4, White 5 3-3 13, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Mute 1 0-0 2, Weisz 3 0-3 9. Totals — 14 3-8 35.

SOLDOTNA (41) — Nelson 1 0-0 2, Benson 6 1-1 14, Litchfield 4 2-4 11, Hendricks 2 0-0 4, Kerkvliet 2 3-4 7, Miller 1 1-1 3. Totals — 16 7-10 41.

3-point goals — Mt. Edgecumbe 4 (Weisz 3, Akavan); Soldotna 2 (Benson, Litchfield). Team fouls — Mt. Edgecumbe 11, Soldotna 14. Fouled out — none.

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