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Tuesday hoops: Homer and SoHi split, Seward sweeps Skyview

Posted: January 14, 2014 - 11:09pm  |  Updated: January 14, 2014 - 11:25pm

The Homer boys hoops team started fast en route to a 61-56 win over Soldotna in a nonconference matchup Tuesday night at Soldotna High School.

Sparked by a 19-7 run to start the game, the Mariners never trailed Soldotna, but had to hold off the clutch shooting of Daniel McElroy and Brooks Furlong, who combined for 17 of Soldotna’s 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Quinn Daugharty led all scorers with 28 points, and hit 9 of 11 free throws.

“We moved the ball well,” Daugharty said about the final minutes. “That’s all we wanted to do, and get to the free-throw line.”

McElroy led SoHi with 16 points — eight in the fourth quarter — while teammates Austin Kruse and Furlong each had 12. The loss dropped the Stars to a 6-4 season, while Homer improved to 5-2 overall.

“I told them to run the clock down and make them foul us,” said Homer coach Mark Casseri. “Give up only layups, and that’s it.”

Trailing 30-24 at halftime, Soldotna tried to turn up the pressure in the second half, but the frenzied action only led to turnovers and missed assignments, according to Soldotna coach Matt Johnson.

“You put yourself in a tough spot when you get outworked for the first 16 minutes,” Johnson said. “Homer showed up, and the tempo was theirs from the get-go.

“Hats off to Homer, they came out of the gates running, and they pushed in transition.”

The two teams played to a draw with 14 points each in the third quarter, and the intensity picked up even more in the final quarter. With 3 minutes, 42 seconds, left in the game, Furlong sank a 3-pointer to close the gap to 50-49. After a free throw by Daugharty, McElroy found the rim for a game-tying layup with 3:08 remaining.

Homer’s Sheldon Hutt — who at 6-foot-5 matched up well against an equally tall McElroy — answered with a floater 38 seconds later to put Homer back in front, but McElroy popped up a layup under pressure to knot it up at 53-all with 2:09 to go.

Ultimately, Daugharty had the final word, knocking down two shots only 16 seconds apart that left Homer with a two-possession lead. From there, Homer free throws dictated the outcome.

“We pushed hard and I thought we got gassed at the end,” Johnson said. “We got the lead down to six or four a couple times but could never quite tie it, and finally we broke even near the end there. But we didn’t finish around the rim in the end.

“This team is very Jekyl and Hyde, so I’m never sure what we’re going to get.”

Soldotna girls 65, Homer 25

The SoHi girls got 21 points from senior Julie Litchfield and cruised to an easy victory over nonconference team Homer on Tuesday night at Soldotna High School.

Junior Haley Miller had an impressive 15 points off the bench, and senior Katelynn Kerkvliet added 14 points as well. Litchfield had eight points in the first quarter and 11 in the third for a good shooting night.

“I wanted them to play hard, because sometimes we have the tendency to take games lightly,” said Soldotna coach Doug Blossom. “What stood out to me was some of my younger girls came in and played rock solid. Just nice drives, nice passing, and I was really proud that they stepped up, and it was hardly noticed that I made substitutions.”

Soldotna continued its perfect season by improving to 8-0 overall.

The Mariners stayed with the Stars for the first two minutes of the game, but soon the superb passing of Soldotna led to open looks for players, and the points began to accumulate. SoHi led 17-4 after the first quarter and 28-9 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Soldotna really let loose with 24 points, getting 11 buckets from mostly Litchfield and Miller.

Senior Tayla Cabana led Homer with 17 points, including 11 in the third quarter.

“I have some different goals for this team, and one of them is to score first,” said first-year Homer coach Connie Akers. “One of my goals is to not let them mercy-rule us, and we made it.”

With the depth of talent that Soldotna displayed Tuesday, it was a tough task from the beginning for Homer to keep up.

Seward girls 37, Skyview 21

The host Seahawks notched a Southcentral Conference victory Tuesday behind a stifling defensive effort.

Seward outscored Skyview 10-1 in the first quarter and 19-5 in the first half.

