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Saturday hoops roundup

Posted: January 11, 2014 - 11:59pm

There’s still a long way to go in the prep basketball season, but one thing that is clear is that the Soldotna teams are rolling.

The Soldotna boys went to overtime with the Palmer Moose on Saturday and came out with a 63-55 win at Palmer High School. Earlier in the day, the SoHi girls doubled up on Palmer 52-26.

The Stars trailed for much of the boys game, but managed to hit 11 of 16 free throws in the overtime period to clinch the Northern Lights Conference victory.

Daniel McElroy led Soldotna with 18 points, while teammate Max Conradi added 15. Colton Young and Drew Fowler each put up 10 points. Adam Ramoth led Palmer with 25 points.

Palmer took the lead early in the game and controlled it until 2 minutes, 40 seconds, left in regulation, when McElroy’s free throw gave the Stars a 41-40 advantage. James Nisbett put Palmer back into the lead 46-45 with just over 40 seconds to go with a bucket, but SoHi answered with free throws, including Nathan Spence’s that tied the game at 48 apiece with 22 seconds left.

Soldotna girls 52, Palmer 26

The Stars dominated the Moose en route to a winning weekend, improving their Northern Lights Conference record to 2-0.

Makayla Wong and Julie Litchfield each scored a game-high 13 points for Soldotna, and teammate Katelynn Kerkvliet added 12 of her own. Carly Venzke topped Palmer with nine points.

SoHi went 22 for 26 from the free throw line, and clinched the game with a 10-for-11 mark from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

The Soldotna girls and boys will face Homer in a pair of endowment games Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Wasilla girls 49, Kenai 39

After losing to Soldotna on Friday, the Wasilla girls topped Northern Lights Conference opponent Kenai Central in a 10-point win Saturday afternoon at Wasilla High School.

Kenai senior Justice English had another big game for the Kards, scoring 20 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Hannah Barcus added nine points and 13 boards. Wasilla was led by senior Shayla Johnson with 26 points.

The Warriors improved to 1-1 in the NLC.

Wasilla boys 60, Kenai 38

The home-team Warriors used a big third quarter to distance themselves from the Kardinals on Saturday at Wasilla High School.

After being tied up at 23 apiece at halftime, Wasilla outscored Kenai 21-5 in the third quarter.

Trevor Shirnberg scored a game-high 20 for the Kards. The Warriors were led by Alex Baham with 16 points.

Nikolaevsk girls 55,
Yakutat 28

The Nikolaevsk girls continued their winning ways by sweeping all three of their games to win the Mt. St. Elias Classic tournament in Yakutat, capped by a dominant win over the host school on Saturday.

Senior Nianiella Dorvall notched 18 points to lead the Warriors, who led Yakutat 30-15 by halftime. Sophia Kalugin followed up with 14 points of her own.

Ninilchik girls 36,
Birchwood 17

Jessica Rogers had 12 points to lead the host Wolverines past the Warriors on Saturday.

Ninilchik took control of the game with a 13-4 first quarter.

Tia Goward paced Birchwood Christian with nine.

Ninilchik boys 63,
Birchwood 56

The host Wolverines notched a Peninsula Conference victory Saturday against the Warriors.

Ninilchik trailed 12-2 after the first quarter and 36-27 at the half. After trailing 52-41 after three, Ninilchik posted a 22-4 advantage in the final quarter.

Freshman Tyler Presley had 32 points for Ninilchik, while fellow freshman Austin White had 15. Tyler Thorne added 11.

For Birchwood, Tyler Kieffer had 21, Dakota Buyse had 14 and Collin Becker had 10.

Saturday boys

Warriors 60, Kardinals 38

Kenai 10 13 5 10 —38

Wasilla 15 8 21 16 —60

Kenai (38) — Thiesen 2 1-1 6, Glushkay 0 2-4 2, Shirnberg 7 6-7 20, McKee 1 0-1 3, Jones 3 0-0 7; Totals: 13 9-13 38.

