Mariners sweep Nikiski on senior night in Homer

The Homer girls and boys basketball teams notched a sweep of Nikiski on Monday night on senior night in Homer.

Senior Tayla Cabana had 16 points to lead Homer to a 36-31 victory in the girls game. Cabana and Maggie Koplin celebrated their last time on the floor with victories.

In the boys game, Homer started fast and held off Nikiski 74-70. Quinn Daugharty, Martin Molodih and John Walsworth were the seniors honored.

The Homer girls got off to a hot start and were able to hold off Nikiski at the end. Nikiski made it a 32-31 game with 1 minute, 15 seconds, remaining, but Madison Akers scored off a steal for a 34-31 game with 46 seconds left.

Nikiski then missed a pair of shots before Homer gained possession, but after a Homer turnover Nikiski missed a 3-point attempt and a pair of free throws.

Cabana went to the line with six seconds left and made it 36-31 to assure the victory.

Akers had eight points for the Mariners, as did Larsen Fellows. Koplin and Samantha Draves each had two points.

Alyssa Darch had 10 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Rachel Thompson had six points, Emily Lynch had five points, Katie Costello had three points, Chena Litzen had three points and Hallie Riddall had two points.

In the boys game, the Mariners jumped to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter. It was 32-24 at halftime and 51-43 after three quarters. Nikiski quickly cut the gap to just one point in the fourth quarter, but could not get over the hump.

Daugharty had several big plays after Nikiski cut it to one and finished with 17 points. Kenneth Schneider had 25 for Homer, while Filip Reutov had 17, Drew Brown had five, Hunter Harris and Sheldon Hutt had four, and Brandon Beachy had two.

Leading the attempted comeback for the Bulldogs was Seth Carstens. Scoring seemingly at will by the fourth quarter, Carstens finished with 37 points. Cade Anderson had 11, while Luke Johnson had eight, Michael Stangel and Hunter Halloway had six, and Sullivan Jackson had one.

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