Ashley VonBorstel and Laura Kromrey each had 10 points, while Maria Jackson added eight points.

Meghan Powers and Hayley Ramsell paced the Panthers with five points.

Seward boys 42, Panthers 39

The host Seahawks used a big second quarter to hold off the Panthers on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference action.

Seward outscored Skyview 18-7 in the second quarter for a 25-13 lead.

The Panthers were able to post a 12-5 advantage in the final quarter, but it was not enough.

Matthew Moore paced the Seahawks with 15 points, while Ronnie Jackson chipped in with 10.

For the Panthers, Micah Hilbish hit for 17.

 

Tuesday girls

Stars 65, Mariners 25

Soldotna 17 11 24 13 —65

Homer 4 5 13 3 —25

SOLDOTNA (65) — Litchfield 10 0-0 21, Benson 1 1-2 4, Shaw 0 0-0 0, M. Wong 1 0-0 2, L. Wong 2 0-2 5, Hendricks 2 0-0 4, Kerkvliet 7 0-0 14, Miller 7 1-2 15. Totals 30 2-6 65.

HOMER (25) — Cabana 6 5-8 17, Shelby 0 0-0 0, Koplin 0 0-0 0, Draves 0 0-0 0, Akers 3 0-1 6, Fellows 0 0-0 0, Waclawski 1 0-0 2, Luck 0 0-0 0, Kahn 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-9 25.

3-point field goals — Soldotna 3 (Benson 1, Litchfield 1, L. Wong 1).

Team fouls — Soldotna 6; Homer 11.

 

Seahawks 37, Panthers 21

Skyview 1 4 4 13 —21

Seward 10 9 5 13 —37

SKYVIEW (21) — Powers 2 1-1 5, Ramsell 1 2-3 5, Mahan 2 0-0 4, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Rouse 1 0-0 2, Glaves 1 1-2 3. Totals — 9 3-6 21.

SEWARD (37) — Henebein 1 0-0 2, VonBorstel 4 2-3 10, Kromrey 4 2-3 10, Jackson 2 4-5 8, Whiteshield 0 1-3 1, Clemens 3 0-0 6. Totals — 14 9-14 37.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — Skyview 14, Seward 11. Fouled out — none.

 

Tuesday boys

Mariners 61, Stars 56

Homer 19 11 14 15 —61

Soldotna 12 12 14 18 —56

HOMER (61) — Daugharty 8 9-11 28, Beachy 0 0-0 0, Reutov 1 5-6 7, Schneider 5 1-1 12, Brown 1 2-2 4, Molodih 0 0-0 0, Walsworth 0 0-0 0, Harris 1 0-0 2, Hutt 4 0-2 8. Totals 20 17-22 61.

SOLDOTNA (56) — McElroy 8 0-2 16, Kruse 3 4-6 12, Furlong 4 0-0 12, Calloway 2 0-0 4, Kuntz 0 0-0 0, Young 4 0-0 8, Conradi 1 0-0 2, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Spence 1 0-0 2, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Trammell 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-8 56.

3-point field goals — Homer 4 (Daugharty 3, Schneider 1); Soldotna 6 (Furlong 4, Kruse 2).

Team fouls — Homer 10; Soldotna 17.

 

Seahawks 42, Panthers 39

Skyview 6 7 14 12 —39

Seward 7 18 12 5 —42

SKYVIEW (39) — Hill 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Duke 1 3-6 5, Carlson 2 3-4 8, Cook 0 0-0 0, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Harley 3 3-7 9, Hilbish 6 3-5 17. Totals — 12 12-22 39.

SEWARD (42) — P. Berry 0 0-0 0, Marshall 0 2-2 2, Pahno 3 1-2 9, T. Berry 0 1-5 1, Wolfe 1 0-2 2, Sieverts 0 0-0 0, Moore 4 7-8 15, Broughton 1 1-2 3, Jackson 3 2-6 10. Totals — 12 14-27 42.

3-point goals — Skyview 3 (Hilbish 2, Carlson); Seward 4 (Marshall 2, Jackson 2). Team fouls — Skyview 27, Seward 15. Fouled out — Jones, Carlson, Hilbish.

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