Wasilla (60) — Lee 1 1-2 4, Brown 4 0-0 10, Carney 3 0-1 6, Baham 7 0-0 16, McGregor 1 4-6 6, Houck 6 1-4 13, Burns 2 0-0 5; Totals: 24 6-15 60

3-point field goals: Kenai 3 (3 tied with 1), Wasilla 6 ( Brown, Baham 2); Total fouls: Kenai 15, Wasilla 18.

Wolverines 63, Warriors 56

Birchwood 12 24 16 4 —56

Ninilchik 2 25 14 22 —63

BIRCHWOOD CHRISTIAN (56) — Becker 5 0-1 10, Pokupec 0 0-0 0, Zeller 0 1-2 1, Keiffer 9 3-3 21, Slodko 1 0-0 2, Jones 2 2-6 6, Buyse 4 6-9 14, No. 42 1 0-2 2, Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 12-20 56.

NINILCHIK (63) — C. Appelhanz 0 2-2 2, Presley 20 12-17 32, DelGado 0 0-7 0, Bartolowits 1 0-0 2, Thorne 3 5-9 11, S. Appelhanz 0 1-2 1, White 7 1-2 15. Totals — 31 26-34 63.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — Birchwood 29, Ninilchik 22. Fouled out — Zeller, Kieffer, No. 42, Peterson.

Saturday girls

Wasilla girls 49, Kenai 39

Kenai 11 13 5 10 —39

Wasilla 14 13 12 10 —49

Kenai (39) — English 7 6-13 20, A. Steinbeck 0 2-2 2, C. Steinbeck 2 0-0 4, Barcus 1 7-13 9, Beck 0 1-4 1, Every 1 1-2 3; Totals: 11 17-34 39.

Wasilla (49) — LaBuda 0 1-4 1, Johnson 10 4-4 26, Pickworth 0 1-2 1, Toews 1 0-0 2, Hutchins 3 0-4 6, Dinkel 2 3-6 7, Edwards 2 2-4 6; Totals: 18 11-24 49.

3-point field goals: Kenai 0, Wasilla 2 (Johnson 2); Total fouls: Kenai 17, Wasilla 26.

Warriors 55, Eagles 28

Nikolaevsk 18 12 15 10 —55

Yakutat 7 8 6 7 —28

NIKOLAEVSK (55) — Dorvall 8 2-2 18, Klaich 2 0-0 5, Fefelov 3 0-0 6, So. Kalugin 6 2-3 14, Stafford 0 2-2 2, Se. Kalugin 3 2-4 8, Hickman 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 8-11 55.

YAKUTAT (28) — Johnson 0 0-0 0, Jensen 2 0-0 4, Newlun 3 2-2 9, Adams 7 0-0 15, Go 0 0-0 0, Drumm 0 0-0 0, Pate 0 0-0 0, Bell 0 0-0 0, Bogren 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 2-2 28.

3-point field goals — Nikolaevsk 1 (Klaich); Yakutat 2 (Newlun 1, Adams 1).

Wolverines 36, Warriors 17

Birchwood 4 3 4 6 —17

Ninilchik 13 3 12 8 —36

BIRCHWOOD (17) — Vickers 0 0-2 0, Craig 1 0-0 2, Roberts 0 0-2 0, Te. Goward 1 0-0 2, Becker 2 0-2 4, Ti. Goward 4 1-3 9. Totals — 8 1-9 17.

NINILCHIK (36) — Rogers 6 0-3 12, Cooper 0 0-0 0, Sinclair 1 0-0 2, Goins 3 0-0 7, Ehlers 0 1-6 1, Finney 3 0-3 6, Me. Clark 2 0-0 4, Robuck 1 0-0 2, Mi. Clark 1 0-0 2. Totals — 16 1-12 36.

3-point goals — Ninilchik 1 (Goins 1). Team fouls — Birchwood 10, Ninilchik 14. Fouled out — Sinclair.

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