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Friday hoops: SoHi girls remain undefeated with dramatic win over Colony

Posted: January 25, 2014 - 1:41am  |  Updated: January 26, 2014 - 12:12am

PALMER — As the Soldotna Stars have established themselves as one of the top teams in Alaska, Colony has remained sort of a mystery.

But Friday, Colony, playing in just its fourth game of the season against an in-state opponent, nearly knocked off one of Alaska’s three undefeated Class 4A girls basketball teams. Soldotna, the No. 2 ranked team in its class, used a late effort to edge Colony 56-53 in double overtime at Colony High.

Katelynn Kerkvliet and Julie Litchfield each had baskets during Soldotna’s 7-4 run in the second overtime to help the Stars improve to 12-0 overall. Colony dropped to 2-5 overall, and 2-2 against Alaska competition.

SoHi also improved to 4-0 in the Northern Lights Conference. Friday’s game marked Colony’s NLC and home opener. Colony’s only prior games against Alaska teams this season were against Ketchikan and Service.

Soldotna led early, taking a 25-13 lead into halftime. Colony used a 21-12 run to jump back into the game. The Knights tied the game at 34 at the end of the third, and the teams were knotted at 43 at the end of regulation.

Faith Farris scored seven of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter to spark Colony’s rally. Izzy Tweed, Jennifer Solano and Sarah Bonn each chipped in seven points in the loss.

Kerkvliet also netted a game-best 21. Litchfield added 15 and Makayla Wong scored 12.

Kerkvliet scored eight of her team’s first 13 points and had 15 in the first half.

Colony boys 46, Soldotna 26

After 10 straight days of practice, the Colony Knights couldn’t wait to hit the court and play someone wearing a different jersey. And it showed Friday night.

Fueled by a fast start, Colony cruised to a Northern Lights Conference win over the Soldotna Stars at Colony High.

Before Friday night the Knights had not had an official game since Colony went 1-2 at the Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High in early January. Head coach Tom Berg said his players were antsy to get back into game mode, but the Knights improved during the break in the schedule.

“We got done with the tournament, everybody else was playing and we were just grinding. But we got better,” Berg said.

Colony stormed to an early lead hitting four 3-pointers during a 16-point first quarter.

“We came out and played really, really well,” Berg said. “We shared the ball. Six of the first seven baskets were assisted.”

Senior Damien Fulp hit a pair of 3s in the first quarter, and finished with a game-high 20. The UAA recruit buried five of Colony’s eight 3-pointers in the game.

Berg said Fulp’s number pops on the scoresheet, but he loved how his team spread it around against the Stars.

Four players hit a 3-pointers and eight different Knights found their way onto the scoresheet.

“Everybody was doing their job. If they were open, they were making shots. If not, pass until somebody is open,” Berg said.

Colony scored 32 points in the first half, and led by 19 at the break. The Knights led SoHi to four first-quarter points, and only single digits in each of the four quarters.

Daniel McElroy led SoHi with six points.

Colony improved to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the Northern Lights Conference. Soldotna dropped to 7-5 overall, and 2-2 in the NLC.

Kodiak boys 71, Kardinals 27

The host Bears rolled to a Northern Lights Conference victory Friday.

Kodiak hit 13 3-pointers in the game, with eight coming from senior Austin Frick. He finished with 28 points after hitting eighth treys for the second-straight game.

Miles Jones paced the Kardinals with nine points.

Seward girls 21, Homer 17

The visiting Seahawks prevailed in a tight, defensive contest Friday.

Homer led 10-9 after the first quarter, and the sides were all square at 14 at the midway point. But Homer would score just three points in the second half, allowing the Seahawks to survive a scoreless third quarter.

Maria Jackson paced Seward with nine points, while Tayla Cabana hit for 10 points for Homer.

Homer boys 48, Seward 46

The host Mariners surged in the second half to pick up a Southcentral Conference victory over the Seahawks on Friday.

The Seahawks led 20-13 at the break, and 32-31 after three. But Homer took care of business with a 17-14 final frame.

Kenneth Schneider hit for 18 points for the Mariners, including eight over the decisive final eight minutes. Quinn Daugharty added 11 for Homer.

For Seward, Ronnie Jackson had 16 points, including eight in the final quarter. Matthew Moore added 13 points.

Ninilchik girls 56, Wasilla Lake 19

The host Wolverines stormed past the Rams in Peninsula Conference action.

Ninilchik led 16-2 after one quarter and 32-9 at the break.

Melissa Ehlers paced the Wolverines with 14 points, while Melissa Clark pitched in with 10.

Maddie Fuller led the Rams with nine points.

Ninilchik boys 39, Wasilla Lake 37

The host Wolverines held off the Rams for a Peninsula Conference victory Friday.

Ninilchik led 14-2 after one quarter, but Wasilla Lake came back to make it 20-16 heading into halftime. The Wolverines then stretched out the lead to 31-25 heading into the final quarter.

Freshman Tyler Presley had 19 points for the Wolverines, while freshman Austin White added 16.

Connor Knowles paced Wasilla Lake with 20 points.

Friday boys

Bears 71, Kardinals 27

Kenai 7 5 9 6 — 27

Kodiak 16 23 25 7 — 71

Kenai (27) — Theisen 0 1-4 1, Glushkov 1 0-2 2, Shimbers 0 2-2 2, McKee 0 0-0 0, Brazell 1 0-0 2, Jackman 1 2-2 4, Saavedra 0 0-0 0, Ivy 2 0-0 5, Beeson 0 0-0 0, Foree 0 0-0 0, Jones 4 0-0 9, Wortham 1 0-0 2. Totals — 10 5-10 27.

