SoHi girls start tourney with win over Galena

Katelynn Kerkvliet scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the second quarter to lead the Soldotna Stars to a 48-39 win over Galena during the first day of the Doc Larson Roundball Classic Thursday in Wasilla.

Kerkvliet, who also pulled down a game-best 15 rebounds, helped Soldotna erase an early 14-11 deficit. Kelci Benson added a dozen points and six steals in the win. Benson hit a pair of threes and scored 10 of her points in the third quarter. Julie Litchfield added seven in the win.

Shaina Burley scored a game-high 14 for the Hawks.

Soldotna continues Doc Larson play Friday at 2:30 p.m. against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and cap the tourney Saturday at 4:15 p.m. against host Wasilla, the three-time defending 4A state champion.

Doc Larson Roundball Classic

Thursday, Wasilla High School

Stars 48, Hawks 39

Galena 14 9 8 8 —39

Soldotna 11 13 16 8 —48

GALENA (39) — Burley 5 2-3 14, Buchanan 2 0-3 4, Reitan 5 0-0 11, George 1 0-0 2, Shayen 1 2-2 4, Carlo 0 4-4 4; Totals: 14 8-12 39.

SOLDOTNA (48) — Benson 5 0-0 12, Shaw 1 0-0 2, Litchfield 3 1-3 7, M. Wong 2 0-0 4, L. Wong 2 0-0 4, Hendrick 1 0-0 2, Kerkvliet 6 1-4 13, Miller 2 0-0 4; Totals: 22 2-7 48.

3-point field goals: Galena 3 (Burley 2), Soldotna 2 (Benson 2); Total fouls: Galena 12, Soldotna 14.

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