Kodiak (71) — Mangalus 1 0-0 2, Frick 10 0-0 28, Alcaide 3 0-0 8, Bezona 2 0-1 4, A. Canete-Hall 6 0-0 13, Mutch 2 0-0 4, Garcia 3 0-0 6, Fried 2 0-0 6. Totals — 29 0-1 71.

3-point field goals — Kenai 2 (Ivy 1, Jones 1); Kodiak 13 (Frick 8, Alcaide 2, Fried 2, A. Canete-Hall 1). Team fouls — Kenai 3; Kodiak 12.

Wolverines 39, Rams 37

Wasilla Lake 2 14 9 12 —37

Ninilchik 14 6 11 8 —39

WASILLA LAKE (37) — J. Stiner 0 0-0 0, B. Stiner 2 0-0 4, Wilison 0 0-2 0, Sherbon 0 0-0 0, Knowles 9 2-5 20, Thorn 5 1-1 11, Palmberg 0 0-0 0, Cook 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 3-8 37.

NINILCHIK (39) — Presley 7 5-10 19, Delgado 2 0-1 4, Bartolowits 0 0-0 0, Thorn 0 0-0 0, S. Appelhanz 0 0-1 0, White 8 0-0 16. Totals — 17 5-12 39.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — Wasilla Lake 16, Ninilchik 12. Fouled out — none.

Mariners 48, Seahawks 46

Seward 9 11 12 14 —46

Homer 10 3 18 17 —48

SEWARD (46) — Marshall 0 0-0 0, Pahno 1 0-0 2, Berry 2 0-0 4, Wolfe 2 0-0 4, Moore 3 7-10 13, Broughton 3 1-2 7, Jackson 6 0-0 16. Totals — 17 8-12 46.

HOMER (48) — Beachy 0 0-0 0, Reutov 2 0-0 4, Daugharty 5 1-1 11, Schneider 7 3-3 18, Brown 2 0-0 4, Molodih 1 1-1 3, Walsworth 0 0-0 0, Harris 0 0-0 0, Hutt 3 2-4 8. Totals — 20 7-9 48.

3-point goals — Seward 4 (Jackson 4); Homer 1 (Schneider). Team fouls — Seward 16, Homer 13. Fouled out — Marshall.

Knights 46, Stars 26

Soldotna 4 9 6 7 —26

Colony 16 16 11 5 —46

Soldotna (26) — Calloway 0 1-2 1, Young 2 0-1 4, Conradi 1 3-5 5, Furlong 1 0-0 3, Spence 1 3-3 5, McElroy 2 2-4 6, Trammell 1 0-0 2; Totals — 8 9-15 26.

Colony (46) — West 2 0-0 5, Chamblee 2 0-0 5, Fulp 7 1-2 20, Menard 1 0-0 3, Dinkel 3 0-0 6, Nygard 1 0-0 2, Sonnenberg 1 1-2 3, Bush 1 2-2 4; Totals —18 4-6 46.

3-point field goals — Soldotna 1 (Furlong 1), Colony 8 (Fulp 5); Total fouls: Soldotna 7, Colony 18.

Friday girls

Wolverines 56, Rams 19

Wasilla Lake 2 7 5 5 —19

Ninilchik 16 16 20 4 —56

WASILLA LAKE (19) — Mosier 0 0-0 0, Thorn 1 0-2 2, Song 0 0-0 0, Mahler 2 4-6 8, Fuller 4 1-4 9. Totals — 7 5-12 19.

NINILCHIK (56) — Rogers 1 0-0 2, Cooper 2 0-0 4, Sinclair 4 0-0 8, Goins 3 2-4 8, Ehlers 5 4-4 14, Finney 3 0-0 6, Me. Clark 5 0-0 10, Robuck 0 0-0 0, Mi. Clark 2 0-0 4. Totals — 25 6-8 56.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — Wasilla Lake 7, Ninilchik 10. Fouled out — none.

Seahawks 21, Mariners 17

Seward 9 5 0 7 —21

Homer 10 4 2 1 —17

SEWARD (21) — VonBorstel 3 1-2 8, Kromrey 0 0-0 0, Jackson 4 1-2 9, Whiteshield 0 0-0 0, Clemens 1 2-2 4. Totals — 8 4-6 21.

HOMER (17) — Koplin 1 0-0 2, Akers 0 1-2 1, Fellows 0 0-0 0, Waclawski 1 2-2 4, Cabana 3 4-10. Totals — 5 7-14 17.

3-point goals — Seward 1 (VonBorstel). Team fouls — Seward 14, Homer 13. Fouled out — none.

Stars 56, Knights 53, 2OT

Soldotna 13 12 9 9 6 7 —56

Colony 7 6 21 9 6 4 —53

Soldotna (56) — Benson 0 6-10 6, Litchfield 4 7-122 15, M. Wong 3 6-6 12, L. Wong 1 0-0 2, Kerkvliet 9 3-8 21; Totals — 17 22-36 56.

Colony (53) — Scott 1 0-0 2, Farris 8 4-6 21, Tweed 1 4-7 7, Stephens 1 0-0 2, Turcotte 3 0-1 6, Brumbaugh 0 1-5 1, Solano 3 1-2 7, Bonn 2 3-3 7; Totals — 19 13-24 53.

3-point field goals — Soldotna 0, Colony 2 (Farris, Tweed 1); Total fouls — Soldotna 20; Colony 23.

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